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.

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Entry from May 16, 2019
Big Apple Minute (WNEW-TV Channel 5, 1980-1987)

New York City television’s Channel 5 (WNEW until 1986, when it became WNYW) featured one minute “Big Apple Minute” segments about New York City metropolitan area attractions, beginning in 1980 until the last segment aired in 1987. Big Apple Minute subjects included the New York Ferry, Brooklyn Museum, Little Italy, Orchard Street, City Island and Wave Hill.

The Big Apple Minutes were shown just before the 10 o’clock news, and at other times of the day as well. Channel 5’s on-air talent from its news and talk show programs usually narrated the Big Apple Minutes.

Channel 5 (WNEW-TV) also broadcast a Sunday movie from 6-8 p.m. that was titled “Big Apple Movie” from 1981 until 1986.


Wikipedia: WNYW
WNYW, channel 5 (UHF digital channel 44), is the flagship station of the Fox television network, licensed to New York City and serving the New York metropolitan area.
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WNEW-TV was the highest-rated independent in New York. From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, channel 5 was available as a regional superstation in large portions of the Northeastern United States, including most of upstate New York, and portions of eastern Pennsylvania and southern New England.

The Fox era (1986–present)
On May 4, 1985, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which had recently bought a controlling interest in the 20th Century Fox film studio, announced its purchase of Metromedia’s six independent television stations, including WNEW-TV. Upon taking control in nearly one year later, on March 7, 1986 channel 5’s call sign was slightly changed to the present WNYW.
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In 1980, the station began producing one minute vignettes entitled Big Apple Minute featuring the station’s on-air team touring New York City-area attractions, the vignettes lasted until 1987, following the station’s acquisition by Fox and the call letter change in 1986.

22 August 1980, The Herald-News (Passaic, NJ), “Air Fare” by Mike Botta, pg. D-12, col. 1:
BIG APPLE IN N.J.—Channel 5’s “Big Apple Minutes,” short segments on different historical and otherwise interesting locations in the metro area, is taping at the Fort Lee Historical Park today until 3:30 p.m. or so.

28 July 1983, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Problem Line” by Anita Richterman, pt. 2, pg. 19, col. 1:
It was also (Doris—ed.) McMillon’s voice you heard doing the popular “Big Apple Minute.”

4 November 1986, Daily News (New York, NY), “Inner Tube,” pg. C22, col. 1:
The Daily News and Channel 5’s “Big Apple Minutes” both were honored by the Metropolitan Historic Structures Association at a ceremony last week at the headquarters house of the Society of Colonial Dames. (...) “The Big Apple Minutes” are produced by Doris Bergman, daughter of the late Rudy Bergman, a TV-Radio columnist for the Daily News.

1 February 1991, Daily News (New York, NY), “Inner Tube,” pg. 84, col. 3:
Park Noble, an Emmy-winning executive producer for Ch. 5, is leaving the Fox-owned station today after a 30-year tenure. (...) He also created Ch. 5’s popular “Big Apple Minutes” and successful “Fox 5 Movie Club,” which he hosted.

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1980 WNEW Big Apple Minute Commercial--New York Ferry
commerce
Published on Jul 4, 2010
The Big Apple Minute was an informational ad from WNEW channel 5 New York.  This one is about the history of the New York Ferry and where it can take you.  Narrated by Gil De Lamadrid.
**This commercial is from my 1977-83 Commercials volume 2 set**

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WNEW Big Apple Minute, Museum of Holography, 1985
Hugo Faces
Published on Feb 9, 2015
Warren Eckstein gives us a brief tour of the now-defunct Museum of Holography in Manhattan. From the “Big Apple Minute” series of local interest spots on WNEW channel 5, 1985. No rights held or implied. Please visit oldtvads.blogspot.com if this is your cup of tea…

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WNYW: Big Apple Minute (Infoquest), Action Park, 1986
Hugo Faces
Published on Jan 24, 2016
From August 1986, a WNYW channel 5 “Big Apple Minute” that spotlights the AT&T Infoquest museum, which had recently opened (and then packed it in just six years later when it was bought by Sony). Then, an Action Park commercial featuring their annual Polkafest celebration. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.) This is on compilation 44 at oldtvads.blogspot.com…

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WNEW Big Apple Minute segment, 1980
Chuck D’s All-New Classic TV Clubhouse
Published on Jun 11, 2016
Bill Boggs reports on the many attractions offered by NY’s City Island.

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WNEW Big Apple Minute (Bill Boggs), Little Italy 1980
Hugo Faces
Published on Mar 2, 2017
This isn’t from my personal collection, but I haven’t found a clean copy of this online, so here’s a 1980 WNEW Big Apple Minute with Bill Boggs touring Little Italy. It’s sublime, what a time capsule. I especially love the guy we see kneading dough. Hairy arms, hairy chest, bushy eyebrows, and a little paper hat on his bald head--you know, for sanitary reasons. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this video removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.)

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Big Apple Minute Orchard St
John Doma
Published on Mar 13, 2017
Big Apple Minute Orchard St

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WNEW Big Apple Minute, (Paper Mill Playhouse) 1985
Hugo Faces
Published on Apr 1, 2017
From 1985, here’s a WNEW Big Apple Minute with Victor de la Madrid, spotlighting the Paper Mill Playhouse and the Sheila Nussbaum Gallery. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this video removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.) This is on compilation 58 at oldtvads.blogspot.com…

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WNEW, Big Apple Minute (Brooklyn Museum), 1985
Hugo Faces
Published on Apr 3, 2017
Joel Rapp introduces us to “Mingei: Japanese Folk Art,” an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in August of 1985. Recorded off WNEW, New York City’s channel 5--during an airing of Shogun, appropriately enough. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this video removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.) This is on compilation 23 at oldtvads.blogspot.com..

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WNEW, Big Apple Minute (Wave Hill), 1985
Hugo Faces
Published on Apr 3, 2017
This 1985 Big Apple Minute was recorded in August ‘85 on New York City’s MetroMedia channel 5. Lynne White fills us in on Wave Hill in the Bronx, founded by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, located on the Hudson River. As you can see, the lotus is in bloom. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this video removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.) This is on compilation 23 at oldtvads.blogspot.com…

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WNEW Movie Greats, Big Apple Minute (Andrea Kirby), 1985
Hugo Faces
Published on Apr 3, 2017
First up in this June 1985 WNEW block is a promo for upcoming films of the “Movie Greats” package, then a “10 O’Clock News Next” graphic. That’s followed by Tom Gregory introducing a Big Apple Minute with a brought-to-you-by (and a strangely generic card). Finally, Andrea Kirby hosts a BAM segment about Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. No rights held or implied. (If you’d like this video removed for copyright reasons, please contact me rather than notifying YouTube, I will gladly take it down from this channel.) This is on compilation 23 at oldtvads.blogspot.com…

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Big Apple Minute 1980
John Doma
Published on Apr 9, 2017
Big Apple Minute 1980

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Big Apple Minute, 1986
After These Messages
Published on Apr 13, 2019
Big Apple Minute, 1986

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