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 August 16, 2017
“Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer”

"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” is a famous line from the film The Godfather, Part II (1974). “Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer” is a jocular variation that has been printed on many images.

“North End code: Keep your friends close, your wine glass closer, and never skip dinner” was posted on Twitter on December 6, 2012. “Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer!” was posted on Twitter on May 25, 2013.


Wiktionary: keep your friend close and your enemies closer
Proverb
keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

1. One should be on one’s toes and alert of one’s surroundings if malicious people are around, to ensure that they cannot wreak havoc in one’s life.

Twitter
La Galleria 33‏
@LaGalleria33
North End code: Keep your friends close, your wine glass closer, and never skip dinner. Where are you eating tonight?
5:15 PM - 6 Dec 2012

Twitter
Shockadelica‏
@doctornayaka
QOTD thanks to @ChosenVessel06: Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer!
8:29 PM - 25 May 2013

Twitter
Chef David K. Gordon‏
@ChefSuperdave
We know you like to keep your friends close, but you should definitely keep your wine closer! Grab a Wine Enthusiast Wine Glass Holder…
5:45 PM - 28 Jun 2013

Twitter
Liz‏
@eaprosch
“Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer.” @kayla_hunefeld @kathleenwillem @alishak3
9:35 PM - 19 Jul 2013

Twitter
nicky ☯ ✨‏
@niicolelizabeth
Keep your friends close and your glass of wine closer.
11:30 AM - 12 Aug 2013

YouTube
The Godfather 2 “Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer”
Jerry Carr
Published on Sep 21, 2013
Michael Corleone shares some wise words.

Good Food
September 16, 2016
Your Favorite Meme Is Now Drinkable
by Frankie Sakai
(...)
Currently, there are four jokes as the labels, including “Keep your friends close and your wine glass closer” and “This wine goes great with more wine,” but since they have over 100 memes in their arsenal, they are working to branch out and offer more variety.

Twitter
Palermo’s 95th‏
@Palermos95th
Keep your friends close but your wine glass closer.
7:00 PM - 16 Mar 2017

Me.Me
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FOUND @ 126 LIKES ON 2017-07-16 02:26:11 BY ME.ME
SOURCE: INSTAGRAM

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 • Permalink