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Well, there are many theories but it turns out that the term originally dates back to the 1920s . This nickname for New York City was first popularized in the 1920s by John J. Fitz Gerald, a sports writer for the New York Morning Telegraph. He used this phrase in a number of articles in reference to the many racing courses in and around New York City ,where apples were the prizes for the races .
‘’The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.’’
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Then, in the 1930s New York City’s jazz musicians began referring to New York City as the “Big Apple.”
‘’ Big Apple’’ remained as a nickname until it was officially adopted by the city in the 1970s due to a campaign to increase tourism .Since then, New York City has officially been The Big Apple.