A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 27, 2021
Big Apple Concession (City Park in New Orleans, 1947-1949)

Polk’s New Orleans City Directories are partially available through Ancestry.com (a pay service). The term “Big Apple” was used in 1920 by a stablehand at the Fair Grounds race track in New Orleans, and the city had some establishments that were called “Big Apple.”

“Big Apple Concession The Geo Gravois and Rbt O’Neal mgrs City Park” was listed in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1947). “Big Apple Concession The City Park” was listed in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1949).

“Big Apple Bar (Alphonse Butler) 8644 Hickory” was listed in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1952), “Big Apple Bar (Alphonse Butler) 8638 Hickory” in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1954), “Big Apple Bar (Alphonse & Mrs Cora Butler) liquors 8638 Hickory” in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1956) and “Big Apple Bar & Restaurant (Alphonse Butler) 8638 Hickory” in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1958 and 1960).

“Big Apple Restaurant and Bar” at 1101 S. Rampart was printed in The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) on August 20, 1955. “Big Apple Bar (Nicholas Palozzola) 1528 S Rampart” was listed in Polk’s New Orleans City Directory (1956).


1940 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 191:
Big A Auto Service (Arth Engwald) auto reprs 311 S Saratoga

1947 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 137:
Big Apple Concession The Geo Gravois and Rbt O’Neal mgrs City Park

1949 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 153:
Big Apple Concession The City Park

Newspapers.com
11 August 1951, Courier (National Edition; Pittsburgh, PA), pg. 5, col. 2:
Bar Owner Says
Cops Beat Him

NEW ORLEANS—Alphonse Butler, 37, proprietor of the Big Apple Bar, 8644 Hickory Street, last week accused a member of the New Orleans Police Department of inflicting wounds about his head and face.

1952 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 115:
Big Apple Bar (Alphonse Butler) 8644 Hickory

1954 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 109:
Big Apple Bar (Alphonse Butler) 8638 Hickory

Tulane University Digital Library
Title
The Original Big Apple
Creator
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978
Date
1954
Description
A black and white photograph of the The Original Big Apple, c. 110 block S. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA.
Topical Subject(s)
Nightclubs
Bars
Restaurants
Buildings

20 August 1955, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), pg. ?:
... Big Apple Restaurant and Bar at 1101 S. Rampart ....

1956 (Volume 2), Climax: A Creative Review in the Jazz Spirit (New Orleans, LA):
Pg. 62:
(Photo of Big Apple Bar & Restaurant. No location is indicated. Similar to the 1954 photo from the Tulane University Digital Library.—ed.)
PACKAGE LIQUORS BIG APPLE BAR & RESTAURANT

1956 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 89:
Big Apple Bar (Alphonse & Mrs Cora Butler) liquors 8638 Hickory
Big Apple Bar (Nicholas Palozzola) 1528 S Rampart

1958 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 93:
Big Apple Bar & Restaurant (Alphonse Butler) 8638 Hickory

1960 Polk’s New Orleans City Directory
Pg. 96:
Big Apple Bar & Restaurant (Alphonse Butler) 8638 Hickory

Newspapers.com
3 April 1965, The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans, LA), “Surrenders In Slaying Of 64 Year-Old-Man,” sec. 1, pg. 2, cols. 3-4:
Police said Dear’s assailant fired a .380 automatic pistol during the courser of an argument at the Big Apple Bar, 1528 South Rampart Street, then left the scene.

Newspapers.com
21 October 1972, The Louisiana Weekly (New Orleans, LA), sec. 2, pg. 6, col. 1 ad:
WELCOME HOME
BESSIE GRIFFIN
(...)
BIG APPLE BAR

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