Have you ever stopped to think, why is NYC known as “The Big Apple?”

Here’s the sad truth: I lived in and visited New York City more times than I can count, and never, not once, did I ever stop to question the nickname, “The Big Apple.” Now that the nickname is celebrating its 100th anniversary, I have to know!

The nickname “The Big Apple” was initially printed by a horse racing reporter in 1921 and spread even further in the 1930s through the jazz music scene (there was even a popular dance trend!). The nickname was resurrected again in the 1970s for a nationwide-wide PR campaign to bring tourists and residents back to the city. The term has a long, fascinating, and storied history; and the apple itself is just as symbolic to the city as the Empire State Building.

Learn even more about “The Big Apple” from CBS This Morning:

A lot of American cities have great nicknames. But it was 100 years ago when the nation’s biggest city got its most famous one.​ Michelle Miller has the details on how “The Big Apple” came to signify New York.