answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

In Spanish the word 'Manzana' refers to both an apple and a block. Hence the 'Gran Manzana' can refer to both 'big apple' or 'big block'. A newspaper writer, John Fitzgerald, heard stable boys in New Orleans call New York the Big Apple because of the big winnings that could be had at the race tracks there. He called his New York column, "Around the Big Apple." Jazz musicians in Kansas City and New Orleans also picked up the term to describe the city. In 1997, the New York City Council named the southwest corner of West 54th Street and Broadway, the "Big Apple Corner", in honor of Fitzhgerald, who once lived there. The "Big Apple" is a nickname or alternate toponym for New York City. Its popularity since the 1970s is due to a promotional campaign by the New York Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Its earlier origins are less clear. The most plausible explanation cited as of 2004 by the New-York Historical Society and others is that it was first popularized by John J. Fitz Gerald, who first used it in his horse racing column in the New York Morning Telegraph in 1921, then further explaining its origins in his February 18, 1924 column. Fitz Gerald credited African-American stable-hands working at horseracing tracks in New Orleans: "The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There's only one Big Apple. That's New York. Two dusky stable hands were leading a pair of thoroughbred around the "cooling rings" of adjoining stables at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and engaging in desultory conversation. * "Where y'all goin' from here?" queried one. * "From here we're headin' for The Big Apple", proudly replied the other. * "Well, you'd better fatten up them skinners or all you'll get from the apple will be the core", was the quick rejoinder." In the 1920s the New York race tracks were the cream of the crop, so going to the New York races was a big treat, the prize, allegorically a Big Apple. In 1997, as part of an official designation of "Big Apple Corner" in Manhattan, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani summarizes the rest of the story: A decade later many jazz musicians began calling the City "The Big Apple" to refer to New York City (especially Harlem) as the jazz capital of the world. Soon the nickname became synonymous with New York City and its cultural diversity. In the early 1970s the name played an important role in reviving New York's tourist economy through a campaign led by the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau. Today the nickname "The Big Apple," which replaced "Fun City," is the international description of the city and is synonymous with the cultural and tourist attractions of New York City. Therefore, it is only fitting that the southwest corner of West 54th Street and Broadway, the corner on which John J. Fitz Gerald resided from 1934 to 1963, be designated "Big Apple Corner." According to PBS's Broadway: The American Musical miniseries, Walter Winchell used the term "Big Apple" to refer to the New York cultural scene, especially Harlem and Broadway, helping to spread the use of this nickname. A documented earlier use comes from the 1909 book The Wayfarer in New York by Edward S. Martin. He wrote (regarding New York) that the rest of the United States "inclines to think the big apple gets a disproportionate share of the national sap." Etymologists have been unable to trace any influence that this use had on the nickname's popularity.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2008-05-12 01:48:24
This answer is:
๐Ÿ™
0
๐Ÿคจ
0
๐Ÿ˜ฎ
0
User Avatar
Study guides
๐Ÿ““
See all Study Guides
โœ๏ธ
Create a Study Guide

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Where did the name Big Apple come from?
Write your answer...
Submit
Related questions

How did the nickname Big Apple get its name?

Originally, it was like a code name for it. But then, after so many references, they named it "The Big Apple".


What city is name after the big apple?

New York City is commonly referred to as "The Big Apple".


What the Nick name of US?

big apple


When does the Apple iPad HD come out?

There is no such Apple product by the name of iPad HD.


What is nick name of newyork city?

big APPLE


Nick name of new york?

The big apple


What his new york nick name?

the big apple


What is new yorks nik name?

The Big Apple


What is the first electronic apple made?

Come on and sex with me big boy,


What is the big name for New York?

Empire state. The Big Apple.


Where is the Big Apple located?

The Big Apple is a name often given to New York City, New York, which is on the east coast of the United States.


Nick name of New York City?

The big apple


What is nick name of New york city?

The Big Apple


What is another name for New York City?

The Big Apple.


Second name of the New York City?

The Big Apple.


What is new yorks famous nick-name?

the big apple..


What is another name for the city of New York?

THE BIG APPLE!!


What is the grandma clown's name in the big apple circus?

mdame!


Was Apple's mother drunk when she named her?

I think so LOL!!! What a dumb name who knows what Gwyneth was thinking to name her daughter APPLE...that kid will have a complex when she is older and she will probably change her name can you imagine "Apple come get the apple I just cut up for you to eat". Apple where are you come inside for bedtime now!! BROTHER way to go Gwyneth!


Is the big apple actually an apple?

No, the Big Apple is a nickname for New York City.


What is the name given to New York City?

Gotham. The big apple.


Why the new york called a big apple?

its called the big apple because its a big city and its state fruit is an apple


How did Apple Corporation get its name?

According to Steve Wozniak, the name Apple was suggested by Steve Jobs after he spent time in an apple orchard. The two tried to come up with more technical-sounding names, but preferred Apple.


New York is the big apple or orange?

The Big Apple.


How big is Dell in relation to Apple?

Let's say apple is like an apple and dell is a seed of the apple, that's how big

People also asked

How did new york get the name the big apple?

View results