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 March 17, 2013
New York Fucking City (New York Fuckin’ City)

"New York Fucking City” (or “New York Fuckin’ City") has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts and hats. The saying can have various meanings—that New York City is “fucking amazing” or that New York City is a rough place where people like to curse.

“New York fucking City!” was cited in print in 1979. The “New York Fuckin’ City” T-shirts have been sold since at least 1996.


Google Books
The Silver Ghost
By Chuck Kinder
New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1979
Pg. 193:
The Big Apple, amigo. New York fucking City!

Google Books
Time Out New York Guide
Fourth Edition

New York, NY: Penguin Books
1996
Pg. 84:
‘NEW YORK FUCKING CITY’
So this is New York today: a place busily conducting a battle with itself.

Google Groups: alt.drunken.bastards
xxx...@bway.net
2/22/96
(...)
I went into the first t-shirt shop on the block and picked out a very suitable t-shirt for the occasion.  It was black and had huge white letters that said NEW YORK FUCKIN CITY on both sides.  How very appropriate.

Google Groups: uk.local.london
Martin Sewell
11/16/00
(...)
Alistair Mann:
“I’m in London form Nov 22 to 29 now. Can we do it then? I have a “New York Fucking City” tshirt to wear! [1]”

Google Books
Engaging Men
By Lynda Curnyn
Don Mills, Ont.: Red Dress Ink
2003
Pg. ?:
This was New York Fucking City, after all.

Google Books
Fat Chance
By Deborah Blumenthal
Don Mills, Ont.: Red Dress Ink
2004
Pg. ?:
When I see someone wearing a T-shirt that says New York Fucking City, it always makes me laugh.

Google Books
Between the Assassinations
By Aravind Adiga
New York, NY: Free Press
2008
Pg. 272:
He passed rows of baby shoes, bras, T-shirts bearing the words NEW YORK FUCKING CITY, fake Ray-Ban glasses, fake Nike shoes and fake Adidas shoes, and piles of Urdu and Malayalam magazines.

Google Books
Fallen Idols:
Lacrimae Rerum

By Leonard Schulman
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2012
Pg. 216:
Jackhammers are tearing up the street below. Hundreds of transit construction workers. Thousands of New Yorkers going about their busy lives. Buses are honking. It’s New York fucking City—as the T-shirts proclaim—top of the world, and my friend Ja,es Wilde is dying.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • Sunday, March 17, 2013 • Permalink