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 July 26, 2004
Koreatown is a new name for the area around West 32nd Street. A "Korea Way" street sign was dedicated in 1995. The Koreatown name is similar to Chinatown, although "Little Korea" is also used. Koreatown (NY) takes the name from Koreatown (Los Angeles), just as Chinatown (NY) took the name from Chinatown (San Francisco).

The New York Times tried its best with "Kimchi Alley," but that seems not to have stuck.

25 August 1980, New York Times, pg. B7:
"I am afraid of the future here."

"That it will turn into Koreatown?" asks Mrs. Lee.

"No. there are some bad people who are around here," he answers. "It would be better if there were more Koreans."
(Main Street, Flushing-ed.)

28 November 1993, New York Times, Pg. CY20

19 October 1997, New York Times, pg. 265:
Kimchi Alley:
If Korean food is the next big thing in local ethnic dining, then West 32d Street is its ground zero
by Ruth Reichl

16 November 1997, New York Times, pg. SM58:
Kimchi Alley
(Letter to editor-ed.)
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • Monday, July 26, 2004 • Permalink

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