Nicknames of New York City

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A model of a big apple is located outside of Citi Field, the New York Mets' ballpark.

During its four-century history, New York (commonly known as New York City) has been known by a variety of alternative names and euphemisms, both officially and unofficially. Frequently shortened to simply "NY" or "NYC", New York is also known as "The City" in some parts of the Eastern United States, in particular, New York State and surrounding U.S. states.[1] New Yorkers may also use "The City" to refer specifically to the borough of Manhattan.[2]

Common nicknames[edit]

Various nicknames are featured on a wall at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Historic nicknames[edit]

  • America's City: a term positioning New York City as emblematic of the country post 9/11, as its premier metropolis[24][25][26]
  • Fun City: taken from a phrase in 1966 uttered by then mayor John Lindsay in response to being asked if he still liked being mayor during a crippling transit strike.[27] This nickname was also later derisively played on by NYPD's largest police union, who used the term "Fear City" in response to city budget cutbacks during the 1970s.[28][29]
  • The Modern Gomorrah: referring to the "sinfulness" and organized crime of Manhattan, first popularized by Reverend Thomas De Witt Talmage in 1875 at the Brooklyn Tabernacle[7]

Historical names[edit]

Names by which the parts of New York City in Manhattan were officially deemed during the 17th century were:


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