Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.
• “What did the young pancake say to the old one?"/"I don’t like your flip side.” (2/27)
• “Why don’t Mexicans have barbecues?” Because the beans fall through the grill.” (2/27)
• “I told myself I should stop drinking… But i’m not about to listen to some drunk” (2/27)
• “What’s the best pancake topping?"/"More pancakes.” (2/26)
• “Did you hear about the angry pancake? He just flipped” (2/26)
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Above, Big Apple Corner at 54th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
Above, John J. Fitz Gerald, from the Oct. 17, 1931, Turf Play, p. 7.
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce The Big Apple, a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano. Lyrics written by Buddy Bernier and sung by Edythe Wright. Audio provided by Dorothy Emmerich.