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 05, 2004
Only in New York
The New York Times has published a book collection of its FYI columns titled Only in New York (2004). A big red apple is on the cover of the book, but "the Big Apple" is never answered in it.

New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams frequently ends her columns with "Only in New York, kids, only in New York." She didn't coin it.

23 January 1949, New York Herald Tribune, This Week, pg. 10:
Only in New York
by Richard B. Gelman

28 August 1988, New York Daily News, Daily News Sunday Magazine, "Only In New York" by Lenore Skenazy, August 28, 1988, page 4:
Announcing The Winners
Of Our First Contest:

"What Is The Single Most Important
Piece Of Advice You Would Offer A
Visitor To New York City?"
(...)
In the spirit of the contest, however,
we think that _Best Of Show_ deserves
to go to the kind of tip that is so
perfectly obvious that it would never
cross your mind to actually say it out
loud. And our _Grand Prize Winner_ is
therefore:

"Never buy The New York
Times, which is available free in any
street-corner trash can at any time
of day or night, minus only the
crossword puzzle."
-- Barry A. Popik, Manhattan.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1757
Only In America by Jay And The Americans
Album: The Very Best Of Jay And The Americans
Date: 1963
(...)
This was originally about racism. It had the following chorus: "Only in America, Land of opportunity, Can they save a seat in the back of the bus just for me. Only in America, Where they preach the Golden Rule, Will they start to march when my kids go to school." The Drifters recorded the new "patriotic" lyrics, but refused to release it because they did not believe that message. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above

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