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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Entry from May 17, 2021
The Apple (sculpture in Hudson River Park, 2004)

Stephan Weiss, a New York artist, married fashion designer Donna Karan in 1983; he died in 2001 at age 62. Karan used Weiss’s plans and completed a bronze sculpture called “The Apple” (2004), nine feet tall and weighing three tons, in Hudson River Park’s Apple Garden, located at Charles Street and West Street, near Pier 45 in Manhattan. The Hudson River Park website states that The Apple “honors New York City by symbolizing the city’s heart and the core of life.”
The Stephan Weiss Apple Awards were held by Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation annually from 2011 until 2018.
Wikipedia: Donna Karan
Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske; October 2, 1948), also known as “DK”, is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
In 1983, she married artist Stephan Weiss, who would later become co-CEO of the Donna Karan company. They had one son, Corey Weiss. Weiss died of lung cancer in 2001.
Hudson River Park
The Apple
Hudson River Park’s Apple Garden, located at Charles St. in the Village, is the home of The Apple (2004). Designed by Stephan Weiss, the late husband of renowned fashion designer Donna Karan, this bronze piece is part of his Larger than Life series and honors New York City by symbolizing the city’s heart and the core of life.
The Apple is nine feet tall and weighs three tons and sits atop a circular bronze bench supported by apple cores. Park patrons can sit here and enjoy the beautiful waterside garden, which was originally designed and funded by the Garden Club of America — New York Chapter.
Observer (New York, NY)
Community Boards
By NYO Staff • 02/02/04 12:00am
In the Big Apple
When designer Donna Karan’s husband, the sculptor Stephan Weiss, passed away in 2001, he left behind plans for a new sculpture. It fell to Ms. Karan and Mr. Weiss’ son Corey to complete the piece, the 6,000-pound bronze Apple , in a foundry last year.
Ms. Karan recently asked the Hudson River Park Trust to temporarily place Apple in the park, close to her husband’s studio. One possibility is the Jane Street Playground in Community Board 2’s district. The sculpture, which is nine feet tall and 10 feet wide, is one of Mr. Weiss’ four-part “Larger Than Life” series, which includes a horse, a high-heeled shoe and a roll of film.
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12:05 AM · Jun 6, 2011·erased734497
Donna Karan’s First Annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards
June 10, 2011
The first annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards were held last night at the Urban Zen Center in New York City.
The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY)
Finding Some Zen in the Rain
By Lizzie Simon
June 11, 2011
With little notice, a torrential downpour struck a heat-stroked Manhattan just as guests began arriving at the Urban Zen Center for the first annual Stephan Weiss Apple Awards on Thursday.
Art Nerd New York
Posted by Lori Zimmer on Monday, May 27, 2013 · Leave a Comment
The Apple, here in Millenium Garden, is a 3 ton and 9 foot bronze that sits on a bench of apple cores. It symbolizes the heart and “core” of the city.
Who: Stephen Weiss
What: “Apple”
Where: Hudson River Park- West St at Charles Street
Hudson River Park
September 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM ·
The Big Apple, in the Big Apple! This bronze sculpture was created by late New York artist Stephen Weiss, and donated to the park by his widow, Donna Karen. It’s planted at Pier 45, near Christopher Street.
Average Socialite
June 7, 2017
2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards, NYC
Affair: 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards
When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Hot Spot: Stephan Weiss Studio, NYC
The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in three areas: preservation of culture, healthcare and education. Through the Foundation, Donna Karan created the Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in memory of her late husband and business partner. The awards celebrate luminaries who are making a difference in the areas that the Foundation supports. The first awards ceremony was held on June 9, 2011.
New York (NY) Post—Page Six
Donna Karan honors late husband’s legacy at the Apple Awards
By Carlos Greer October 25, 2018 | 8:59pm
Donna Karan commemorated her late husband Stephan Weiss’ legacy at the Apple Awards on Wednesday, celebrating 10 years of his vision behind the Urban Zen foundation.
Dan’s Papers (The Hamptons, NY) 
Stephan Weiss Apple Awards
By The Independent
Posted on October 29, 2018
Commemorating her late husband Stephan Weiss’s legacy and his lasting influence on the vision behind the Urban Zen Foundation, fashion icon Donna Karan hosted the 2018 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards on Wednesday, October 24, at the Stephan Weiss Studio in New York City.
Weiss was a prolific artist and sculptor. The “Apple” refers to Weiss’s larger than life bronze apple sculpture which resides in the Millennium Garden at the Hudson River Park in New York.
Forgotten New York
December 31, 2020
The Apple, located near Pier 45, is a 3-ton bronze sculpture created by Stephan Weiss, co-founder of the Urban Zen Foundation and the late husband of fashion designer Donna Karan. Weiss died from lung cancer in 2001. It’s reminiscent somewhat of the famed Sphere sculpture at the World Trade Center.

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