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 April 17, 2023
“The whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach”

Many New Yorkers do not get outside a lot to enjoy nature. Canadian-born American writer David Rakoff (1964-2012) said this in his book of essays titled Fraud (2001):
     
“I do not go outdoors. Not more than I have to. As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach.”
   
 
Wikipedia: David Rakoff
David Benjamin Rakoff (November 27, 1964 – August 9, 2012) was a Canadian-born American writer of prose and poetry based in New York City, who wrote humorous and sometimes autobiographical non-fiction essays. Rakoff was an essayist, journalist, and actor, and a regular contributor to WBEZ’s This American Life. Rakoff described himself as a “New York writer” who also happened to be a “Canadian writer”, a “mega Jewish writer”, a “gay writer”, and an “East Asian Studies major who has forgotten most of his Japanese” writer.
     
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Fraud:
Essays

By David Rakoff
New York, NY: Doubleday
2001
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I do not go outdoors. Not more than I have to. As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach.
   
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Sep 8, 2001, 12:20:07 AM
(...)
I do not go outdoors. Not more than I have to. As far as I’m
concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You
want greenery? Order the spinach.
—David Rakoff, _Fraud_, 2001
   
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Grace McGarvie
Sep 13, 2001, 5:44:01 PM
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HERE IS MY COLLECTION positive and negative:
NEW YORK
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I do not go outdoors. Not more than I have to. As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach. David Rakoff
 
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Helen Ellis
@WhatIDoAllDay
“As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach.” I agree with David Rakoff. Join us on Nov. 2.
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“I do not go outdoors… As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of living in New York City is indoors. You want greenery? Order the spinach.” - David Rakoff
8:01 PM · Apr 17, 2023

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