There has been many rumors why NYC is called “The Big Apple” for a long time, but research over the past two decades, primarily by amateur etymologist Barry Popik and Gerald Cohen of Missouri University of Science and Technology, has provided a reasonably clear picture of the term’s history.
The Big Apple was first popularized as a reference to New York City by John J. Fitz Gerald in a number of New York Morning Telegraph articles in the 1920s in reference to New York horse-racing.
It’s said that the winning horse got an extra big apple after the race… so all the horses were going to get the BIG APPLE.
Funny, isn’t it?!
If you want to read the whole truth, please follow this link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Apple!