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:
“You can’t tax your way to prosperity. You can’t bomb your way to security. And you can’t ban your way to liberty” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to security” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to democracy” (4/21)
“You can’t ban your way to freedom” (4/21)
“If you can’t expose crime in the government, you don’t really have a government. You have a dictatorship…” (4/21)
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Big Easy (New Orleans nickname)

City That Care Forgot (New Orleans nickname)

No Orleans (New Orleans nickname)

Strip Tease

New York is not America

“Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry” (1942)

“The Hawk” or “Hawkins” (strong cold winter wind)

Little Apple (Manhattan, Kansas nickname)

Mini-Apple or Minneapple (Minneapolis nickname)

Big Orange (California and Orange County-NY nickname)

Big Plum (“New York may be the Big Apple, but Cleveland’s a Plum”)

Mistake on the Lake

Best Location in the Nation

Forest City

Broadway Diner (on Lexington Avenue)

New York Brand Texas Toast (from Ohio)

“Salsa from New York City?” (Pace picante sauce commercials)

Lemonade (or, the New York Game)

Pay-to-Pray (Sunday parking meter regulations)

New York dressed (poultry)

Manhattan Distance


Angry Lobster; Drunken Donuts


“Manny Hanny” (Manufacturers Hanover Trust)

NYCE (New York Cash Exchange)

“Big Mac” (Municipal Assistance Corporation)

Alamo (black cube at Astor Place)

Big Belly (trash compactor)

Beantown (Boston nickname)

Glass Zoo (United Nations Building)


“Man bites dog”

Lou Gehrig’s Disease; “Luckiest Man” speech

Doggie Bag

Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Sidewalk Superintendent

Bacardi Big Apple

Two New Yorks; Other New York; How the Other Half Lives

Little Church Around the Corner

Shea Town

NIT (National Invitation Tournament)

Living Landmarks

Biggest Little City in the World (summary)

Lush Worker


“Only in New York” (2002)

“N.Y.C.” (1977)

MTA; MetroCard

“Ghostbusters” (1984, 1989)

Scratch ‘n’ Match (Daily News promotional game)

Children’s Menu; Oscar’s Sauce (from the Waldorf)

Big Apple Martini (or Big Apple-tini)


“Big Apple” (song by Bob Emmerich and Buddy Bernier, 1937)

Home Run Apple

Charm City (Baltimore nickname)

Motor City or Motown (Detroit nicknames)

Mile High City (summary)

Broadway Flip Sundae


New York of the South

Smoky City (summary)

Full Cleveland (clothing term)

Summary, or, “How to waste $40 million, violate the City Charter, disregard our Civic Fame, and prom

Theatre of the Absurd, 2005

Adding “public advocate” to the OED

Mark Green and Audrey Munson (“Civic Fame”)

Betsy Gotbaum and the fictional “Big Apple whores”

Olympics (NYC 2012), the Big Apple, and the “Public Advocate” disgrace

Iron Pipeline (I-95)

Garden State (New Jersey nickname)

PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson); THE (Trans-Hudson Express tunnel)

“Let’s go to the videotape!”


311 (non-emergency call)

“There’s Only One New York” (NY1 News)

“The Projects” (public housing projects)

No Democratic or Republican way to clean the streets

Golden Apple (Dept. of Health award)