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 March 29, 2005
“The Projects” (public housing projects)
People live in "the projects" - not their science projects, one would hope! The term dates to the 1930s and the "public housing projects" started at that time.

2 March 1939, New York Times, pg. 4:
In general, they held that under the present plans for the proposed housing projects, the lower-income groups could not afford to live in the projects, and, as a result, the housing program would not help those who needed it most but would, in effect, set up a State-subsidized real estate market which would compete "unfairly" with private industry.

28 June 1939, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 4:
Horace Clayton, director of a Negro research project for the University of Chicago--"Negro families have applied to the housing authority for permission to live in the projects and have not been accepted."

26 August 1950, New York Times, pg. 15:
He said the blinded veterans and their families would live in the project apartment building only during a rehabilitation period - perhaps six months or a year - after which the organization would help them go wherever they wished.

23 November 1970, New York Times, pg. 39:
The patrolmen say most of the predatory youths are addicts who live in the project.

22 September 1971, New York Times, pg. 51:
Several Housing Authority policemen, however, and some project tenants as well, say it is just as likely the young addicts who live in the projects with their parents.

21 April 1974, New York Times, pg. 537:
Transit officials speak almost with envy of the jurisdiction the Housing Authority can exercise over the families of offenders who live in the projects.

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • Tuesday, March 29, 2005 • Permalink

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