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.

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Entry from December 22, 2005
New York’s/America’s/People’s Playground (Coney Island)
Coney Island has long been New York City's popular beach and playground destination every summer. The slogan "America's Playground" (or "America's Favorite Playground") has been recently re-used, but these have also been trademarked by Atlantic City and others.

Coney Island has been called "New York's playground" since at least 1904 and "people's playground" from at least 1906. The beach at Jacob Riis Park has the similar nickname of "People's Beach."

Wikipedia: Coney Island
Coney Island is a peninsula, formerly an island, in southernmost Brooklyn, New York City, USA, with a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. The neighborhood of the same name is a community of 60,000 people in the western part of the peninsula, with Seagate to its west; Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east; and Gravesend to the north.

The area was a major resort and site of amusement parks that reached its peak in the early 20th century. It declined in popularity after World War II and endured years of neglect. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of KeySpan Park, home to the successful Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team.

Coney Island Development Corporation
"Coney Island has been much imitated but never duplicated," said Borough President Markowitz. "This plan will preserve Coney's famed freakishness and fun-loving spirit, while residents and businesses benefit from their neighborhood's rebirth as a 24/7 tourist and family destination. The whole world knows that Coney Island is the ultimate in American character and funk. Coney Island has been called America's playground and it will be so again."

"I am thrilled that in collaboration with Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Miller, the Coney Island Development Corporation has produced a brilliant and visionary strategic plan for the future of Coney Island," said Council Member Recchia. "Coney Island has always been New York's playground and I am confident under the guidance of this plan, Coney Island will once again be the playground of the world."

Brooklyn Best
About BrooklynBest 2004: The first weekend in June, Brooklyn's new Tourism and Visitors Center presented the first annual BrooklynBest celebration in Coney Island, America's favorite playground, to officially launch the summer season (Future BrooklynBests will move around Brooklyn each year.)

The BrooklynBest schedule of events included Bike to the Boardwalk, Sandcastle building, the first Baby Parade since 1954, a Fashion Show featuring Brooklyn's hottest young designers, Movies on the Beach and Fireworks! Watch for future announcements at http://www.brooklyn-usa.org.

September 15, 2005
City Presents Coney Island Redevelopment Plan
Yesterday, the city announced that the funding for the Coney Island Strategic Plan is now $83 million, in order to make America's Playground the glittering weekend destination is used to be.

3 July 1904, New York Times, pg. 16:
Luna Park's "Durbar" is an attraction that holds good, drawing daily crowds to New York's playground -- Coney Island.

OCLC WorldCat record
The biggest playground in the world
by Lindsay Denison
Type: Microform; English
Publisher: [New York : s.n., 1905]
Editions: 2 Editions
Publication: Munsey's magazine. Vol. XXXIII, no. 5 (August 1905)
OCLC: 33373788
Related Subjects: Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and travel. | Amusement parks -- New York (State) -- New York. | Resorts -- New York (State) | Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and travel.

OCLC WorldCat record
Coney Island : the people's playground.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: [New York : Waite and Staley, ©1906]

28 July 1907, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 5:

New York Playground Rejoices
Because Part Is Left.

28 May 1911, Los Angeles Times, pg. I2:

NEW YORK, May 27 -- Coney Island, the playground of New York, suffered early today the worst fire disaster in its history. Dreamland, the largest of the amusement parks, was wiped out and about four blocks adjourning, covered with booths, restaurants, hotels, moving picture theaters and resorts of various types, were destroyed.

OCLC WorldCat record
Coney Island : the people's playground
by Michael Immerso
Type: Book; English
Publisher: New Brunswick ; Piscataway, NJ Rutgers University Press, ©2002.

OCLC WorldCat record
Coney Island Picture Postcards The People's Playground.
by Russo, Scott
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Crown Pub 2007.

OCLC WorldCat record
Greetings from Coney Island 2008 Calendar Vintage Images from New York's Playground.
by Universe Publishing
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub 2007.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (1) Comments • Thursday, December 22, 2005 • Permalink

Yup! Atlantic City dropped that a long time ago, now we use “Always Turned On!” - I actually like the other one better.

Posted by Atlantic City  on  07/09  at  09:01 AM

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