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 23, 2013
“No man is an island. Manhattan is an island. Therefore, Manhattan is not a man.”

The English poet John Donne (1572-1631) is credited with the line, “no man is an island.” Manhattan—which starts with “man”—is an island. A silly syllogism has been cited since at least 1993:

“IF Manhattan is an island,
AND No man is an island,
THEN Manhattan is no man.”


“No man is an island, but Manhattan is”—another saying, not entirely related to the syllogism—was cited in print in 2002.


Wikipedia: Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, or in full Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, and severall steps in my Sicknes, is a rare work of prose by the English metaphysical poet, satirist, lawyer and cleric in the Church of England John Donne, published in 1624.
(...)
Famously, the 17th devotion, Meditation XVII, includes the phrases “No man is an Iland” (often modernised as “No man is an island") and “...for whom the bell tolls”.

Wikiqupte: Anonymous
No man is an island in Manhattan.

Google Books
The Water Book:
A Compendium of Facts and Fables for the Modern Reader

By D. A. Rain
Boston, MA: Branden Publishing Company
1993
Pg. 295:
If, And, and Then: Simple Logic
IF Manhattan is an island,
AND No man is an island,
THEN Manhattan is no man.

COROLLARY: Islands are fun.

Google Books
Men in Black II
By Esther Friesner
New York, NY: The Ballantine Publishing Group
2002
Pg. ?:
No man is an island, but Manhattan is.

Stormfront
Bluegrass Lass
03-30-2010, 12:27 PM
Re: NYPD patrols railway with submachine guns
(...)
No man is an island--- but Manhattan is.

Twitter
Matt Bogdanow
\‏@mattbogdanow
They say that no man is an island, but what about MANhattan? That’s definitely an island.
12:27 PM - 26 Oct 10

Jesse’s Café Americain
29 October 2012
US Equity and Option Markets Are Closed
(...)
No man is an island, but Manhattan is.

Twitter
Clint Freiheit
‏@EarlChuck
“No man is an island. Manhattan is an island. Therefore, Manhattan is not a man.” #discretestructures #inference
6:09 PM - 19 Feb 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 • Permalink