Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.
• “I am presently experiencing life at a rate of several WTFs per hour” (6/4)
• “When someone asks what my dream job is. Literally nothing. Who dreams to have a job…” (6/4)
• “When the airplane door shuts & the seat next to you is open it feels like you just won the lottery” (6/4)
• “When the flight attendants close the cabin doors and the seat next to you is still empty” (6/4)
• “When the plane door shuts and there’s still an empty seat next to you” (6/4)
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Above, Big Apple Corner at 54th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Google Maps.
Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Aug. 15, 1931, Binghamton (NY) Press, pg. 14.
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.
Also listen to a 1937 "The Big Apple" song by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra. See a 1929 photo of John J. Fitz Gerald and a 1931 photo of John J. Fitz Gerald.
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