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Mayor touts an apple a day - literally

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (l.) hands an apple to vendor Mereli Rahm at the corner of 34th Ave. and Steinway St. in Astoria.
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Commuters at the Steinway Street stop of the E, M and R trains could have picked up more than the morning paper on their way into and out of the Astoria subway station Monday.

Volunteers Aimee Cheer, Kerry McAllister, Karen Webb and Lisa Birnbaum cheerfully handed them apples at the Astoria corner as part of Food Day, organized to promote eating real and healthy items.

To celebrate the event, the New York Apple Association donated more than 3,000 apples to distribute at five locations citywide with pamphlets containing a recipe for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mario Batali’s saltimbocca, a meat dish with apples.

Bloomberg declared Monday “Eat an Apple” Day and may have been taking his own words literally.

The mayor selected an Empire variety for himself to munch on and then handed out one apple to newspaper vendor Mereli Rahm before departing from the event.

City officials said restaurants are also participating in the festivities by offering apple-themed dishes and apples were to be available for children in city public schools.

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