Minnesota Strip

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The Minnesota Strip is an archaic name for an area in Manhattan comprising Eighth Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street. It is now part of Hell's Kitchen.

History[edit]

The name comes from the high volume of teenage Midwestern prostitutes that populated the area from the 1960s to the 1990s[1][2][3][4] and the term only began to disappear as public prostitution became the target of New York City's massive crackdown on prostitution and street crime under then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Popular culture[edit]

The phrase was used in the title of the 1980 film, Off the Minnesota Strip, starring Hal Holbrook and featuring Mare Winningham as a teenage runaway who returns to her home in Minnesota after years of working as a prostitute in New York.[5] The made-for-TV film won the 1980 Emmy for 'Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Special' for writer David Chase.[6]

The Minnesota Strip is referenced in the 1978 Broadway Musical Runaways.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monday, Nov. 28, 1977 (November 28, 1977). "The Nation: Youth for Sale on the Streets". TIME. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  2. ^ "The Big Apple: Minnesota Strip (Eighth Avenue, near Port Authority Bus Terminal)". Barrypopik.com. September 14, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  3. ^ Brooks of Sheffield (March 22, 2009). "Lost City: Where the Streets Had a Name". Lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  4. ^ "1970s Eighth Avenue: the "Minnesota Strip" « Ephemeral New York". Ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com. September 21, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  5. ^ Off the Minnesota Strip on IMDb
  6. ^ "Off The Minnesota Strip". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_r/runaways_swados.htm

Coordinates: 40°45′42″N 73°59′12″W / 40.7617°N 73.9866°W / 40.7617; -73.9866