Why Is New York City Called The Big Apple?


There are many rumors about why New York is called the Big Apple.

New York is the second largest apple growing state, after Washington, but that’s not why New York is called the Big Apple.  Here’s the story the city government has agreed to and the one that expert etymologist Barry Popik cites from his in depth research on why New York City is called “The Big Apple”.  Newspaper sportswriter John FitzGerald used it while covering horse races in the 1920s. He heard it from stable hands in New Orleans who called New York City “The Big Apple” because it was the goal and best opportunity for the horses and jockeys to win big prize money.  Then in 1971, New York City ran a campaign with “The Big Apple” and the nickname really started to take root.

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