1. (US black) Harlem, NYC.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 30 July 11/1: I will be glad when we cut into the Apple so you and I can get together.|
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 252: apple (n.): the big town, the main stem, Harlem.|
|N.Y. Age 29 Dec. 14/1: ’Twasn’t so merry for the hustlers and ‘wise boys’ along the ‘Apple’ this year.|
|‘Manhattan Fable’ [lyrics] About a deuce of long black-&-whites ago, a stud from the Natural Lowlands made it to The Apple.|
2. (US black) a large Northern city.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 18: What those grey studs [...] don’t cop is that the average Lane today is from the Apple, whether it’s the Big Apple, the Windy Apple, the Tropic Apple, or the Bunker Hill Apple.|
|(con. 1930s–50s) Night People 117: Apple. Big city.|
3. the earth, the universe.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 44: When he plucketh the eider feathers of the sky / Geese and scattereth them upon this twirling Apple.|
|AS XXXII:4 277: apple. The earth; the universe; New York City.‘Vernacular of the Jazz World’ in|
4. (orig. US jazz) usu. the Apple, New York City.
|‘I Would If I Could’ [lyrics] So it’s back to the apple, and find me a better man / Well I would if I could, but damn if I think I can.|
|Gutbucket and Gossamer 26: Why should she stay in the Apple over a July weekend?|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 35: Meanwhile all the swingers will have taken off for Venice or the Apple.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 47: The streets of that part of the Apple called the Bronx.|
|Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos (1994) 82: The idea that such an institution would be run by a white man in Texas makes many brothers here in the Apple bristle.‘Nationwide’ in|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 113: Suzi is a past-due tourist, a Brazilian national who came to visit the Apple and long overstayed the welcome her visa provided.|
|Londonstani (2007) 212: Straight in from the Apple today.|