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 June 08, 2021
“Why is New York City called ‘The Big Apple?’ Wrong answers only” (2021)

The New-York Historical Society asked on Twitter on June 2, 2021:

“Why is New York City called ‘The Big Apple?’ Wrong answers only.”


Twitter
New-York Historical Society
@NYHistory
Why is New York City called “The Big Apple?”
Wrong answers only.
9:30 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Sprout Social

Twitter
Tourguide J
@TourguideJ
Replying to @NYHistory
The Big Kielbasa was taken.
9:32 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
ilhan citak
@ilhanson
Replying to @NYHistory
Manhattan means crabapple in Native American language.
9:32 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
things fall apart (total landscaping)
@jgmundie
Replying to @NYHistory
In 1848, Phineas Taylor Barnum was trying to encourage people to visit his American Museum by exhibiting A Gigantic Apple, Grown in Greenwich Village. It was a hit.
9:35 AM · Jun 2, 2021 from Philadelphia, PA·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Sean O’Brien
@revbon22
Replying to @NYHistory
When New York was still New Amsterdam, apples were a form of currency.
9:39 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Citizen of Vaccination Nation
@backyardbeyond
Replying to @NYHistory
Governor Petrus ("Pete") Stuyvesant lost his leg when he was hit by a big apple on the Bouwerie Road during a rambunctious version of Dutch apple-ball in 1750.
9:40 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
heather andrews
@wildsheepchase
Replying to @NYHistory
In 1983, Ed Koch hastily signed an agreement with an emerging computer company from California. He thought the computers would be called New York Computers, but when the lawyers reviewed the contracts, they found he had signed away the city’s naming rights.
GIF
9:44 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Yumi Tanaka
@YuminTanaka
Replying to @NYHistory
There was a brief history the city was called “New Orange” but people preferred Apple because of the Apple Cider (Hard cider).
10:13 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Firdos
@enfr11215
Replying to @NYHistory
Bc Mets home run logo us Big Apple
10:36 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
CheapCulture
@CheapCulture
Replying to @NYHistory
Because Robert Moses bulldozed an orchard.
10:46 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
All vaxxed up, with nowhere to go.
@untinydancer
Replying to @NYHistory
Apple farm land investment boondoggle run by Tammany Hall.
10:57 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Jean Blakey
@JeanBlakey1
Replying to @NYHistory
When the Statue of Liberty was erected it was said that New York was the apple of her huge eyes.
11:09 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Tasha Tartaglia
@TashaTattoos718
Replying to @NYHistory
The original King kong was eating a giant apple when he climbed to top of the empire state building and it was left it up there after they shot him down
11:41 AM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
jefferson franco ♬
@jeffersito_f
Replying to @NYHistory
Because it has the biggest Apple Store of the world.
11:49 PM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Michael IrisOwl
@Mike_Iris
Replying to @NYHistory
The Dutch traded apples for the island with the natives.
1:17 PM · Jun 2, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dr. Chris Danielson
@ChrisDanielso11
Replying to @NYHistory
Because until the annexation of the Oregon Country in 1846, it was the leading cultivator of apple orchards in the antebellum United States.
8:58 AM · Jun 3, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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