Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Got up this morning and ran around the block 5 times. Then I got tired, so I picked up the block” (1/29)
• “You know your life is boring when you only wear work clothes and bed clothes” (1/29)
• “I’ve decided to start calling my toilet Jim instead of John. I go to the Jim every morning” (1/29)
• “Instead of John, I call my bathroom Jim. That way it sounds better when I say I went to the Jim” (1/29)
• “Everyone who hates speeding tickets, raise your right foot” (1/28)
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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.
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