How did NYC obtain it's nickname "The Big Apple";was Manhatten once a large orchard?

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  • 8 months ago
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    Most of the city nicknames - Big Apple, Big Easy, Windy City, Bean Town - came from slang used by the various Vaudeville booking circuits. Like nicknames for people, sometimes we will never know. Baseball players, jazz musicians, kids in your elementary school - same deal.

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  • 8 months ago

    Kind of. Here's the thing- you know the story of Johnny Appleseed that we all learned about in elementary school? What they didn't tell us then was that the importance of apples was that the early settlers made apple cider from then- hard apple cider, the alcoholic kind. The water from the streams and lakes wasn't safe to drink- too many animals pooping in it- so it was safer to drink something with alochol. In Europen, they drank beer- even the children. In the American colonies, they drank cider.

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  • 8 months ago

    The earliest known use when Edward S. Martin wrote in 1909 "Kansas is apt to see in New York a greedy city... It inclines to think that the big apple gets a disproportionate share of the national sap."

    However, it appears to have become a popular nickname when John J. Fitz Gerald, who wrote horseracing articles for the New York Morning Telegraph, would write that horses were coming to the Big Apple to mean that they were coming to race in New York City.

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  • Mamie
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    8 months ago

    Why not google this question. I just did and found about 6 or so reasons, none of which make any mention of the nightclub that Sharon refers to in her answer.

    By the way, there is no E in Manhattan. ;-)

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  • Sharon
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    8 months ago

    there was a nightclub with that name, and in vaudeville days to play the Big Apple was an entertainers goal

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  • Norman
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    8 months ago

    It's rotten to the core.

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