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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“Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught”

“My wife made me join a bridge club—I jump off next Tuesday”

“What’s the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?” (joke)

“What do you get when you mix beans and onions?”/“Tear gas.”

“What’s the difference between God and a federal court judge?” (joke)

“If you don’t hear an offensive lineman’s named called, he is doing a good job” (football adage)

“Never wear white after Labor Day” (fashion rule)

God Shot (perfect shot of espresso)

“What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care”

“A team is a reflection of its coach” (sports adage)

Shrinkflation (shrink + inflation)

“A business with no sign is a sign of no business”

“More companies die of indigestion than starvation”

Gunverment or Gunvernment (gun + government)


“If it moves, it’s biology; If it smells, it’s chemistry; If it doesn’t work, it’s physics”

Monday Morning Quarterback

“There are no votes in foreign aid” (political adage)

“Fresh Fish Sold Here” (signage joke)

“Where the rubber meets the road”

“I’m broke and I have a college degree to prove it”

Super Bowl of Fashion (New York Fashion Week nickname)

“Support wildlife—throw a party”

“If you don’t vote, don’t complain”

“Marriage is about love and divorce is about money”

“Lord, give me coffee to change the things I can, and wine to accept the things I can’t”

“Time flies when you’re having rum”

“No coffee, no workee”

“Developers, developers, developers”

“You can judge a man by his shoes” (fashion adage)

“Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value”

“Show me your checkbook and I’ll tell you your values”

Survivors’ Staircase (Survivors’ Stairs)

“A good friend knows how you take your coffee. A great friend adds booze”

“Hitting is timing; pitching is upsetting timing” (baseball adage)

“I am not bound to win, but I’m bound to be true”

Dumbo Heights (DUMBO + Brooklyn Heights)

“Many have eaten here—few have died”

“Wineaux: A wine lover who uses a glass”

“Make yourself at home! Clean my kitchen”

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us”

“If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the seatie”

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world”

Nascrack (NASDAQ + crack cocaine)

“Shuck me, suck me, eat me raw” (oyster saying)

“This isn’t an office—it’s hell with fluorescent lighting”

“Death before decaf”

“Pizza: The edible pie chart”

“If life gives you melons, you may be dyslexic”

“Drink is the greatest wrecker of men since women was invented”

“I’ve got a million of ‘em” (comedy saying)

“Everybody wants to get into the act”

“A rock guitarist plays 3 chords to 3,000 people; a jazz guitarist plays 3,000 chords to 3 people”

“No man’s credit is as good as his money”

“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body”


“A politician would attend the opening of an envelope”

“Driver carries no cash—he’s married” (bumper sticker)

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars—let go to move forward”

Crooks In Action (Central Intelligence Agency or CIA nickname)

“Act your wage”

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”

“People are putting names on food in the company fridge” (joke)

“This office will not tolerate redundancy in this office”

Freedumb (freedom + dumb)

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”

“A jazz musician is someone that puts a $5,000 horn in a $500 car and drives 50 miles for $5 gig”

“Coffee: Because crack isn’t allowed in the workplace”

“The U.S. dollar is the best-looking horse in the glue factory”

“I’m just working here until a good fast food job opens up”

“Mom, when I grow up, I’d like to be a musician” (joke)

Brooklyn Country Music

“A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation”

“Before you give a colleague a piece of your mind, make sure you can spare it”

“Tequila! Because beer isn’t fast enough!”

IITYWIMWYBMAD (“If I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?”)

“Does wine count as a serving of fruit?”

Career Is Over (Chief Information Officer or CIO nickname)

“Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” (Maker Faire slogan)

“Women speak softly and carry a big statistic”

“Good boards are created by good chairmen”

Jolly Green Giant (McGraw-Hill Building)

“He made so many of them” (Daily News Building quote)

Brownsville: Never Ran, Never Will

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan”

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”

“Call them ‘Armadillos’ because the team gets killed on the road”

“Cereal belongs in a bowl” (football joke)

“What did the college football player get on his SATs?”/“Drool”

“Fail fast, fail often” (business adage)

Apple Store (2000s)

“The only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid”