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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“My idea of a super bowl is a large bowl of guacamole” (1/24)
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Entry from July 03, 2005
Hypodermic Needle (Freedom Tower, latest design)
The latest design for the Freedom Tower (the building planned for the World Trade Center area) is said to look like a "hypodermic needle." This replaces the design that was said to look like a "toothpick" or a "bayonet."

http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/154286/index.php
The new "Freedom Tower" has been unveiled. Its remarkable similarity to a hypodermic needle serves to symbolize the kind of "freedom" enjoyed under the Empire: the freedom to consume; the freedom to anethetize our minds; the freedom to lend material support to all manner of international banditry.

http://www.theambler.com/jun16-30_05.htm
Yikes. Besides his obvious mastery of vituperation, Ouroussoff does not lack a sense of humour, likening the tower to "a gigantic glass paperweight with a toothpick stuck on top." My first thought was that the tower resembles a hypodermic needle as designed by Michael Graves, but this is unfair to Graves, whose housewares manifest a certain playfulness and are pleasing to the eye.
Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 03, 2005 • Permalink