Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• Naked Cake (cake without outer icing) (11/26)
• “In a relationship with food” (11/26)
• “I couldn’t pay my doctor, so he gave me another six months to live” (11/26)
• “Do I know any sodium jokes? Na” (11/26)
• “It takes only one drink to get me drunk—usually the fourth one” (11/26)
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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.