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 December 14, 2005
What are you going to do about it?
"What are you going to do about it?" was the 1870s slogan regarding the corrupt Tammany Hall ring. Cartoonist Thomas Nast used the phrase in his many famous "Tammany tiger" cartoons.

26 July 1871, New York Times, pg. 4:
So long as their frauds remained a secret, and the books and accounts in which they were concealed were supposed to be securely guarded from the public, they were wont to ask "What are you going to do about it?" with an unconcerned and flippant air. But the facts and figures published by the TIMES during the past week have put a very different face upon the matter. They now ask in sober earnestness, "What are you going to do about it?" and they listen with fear and trembling for the response.

12 August 1871, New York Times, pg. 2:
These charges are not denied; indeed, they are admitted by Mayor HALL's personal organ, the Leader, and the World, the Tammany organ, to be "substantially true." But "What are you going to do about it?" was the bland reply of TWEED, when confronted with these proofs of the prodigious villainy of his ring of scoundrels. And "What are you going to do about it?" echoes the World.
Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • (0) Comments • Wednesday, December 14, 2005 • Permalink