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 June 30, 2016
“Why did Eve want to move to New York?"/"She fell for the Big Apple!”

A “Big Apple” riddle is:

Q: Why did Eve want to move to New York?
A: She fell for the Big Apple!


The biblical joke has been cited in print since at least 1996.


Google Books
Funniest Riddle Book in the World
By Morrie Gallant
Illustrated by Sanford Hoffman
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1996
Pg. 5:
Why did Eve want to move to New York?
She fell for the Big Apple.

Google Books
Blonde Walks into a Bar:
The 4,000 Most Hilarious, Gut-Busting Gags, One-Liners and Jokes

By Jonathan Swan
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2008
Pg. ?:
Why did Eve want to move to New York?
She fell for the Big Apple!

Twitter
Bollywood Sargam
‏@bollywoodsargam
Apple jokes - 967 Joke: Why did Eve want to move to New York ? She fell for the Big Apple ! .... http://bit.ly/9w8v9
6:58 PM - 7 Oct 2009

Twitter
Hourly Facts
‏@factstorm
Why did Eve want to move to New York? ...-
Why did Eve want to move to New York?She fell for the Big Apple… http://bit.ly/2bqDC0
10:11 PM - 16 Oct 2009

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Really Silly Jokes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson, Ltd
2011
Pg. 129:
Why did Eve want to move to New York?
She fell for the Big Apple.

Google Books
Food Jokes For Kids 8
By Peter Crumpton
PeteyRF Creative
2015
Pg. ?:
Why did Eve want to leave the garden of Eden and move to New York?
She fell for the Big Apple.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Thursday, June 30, 2016 • Permalink