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 July 26, 2014
Big Apple of the Midwest (summary)

Several cities of the Midwest have been called the ‘Big Apple of the Midwest.” Minneapolis, Minnesota (“Mini-Apple”) and Manhattan, Kansas (“Little Apple”) infrequently have used the ‘Big Apple of the Midwest” moniker. Chicago (IL) has been called the ‘Big Apple of the Midwest” since at least 2011.

The Disney Channel situation comedy Good Luck Charlie, on May 19, 1983, applied “Big Apple of the Midwest” to Columbus, Ohio.


Wikipedia: Columbus, Ohio
Columbus (/kəˈlʌmbəs/) is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of 822,553 (2013 estimate). It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which encompasses a ten county area. Under the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) model, it is the third largest metropolitan area in Ohio, virtually tied with the Cleveland MSA and only slightly behind the Cincinnati MSA (which includes portions of Kentucky and Indiana).

Under the Combined Statistical Area (CSA) model, the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area was the 28th largest in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion, Chillicothe, and Mount Vernon) has a population of 2,348,495, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Ohio behind Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, it is also the fourth most populous state capital in the United States and the third largest city in the Midwestern United States.
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Nickname(s): The Discovery City, Arch City, Indie Art Capital, Cowtown, The Biggest Small Town in America, Cbus.

Every Day Should Be Saturday
THE CURIOUS INDEX, 8/2/2010
By Spencer Hall  @edsbs on Aug 2 2010, 10:17a
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YOU’LL GO TO THE BIG APPLE OF THE MIDWEST WHEN WE SAY YOU CAN. Derek Dooley is not letting Bryce Brown transfer to Kansas State, presumably because everyone involved in the conversation here has just decided that inside their brain, deep in the animal limbic system where all crucial snap judgments are made, a bag of dicks resides where common sense should sit.
(The “Little Apple” of Manhattan, Kansas.—ed.)

MLB.com—St. Louis Cardinals
Ballpark Village
extendAP
12/4/10 10:42 PM
You’re right. It should all happen overnight and St. Louis she be like the Big Apple of the Midwest.

Google Books
Latinos in the Midwest
Edited by Rubén O. Martinez
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press
2011
Pg. ?:
Illinois alone has nearly one-half (46.7% or 1.9 million) of the Latino population of the Midwest, with the majority residing in Cook County (1.2 million) or Chicago and surrounding cities, which together constitute the “Big Manzana,” or the Big Apple of the Midwest.

City-Data Forum—General U.S.
VolunteerTN
05-08-2011, 07:03 PM
Best Metro Areas in the Midwest
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My votes go to Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Indianapolis; however, Chicago will always be the Big Apple of the Midwest.

I am UIC
Notes from a Portlander
October 17, 2011 | By Claire Shapleigh, Biomedical Visualization
“Dear Chicago,
I want to live in Wicker Park.
Lots of love,
Megan”
So my friend Megan from Portland, city of hipsters, hippies and big mountains, came to town recently to visit the Big Apple of the Midwest.

Good Luck Charlie - Wiki
Go Teddy!
Go Teddy! is the fourth episode of series Good Luck Charlie. This episode was seen by 2.7 million people.
Disney Channel US Premiere:
May 19, 2013
International Debut:
June 7, 2013 (Canada)

TV Show Episode Scripts
Good Luck Charlie Episode Scripts
N/A - Go Teddy!

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- ( Gasps ) - ( Both cheer ) Woo-hoo! Hey, save some of that spirit for Ohio.
( Stammering ) I’m sorry, what? The cheer leading competition is in Columbus, Ohio.
The Big Apple of the Midwest.

Twitter
Allison
‏@Allyslikeastar
I still laugh because according to Disney, this is the Big Apple of the Midwest. #columbus #ohio #yall http://instagram.com/p/Z37wkWpfqm/
6:34 PM - 28 May 2013

Twitter
makayla sophia
‏@makaylasophiaa
DISNEY CHANNEL SAID WE’RE THE BIG APPLE OF THE MIDWEST SO C’MON #5SOSFAM #5SOSACOUSTICOHIO
10:04 PM - 7 Jul 2013

Twitter
hannnn
‏@Hannah_bila
On good luck Charlie they say Columbus OH us the big apple of the Midwest 😂😂😂 why?
10:24 PM - 25 Jul 2013

Twitter
Heidi Sorensen-Sloth
‏@Heidi_LPI
@s_sindel - Tuck paused tv so excited just so I could listen to a Disney show saying “Columbus, Ohio the Big Apple of the Midwest” #ohiolove
7:05 PM - 28 Aug 2013

Beer Dorks
December 21, 2013
Beer Diary: Minnie Destination
The frost-covered Big Apple of the Midwest is quickly becoming a beer town worth visiting.

by Eddie Glick
Even if you don’t live in the Midwest, you’re probably aware of the frigid weather conditions gripping, well, the entire fucking country at the moment. Such weather usually gets people to thinking about traveling, and, I’ve gotta tell ya’, you should be traveling to Minneapolis.

Yes, that Minneapolis, where, at the time of this writing, it is -2° Farenheit. And the reason you should be traveling there, of course, is beer, because, thanks to what has come to be known as the “Surly Law,” the frost-covered Big Apple of the Midwest is quickly becoming a beer mecca.

Twitter
5SOS Official Ohio
‏@5SOSOfficialOH
we’re called the big apple of the Midwest #OhioWants5SOS
6:54 PM - 19 Jul 2014

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