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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SUMMARY: “Why is New York called the Big Apple?”

“Big Apple” Cohen-Popik Work On Television (?)

Big Apple bet (1988, 2003) between mayors of New York City and Columbia, South Carolina

“Big Apple” in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Big Apple Corner (1992-1997)

Big Apple Corner (1997 Law & Today)

1920s Non-Horseracing “Big Apple” Citations

Damon Runyon (who never used “Big Apple")

Big Apple 1970s Revival: Charlie Gillett and Lew Rudin

Off Topic: Charles Gillett on Conventions

Only in New York

Big Apple Fame and Fortune

Great White Way (Broadway)

“Fun City” Nickname (1966)

Yankees (American League baseball team)

Bronx Bombers

Subway Series

It’s A Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There

Tin Pan Alley

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

“Like Grand Central Station”

Audrey Munson (New York’s “Civic Fame” and “Miss Manhattan,” San Francisco’s “World’s Fair Girl")

Finest, Bravest, Strongest, Boldest

New Yorker (inhabitant of New York)

Big Apple Timeline

Peacock Alley

Ground Zero

Go Fight City Hall

Coney Island Chicken (hot dog)

Capital of the World

Thoity Thoid and Thoid (33rd Street and Third Avenue)

Hero Sandwich

Bronx Cheer

First “Big Apple” citation: May 3, 1921

First “Big Apple” explanation: February 18, 1924

Second “Big Apple” explanation: December 1, 1926

“Big Apple” date?: January 15, 1920

1928: “On the Big Apple” column

1931: “Around The Big Apple” column

Witness (1998): Washington Post writer Shirley Povich

Manhattan Cocktail

Waldorf Salad

Big Apple plaque (1996)

Steak Diane

Danish Pastry

Sand Hog (Sandhog)

Hizzoner

Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Hooker

Beep (Borough President)

Ice Cream Sandwich

Depression Apple Sellers (1930s)

Big Apple Whore Hoax (1800s)

Edward Martin metaphor (1909)

Big Apple dance craze (1937)

Harlem’s jazz musicians (1930s)

Manzana Principal (suggested in 1966)

Lands of the Big Red Apples

Twenty-Three Skidoo (myth)

Buy/Sell the Brooklyn Bridge

Amazin’ Mets

Big A (1959)

Manhattan Clam Chowder (Coney Island Clam Chowder; Fulton Market Clam Chowder)

Egg Cream

Skycap

Big Onion (recent, post-Big Apple nickname)

Wall Street (from a graveyard to a river)

Fugeddaboutit! ("forget about it")

Greatest Show on Earth

Ambulance Chaser

Bronx Cocktail

I’d rather be a lamppost in New York than mayor anywhere else

“Indict a ham sandwich”

Shyster

Hot Dog (Polo Grounds myth & original monograph)

Hot Dog Roll

911 (emergency call)

Bloody Mary (cocktail)

Knish

Numerous 1920s “Big Apple” citations in the New York Morning Telegraph

New York Minute (or, New York Nanosecond)

Gray Lady; Paper of Record; All the News That’s Fit to Print (New York Times)

Parkie/Parky

Bagdad-on-the-Subway

“New York, New York—so nice, they named it twice”

Gotham

Little Italy

Chinatown

Hell’s Kitchen

Silk Stocking District

Tenderloin

Big Blue; Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Big Board

Black Rock (CBS); Hard Rock (ABC); 30 Rock (NBC)

Lipstick Building

J. J. Fitz Gerald obituaries (1963)

Gang Green (New York Jets nickname)

Statue of Liberty Play

Naked City

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