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 June 22, 2019
Muddy York (Toronto, Canada nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Other Toronto nicknames include “Big Smoke,” “Broadway North,” “Centre of the Universe,” “Hogtown,” “Hollywood North,” “New York of the North,” “New York Run by the Swiss,” “Queen City,” “T-Dot,” “T.O.,” “The Six” and “Toronto the Good.”


Wikipedia: Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada’s most populous CMA. Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, and is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Wikipedia: Name of Toronto
Nicknames
Toronto has had various nicknames throughout its history. Among the earliest of these was the disparaging Muddy York, used during the settlement’s early growth. At the time, there were no sewers or storm drains, and the streets were unpaved. During rainfall, water would accumulate on the dirt roads, transforming them into often impassable muddy avenues.

OCLC WorldCat record
From “Muddy York” to the “Queen City.”
Author: Godson Contracting Company, Limited.
Publisher: [Toronto], [1925]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
A retrospect, a short review of the steps taken in sanitation to transform the town of Muddy York into the Queen City of the West.
Author: Robert Wilson
Publisher: Toronto, Dept. of Public Health [1934]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
A Hundred Years of Muddy York. (Reprinted from The Canadian Magazine.).
Author: H M Jackson
Publisher: [Toronto], [1934]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The corner of “Duke & George” 1798-1984 : a tangible witness : from muddy York to great metropolis
Author: Sheldon J Godfrey; Judy Godfrey
Publisher: Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1984.

OCLC WorldCat record
Muddy York : Toronto’s foundation, 1793-1834
Author: Richard Fiennes-Clinton
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Dundurn, 2013.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Edition/Format: Print book : English

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