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 May 26, 2018
Bongo Boulevard (51st Street, between Seventh Avenue and Broadway)

Syndicated newspaper columnist Walter Winchell (1897-1972) wrote in a column in March 1949:

“Sights You Never See on the New York Map: (...) ‘Bongo Blvd.’ (the short block on 51st between 7th and B’way), where the Latin bandsmen rendezvous.”

This location was not far from Latin Quarter nightclub (47th Street and Broadway) and Swing Street (52nd Street). The name “Bongo Boulevard” does not have any other known citations and is of historical interest today.


23 March 1949, Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, “On Broadway” by Walter Winchell, pg. 25, col. 2:
Sights You Never See on the New York Map: (...) “Bongo Blvd.” (the short block on 51st between 7th and B’way), where the Latin bandsmen rendezvous.

June 1949, Hearst’s International Combined with Cosmopolitan (New York, NY), “Winchell’s New York,” pg. 112, col. 2:
Sights You Never See on the New York Map: (...) “Bongo Blvd.” (the short block on 51st between 7th and B’way), where the Latin bandsmen rendezvous.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Saturday, May 26, 2018 • Permalink