Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Why is a ghost such a messy eater?"/"Because he is always a goblin.” (10/27)
• “How do you unlock a haunted house?"/"With a skeleton key.” (10/27)
• “Why did the hotel hire a skeleton on Halloween?"/"He had a skeleton key.” (10/27)
• “Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?"/"He had no body to dance with!” (10/27)
• “When does a ghost have breakfast?"/"In the moaning.” (10/27)
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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.