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 09, 2007
“Keep Abilene Boring”

“Keep Abilene Boring"is yet another imitation of the popular slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” T-shirts with this slogan were made in 2006.
The seemingly endless imitation Texas city slogans include “Keep San Antonio Lame,” “Keep Dallas Pretentious,” “Keep Dallas Plastic,” “Keep Dallas Douche,” “Keep Houston Dirty,” “Keep Denton Chido,” “Keep College Station Normal,” “Keep Georgetown Normal,” “Keep Round Rock Mildly Unusual,” “Keep Wimberley Weirder,” “Keep Lubbock Flat” and “Keep Waco Wacko.” 
Abilene (TX) Reporter-News
Dull ... and proud of it
Today’s Talker
August 23, 2006
You’ve seen the slogan Keep Austin Weird on T-shirts and bumper stickers. But what about Keep Abilene Boring?
The latter is the slogan on a T-shirt being sold at Monks Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress St., and at its kiosk in Mall of Abilene.

And it’s not a slam at the city, says Monks co-founder and slogan creator Walt Henson.
If being boring means great schools, friendly people and a super downtown, then keep Abilene boring, a sign at Monks says.
’‘I’m from a town of 400 people. Abilene is not boring,’’ Henson said. The shirts are meant to be funny, come in nine colors, and cost $15.
- Jamie Busen
Myspace: Treesalyn 
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Not much happening here in Abilene.  Austin, where I am spending the weekend (yay!), has a slogan, “Keep Austin Weird”.  Abilene’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Abilene Boring”.  I’m not kidding.  They even have it on a t-shirt. 
Abilene (TX) Reporter-News
Gift Guide 2006 12.05.06
Keep Abilene Boring T-shirt
What it is: A parody of those ‘‘Keep Austin Weird’’ T-shirts. Sure, Austin might have Sixth Street and filmmakers running around shooting potential Hollywood blockbusters ... but Abilene has low crime and well-rested people. 
Prices: $18 for the long-sleeve version.
Where to find it: Monk’s Coffee House, 233 Cypress St.
If they’re sold out: You could take a marker and a T-shirt and make your own.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, March 09, 2007 • Permalink

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