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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“Talent on loan from God”

Wild Art (photo unaccompanied by a story)

“Take only pictures, leave only footprints” (parks policy)

Enforcement Theater

“Same shit, different asshole” (political adage)

Gutter Café (Gutter Dining)

Pop-Up Café

Pop-Up Restaurant

Basketball (Basket Ball)

Bubble Dancer (a person who washes dishes)

Pittsburgh Rare

Dish Pig (a person who washes dishes)


FoodPolitik (food + realpolitik)

“All currencies eventually go to zero”

Monetary Morphine (printing money)

“Definition of obscene profits — something you always hear about but never experience yourself”

“You can’t pick cherries with your back to the tree”

Cheesecrap Factory (Cheesecake Factory nickname)

Waterburger (Whataburger nickname/pronunciation)

“Political campaign: a matter of mud, threat, and smears”

Pink Slime

“I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet” (aphorism)


Generation Debt

“Get a room!” (excessive public affection or praise)

Wage-Slave (Wage-Slavery)

Puck (flat disk used in hockey)

Windmill Dunk (basketball shot)

“No pain, no gain” (exercise adage)

Err America (Air America nickname)

Tomahawk Dunk (basketball shot)

“Theatre is life, film is art, and television is furniture”

“Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail”

“A backyard barbecue draws two things ... flies and relatives”

“Wine in, whine out”

“Good bread, good meat, good God, let’s eat”

“Bless the cook who serves love and laughter”

“Calling children strong and able—clear your dishes off the table”

“Broken cookies don’t have calories”

“I kiss better than I cook”

“Enjoy life—it’s delicious!”

“Open the oven, take a look; first to complain is next week’s cook”

“Cooking is love made visible”

Muppets (derogatory name for financial clients)

Third Avenue Guy (Wall Streeter working in a less important location on Third Avenue)

“Kitchen closed due to illness: I am sick of cooking”

“When you mix religion and politics, you get politics”

Flat Earther

Jackalope Dog (hot dog of rabbit, antelope and pork)

“I’d be a bum on the street with a tin cup if the markets were always efficient” (Warren Buffett)

Democide (demos/democracy + homicide)

“These days govt. is a four-letter word”

“There is no such thing as a little garlic”

“Old doughnut makers never die, they just get tired of the whole business”

“A bureaucrat is a politician with tenure”

“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant”

“A penny saved is ridiculous”

“A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory”

“Annoy a politician today—THINK”

“Nana’s kitchen, where memories are made and grandkids are spoiled”

“You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him”

“Cooked to perfection” (“seasoned to perfection,” “grilled to perfection”)

March Madness (NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship)

Big Dance (NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship)

Final Four (four remaining tournament players or teams)

Elite Eight (eight remaining tournament players or teams)

Sweet Sixteen (sixteen remaining tournament players or teams)

“John 3:16” (sports usage)

Administration’s Press (Associated Press or AP nickname)

“Nobody likes it but the public” (Broadway saying)

“The audience never goes out humming the scenery” (musical theatre adage)

“If it doesn’t make dollars, it doesn’t make sense”

“Talk is cheap—gasoline is not”

Veepstakes (Veep + sweepstakes)

Specuvestor (speculator + investor)

“A knight on the rim is dim” (chess adage)

“If you see a good move, look for a better one” (chess adage)

“Pile it high and watch it fly” (merchandising adage)

“The best way to refute a gambit is to accept it” (chess adage)

Bureaucrazy (bureaucracy + crazy)

“Serving humanity simply by showing up”

Lunacracy (lunatics/lunacy + democracy)

“A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work”

“Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed, but chocolate makes it worthwhile”

“There is nothing wrong with sex on television as long as you don’t fall off”

Love Train (L subway line)

“Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men”

“Football always has been reflective of modern life — violence punctuated by committee meetings”

“No game was ever won by resigning” (chess adage)

“It’s always better to sacrifice your opponent’s pieces” (chess adage)

Starbugs (Starbucks nickname)

Grievance Theater

Hoffman House (cocktail)

“Chess is life” (Bobby Fischer)