The name comes from the high volume of teenage Midwestern prostitutes that populated the area from the 1960s to the 1990s 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.
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. The made-for-TV film won the 1980 Emmy for 'Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or Special' for writer David Chase.
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- "The Big Apple: Minnesota Strip (Eighth Avenue, near Port Authority Bus Terminal)". Barrypopik.com. September 14, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
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- Off the Minnesota Strip on IMDb
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