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, 2005
Mistake on the Lake
"Best Location in the Nation" was soon ridiculed with "Mistake by/on the Lake." This nickname was popular in CB slang in the 1970s, during Cleveland's fiscal crisis.

These 1960s citations seem to indicate earlier use, but I haven't found that yet.

5 November 1967, New York Times, pg. SM16:
Cleveland used to kid itself into believing its slogan, "Best Location in the Nation." Negroes preferred "Mistake on the Lake.

22 October 1968, New York Times, pg. 1:
Cleveland, that ethnically Balkanized "mistake by the lake" that elected a Negro Mayor last year, produced the largest Negro insurrection (as opposed to riot) in recent history.

Posted by Barry Popik
Big Plum, Mistake On The Lake (Cleveland nicknames) • Friday, March 04, 2005 • Permalink


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