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.

Recent entries:
“Somewhere between a donut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
“Somewhere between a doughnut and a juice cleanse” (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP47 (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP46 (7/13)
Entry in progress—BP45 (7/13)
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Bag Lady

Little Colombia (Chapinero or Chapinerito)

Little Hungary

Little Syria

“Brooklyn is the bedroom of New York”


Sugar Hill

“Wise Men Fish Here” (Gotham Book Mart)

Museum Mile

Little Old New York

Brooklyn chewing gum (from Italy)

Iraq (LeFrak City); Kuwait (Queensbridge)

Restaurant Row (West 46th Street)


Pistol (Carnegie Deli); LEO (Stage Deli)

A New Yorker’s View of the World

Fort Apache (41st Police Precinct in the Bronx nickname)

Bowery Boy

Who played for Yankees, Knicks and Rangers in the same year?

Dead End Kids

“Does Macy’s tell Gimbels?”

Bed-Stuy (Do or Die); Bed-Stuy and Proud of It

Miss Subways

EV (East Village)

Meet Me at/under…

Op-Ed (opposite editorial)

Appetizing Store (“Appy”)

Delicatessen Store (“Deli”)

Little Germany (Kleindeutschland)

Five Points

Mad. Ave.

Dirty Water Dog


Windy City (Chicago nickname)

GWB (George Washington Bridge, not G. W. Bush)

Little Bohemia

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Litterbug (Litter Bug)

Polar Bears

Little Rumania

Roaring Forties

Flower Market/District & FloMa

Fur District


Ladies’ Mile

SpaHa (Spanish Harlem)

SoHa (South of Harlem)

SoCo (South of Columbia University)


“Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army”

Bargain District (Orchard Street)


Tootsie Roll

Chicken Divan

Book Row (or, Booksellers’ Row)

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Mr. Met (New York Mets mascot)

Lotto: “Dollar and a Dream” & “Hey, You Never Know” & “You’ve Gotta Be In It To Win It”


Spirit of Communication (Golden Boy)

Diana (of Madison Square Garden)

“Why do they call it a World Series when it’s always played in the Bronx?”

“New York’s alright if you like saxophones”

“World’s Largest Store” (Macy’s)

“Like No Other Store in the World” (Bloomingdale’s)

“If you see something, say something” (safety slogan)

New York Roll (sushi)

No Soap. Radio

“New York City (Such a Beautiful Disease)”