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 March 04, 2007
Un-Texas (Austin nickname)

Austin is sometimes called “the un-Texas.” It’s a little different than the rest of Texas.

Other Austin nicknames include “Keep Austin Weird” and “The People’s Republic of Austin” and “Moscow on the Brazos” and even “a blueberry in the tomato soup.”

Austin, Texas
Queer Austin folks like to say that they live in the “un-Texas” Texas, a land of green rolling hills, beautiful lakes and rivers for swimming (and a couple of gay-popular sunning spots), a progressive populace and an urbane alternative arts and music scene. 

Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Toast of Texas
Golf for Women
(January/February 2005)
“Austin is the un-Texas. It looks like Texas, with about 300 days of sunshine a year and acres of rich, wide-open land. The locals wear cowboy boots and speak with a slow molasses drawl. The University of Texas at Austin is set right in the heart of town. In Austin, football is religion, shooting is sport, and golf is somewhere in between… The city boasts one of the country’s hippest music scenes, an indie movie scene, rollicking bars and trendy restaurants and a storied history.”

Scott’s wanderings
Posted on Dec. 7th, 2006 at 11:16 pm
Our home for the last two years, Austin, TX, sometimes referred to by other Texans as The People’s Republic of Austin, is the un-Texas. We had been here enough times before we moved to know there was something special about this town but living here has surpassed our expectations.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, March 04, 2007 • Permalink