List of city nicknames in New York

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This partial list of city nicknames in New York compiles the aliases, sobriquets, and slogans that cities in New York are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to municipal governments, local people, outsiders, or the cities' tourism boards or chambers of commerce. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity.[1] Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth"[2] are also believed to have economic value.[1] Their economic value is difficult to measure,[1] but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.[2]

Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.

Nicknames by city[edit]

Chazy calls itself the world capital of the McIntosh apple.
Cooperstown, site of the Baseball Hall of Fame where this plaque honoring Ty Cobb is displayed, lays claim to the title "Birthplace of Baseball."
Lockport's nickname of "Lock City" refers to the several Erie canal locks located in the city.


  • Albany
    • Cradle of the Union[3]
    • Smallbany (somewhat derisive)[4]
  • Amsterdam - The Carpet City[5]
  • Auburn
    • History's Hometown[6]
    • The Prison City (for Auburn Correctional Facility, formerly Auburn Prison)[7]




Duluth - The Air-Conditioned City










The city of Niagara Falls, New York, gets both its name and its nickname of "Cataract City" from the famous set of waterfalls known as Niagara Falls.


  • Ogdensburg
    • The Maple City (19th century)[66]
    • The New York of the North (mid-19th century)[66]




This 1907 postcard of Canfield Park and Saratoga Springs' nickname "the Spa City" both recall the era when the city's mineral springs and hotels made it a fashionable resort.





See also[edit]


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  79. ^ E.g. Roc City Furniture, Roc City Skatepark, Roc City Rib Fest
  80. ^ E.g. Copper City Driving School, Copper City Chrysler Dodge, Copper City United Soccer Club
  81. ^ Paul Post, Saratoga group hopes to create Thoroughbred park, Thoroughbred Times, November 21, 2008. "Mayor Scott Johnson said the city cannot afford to purchase the parcel but that he supports the foundation’s efforts, which he said would be a welcome addition to the 'Racing City's' landscape."
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