A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 11, 2022
Yonkers: Little Apple (nickname)

Yonkers is located next to New York City (the “Big Apple"), and the nickname “Little Apple” has been infrequently used.

“Little Apple (Yonkers, that is)” was printed in The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY) on February 9, 1971. “We’re the Little Apple, right next to the Big Apple” was said by Yonkers City Manager Vincent Castaldo and printed in the New York (NY) Times on October 5, 1976. “I’ll be running for mayor of yonkers The little Apple, a stone throw away from The Big Apple” was posted on Twitter by Frank Spotorno on October 26, 2014.

“Little Apple” is also used as a nickname of Manhattan (Kansas) and Ithaca (New York). Roosevelt Island (New York City) used the “Little Apple” nickname in the 1970s.


Wikipedia: Yonkers, New York
Yonkers (/ˈjɒŋkərz/) is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. Developed along the Hudson River, it is the third most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City and Buffalo. The population of Yonkers was 211,569 as enumerated in the 2020 United States Census. It is classified as an inner suburb of New York City, located directly to the north of the Bronx and approximately two miles (3 km) north of Marble Hill, Manhattan, the northernmost point in Manhattan.

Newspapers.com
9 February 1971, The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY), “Bowler’s Bulletin,” pg. 27, col. 2:
Speaking about a change of pace, the mini-blackout in the Big Apple (that’s New York to you non-swingers out there) also effected the rollers in the Little Apple (Yonkers, that is).

5 October 1976, New York (NY)Times, “$83.6 Million Yonkers Bond Sale Ends a Year of Fiscal Uncertainty” by James Feron, pg. 1, col. 5:
YONKERS, Oct. 4.—Yonkers ended a year of fiscal uncertainty today with the announcement it had sold $83.6 million in short-term and long-term bonds.

A jubilant City Manager, Vincent Castaldo, said, “The Little Apple has pulled out.”
(...) (Pg. 48, col. 1.—ed.)
“It’s a good day, a very good day,” he (Castaldo—ed.) said in his City Hall office. “We’re the Little Apple, right next to the Big Apple, but we pulled ourselves out in seven months.”

Newspapers.com
5 October 1976, Ithaca (NY) Journal, pg. 30, col. 1:
Yonkers pleased by interest rates
YONKERS (AP)—Vincent Castaldo, city manager of Yonkers, says that because of renewed confidence in the city’s financial condition, Yonkers was able to sell $83.6 million in short- and long-term bonds at much lower interest rates than had been expected.
(...)
“It’s a good day, a very good day,” Castaldo said Monday in his City Hall office. “We’re the Little Apple, right next to the Big Apple, but we pulled ourselves out in seven months.”

Newspapers.com
2 March 1977, The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY), pg. 8, col. 1:
New York City is still hopping from one financial hot spot to another. When will someone realize that what helped Yonkers, dubbed the “Little Apple,” get out of the fire might help the Big Apple as well?

Newspapers.com
2 July 1977, The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY), “Polishing off ‘bright apple’ T-shirts” by Terri Hall, pg. 6, col. 2:
New York City may be the “Big Apple” and Yonkers may be the “Little Apple,” but Mount Vernon schools are the “Bright Apple” and soon everybody will know it.

Twitter
Frank Spotorno
@FrankSpotorno
Replying to @realDonaldTrump
@realDonaldTrump Invest in my town Mr. Trump. I’ll be running for mayor of yonkers The little Apple, a stone throw away from The Big Apple.
9:00 AM · Oct 26, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Frank Spotorno
@FrankSpotorno
Unbelievable! Amazon is welcome to come to the little Apple, the city of Yonkers where they will be greeted with open arms and treated with the roll out of the full red carpet. https://710wor.iheart.com/featured/the-sean-hannity-show/content/2019-03-05-aoc-vs-amazon-cortez-says-amazon-can-return-to-nyc-if-they-consult-local-communities/#.XH79pLMW2u4.facebook
5:55 PM · Mar 5, 2019·Facebook

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