A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 08, 2019
Zoo Lots Avenue (New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn)

New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn has several connections to the New York City Subway. However, the areas and the stations are so dangerous—especially the elevated station at the intersection of New Lots and Van Sinderen Avenues in Brownsville, Brooklyn—that it’s been nicknamed “Zoo Lots.”

“Zoo lots ave flow....” was posted on Twitter by “MegaStar MAY” on August 5, 2009. “Has the area around New Lots & Livonia turned the corner to the level of respectability, or is it still Zoo Lots: the place that gentrification forgot?” was posted on NYC Transit Forums on October 13, 2009. “Grew up in the city and that’s a bad area...we used to call it ‘Zoo Lots’ because a lot of the crime was around New Lots Avenue” was posted on Contractor Talk on September 25, 2010.


Wikipedia: New Lots Avenue (BMT Canarsie line)
New Lots Avenue is an elevated station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of New Lots and Van Sinderen Avenues in Brownsville, Brooklyn, it is served by the L train at all times.

Wikipedia: New Lots Avenue (IRT New Lots line)
New Lots Avenue is the eastern (railroad southern) terminal of the IRT New Lots Line of the New York City Subway. It is the terminal for the 3 train at all times except late nights, when the 4 train takes over service. Occasional rush hour 2, 4 and 5 trains also stop here.

Twitter
MegaStar MAY
@MAYHEM_VS1
Zoo lots ave flow....
4:58 PM - 5 Aug 2009

NYC Transit Forums
Question about New Lots Avenue (3 Line)
Zman
Posted October 13, 2009
Ok, I’m strongly considering transferring to the IRT for the next pick since I’m on the TSS list and I could use the A Division experience; but, I have a question. The second closest terminal to my house is New Lots Avenue on the (3). The last time I worked there in 1994, T/O’s and C/R’s would be scared to go down to the street after dark, burned out buildings were on every block, cars on concrete blocks were all over the place and gunshots were as common as birds chirping in the trees.

Has the area around New Lots & Livonia turned the corner to the level of respectability, or is it still Zoo Lots: the place that gentrification forgot? I don’t want to park my car there only to have to take the bus home.

Contractor Talk
Re: Working In A Dangerous Environment
SubwayGuy
09-25-2010, 02:00 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackbear
a couple of years back things were a little slow so I picked up a night time gig inspecting and testing NYC schools for asbestos. The hours were from 5pm-2am. Being the new guy in town I usually got the shaft and they sent me into the worst neighborhoods in the 5 boroughs.
One of the sketchiest neighborhoods was Brownsville in Brooklyn. The parking was horrible and had to walk about 4-6 blocks from the school to my truck. I found the key was to blend in with the surroundings. Dark shades, a hoodie pulled tight over your head, ass stomping boots, a pissed off look, and a bad ass walk.

If that doesnt work and they try and engage you just act crazy and say stuff that doesnt make sense, like ooooooooooooogggggggggaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa blaaaaaaaaaaaa raaaaaawwwwwwwwrrrrrrr. They wont mess with a “crazy white boy”


Grew up in the city and that’s a bad area...we used to call it “Zoo Lots” because a lot of the crime was around New Lots Avenue

Twitter
Osvaldo Zamora
@nightmare4313
On 6794 on the B15 to Zoo Lots Av for 3 train services (@ Autumn Av and Linden blvd. bus stop ((B15,B13,B20)) http://4sq.com/ActqYs
7:04 PM - 31 Jan 2012

Leave No Station Unphotographed (the blog of SubwayNut.com
February 1, 2013
Stopping at Grand Central’s Centennial on my way to JFK to fly to Denver through a Soon to be Demolished Monument of Modern Aviation
(...)
With more than two hours to get to the JFK Airport, I decide it’s time to take the one route to JFK that I’ve never gone before; the 3 to Zoo Lots to the B15 bus.

Twitter
Bender Bending Rodríguez
@_bendingunit22
It’s been a while since they’ve sent me out here to zoo lots. Long day ahead. (@ MTA Subway - New Lots Ave (3)) http://4sq.com/Xcefjz
3:16 AM - 26 Feb 2013

Thee RANT
Subway rider smears poop all over No. 2 train
movnviol
Apr 02, 2018 #4
It was called the “Zoo Lots Express” for all the animals riding the rails.  Hopping over the turnstiles like gazelles.

Twitter
Milesfitness495
@milesfitness495
Replying to @ABC7NY
Paco one tvstars Zoo Lots ave Brooklyn nyc
12:36 PM - 26 Dec 2018

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