A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 08, 2017
Big Apple City

New York City has been nicknamed “Big Apple,” but usually not “Big Apple City.” The 1981 animated television special Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City illustrates Strawberry Shortcake’s trip to Big Apple City—obviously a take on New York City, “the Big Apple.”

Strawberry Shortcake visits “Sentimental Park” (like Central Park), “"Spinach Village” (like Greenwich Village) and “Times Pear” (like Times Square).


Wikipedia: Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake is a brand character currently owned by Iconix Brand Group, which has agreed to sell it to Canadian children’s television company DHX Media subject to regulatory approval. She was originally used in greeting cards, but was later expanded to include dolls, posters, and other products. The Strawberry Shortcake properties also include a toy line of the character’s friends and pets. In addition, the franchise has spawned television specials, animated television series, and films.

Wikipedia: Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City is a 1981 animated television special written by Romeo Muller, produced by Muller and Buzz Potamkin, and directed by Hal Silvermintz. This is the second special to feature the American Greetings character, Strawberry Shortcake.

Synopsis
Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City chronicles Strawberry Shortcake’s trip to Big Apple City (an obvious parallel to New York City, also known as the “Big Apple"), so she can compete in a baking contest at “the little theater off Times Pear” (referencing Times Square). Strawberry’s journey, however, is in jeopardy due to the constant interference of the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak, who is her only competition in the bake-off. The Pieman counts on his kohlrabi cookies and a little trickery to beat Strawberry and her famous shortcake. A “Spinach Village” is also mentioned, a reference to Greenwich Village.

Strawberry Shortcake Wiki: Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City
Big Apple City is based off of New York, while Times Pear is based off of Times Square. The mentioned “spinach village” is based off of Greenwich Village.

YouTube
Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City - 1981
Sparkle Queen
Published on Oct 28, 2016
Vintage Strawberry Shortcake 80’s full movie

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“Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City” Is a Queer Romcom Don’t @ Me
Posted by Heather Hogan on August 7, 2017 at 8:32am PDT
I recently revisited the 1981 smash hit Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City, and was both shocked and delighted to discover that it’s what made me gay. The way I remembered it, Strawberry Shortcake hopped aboard a butterfly and made the trip to Big Apple City to face off in a televised bake off in Times Pear against the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak. The Purple Pieman employed various nefarious machinations to sabotage our sweet heroine’s chances at victory, but ultimately she emerged victorious through the power of friendship and fresh produce!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 • Permalink