Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Smoked salmon should be sliced so thin, you can read the New York Times through it” (5/27)
• “Exercise? I thought you said extra fries” (5/27)
• “This wine pairs well with turkey and difficult relatives” (5/27)
• “No one in my entire life has believed in me more than the waiter who just gave me a single napkin” (5/27)
• “Every loaf of bread is a tragic story of grains that could have become beer, but didn’t” (5/27)
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Above, Big Apple Corner at 54th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Oct. 17, 1931, Turf Play, p. 7.
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce The Big Apple, a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano. Lyrics written by Buddy Bernier and sung by Edythe Wright. Audio provided by Dorothy Emmerich.
The Big Apple. An etymological dictionary (over 11,000 entries) investigating the origins of American words, names, quotations and phrases, specializing in modern slang, neologisms, nicknames, slogans, proverbs, adages, idioms and aphorisms. There are regional dictionaries of New York City, Florida, Oregon and Texas. A website by Barry Popik.
Above, a cartoon representing the idea of the "big apple" from the 1920s. Click to see the full version.