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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New York Rangers (Tex’s Rangers)

Gas House District

Porterhouse Steak

“On Broadway” (1963)

Original New York Seltzer (from California)

Lounge Lizards; Tea Hounds; Tango Pirates

Smart Alec

Disco Diva

Lobster Palace

“Broadway Baby” (1971)

Rubberneck Row

Poverty Hollow

Get the hook!

Big Apple Greeter

Quick Lunch; Beef and—, Sinkers

Cross-Roads of the World

Wait in Times Square and eventually everyone you know will pass

“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1954, 1962) (“Forgotten in Manhattan” lyric)

“Olympia, WA” (1995) (“52nd and Broadway” lyric)

New York City Water (“Champagne”)

Lemon Chicken

Venice of New York (Broad Channel)

“Green Acres Theme” (1965)

Theater Row

Collyer brothers (hermits)

Stage-door Johnny

Sea Gulls of the Sink (roaches); Rats with Wings (pigeons)

“Rose of Washington Square” (1920)

“Second Hand Rose (From Second Avenue)” (1921)

Rob Roy (cocktail)

Bobbie Burns (cocktail)

Gibson (cocktail)

English Muffin

Key to the City


Freedom of the City

New York City Marathon

Limousine Liberal

When you leave New York…

“When you leave New York, your next good meal will be in San Francisco”

Algonquin Hotel (“Gonk” & the “Round Table”)

“New York’s My Home” (1956)

Give me your tired, your poor (“The New Colossus”)

Feast of San Gennaro

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Paddy’s Market (formerly of Ninth Avenue)

Fulton Fish Market

Chelsea Market

Greater New York

Master of the Universe

Working Girl

Evacuation Day (November 25th)

Green Book (Official Directory)

Alligator in the sewers (urban myth)

Jaywalker (Jay Walker); Jaywalking (Jay Walking)

San Man

BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens)


The Rialto (14th Street)

New Amsterdam

Baked Alaska

Eggs Benedict

Bulldog Edition

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Crack Is Wack

“It’s smart to be thrifty” (Macy’s); “Nobody undersells Gimbels” (Gimbels)

“His Prices Are Insane!” (Crazy Eddie)

“An Educated Consumer Is Our Best Customer” (Syms Clothing)

“The customer is always right” (business motto)

“Going Your Way” (MTA slogan)

C.C.N.Y. (Christian College Now Yiddish)

“Ready, Willing & Able” (Doe Fund)

“What’s the story, Jerry?” (JGE); “Forget about it!” (Tops Appliance City)

Heavenly Coffee (Not Chock Full O’ Nuts?)

“Hit Sign, Win Suit” (Abe Stark’s Clothing Store)

“Ballantine Blast” (Ballantine Beer)

“Good! Like Nedicks!” (Nedicks Restaurants)

“Schaefer Is the One Beer to Have When You’re Having More Than One” (Schaefer Beer)

Carvel (Flying Saucer, Wednesday is Sundae, et al.)

“Gotta go to Mo’s!” (Modell’s Sporting Goods)

Croton cocktail, highball (Croton Aqueduct water)

“We Are New York” (Douglas Elliman Realty)

“You Gotta Have Park” (Central Park Conservancy)

Manhattan Transfer

Fresh Air Fund

“Remember the Neediest” (New York Times Christmas Appeal)

“Welcome Back” (Theme to “Welcome Back, Kotter”) (1975)

Hollywood East (Astoria; Long Island City)

“Movin’ On Up” (Theme to “The Jeffersons”) (1975)

Hoping your news is good news

“Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” (Optimist’s Creed)

Solita (South of Little Italy)

Bridal Row; Wedding Row

Chinese Apple (for “pomegranate”)

Sprinkles (Jimmies)

Soda (for “pop”)

“Dixie” or “Dixie’s Land” (1859)

Cake Day (New Year’s Day, from Scotland)