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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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“Why is New York City called the Big Apple?”

“Big Apple” Cohen-Popik Work On Television (?)

Big Apple bet (1988, 2003) between mayors of New York City and Columbia, South Carolina

“Big Apple” in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.‘s novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

Big Apple Corner (1992-1997)

Big Apple Corner (1997 Law & Today)

1920s Non-Horseracing “Big Apple” Citations

Damon Runyon (who never used “Big Apple”)

Big Apple 1970s Revival: Charlie Gillett and Lew Rudin

Off Topic: Charles Gillett on Conventions

Only in New York

Big Apple Fame and Fortune

Great White Way (Broadway)

“Fun City” nickname (1966)

Yankees (American League baseball team)

Bronx Bombers (New York Yankees nickname)

Subway Series (Subway World Series)

Tin Pan Alley (West 28th Street)

It’s A Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There

“Like Grand Central Station” (congested with people)

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” (joke)

Audrey Munson (New York’s “Civic Fame” and “Miss Manhattan,” San Francisco’s “World’s Fair Girl”)

Finest, Bravest, Strongest, Boldest, Best, Proudest (New York City superlatives)

New Yorker (inhabitant of New York)

Big Apple Timeline

Peacock Alley

Ground Zero

“Go fight city hall” (proverb)

Coney Island Chicken (hot dog)

Capital of the World

Thoity Thoid and Thoid (33rd Street and Third Avenue)

Hero Sandwich

Bronx Cheer

First “Big Apple” citation: May 3, 1921

First “Big Apple” explanation: February 18, 1924

Second “Big Apple” explanation: December 1, 1926

“Big Apple” date?: January 15, 1920

1928: “On the Big Apple” column

1931: “Around The Big Apple” column

Witness (1998): Washington Post writer Shirley Povich

Manhattan Cocktail

Waldorf Salad

Big Apple plaque (1996)

Steak Diane

Danish Pastry

Sand Hog (Sandhog)

Hizzoner (his honor)

“Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” (riddle/joke)


Beep (Borough President)

Ice Cream Sandwich

Depression Apple Sellers (1930s)

Big Apple Whore Hoax (1800s)

Edward Martin metaphor (1909)

Big Apple dance craze (1937)

Harlem’s jazz musicians (1930s)

Manzana Principal (suggested in 1966)

Lands of the Big Red Apples

Twenty-Three Skidoo (23rd Street myth)

Buy/Sell the Brooklyn Bridge

Amazin’ Mets (Amazins)

Big A (Aqueduct Racetrack nickname, 1959)

Manhattan Clam Chowder (Coney Island Clam Chowder; Fulton Market Clam Chowder)

Egg Cream


Big Onion

Wall Street (from a graveyard to a river)

Fugeddaboutit! (“forget about it”)

“Greatest Show on Earth”

Ambulance Chaser

Bronx Cocktail

I’d rather be a lamppost in New York than mayor anywhere else

“Indict a ham sandwich”


Hot Dog (Polo Grounds myth & a full etymology)

Hot Dog Roll (Hot Dog Bun; Vienna Roll)

911 (emergency call)

Bloody Mary (cocktail)


Numerous 1920s “Big Apple” citations in the New York Morning Telegraph

New York Minute (or, New York Nanosecond)

Gray Lady/Grey Lady; Paper of Record; All the News That’s Fit to Print (New York Times)



“New York, New York—so nice, they named it twice”


Little Italy


Hell’s Kitchen

Silk Stocking District


Big Blue; Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Big Board

Black Rock (CBS); Hard Rock (ABC); 30 Rock (NBC)

Lipstick Building

1963: John J. Fitz Gerald obituaries

Gang Green (New York Jets nickname)

Statue of Liberty Play (football)

Naked City

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