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 November 16, 2014
Big Apple Red (color)

"Big Apple Red” has been a popular color of nail polish. “Nail polish sorted out by color: Peach Ice, Flamingo Pink, Big Apple Red” was cited in print in 1970, but the nail color product was first cited in Mademoiselle magazine in 1995.


Google Books
The Two of Us:
Four One-act Plays

By Michael Frayn
New York, NY: Samuel French
1970
Pg. 23:
Nail polish sorted out by color: Peach Ice, Flamingo Pink, Big Apple Red.

Google Books
Mademoiselle
Volume 101, Issues 7-12
1995
Pg. 142:
Colour Riche Creme Nail Enamel in Big Apple Red.

Google News Archive
21 December 1997, The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), advertising supplement:
L’Oreal lipstick or nail enamel.
Choose from Mocha On Ice, Big Apple Red and many more shades.
(Eckerd drugstores.—ed.)

Google News Archive
18 March 1998, Beaver County (PA) Times, “Once again, sexy lips are seeing red” by Jackie White (Knight Ridder Newspapers), pg. C5, col. 6:
And at L’Oreal Cosmetics, the red offering is being beefed up under the promotional label line “Red Here, Red Now,” with such shades as Big Apple Red.

Google Books
Latina
VOlume 7
2003
Pg. ?:
Try OPI Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red ($6: 800/341-9999 for salon locations).

Google News Archive
11 March 2005, Philippine Daily Inquirer (Makati City), “Makeover 911” by Kinny Salas, pg. C4, col. 4:
I chose OPI nail lacquer in Big Apple Red and was informed right away it would cost an extra P45.

Google Books
The Cold Light of Mourning
By Elizabeth J. Duncan
New York, NY: Minotaur Books
2009
Pg. 4:
A first date? Wow him with Big Apple Red.
(Nail polish.—ed.)

InStyle
Best 2010
Red Nail Polish
OPI Big Apple Red

Winner ‘09, ‘07
Not too pink or too blue, this cheerful tomato red is “perfect for any skin tone,” says Heidi Klum’s N.Y.C. manicurist Tatiana Sery. On short nails it comes across as sporty; on longer nails, super-glam.
$8.50

Google Books
This is WAR
By Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker
New York, NY: Soho Press, Inc.
2013
Pg. ?:
But she drew the line at her lips and nails. In Lina’s experience, it was impossible not to be in control when wearing Big Apple Red nail polish and Venetian Red lipstick

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Sunday, November 16, 2014 • Permalink