The shiny Apple is bruised but sweet
New York is referred to as the “Big Apple”. Bruised but sweet refers to the fact that life is very difficult in the city, but ultimately rewarding.
This could also be a symbol for the fruit in the garden of Eden (mostly depicted by an apple). This apple in the story represents knowledge, and in this case, the narrator could be saying the knowledge may unveil “bad” things but in the end it is beneficial.
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