Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Hard work is equal to prayer” (8/30)
• “If you’ve seen one chamber of commerce, you’ve seen one chamber of commerce” (8/30)
• “God gives every bird its food, but does not throw it into the nest” (8/30)
• SHCOOL (failed spelling of “school") (8/29)
• “Weather forecast for tonight: dark” (8/29)
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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.