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.

Recent entries:
“Starbucks isn’t really that expensive when you you consider what Victoria Secret charges per cup” (7/25)
Entry forthcoming—B.P. (7/25)
“Yoga is my favorite way to pretend to work out” (7/25)
“Work is the greatest thing in the world; so we should always save some of it for tomorrow” (7/25)
“I try to avoid things that make me fat. Like scales, photos and mirrors” (7/25)
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Entry from November 25, 2015
“You go to New York to become somebody; you to go Los Angeles to become famous”

"You go to New York to become somebody; you to go Los Angeles to become famous” is a saying that’s popular in the entertainment industry. “You go to New York to get a career, to LA to feel famous for it, to Paris to be ignored, and to Monaco to be appreciated” was cited on Twitter on December 23, 2010. “You go to NY to get ahead. You go to LA to be seen and you go to Miami to get f’ed up” was cited on Twitter on January 3, 2012.

“They say you go to New York to get good, and you go to LA to get found” was cited on Twitter on March 30, 2012. It’s not known who started the saying.


Twitter
Logophile.
‏@MATERIALxBOY
RT @ditsyNspoiled You go to New York to find love and LA to chase your dreams. ---> & yu can find amazing fashion in both cities!
9:33 PM - 24 Oct 2010

Twitter
eli s.
‏@BeautyInIrony
You go to New York to get a career, to LA to feel famous for it, to Paris to be ignored, and to Monaco to be appreciated.
1:59 PM - 23 Dec 2010

Twitter
Ric Sarille
‏@RickSoReal
A wise man once told me: You go to NY to get ahead. You go to LA to be seen and you go to Miami to get f’ed up - @RamiroRestrepo @italozanzi
12:59 PM - 3 Jan 2012

Twitter
Olivia Kenya
‏@OLIVIAKENYA
They say you go to New York to get good, and you go to LA to get found.
12:13 AM - 30 Mar 2012

Twitter
Juan Alvarado
‏@Juanisacreep
You go to New York to be someone important, you go to LA to be someone else, you go to San Francisco to be yourself.
11:42 AM - 20 Jun 2012

Twitter
luis leal
‏@Leal95Leal
You go to New York to be important, you go to LA to be famous,
Yougo to San Fransisco to be yourself.jaja so truesmile
5:50 PM - 9 Dec 2012
Concord, CA

reddit
New York or LA? (self.Standup)
submitted March 12, 2013 by lost_my_username
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bpsuxballz
You go to New York to get good. You go to LA to get famous.

Viva Glam Magazine
INTERVIEWS
Julian McCullough: He’s Not Ambitious, He’s Terrified
By Brianne Nemiroff | August 30, 2013
(...)
In your first stand-up special, you talk about your “minimalist” lifestyle in your NYC apartment. But you said at one time that once you can afford New York you move to L.A. Is that what you did?
Well that’s what ends up happening. By the time you feel comfortable, and that you’ve mastered a step, it no longer makes sense for you to do it anymore, and then you move to where you feel totally uncomfortable and a piece of sh** again. Basically, in stand-up you go to New York to get good and then you go to LA to sell what you’ve become.

Twitter
Trent
‏@trentswift
Heard this, I like it: You go to NY to become somebody, you go to LA when you are somebody, and you go to Miami to become somebody else.
10:00 AM - 28 Oct 2014

The Chronicle (Centralia, WA)
Big Irish Jay, ‘The Everyman’s Comedian,’ Comes to The Fox
Laughs: L.A. Comic Pays a Visit to His Pacific Northwest Roots

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:01 pm
By Dameon Pesanti /
Jay Hollingsworth is the kind of comedian that calls it like he sees it, and as a heavyset, 6-foot-8 Irishman, he starts with his stage name, “Big Irish Jay.”
(...)
“They say you go to New York to be a better comic and L.A. to become famous — it’s the old adage and I chose L.A.,” he said.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 • Permalink