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 June 30, 2013
Harlem’s Restaurant Row (Frederick Douglass Boulevard)

Harlem’s “Restaurant Row” is Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 110th and 125th streets. The Daily News (New York, NY) said on November 10, 2000, “In Harlem, 116th Street has become restaurant row.” The New York (NY) Post wrote on December 5, 2007, “mini restaurant row Frederick Douglass Boulevard.” Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s claim as “Harlem’s Restaurant Row” has been cited in print frequently since 2010.
“Manhattan’s Restaurant Row” is on West 46th Street and “Brooklyn’s Restaurant Row” is on Smith Street.
Wikipedia: Eighth Avenue (Manhattan)
Eighth Avenue has carried traffic one-way northbound since June 6, 1954.
North of Columbus Circle, the roadway becomes Central Park West, a two-way street along Central Park. North of Frederick Douglass Circle at 110th Street, it is Frederick Douglass Boulevard, though sometimes still unofficially referred to as Eighth Avenue. Fredrick Douglass Boulevard eventually terminates near the Harlem River at the Harlem River Drive around West 159th Street. While the avenue has different names at different points in Manhattan, it is actually one continuous stretch of road.
The IND Eighth Avenue Line runs under Eighth Avenue.
10 November 2000, Daily News (New York, NY), “The Eats Beat” by Irene Sax:
In Harlem, 116th Street has become restaurant row. If you stroll from Frederick Douglass Blvd. to Malcolm X Blvd., you can decide if you feel like eating the foods of Senegal or Mali, Ethiopia or the West Indies.
New York (NY) Post
5 December 2007, New York (NY) Post, “Avoiding the Touristas ” by Joseph Barracato, New York Pulse, pg. 47:
For a meal, Native (161 Lenox Ave.; [212] 665-2525) is a nicely priced mix of French-Morrocan and soul, or head over to mini restaurant row Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Eater NY
Frizzante Italian Bistro, Chicken BonChon Certified Open
Monday, January 18, 2010, by Kelly Dobkin
3) Harlem: HarlemCondoLife reports that Frizzante Italian Bistro is now open: “Last night (Thursday, January 14) was their first night of business in Harlem. I tried chatting with the gentlemen on site today to get the chisme on who is behind this new restaurant, which, in our view, supports our claim that from 110th Street to 125th on Frederick Douglass Blvd. it is slowly and surely becoming the restaurant row of Harlem.” Status: Certified Open. 2168 Frederick Douglass Boulevard; (212) 866-0525.
HarlemGal Inc.
Harlem’s restaurant row, Frederick Douglass Blvd., has its own map and alliance group
Posted on January 29, 2012
It’s official…again! Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem from 110th to 125th Street, also known as restaurant row, has its very own map, according to The New York Daily News. And the folks behind the map is an alliance group called Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA). Check out the map below. It mentions all existing businesses from 110th to 124th Street. The map does not include up and coming places on FDB, such as the Harlem Food Bar or Marcos Leatherlab, the cobbler store.
Daily News (New York, NY)
Vegan soul food restaurant set to open on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem
Chef Brenda Beener and son aim to ‘improve health of the neighborhood we love’

By Douglas Feiden / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, June 8, 2012, 4:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 8, 2012, 4:00 AM
The budding mother-and-son entrepreneurs plan to open in August on a booming stretch of Frederick Douglass Blvd. near 116th St. that has emerged in recent years as Harlem’s Restaurant Row.
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia University)
For West Harlem, an identity crisis
By Christian Zhang
December 10, 2012 4:32am
Changing streetscapes
Storefronts that just 30 years ago were boarded up now host upscale restaurants like Lido, 5 & Diamond, and Melba’s, which have earned Frederick Douglass Boulevard the nickname “Harlem’s restaurant row.” Gourmet market Whole Foods plans on opening a store on 125th Street within three years.
Walking through West Harlem today, one finds a diverse range of residents eating, shopping, and making their lives in the neighborhood.
HarlemGal Inc.
Is Indian cuisine coming to Harlem’s restaurant row?
Posted on February 26, 2013
Frederick Douglass Blvd., aka Harlem’s restaurant row, will soon have a Turkish restaurant through Savann. 2280 FDB will be the address.

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