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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Music Row (West 48th Street)

“Low man wins” (football adage)

“I don’t mind going to work, but the 8 hour wait to go home is bullshit”

Pre-Monday (Sunday nickname)

“Study (verb)—The act of texting, eating and watching TV with an open textbook nearby”

“There were two types of Jews in 1933—optimists and pessimists”

“I love you more than coffee, but not always before coffee”

“Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?” (joke)

“A good pair of running shoes can last 400 miles” (running adage)

“You learn to read, and then you read to learn”

Radio Row or Electronics District (Lower Manhattan)

Planned Butcherhood (Planned Parenthood nickname)

“Worry is like a rocking chair—it doesn’t get you anywhere”

Pet Rock (gold nickname)

“A tax can be fair or simple, but not both”

Radio Row (radio area at major sporting event)

Radio Row or Electronics District (Cortlandt Street)

Nutted Cheese Sandwich

“There’s no business like Shoah business”


Planned Barrenhood (Planned Parenthood nickname)

Banned Parenthood (Planned Parenthood nickname)

Generation Perspiration

Generation Remuneration

“Enough about me. What do YOU think about me?” (actor joke)

“Sun’s out, guns out”

“A defenseman needs 300 games to learn how to play” (hockey adage)

“Probe with bayonets”

“Last one in is a rotten egg”

Runsploring (running + exploring); Runsplorer

Wossamotta U or Whatsamatta U (fictional university)

“I didn’t think wearing orthopaedic shoes would help my posture, but now I stand corrected”

Bragging Rights

Hudson Mustache

“Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it”

“How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a light bulb?” (joke)

“Check yourself before you wreck yourself”

“Your pay raise becomes effective when you do”

“The more captains you have on the field the better” (soccer adage)

“The world is your lobster”

“I quit my job crushing cans. It was soda pressing”

“Nuclear fusion is just 30 years away—and always will be”

Irish Amnesia or Irish Alzheimer’s (to forget everything but the grudge)

“God created Brooklyn” (joke)

“What’s your greatest weakness?” (job interview joke)

“It will take an act of Congress” (idiom)

“Inside every sportswriter is a frustrated athlete”

Don’t Expect Protection (Department of Environmental Protection or DEP nickname)

Environmental Pollution Agency (Environmental Protection Agency or EPA nickname)

Dirty Yards (short runs in football)

“The used car salesman knows when he’s lying” (joke)

“Every knock is a boost”

Cock Rock

Flash Drought

Upstuck (poker winning/losing)

“He could sell sand in the Sahara desert” (a good salesman)

“Yuan some, you lose some” (Chinese yuan puns)

“What do you call a ghost at a hotel?”/“An inn spectre.”

“Why don’t chickens play baseball?” (joke)

“Children learn what they live”

“Get a foot in the door” (get an opening to an opportunity)

“He could sell ice to an Eskimo” (a good salesman)

“You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” (to do one another favors)

Money Muscle (pork butt)

“Don’t cheat yourself. Treat yourself”

“The key to happiness is to find a woman who can cook, clean and is great in bed” (joke)

“Hit the books” (to study)

“Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”

“Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission”


“From zero to blurry in a hurry” (drag racing saying)

“Leave everything on the field” (total effort)

Amabot (Amazon.com employee nickname)

“Mixed emotions—when your mother-in-law drives your new car off a cliff”

Amhole (Amazon.com employee nickname)

Bureau of Livestock and Mining (Bureau of Land Management or BLM nickname)

“My favorite exercise is chewing”

Big Apple Corner (New York Morning Telegraph site)

Chorus Girl’s Breakfast or Whore’s Breakfast (cigarette and New York Morning Telegraph)

Whore’s Breakfast or Chorus Girl’s Breakfast (cigarette and New York Morning Telegraph)

“My favorite exercise is chewing”

Employment Prevention Agency (Environmental Protection Agency or EPA nickname)

Fragile Five or Troubled Ten (national currencies on the brink)

“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine”

“My favorite exercise at the gym is judging”

“Don’t sell drills—sell holes”

“What do you call a musician without a girlfriend?”/“Homeless.”

“The most painful exercise is running out of money”

“If you’re not in the room, then you’re not at the table”

Bureau of Large Mistakes (Bureau of Land Management or BLM nickname)

Bureau of Land Mismanagement (Bureau of Land Management or BLM nickname)

Boss Indians Around (Bureau of Indian Affairs or BIA nickname)

Bureau of Incompetent Asses (Bureau of Indian Affairs or BIA nickname)

Elevator Pitch (Elevator Speech; Elevator Statement)

Desnuda (nude)

West Broadway (pork and beans nickname)

Stars and Stripes (pork and beans nickname)

“Beer doesn’t have many vitamins—that’s why you have to drink a lot of it”

Sleeping, Talking, Unlimited-texting, Dreaming, Yawning (“study” backronym).

“I drink wine because I don’t like to keep things bottled up”

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