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 September 19, 2006
Proud City

"Proud City” was a short-lived nickname coined by Mayor John Lindsay in 1966. “Fun City” was also Lindsay’s.

1 January 1966, New York Herald Tribune, pg. 1:
John V. Lindsay took the oath of office as Mayor at 6:24 last night in the toom at City Hall that once served as the office of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Standing before a huge portrait of President James Monroe—wife, Mary, at his side, his family gathered around him—the man who became the city’s 103d Mayor at midnight last night:

“Ours is a proud city. It should be a proud city and that is why I look forward with pride to being its Mayor.”

6 April 1966, Brooklyn World-Telegram and Sun, “Of Politics” by Owen Fitzgerald, pg. B2:
“New York is neither a Proud City nor a Fun City,” said (Flatbush Assemblyman Bertram L.—ed.) Podell. “Instead it is an angry city and a disturbed city. Mayor Lindsay promised a government of talent; instead it is a government of dilettante.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • (0) Comments • Tuesday, September 19, 2006 • Permalink