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
Hipster Express (L train nickname)

The “L” train has been nicknamed the “hipster express” by some because the “L” goes between the newly gentrified Williamsburg to Manhattan’s East Village.
In October 2010, the Knowit Express bus service from Brooklyn (Park Slope) to Washington, DC (U Street) was also dubbed the “Hipster Express.”
Wikipedia: L (New York City Subway service)
The L 14th Street–Canarsie Local is a service of the New York City Subway, running local along the full length of the BMT Canarsie Line, 24 hours a day. The service is colored gray as the only route to use the Canarsie Line. For more information on the service, including history of the line, see the Canarsie Line article. The L is sometimes dubbed the Hipster Express [citation needed], a nickname coined for the gentrification of Williamsburg.
Urban Dictionary
A cross town train that runs along 14th Street in Manhattan and goes out to Brooklyn. Hipster Express: Better known for transporting hipsters from Williamsburg to the hipsters of the East Village and vice versa.
I took the L-train from the Bedford stop today but I didn’t wear my trucker hat so I felt out of place.
by Rufus McDoofus Nov 16, 2003
Greenpoint, USA
East Village to Williamsburg Ferry?
Daily News
NOVEMBER 2nd, 2004
The L has been unofficially dubbed the “hipster express” for the route it runs between increasingly trendy Williamsburg and Manhattan’s ever-trendy East Village.
New York (NY) Times
New York Observed
Along the Tracks of Her Mind

Published: September 6, 2008
The most satisfying nonexistent lines, though, would link many existing ones without covering too many miles. Jeff Lin, a Denver sociology professor who used to live in Prospect Heights (sharing an apartment with one of my sons), would have liked to see a line that went from Prospect Heights to Williamsburg when he was dating a woman who lived near the L. “It could be called the Hipster Express or the Square Glasses line,” he suggests.
The line could start at Grand Army Plaza on the 2-3 or Seventh Avenue on the B-Q, but it might have been worth the extra change for Mr. Lin if it originated at Atlantic Avenue, where those lines come together, along with the 4-5 and the Long Island Rail Road. The Hipster Express would cross subway-deprived Williamsburg, meet the J-M-Z at Marcy Avenue, and end at Bedford Avenue on the L.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Permalink

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