Did you know that New York State's nickname the "Big Apple" has nothing to do with it being America's second largest producers of apple? Actually, the Big Apple moniker first gained popularity in connection with horse racing. Around 1920, New York City newspaper reporter John Fitz Gerald, whose beat was the track, heard African-American stable hands in New Orleans say they were going to “the big apple,” a reference to New York City, whose race tracks were considered big-time venues. Fitz Gerald soon began to use the Big Apple in reference to New York in his newspaper columns. It then lost it's popularity before it was revived in the 70s as part of a tourism campaign to clean up New York’s image. This time the name stuck.
Interestingly, long before New York was nicknamed the Big Apple, it was known briefly as New Orange. In 1673, the Dutch captured New York from the English and dubbed it New Orange in honor of William III of Orange.
I prefer apple to oranges but regardless of its name, I love my city.