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 August 13, 2006
“Gateway to Discovery” (or “Gateway to the Moon")

"Gateway to Discovery” is on the official Florida quarter. However, “Gateway to the Moon” was used as early as 1958. It’s the same idea.

Florida coin

The Florida quarter is the second of 2004, and the 27th in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program. On March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state to be admitted into the Union.

The design incorporates a 16th-century Spanish galleon, a space shuttle and the inscription “Gateway to Discovery.” A strip of land with Sabal palm trees is also depicted.

On Easter in 1513, while searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon named the region “Pascua Florida,” meaning “Flowery Easter.” In 1539, Hernando de Soto and other explorers continued the exploration of the New World through the region.

Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center, has been the starting point for most of the modern era’s most significant scientific space expeditions – from Man’s first moon landing to the Voyager probe currently exploring deep space outside our solar system. From 16th-century Spanish galleons to 21st-century space exploration, Florida has played a continuing role in humanity’s quest for knowledge and discovery. With the highest average temperature of any state, and the second longest shoreline, Florida is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.

On April 9, 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed a nine-person Florida Commemorative Quarter Committee. In May 2002, the Committee reviewed over 1,500 design concepts and narrowed the candidates to 25. The Committee met again in June 2002 and selected 10 candidate design concepts to forward to Governor Bush, who selected five concepts – including “The Everglades,” “Gateway to Discovery,” “Fishing Capital of the World,” “St. Augustine,” and “America’s Spaceport.” In a three-week public vote, Floridians chose “Gateway to Discovery” as the winning design.

20 July 1958, New York Times, pg. E7:
COCOA BEACH, Fla., July 19—Last winter, the Chamber of Commerce courtesy cards issued across the causeway from here read:

“This is Cocoa—gateway to launching site of the satellite.”
And what happened at nearby Cape Canaveral this week tended to confirm what everyone in this incredible growing area of east central Florida takes for granted—that this is indeed the “gateway” to the moon.

13 October 1963, Chicago Tribune, pg. A2:
Cape Canaveral, Fla., Oct. 12 (AP)—This is the gateway to the moon. Color it green, like dollars.

16 May 1965, Chicago Tribune, pg. 53 ad:
DELTONA IS IN FLORIDA’S FAMED GOLDEN TRIANGLE! 26 miles from Daytona Beach—26 miles from Orlando, the City of Flowers, and 70 miles from Cape Kennedy, the “Gateway to the Moon.”

Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Promoting Brevard County, Florida as a destination for experiential learning and value entertainment. FIRST USE: 20030612. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20040310
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78236045
Filing Date April 10, 2003
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition December 30, 2003
Registration Number 2995781
Registration Date September 13, 2005
Owner (REGISTRANT) Florida’s Space Coast NONPROFIT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY FLORIDA 8810 Astronaut Blvd., Ste. 102 Cape Canaveral FLORIDA 32920
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Posted by Barry Popik
Florida (Sunshine State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Permalink