the big apple


The Big Apple, the nickname for New York City, was popularized by a newspaper sports writer who covered horse races in the 1920’s. Apple was a reference to the race tracks in and around New York City that awarded large prizes. And of course, New York was the big one!

New York City is a hard city to define, but if I had to choose just three words to describe it, they would be energy, diversity, and above all, attitude

Frank Sinatra captured the spirit of The Big Apple in his 1977 version of the song New York, New York.





Filmed in black and white and accompanied by George Gershwin’s composition Rhapsody in Blue, the opening scene of Woody Allen’s 1979 film Manhattan is a wonderful ode to The Big Apple.


Chapter 1
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion... no, make that... He romanticized it all out of proportion... better... To him, no matter [1] what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white, and pulsated [2] to the great tunes of George Gershwin... Ah, no, let me start this over...

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He was too romantic about Manhattan as he was with everything else. He thrived [3] on thehustle-bustle [4] of the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women, and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles [5]... Nah corny [6], too corny for a man of mytastes [7]. Let me try again...

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He adored New York City. To him, it was a metaphor for the decay [8] of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that cause so many people to take the easy way out [9] was rapidly turning the town of his dreams into [10]... It’s going to be toopreachy [11], come on, let’s face it, I want to sell some books here...

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He adored New York City. Although to him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized [12] by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage... Too angry, I don’t want to be angry...

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He was as tough [13] and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed [14] glasses was the coiled [15] sexual power of a jungle cat... I love this!... New York was his town and it always would be!


[1] da igual, [2] palpitaba, [3] prosperaba, [4] bullicio, [5] saber a todo de P a Pa, [6] cursi, [7] gustos, [8]decadencia, [9] coger la salida fácil, [10] convirtiéndose, [11] sermoneador, [12] insensibilizado, [13] duro, [14]con montura, [15] enroscado