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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 26, 2006
Zoo York
"Zoo York" is less a nickname for New York City than it is the name of a New York City-based company that makes products popular with skateboarders and graf(fiti) artists.

It began in the late 70's with a group of graffiti artists and
skateboarders known as the "Soul Artists of Zoo York." It was an
exploration of New York City using skateboards, aerosol cans and the love for having a good time. Evolving from Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this group of graffiti writers and skateboarders built a scene in the North East, which eventually passed the word of the Zoo York
crew across the globe.

As the graf artists were bombing the local streets and giving the landscape a new identity, there emerged a need for a stronger organization. This lead Rodney Smith to begin Shut Skateboards with Bruno Musso in 1986. This was the first company to define the North East scene with a team of skateboarders and unique product. It was Rodney's vision to keep the spirit of skateboarding and graffiti alive and thriving in the east. As it was still bound by the Riverside crew there was a model dedicated to the Soul Artists along side the infamous Shut Shark and Jeremey Henderson pro model skateboards.

Around the end of 1991, Shut Skateboards ended and Rodney began to spread the word of his next and bigger venture: Zoo York. Rodney partnered with designer Eli Morgan Gessner and was soon joined by Adam Schatz to help finance and oversee Zoo York's growing business needs. In 1993 the three partners launched Zoo York and the business officially began. The Company's continually growing family includes original NYC graf artists and talent from the new and old school on skateboards, as well as BMX, motorcross and surrounding board sports. Zoo York is a family of individuals with the common goal of leading a life based on what they love
to do.

Now ten years deep in spreading the word, Zoo continues to explore the streets of New York City, through the Holland tunnel and around the world. It's an experience and a way of life, its a product of those who created it and for those who live it.. This is Zoo York. Got it? Enjoy.

A skate company originally made up of taggers from New York.
I got a new Zoo York board yesterday.
by Huttner Chicago Jul 6, 2005
Nickname for New York City, used to describe its warped, corrupt, violent, anaimalistic, Babel-like multicultural and souless condition.

I read that six people were murdered in New York last night. What do you expect, that's Zoo York.

I had to go to Zoo York on business, I'm glad to be home.
tags new york insult city multicultural violence.

by T. Hearndon Rock Spur, Texas Oct 21, 2005

Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 009. US 036. G & S: Phonograph Records. FIRST USE: 19810830. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19810830
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 73352986
Filing Date March 4, 1982
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition September 6, 1983
Registration Number 1259231
Registration Date November 29, 1983
Owner (REGISTRANT) John Hammond Records, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 311 W. 57th St. New York NEW YORK 10019
Attorney of Record Myron Greenspan
Disclaimer No claim is made to the exclusive right to use the word "Recordz", apart from the mark as shown.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date April 10, 1990

Word Mark ZOO YORK
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: clothing; namely, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, jerseys, sweatbands, jackets, sweatpants, and sweatbands. FIRST USE: 19930810. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930810
IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: sporting goods; namely, skateboards and their component parts [, snowboards, and sport protective gear, namely knee pads and elbow pads ] for use in skateboarding. FIRST USE: 19930810. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930810
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 74464494
Filing Date December 1, 1993
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 25, 1995
Registration Number 1927011
Registration Date October 17, 1995
Owner (REGISTRANT) Zoo York, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 425 West 13th Street, Suite 603 New York NEW YORK 10014
(LAST LISTED OWNER) Zoo York, LLC LTD LIAB CO NEW JERSEY 40 West 23rd Street New York NEW YORK 10010
Attorney of Record W. M. WEBNER,
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20051004.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20051004
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames/Slogans • (0) Comments • Sunday, February 26, 2006 • Permalink