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 June 20, 2006
The Nation’s Thyroid Gland (Christopher Morley)
Christopher Morley notably called New York City "the nation's thyroid gland." I haven't found the exact source in his many writings, though.

Christopher Morley (5 May 1890—28 March 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, and poet.

He was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Morley studied at Haverford College, where he obtained a BA in 1910. He was a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford from 1910 to 1913. Morley got his start as a newspaper reporter and then columnist for various publications in Philadelphia and later New York City.

31 October 1957, Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, "Live in New York? A Lot of Folks Do!" by Hal Boyle, pg. A25:
Whatever you want to eat you can find here, whatever you want to see is here. Like a perpetual circus there is always something going on. As Christopher Morley said, this is "the nation's thyroid gland."

Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • (0) Comments • Tuesday, June 20, 2006 • Permalink