Cut an apple horizontally, and one often sees a five-seed star pattern. The five seeds are said to represent the five boroughs of New York City.
This was posted on Twitter on December 16, 2013:
“I’m a native NYer; was taught in school it’s bc if you slice apple latitudinally, there’s a 5-point star= 5 boroughs.”
There does not appear to be any historical documentary evidence to support this interpretation for the origin of New York City’s nickname, “the Big Apple.”
Maria Popova @brainpicker 9h
Even most native New Yorkers don’t know the origin of why NYC is known as “the Big Apple” – and now we all do: http://j.mp/1fhWLKM
6:02 PM - 16 Dec 13
@brainpicker I’m a native NYer; was taught in school it’s bc if you slice apple latitudinally, there’s a 5-point star= 5 boroughs
11:55 PM - 16 Dec 13
@aleemam @brainpicker What school and when? Was this in printed material? No mention of “Big Apple Corner” that I dedicated?
11:16 AM - 17 Dec 13
@barrypopik @brainpicker this was in elementary school, so should be interpreted playfully no printed material, teacher just told us
12:12 PM - 17 Dec 13
New York City • The Big Apple • 1970s-present: False Etymologies • Monday, December 16, 2013 • Permalink