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 08, 2016
“You haven’t lived until you died in New York”

American critic Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943) wrote in While Rome Burns (1934):

“You haven’t lived until you died in New York.”

The one-line saying has been included in lists of New York City quotations.


Wikipedia: Alexander Woollcott
Alexander Humphreys Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table.

While Rome Burns
By Alexander Woollcott
New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap
1934
Pg. ?:
You haven’t lived until you died in New York.

Twitter
Algonquin Hotel
‏@algonquinNYC
“You haven’t lived until you died in New York.” - Alexander Woollcott #RoundTable Member #ViciousCircle #Quote #NYC
8:36 AM - 17 Sep 2014

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Parcel
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“You haven’t lived until you’ve died in New York.” — Alexander Woollcott
10:08 AM - 18 Feb 2015

Time Out New York
17 quotes every New Yorker should live by
By Will Pulos
Posted: Thursday July 16 2015, 2:52pm
(...)
15. “You haven’t lived until you died in New York.” —Alexander Woollcott

Google Books
Architecture’s Odd Couple:
Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson

By Hugh Howard
New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press
2016
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Perhaps he (Frank Lloyd Wright—ed.) also took the challenge posed by a new friend, a unique New York character named Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943), the theater man who ironically observed, “You haven’t lived until you died in New York.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Friday, July 08, 2016 • Permalink