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 15, 2004
“PENNSYLVANIA 6-5000” (1940)
"PENNSYVANIA 6-5000" (1940) was one of the Glenn Miller Orchestra's greatest hits. It still is the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania, just opposite Penn Station on Seventh Avenue, between 33rd and 32nd Streets.

This song's telephone number is/was one of the questions on the city's tour guide examination. For some reason, the song is not mentioned at all (as far as I can see) in Nancy Groce's New York: Songs of the City (1999).

Copyright restrictions prevent reproducing the full lyrics here, but they do appear on other web sites. See the following:

New York Daily News - Big Town - Big Town Songbook: Same old stand... The exchange and its famous digits had been assigned to the Hotel Pennsylvania when it opened in ... a one and a two-one-two in front of the P (7) E (3) 6-5000. ...
www.nydailynews.com/city_life/big_town/ v-bigtown_archive/story/198876p-171725c.html - 39k -
Posted by Barry Popik
Music/Dance/Theatre/Film • (0) Comments • Monday, November 15, 2004 • Permalink