Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “How do you make a musician complain?"/"Give him a gig.” (2/9)
• “I’d tell you a chemistry joke, but I know I won’t get a reaction” (2/8)
• “What does a physicist have for lunch?"/"Fission chips.” (2/8)
• “Why do mathematicians like parks?"/"Because of all the natural logs.” (2/8)
• “A piece of gold walks into a bar…” (bar joke) (2/8)
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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.