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.

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Entry from May 02, 2006
A man in a hat got a tan (Manhattan)
How to spell "Manhattan"?

Is it Manhatten? Madhatten" Manhadden?

One easy way for people to remember "Manhattan" is this: "A man in a hat got a tan." (It must have been a bad hat!)

Variants include "A man in/with/under a hat got/had/and a tan."

http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/k/klezmatics-reissues.shtml
THE KLEZMATICS
Jews With Horns / Possessed
(Rounder)
US release date: 12 February 2002 (original release: 8 April 1997)
by Margaret Schwartz
(...)
Jews With Horns is a joyful album, full of obscure Kabalistic cleverness (the liner notes by Canadian Rabbi Kaiman be Zishe Holzhacker explain all the secret numerical affinities buried in the album), but also with wordplay that the average English speaker will understand and enjoy. On the first cut, "Man In A Hat", the vocalist (nearly all of the six Klezmatics sing lead vocals, and apparently its political whether or not they sing in English -- more on this later -- so I'm not exactly sure who is singing here) celebrates Manhattan in a series of puns so silly and so clever that the listener can't help but be drawn into his enthusiasm. "I met a man in a hat with a tan / Met a man in a hat with a tan / Man-hat-tan, I met a Manhattan man." All of this to the rollicking, staccato beat and twisting clarinet and trumpet that most will recognize as quintessentially Klezmer.

http://i_remember.blogspot.com/2005_03_01_i_remember_archive.html
I also remember my mnemonic for spelling Manhattan; "The Man under a hat had a tan." That would be how to remember the double-t.

http://www.gonetonyc.com/2006_03_01_archive.html
Friday, March 31, 2006
How to spell Manhattan
You often see Manhattan spelled wrong. A year or two ago, I ran across a nice -- and simple -- way to remember the spelling: think of a Man in a Hat with a Tan. ManHatTan. Manhattan.

http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=1848&page=4
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/40e7d/cd624/
Manhattan
A man in a hat with a tan

http://realmsbeyond.net/forums/showthread.php?p=1611#post1611
Manhattan
The man with a hat got a tan

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=5271913
Hometown: MAN with a HAT and a TAN (Manhattan,NYC)

http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=1848&page=4
Man Hat Tan
Manhattan
a man wearing a hat with a tan.

sometimes i say it with a D in there thought, Madhattanwink

Last edited by Zack the Dog : 08-18-2002 at 03:31 PM.

http://www.mh-z.com/photos/manhattan_beach/
Good bye, Manhattan beach.... Hmm, man-hat-tan. I'm a man, I wore a hat, I got a tan. No I didn't, I was quite liberal with the sunscreen.

http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:UP8cAdHjW1EJ:www.streetsaresayingthings.com/sgallery/displayimage.php%3Falbum%3Dlastcom%26cat%3D0%26pos%3D171+man+%22hat+got+a+tan%22+and+manhattan&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9&ie=UTF-8
Death149 3BR BAT OTB [May 05, 2005 at 11:55 AM]

@FTB... Yo... It is a bad sign when you can't spell where you live. Think about that kid. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Skip the rah rah and read a book and go to school. A Man with a Hat and a Tan... Manhattan... See how easy it is?

(Google Groups)
Riddle from net.book.of.riddles
... [SPOILER] A MAN wears a HAT, and a TAN he might get, If he went out to sea and got soaking wet. The borough MANHATTAN's the sum that you find... ...
rec.puzzles - Jul 4 1995, 2:04 pm by Jonathan Haas - 2 messages - 2 authors
Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • (0) Comments • Tuesday, May 02, 2006 • Permalink