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 29, 2017
“New York leads all cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move”

Television talk show host and comedian David Letterman said on Late Night with David Letterman in September 1986:

“New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.”

The joke about a dangerous New York was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on September 28, 1986 and has been frequently cited. Letterman’s quote has been printed on several images.


Wikipedia: David Letterman
David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American former television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and Late Show, surpassing friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history. In 1996 Letterman was ranked 45th on TV Guide‘s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

28 September 1986, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Replays,” Magazine, pg. 6, col. 1:
“New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.”
David Letterman

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Selected and Compiled by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Books
1988
Pg. 197:
316
New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
David Letterman

Google Books
The 2,320 Funniest Quotes:
The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from AllGreatQUotes.com

Edited by Tom Corr
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. 294:
New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
David Letterman

Google Books
The Little Red Book of New York Wisdom
By Ed Koch, with Gregg Stebben and Jason Katzman
New York, NY: SKyhorse Publishing
2011
Pg. *:
New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
DAVID LETTERMAN

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New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around
whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.
-- David Letterman
2:41 PM - 16 Mar 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 • Permalink