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 November 27, 2004
Mecca of Telephone Men
Around 1900, when the telephone was new, New York City was the "mecca of telephone men." The nickname was rarely used then and quickly died, but it's sometimes given in lists of New York City nicknames.


Google Books
The History of the Telephone
By Herbert Newton Casson
Chicago, IL: A. C. McClurg & Co.
1910
Pg. 271:
China, Japan, and France have sent delegations to New York City -- "the Mecca of telephone men," to learn the art of telephony in its highest development.

11 July 1913, New York (NY) Times, pg. 11 ad:
"New York is the
Mecca of Telephone Men."
(...)
New York Telephone Company
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • (0) Comments • Saturday, November 27, 2004 • Permalink