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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Courtesy - Professionalism - Respect (CPR)

Fire Buff

“The Company You Keep” (New York Life)

Cyclones (Brooklyn baseball team)

Yankees (Staten Island baseball team); Baby Bombers

Business Improvement District (BID)

Kings (Brooklyn USBL basketball team)

Little Ireland (New York City nickname)

Our Lady of New York

Curse of the Bambino

St. John the Unfinished (St. John the Divine)


Checker Cab

April 1st & the Bronx Zoo (Telephone Hoax)

Liberty (WNBA women’s basketball team)

Mets (National League baseball team)

Jets (NFL football team)

Giants (NFL football team)

(Trolley) Dodgers (National League baseball team, now in Los Angeles)

Giants (National League baseball team, now in San Francisco)

Freedom Tower (or, Pataki’s Pit)

“Now Anything’s Possible” & “The Place to Be” (Time Warner Cable)

Knicks (NBA basketball team)

Manhattan Truffle (Tartufo)

MetroStars/Red Bulls (professional soccer team)

“Asthma Alley”

“You’re fired!” (Donald Trump)

Baghdad-by-the-Bay (summary)

“We Bring the Caring Home” (Visiting Nurse Service of New York)

Reflecting Absence (World Trade Center Memorial)

Cross at the green, not in between


“Curb Your Dog” and Pooper Scooper Law (1978)

“Get Met. It Pays” (Metropolitan Life)

Only the Strong Survive (Bronx, Brooklyn, or NYC slogan)

“MONY MONY” (1968)

Stumpkin (stout + pumpkin)

Cosmos (professional soccer team, 1971-1985)

Off-Track Betting (OTB) & “Go, Baby, Go!”

New York Sack Exchange

Murderers’ Row

SINO (Student In Name Only); Pushout

Competitive Eating Contests

“You gotta believe!” (“Ya gotta believe!”)

Isle of Tears or Island of Hope (Ellis Island Immigration Station)

E-Z Pass

Whole Nine Yards (summary; Capt. Richard Stratton’s 1955 attestation)

The Scotsman’s Kilt

“Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field” (was Ebbets Field first)

CityHawks, Dragons (arena football teams)

Taste of Tribeca & Dine Around Downtown

New York Swat Vest (from England)

Empty State Building (Empire State Building’s 1930s nickname)

THRU Streets

“Like No Other Bagel in the World” (H & H Bagels)


Fire Department’s Maltese Cross

Covenant House and Nineline (800-999-9999)

Redbird and Brightliner trains

Haircut Street (Pell Street)

“Once a Dodger, Always a Dodger”

Music Under New York (MUNY)

“Is Brooklyn still in the league?” (1934)

“Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel” (1950)

“If I played there, they’d name a candy bar after me” (Reggie!)

Baby Ruth (candy bar)

Eustace Tilley (The New Yorker)

Guantanamo on the Hudson (Little Gitmo) or Club Med on the Hudson (Pier 57)

Nets (proposed Brooklyn NBA team)


“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” (“It’s not over until it’s over”)

“Downtown Train” (1985)

Grand Old Party


Republican Elephant

Democratic Donkey

Tammany Tiger

Republican Party (1854)

Crime Stoppers (577-TIPS); 267-RAPE; 374-DRUG; NYC-SAFE; COP-SHOT & more

“East Side Story” into “West Side Story” (1957)

“We Are the People!” (1888-1889 champion baseball Giants)


“Taxi” (1972); “Mr. Cab Driver” (1989)

“Wall Street” (1968)

Senior Citizen

Civic Virtue (Big Boy, Fat Boy, Rough Guy)

Tree of Hope

“The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt” (1942)


“No justice, no peace!”

Develop Don’t Destroy

“From a Hot-Dog to a National Habit” (Nathan’s Famous)

TGI Friday’s (1965); “Thank God It’s Friday” or “TGIF” (1934)

Singles Bar

Terriers (St. Francis College teams)

Blackbirds (Long Island University teams)

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Bears (New York Institute of Technology teams)

“Going all city” (graffiti slang)

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