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Why is New York called the big apple?
asked Aug 10, 2010 by triuser (1,754 points)

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because a lot of opportunities and business benefits can be achieved in NY
answered Aug 10, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)
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It is base on the story...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.
answered Aug 10, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)
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I think there are two reasons why New York began referring to the Big Apple.
The first one is because in early 1920's New York has many racing courses and the prize for the race was refrerred as apple.
However, i think the real reason is that in the 1930's New York City's jazz musicians adopted the old saying in the show business that "There are mnany big apples on the tree, but there is only one Big Apple" for the reason that New York is the place where a lot of premiers were performed.
answered Sep 7, 2010 by trianswer (22,754 points)