Friday, May 25, 2007

New York = Big Apple

Ever wonder why some people called New York as the Big Apple? Ever wonder whats the reason behind it?

Well, I do. I dunno why but lately I`ve been this kinda thingy.For example, why 7-11? and now this. As usual, I ask Woofy and he gave me the same answer " Go search at Google" . Ish...So lazy...=.=

So, here I am again. Searching at Google for the topic and this is what I get.

According to this website,beside being called as the "Big Apple", New York is also called as "Gotham". Anyway, stick to the topic.

The "Big Apple" was given by this guy called John Fitzgerald who is a horse-racing columnist back in 1920s. Apparently, Fitzgerald heard the term from stable hands in New Orleans who lovingly referred to New York City's racetracks as "...the dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred. There's only one Big Apple. That's New York." and n the 1930s, the term was adopted by jazz musicians, when Harlem was the site of all the choicest gigs. ( this source I get it from here.)

Conclusion, I still dun have the clear answer on why New York is called the "Big Apple". Can someone tell me the main reason behind it?


Chen said...

i never know new york is called big apple :P

day-dreamer said...

How come lately you think the stuff all so cheeem one?? :P

Will said...

apple is something very desirable... basically it means that New York is a place every race horse jockeys wanna to be at

kyh said...

maybe bcos their apples are all big big tei one? LOL!

anyway, here's wat i found on the web:

"In the early 1920s, "apple" was used in reference to the many racing courses in and around New York City. Apple referred to the prizes being awarded for the races -- as these were important races, the rewards were substantial.

Based on the research of Barry Popik, the use of "Big Apple" to refer to New York City became clearer. Popik found that a writer for the New York Morning Telegraph, John Fitzgerald, referred to New York City's races "Around the Big Apple." It is rumored that Fitzgerald got the term from jockeys and trainers in New Orleans who aspired to race on New York City tracks, referring to the "Big Apple."

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, New York City's jazz musicians began referring to New York City as the "Big Apple." An old saying in show business was "There are many apples on the tree, but only one Big Apple." New York City being the premier place to perform was referred to as the Big Apple.

A 1971 campaign to increase tourism to New York City adopted the Big Apple as an officially recognized reference to New York City. The campaign featured red apples in an effort to lure visitors to New York City. It was hoped that the red apples would serve as a bright and cheery image of New York City, in contrast to the common belief that New York City was dark and dangerous. Since then, New York City has officially been The Big Apple.

In recognition of Fitzgerald, the corner of 54th & Broadway, where Fitzgerald lived for 30 years, was renamed "Big Apple Corner" in 1997."

Yeah it's long, but i hope it clears up ur doubt. :)

Woof Woof n Meow Meow said...

chen jiejie: now you mai noe lor...keke...

day-dreamer: hehe...cuz im too free liao mah...nth to do...den mai think think luu...=P

will korkor: but how come leh? why must apple wor?banana kenot meh? keke...

kyh: wah...ur answer more detail than mine ler...anyway, it does help me to clear up my doubt....thanx alot...=)