Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Eat like no one is watching. Or dance. Whatever” (12/3)
• “I just don’t want to look back and think, ‘I could’ve eaten that‘“ (12/3)
• “Give up carbs? Over my bread body” (12/3)
• “The difference between coffee and your opinion is I asked for coffee” (12/3)
• “Finally, my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls” (12/3)
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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.