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 December 18, 2005
“I Happen To Like New York” (1930)
"I Happen To Like New York" was written by Cole Porter for his show The New Yorkers.

Cole Porter is one of the greatest lyricists of all time, but this song usually does not rank among his greatest.

I HAPPEN TO LIKE NEW YORK (Cole Porter) ("The New Yorkers")

I happen to like New York, I happen to like this town.
I like the city air, I like to drink of it,
The more I know New York the more I think of it.
I like the sight and the sound and even the stink of it.
I happen to like New York.
I like to go to Battery Park and watch those liners booming in.
I often ask myself, why should it be that they come so far across the sea.
I suppose it's because they all agree with me. They happen to like New York.
Last Sunday afternoon I took a trip to Hackensack,
But after I gave Hackensack the once over, I took the next train back.
I happen to like New York. I happen to love this burg.
And when I have to give the world a last farewell,
And the undertaker starts to ring my funeral bell,
I don't want to go to heaven, don't want to go to hell.
I happen to like New York. I happen to like New York.

Posted by Barry Popik
Music/Dance/Theatre/Film/Circus • (3) Comments • Sunday, December 18, 2005 • Permalink

Years ago I had an LP record of Cole Porters music
Played by a big band which I think was something like ???Brown and his Big Band
One of my favourite tracks was “I Happen To Like New York”.
Unfortunatly I got rid of the record thinking i could replace it with a CD of the same music, no such luck!!.
I would like to know if you or any reader recognises the LP and if it or the cd equivalent is available

Posted by Ted Brown  on  09/12  at  05:29 PM

The version by Harold Lang may be the best.  I’ll try to find the LP.  Frank

Posted by frank jacobs  on  07/18  at  10:32 AM

This song failed because the melody didn’t match the lyrics. If should have been more upbeat.

Posted by James Watts  on  01/25  at  09:59 AM

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