Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “Where did the piglets study their ABC’s?"/"At a school for higher loining.” (3/21)
• “What is a baseball dog?"/"One that chases fowls.” (3/21)
• “I’ve never seen a tombstone that said, ‘Died from not forwarding a chain email‘“ (3/21)
• “Give a Nigerian a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a Nigerian to phish and he becomes a prince” (3/21)
• “I took the batteries out of my carbon monoxide detector today” (joke) (3/21)
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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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