Big Apple

History

Why is New York City called the Big Apple?

By Devin Gannon, Thu, April 13, 2017

NYC Skyline, NYC skyscrapers

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Most of the nicknames ascribed to New York make literal sense: Gotham; Empire City; the City That Never Sleeps; the City So Nice They Named It Twice. However, the context behind the “Big Apple” nickname isn’t as obvious. To help us understand the moniker, the New York Public Library detailed a history of the name, taking us through a tour of what “big apple” has meant throughout centuries.

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