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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 07, 2005
Big Willy, Mental Dental Building, Filling Station, Tooth Tower (Williamsburg Bank Building)
The Williamsburg Bank Building is the tallest building in Brooklyn. It is opening up to residential living, but it has been known for its dental offices.

Nicknames have included Willy and Big Willy.

Dental nicknames have included Tooth Tower, Mental Dental Building, and Tooth Tower.

It is currently the tallest structure in Brooklyn (with the possible exception of Marty Markowtiz's ego) and its clock was the largest in the world until 1962. However, development associated with Ratturd's er Ratner's proposed Nets arena threatens to topple the mighty tick tock tower from the position of preeminence it has held for over 70 years. Some have nicknamed this stately edifice "Willy." Perhaps residents of Prospect Heights will tell Ratner where he can stick their Willy.

Wired New York Forum
May 30th, 2004, 05:59 PM
BAM and Big Willy

New York (NY) Daily News
Dentists Fear Being Rooted Out
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
While the number of dentists in "the tooth tower" has declined over the years, Hackett estimated that two dozen dental society members still have offices there.

If forced to set up shop elsewhere, the displaced dentists will have to spend many thousands of dollars to find, and outfit, new offices, sources said.

"To build a dental office is very expensive; it's not like an office where you just put down a desk and phone lines," said Korngut, who said he pays $2,500 a month for his 500-square-foot office. He paid $493 a month in 1978, he said.

A source close to the negotiations said the building's upper floors could be converted into apartments, while lower floors would remain commercial - or possibly, the entire building may remain fully commercial.

Wired New York Forum
May 23, 2005 -- Dentists in the just-sold Williamsburg Savings Bank building are calling the likelihood that they'll be pulled from Brooklyn's famous skyscraper a painful kick in the teeth.
"This building has been intimately involved with dentistry since the beginning," said Dr. Ian Lerner, 44, leader of a coalition of dentists concerned with their extraction from the Tooth Tower.

Last week's deal between building owner HSBC and a partnership of investors that includes NBA legend Magic Johnson would convert the borough's tallest structure into a $165 million luxury-residence building with about 200 condos.

The 34-story landmark contains about 24 dental offices housing some 40 dentists, Lerner said, but in its heyday was dental central, with more than 100 specialists. It even served as the headquarters for the Second District Dental Society, earning it such nicknames as the Mental Dental Building and the Filling Station, he noted.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Friday, October 07, 2005 • Permalink

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