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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“The Only Way to See New York” (Circle Line)

Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)

Inner Circle

Big Tomato (summary)

“I’ll have what she’s having!”

“Tom’s Diner” (Nov. 18, 1981; 1984, 1987)


Tampa: The Big Guava

Big Potato (summary)

Big Smoke (summary)

Garden Apartment

Big D: Dallas, Texas

New York Crumb Cake

New York Screwdriver (driving in screws with a hammer)

New York Stop (skating)

New York Breakfast (cold pizza; cigarettes & coffee)

New York Reload (a second loaded gun)

New York Trigger

Knickerbocker Glory (or, Sundae)

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)

Goodfellas & Wise Guys

“New York’s Best Kept Secret” (Century 21)

New York Whitehall (boating)

San Jose, Costa Rica nickname

Australian icon

“New York” and “Manhattan” and “Brooklyn” scatalogical terms

Manhattan Drop (wrestling)

“Los Mets”

Greek “Anthora” Coffee Cup

Big M (summary)

Guardian Angels

“Cheesecake” and “Beefcake” (photography)

“You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best”

“OK” Sign (Ballantine Beer & Pizza Box Chef use)

Take-Out (not Take-Away)

Wicked Hot Chocolate & Wicked Fun Bonbons

Little Belgium

Creepers & Infiltrators (urban explorers)

Papaya & Hot Dogs ("Tastier Than Filet Mignon")

Beducator (bed + educator)


Whole Paycheck (Whole Foods nickname)


Your safety matters to us

Peter Funk

“Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long” (1932)

East 62nd Street Lemon Cake

“Ice Cream” (1995) ("Butter-Pecan Rican” lyric)

Successful Fire (Jewish Lightning)


BBQ people (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens)

Little Persia

Orange Julius & Orange Juice Gulch

Albany: Albany beef

Binghamton: Spiedie

Buffalo: Beef-on-Weck; Bomber Sandwich; Chicken Wings

Buffalo: Sponge Candy

Long Island: Long Island Ice(d) Tea

Long Island: “Longuyland”

Rochester: Flour City (nickname)

Rochester: White Hots; Pop Opens

Rochester: Garbage Plate (or Dumpster Plate)

Syracuse: Salt City (nickname); Salt Potato

Saratoga: Saratoga Potato (Chip)

Thousand Islands: Thousand Islands Dressing

Troy: Collar City (nickname)

Utica: Chicken Riggies

Toilet Paper (or, Medicated Paper)

New York of the North (summary)

New York Review of Each Other’s Books

“Here Comes Mister Softee” (1959)

Chess District; Washington Square Park’s “Snake Pit”

Westchester: Golden Apple

Cafe Society

Automobile Row

Little Spain

Heisman Trophy

La Marqueta

Bridal Building

Rubbermen or Red Menace

Bronx Indian or Brooklyn Indian

“On the 6” (1999) & “Jenny from the Block” (2002)

Track Pizza

EMS ("Every Minute Sucks")

B-Boy or B-Girl (Bronx Boy/Girl or Break Boy/Girl)

One PP or Puzzle Palace (One Police Plaza)

Big Apple Fest (2005)

Typhoid Mary

Skelly (or skelsy, skellzies, scully, tops, caps)

Pedlock (pedestrian + gridlock)

Seven O’Clockers

Tar Beach (rooftop)

“New York: For the Time of Your Life” (2005)

Brooklyn Clothesline

Brooklyn Fade or Brooklyn Blowout (haircut)

New York Kiss & New York Kiss-Off

Little Apple (Roosevelt Island)

“Lock ‘em up"/"Hellview of Bellevue” (1961); “For You” (1973)

Don’t block the box!

Nanaimo Bar Mystery (New York Bars?)

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