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

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“Talking Big Apple ’75” (song by Loudon Wainwright III, 1976)

“Talking Big Apple ’75” is a song on the album T Shirt (1976) by American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor

Loudon Wainwright III. The lyrics are a time capsule of New York City and mention then-mayor Abe Beame.
“Sure I know New York is dirty and ugly,” Wainwright sings, but he concludes, “Oh, but it’s not boring.”
Wikipedia: T-Shirt (album)
T Shirt is a 1976 album by Loudon Wainwright III. Unlike his earlier records, this (and the subsequent Final Exam) saw Wainwright adopt a full blown rock band (Slowtrain) - though there are acoustic songs on T Shirt, including a talking blues. According to Wainwright on the 2006 CD liner notes, it received a scathing review from Rolling Stone which depressed him so much he stayed in bed for five days.
Track listing
All tracks composed by Loudon Wainwright III; except where indicated
1. “Bicentennial”
2. “Summer’s Almost Over”
3. “Hollywood Hopeful” (Traditional; arranged and adapted by Loudon Wainwright III)
4. “Reciprocity”
5. “At Both Ends”
6. “Wine with Dinner”
7. “Hey Packy” (George Gerdes)
8. “California Prison Blues”
9. “Talking Big Apple ‘75”
Genius.com (lyrics)
Talking Big Apple ’75
Loudon Wainwright III
From the 1976 album titled “T Shirt”
Release Date January 1, 1976
Well there’s all kinds of cities that I ramble around
But New York, New York, now there’s a hell of a town
You know it ain’t no lie, and it ain’t no guff
They got five big boroughs chock full of stuff
They got skyscrapers
and a sea of humanity ...
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From the 1975 Arista album “T Shirt”
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