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 Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 16, 2006
Big Strawberry (summary)
"Big Strawberry" is the infrequently used nickname of Garden Grove, California. The Garden Grove Journal has helped popularize the nickname.

A Guide to Garden Grove
We at the Garden Grove Journal just might know Garden Grove better than anyone around. The owners, Jim & Marilyn Tortolano, grew up in Garden Grove, moving here, as kids, in 1960 and 1957, respectively. In addition to attending local schools, they've worked in Garden Grove, own property in Garden Grove and both their families live here.

So here's our opinionated Cook's Tour of the City of Youth and Ambition, the "Big Strawberry," what Jim only half-jokingly calls "the Athens of the 21st Century."

Once home to many produce packing houses and hundreds of acres of produce farms besides just Oranges (note that Garden Grove to this day holds the nickname The Big Strawberry), all that are left are a few patches of privately owned and poorly cared for trees - and very few privately owned farm plots where the crop is sold from roadside stands. (One in particular - about 1/2 mile from Disneyland - is owned by a Japanese family, and as I understand it, The Mouse has been trying their damndest to buy this plot for their own nefarious purposes; this is not to be confused with another strawberry field that they ultimately did purchase and turned into the western hemisphere's largest parking structure. Or at least, for now, it's the western hemisphere's largest.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesBig Strawberry (Garden Grove, California nickname) • (0) Comments • Thursday, February 16, 2006 • Permalink