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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Mafia Cop

“If this nameplate isn’t on the back of your car, you probably paid too much” (Potamkin car dealers)

“Minutes From Bloomingdale’s” (Roosevelt Island, Astoria, Long Island City)

“America’s Labor Bank” (Amalgamated Bank)

“More Money For Your Money” (Emigrant Savings Bank)

“Where Sport Lives” (Champs Sports)

“You’re gonna get spoiled” (Beefsteak Charlie’s)

Cape May (Summary & Preface & Acknowledgments)


“I found it at the Colony!” (Colony Music Center)

“Lullabuy of Broadway” (Milford Plaza)

“We Move New York” (TWU Local 100)

Sternie (Howard Stern fan; NYU Stern School of Business or Yeshiva University Stern College student)


Auto Show

Boat Show

Green Apple Music & Arts Festival

“Education That Works” (Metropolitan College of New York)

“The Kids’ Department Store” (Cookie’s)

Greater New York Orchid Show

Cherry Blossom Festival (Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

New York Open Judo Championship

Tartan Day Parade

UnConvention Center (Pier 94)

New York Culinary Festival

NYC Volunteer Expo

Upper West Fest

Three Kings Day Parade

Mitzvah Mobile (Mitzvah Tank)

“Haircuts for New Yorkers” (Dramatics NYC)

Urban Jungle; Concrete Jungle; Asphalt Jungle

Welcome to New York & New York Hello

Yankee Stadium was the first “stadium” (myth)

New York Daily Snooze (New York Daily News nickname)

Slime Warner (Time Warner nickname)

Red Square (and the Lenin statue)

Widget (New York World Journal Tribune)

Welfare Queen

Witness (2006): Joe Zito

Windy Apple (summary)

Finger Building

Valley of Ashes (now Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

Planet Hollywood

“The only pizza worth eating” (Abitino’s)

“A Way of Life” & “Think Less, Feel Better” (New York Health & Racquet Club)

“How sweet it is!” & Brooklyn street signs

“If steak were a religion, this would be its cathedral” (Smith & Wollensky)

Baseball cards (Queens)=Tickets (Brooklyn)

Carpet Gun

Salugi (or Saloogie)

Fletcher Henderson popularization of “the Big Apple” in the 1930s

“The Oldest Apothecary in America” (C. O. Bigelow)

“Burritos brought to life!” (Blockheads)

“Home of the 7 oz. Burger” (Jackson Hole)

“The Gates of Heaven—Never Closed” (Hamburg Heaven)

“Simply Good Taste” (Cosi Sandwich Bar)

Pot Princess

“Hot dogs, cold beer—it’s not complicated” (Schnack)

“No diet Coke, no skim milk, no decaf coffee—Just good food” (Pepe Rosso)

“No Jacket, No Tie, No Attitude” (The Mark)

Macy’s Flower Show

SUNY-Harlem (Columbia University)

Dormitory Row

“Reveal better” or “bare it better” (New York Sports Clubs)

“Looking Good, Feeling Good” (Ricky’s)

“A Matter of Taste” (Tasti D-Lite)

“Holy cow!” (Yankee announcer Phil Rizzuto catchphrase)

Medicaid Mill (or Medicare Mill)

“Ride the Rapid” (Staten Island Rapid Transit)

Gramurray (Gramercy Park + Murray Hill)


HoHo (Houston + Holland Tunnel)

LoMo (Lower Morningside Heights)

“La Kalle” (Univision Radio)

Morning Zoo (Z-100, radio station WHTZ)

“The Right Way to Invest” & Fireman’s Carry symbol (Oppenheimer Funds)

Sikh Day Parade

Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American Festival & Shad Fest