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Knickerbocker, also spelled Knikkerbakker, Knikkerbacker, and Knickerbacker, is a surname that dates back to the early settlers of New Netherland that was popularized by Washington Irving in 1809 when he published his satirical A History of New York under the pseudonym "Diedrich Knickerbocker". It was also a term for Manhattan's aristocracy "in the early days"[1] and became a general term, now obsolete, for a New Yorker. It may refer to:



Food and drink

  • Knickerbocker glory, British dessert
  • Knickerbocker beer, the official beer of the New York Giants of baseball, brewed at Rupert's Brewery E. 92nd Street at 2nd Avenue
  • Knickerbocker cocktail: Dominican dark rum, orange Curaçao, muddled fresh raspberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice

Historical events

  • The Knickerbocker Case, late 1940s investigation of antisemitism at the City College of New York
  • The Knickerbocker Storm, which demolished the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Literature and music






  1. ^ Riis, Jacob (1890). "I. Genesis of the Tenement". How the Other Half Lives. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.  (at Wikisource: How the Other Half Lives – Chapter I)