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 June 03, 2006
Spaghetti Park (William Moore Park in Corona, Queens)
William Moore Park in Corona, Queens (and the area surrounding the park) is sometimes called "Spaghetti Park." The park is (or at least was -- the area is changing fast) famous for the Italian immigrants who play bocce there.

"Spaghetti Park" (actually William F. Moore Park when not called by its neighborhood nickname) in increasingly Hispanic Corona Heights, especially at dusk when the vanishing Italian-American life of the city, still visible here, is caught in eh glow of the park's lanterns as though preserved in amber. Men still speak Italian as they play bocce, and on the recently inaugurated "Italian Day," the park's outdoor kitchen—replete with fridge, sink, stove, and deep-fryer—was scheduled to produce zeppole for every celebrant in this tiny green bastion of resistance. — Cara de Silva

The long, rectangular court is tucked into the corner of Spaghetti Park, more formerly referred to as William T. Moore Memorial Park. Between the court and the park's edge is a barbeque grill that sizzles to life under the tall green trees strung with electric lights.

Close-Up on Corona
by Keisha Franklin
February 27th, 2003 5:00 PM
Ambling through what Corona locals refer to as Spaghetti Park (Joseph Lisa/William F. Moore Memorial Square) during warmer months gives you the sense of a community impervious to change: Boccie balls crack in the distance while elderly Italian gents recline on pull-out chairs.

Plot Summary for
Spaghetti Park (2005)
Based on a true story, Spaghetti Park is an action drama set in New York City in the 50's. The story follows Nicky Carlucci as he makes his way in the rough Italian neighborhood of Corona. Torn between the future his mother sees and what his best friend wants, Nicky finds himself slowly digging himself into a hole he might never get out of.

Boy Meets Grill
Episode GL1B06

Spaghetti Park
Bobby goes to "Spaghetti Park" (as the locals refer to it) in Corona, Queens, NY to cook up a Tuscan feast for an Italian-American community. With recipes for Rosemary Bricked Grilled Chicken, Grilled Tuna & White Bean Salad, Grilled Antipasto with Gorgonzola Crostini.

19 February 1995, New York Times, "The Struggle at I.S. 61 in Corona" by Constance L. Hays, pg. CY14:
Like many city neighborhoods, the one around I.S. 61, at 50th Avenue and 99th Street, is highly diverse and not well off. It has shifted over the last 10 years from a mostly white, predominantly Italian area, crowned by a patch of green known as "Spaghetti Park," to a mosaic of Latin American, Chinese, African and Eastern European families.

Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • Saturday, June 03, 2006 • Permalink

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