Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “To make me happy: Make me coffee, bring me coffee, be coffee….coffee” (3/24)
• “Coffee! Coffee! It’s our drink! If we don’t get it, we can’t think!” (3/24)
• “Coffee: because hating your job should be done with enthusiasm” (3/24)
• “Want to hear a really dark joke?…Decaf” (3/24)
• “I eat salad everyday. Bean salad…Coffee bean salad…Coffee. I drink coffee everyday” (3/24)
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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.