Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it” (10/13)
• “Mistakes happen. Don’t dwell on them. Just blame somebody else and move on” (10/12)
• “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them” (10/12)
• “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere” (10/12)
• “The meal isn’t over when I’m full. The meal is over when I hate myself” (10/12)
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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.