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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 13, 2006
Sparkling City by the Sea (Corpus Christi nickname)

"Sparkling City by the Sea” has been a Corpus Christi nickname since it was promote in ads in the 1960s.

Corpus Christi is the county seat of Nueces CountyGR6 and a coastal city located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the region known as South Texas. The name means “body of Christ” in Latin. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 277,454 people (though a July 1, 2004 estimate placed the population at 281,196), making it the eighth-largest city in the state. The translation of the city’s name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honour of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist).

The city is often referred to as “The Sparkling City by the Sea,” particularly in literature promoting tourism. Locals and natives often just call it Corpus.

28 April 1964, Dallas Morning News, section 1, pg. 15:
As he had in the Rio Grande Valley on Sunday, Connally stressed his tourist program in this tourist-conscious area where Corpus Christi residents like to have it referred to as the “Sparkling City by the Sea.”

9 October 1965, Winnipeg Free Press, pg. 25 ad:
Winter in Sunny
Sparkling City by the Sea…

5 November 1967, New York Times, pg. XX28 ad:
CORPUS CHRISTI...land of sunshine,
water sports and sandy beaches

A year-round vacationland on the tropical Gulf of Mexico. Visit the Sparkling City by the Sea.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Permalink