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 Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 17, 2021
“New York is dead. Don’t come back”

New York (NY) Post
Billboard in Los Angeles tells transplants that ‘New York is Dead. Don’t Come Back.’
By Tamar Lapin
January 26, 2021 5:11pm Updated
An eye-grabbing billboard in Los Angeles has a sharp message to those who fled the Big Apple during the COVID-19 pandemic — “New York is Dead. Don’t Come Back.”

The massive sign on Sunset Boulevard, which went up Monday, is the work of Williamsburg-based art collective The Locker Room NYC.

“We had an idea to say to the New Yorkers who have left that ‘we’re doing OK without you,’” the collective’s founder, Samara Bliss, told The Post on Tuesday.

“It’s [also] meant to be a love letter to people who have stayed in New York.”

The phrase “New York is Dead” is a nod to the titles of early-pandemic essays about the droves of people leaving the city — including one in The Post that prompted a rebuttal op-ed from Jerry Seinfeld titled “So you think New York is Dead?

NBC 4 (New York, NY)
‘New York Is Dead. Don’t Come Back’: Billboard Rips Those Who Fled NYC Amid Pandemic
The artists behind the campaign call it a commentary for all those who left as the city shut down, when people were stuck in small apartments and the streets were empty, and hope it can be a source of pride for those who stayed

By Ida Siegal • Published January 27, 2021 • Updated on January 27, 2021 at 5:22 pm
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“It’s a love letter to all those choosing to double down and rebuild New York together,” said Graham Fortgang.

He, along with Samara Bliss, started the art piece from their studio in Williamsburg. They call it a commentary for all those who left as the city shut down, when people were stuck in small apartments and the streets were empty. Some, like the former president of the United States, said or implied New York was dead.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Sunday, October 17, 2021 • Permalink


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