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 July 19, 2009
“My heart bleeds blue borscht”

"My heart bleeds blue borscht” ("My heart beats blue borscht” also has a few recorded citations) means that the speaker couldn’t care less—just the opposite of “my heart bleeds” for something. Borscht is usually red.

The saying is of unknown origin, but appears to have been known in the Jewish sections of the Bronx, perhaps in the 1940s-1950s.


Alan Chartock - Blog
Monday, October 31, 2005
When in doubt, just say ‘No’
(...)
To put it succinctly, my heart bleeds blue borscht for them.

It’s Happeneing Forums
Vancouver
11-05-2006, 08:12 AM
This “income trust” legislation came in only after two big corporations—BCE (= Bell Canada + other assets) and some big cable utility, recently started calling themselves trusts instead of corporations, as a tax dodge. And, well, my heart bleeds blue borscht for the oil sector smile

News Ynet - Talkbacks
Guy - compassion
My compassion is with the boys who went MIA when serving their country, not some drug dealer who travelled to Arab countries to line his pockets.
I think he returned to Israel as the fattest POW in history. And if he gave no thought to his family when he did what he did, it’s not my job to do so.
You want to feel sorry for someone and someone’s family? You have three boys who didn’t return from Sultan Yakub, Ron Arad, and the three lost boys from last summer.
My heart beats the bluest of blue borscht for Tannanbaum, to use an old Bronx saying.
Dorothy Friend , Tel Aviv (06.25.07)

ProSemiteUndercover
cwajga
Posted: Jan 22, 2008 22:25
my heart bleeds blue borscht…

We Beg To Differ! - General Debates
Marian Paroo
09-26-2008, 06:46 AM
My heart beats blue borscht for him.
There’s a sucka born every minute!

We Beg To Differ - Political Debates
Marian Paroo
11-09-2008, 12:33 AM
Yes, being as last night was a memorial rally for Yitzhack Rabin who was assassinated following such calls at crowds where Netanyahu stood by and did nothing, my heart beats blue borscht for her.

Real Estate Ynet - Talkbacks
My heart beats blue borscht…
...as we used to say in New York… when speculators lose money.
Dorothy Friend , Tel Aviv (06.01.09)

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