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 August 22, 2004
Tabloid Headlines ("FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD")
The New York Post, the Daily News and New York Newsday are tabloid newspapers that have had memorable headlines. On many days, the headlines are the same for the same story.


NEW YORK POST HEADLINE: "HEADLESS BODY IN A TOPLESS BAR"
"Headless Body in a Topless Bar" ran in the Post in 1983. It was the title of a 1996 movie.

14 April 1983, New York Post, pg. 1:
Cops find
headless
body in
topless
bar
PAGE 8

Page 8:
HEADLESS MAN
IN TOPLESS BAR

Waitress is forced
to decapitate body

New York (NY) Post
URBAN MYTHS
WHAT WIKIPEDIA GETS WRONG ABOUT NYC
By STEVE CUOZZO
Posted: 3:21 am
August 24, 2008
(...)
The dimwitted entry claims The Post's famous 1983 front-page headline, "Headless Body in Topless Bar," was written by a onetime employee named Paul Beeman. In fact, it's a matter of historical record that the headline was written by then-managing editor VA Musetto (who is today The Post's film editor and Cine File columnist).

Mr. Beeman - a low-level editor on the midnight-8 a.m. shift - did not even work at The Post in 1983. But why should that matter in Wikipedia's world, where anyone can say anything about anyone or anything, and call it truth?


NEW YORK POST HEADLINE: "BEST SEX I EVER HAD"
"Marla boasts to her pals about Donald: 'BEST SEX I'VE EVER HAD'" was a February 16, 1990 New York Post headline. Allegedly, Marla Maples said this about real estate developer Donald Trump. Some wags insist that Trump himself planted the headline. Trump eventually married and divorced Marla, his Georgia peach.


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS HEADLINE: "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD"
"FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD" was the Daily News headline of October 30, 1975. New York City had been seeking federal help to get out of its fiscal crisis. "Drop dead!" is a Yiddish-ism and President Gerald Ford never actually said the words, but the headline was powerful enough for New York City readers. Ford was not re-elected.

2 July 2005, New York Daily News, pg. 23:
Ex-News editor William Brink
FORMER DAILY News Managing Editor William Brink, whose 1975 Page One headline "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD" became an icon of American journalism, died yesterday.

He was 89.
(...)
On Oct. 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford ruled out federal aid for the city to prevent an unprecedented default.

Using a pencil on sheets of newsprint paper, Brink wrote, "DROP DEAD," then, above it, "FORD TO CITY."

"Terrific," said Editor Mike O'Neill, who recalled Brink yesterday as "a great newspaperman, a superb writer and editor...with a surefire instinct for a good story or headline."
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 22, 2004 • Permalink