Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “The people have spoken—the bastards!” (7/1)
• “Control the controllables” (business adage) (7/1)
• “Yo mama is so dumb, she uses Old Spice for cooking” (7/1)
• “How do you say goodbye in Arabic?"/"BOOM!” (7/1)
• Brooklyn Grit (7/1)
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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.