A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 19, 2005
98 Nicknames
The largest selection of New York City nicknames (see the other entries in this Nicknames/Slogans category) can be found in Names and Sobriquets of U.S. Cities and States (second edition 1970) by Joseph Nathan Kane and Gerard L. Alexander.

From pages 132-133, with numbers added:

1. America's Leading Tourist Resort
2. America's Mecca
3. Father Knickerbocker
(referring to the type of trousers worn by the early Dutch settlers)
4. Gotham
(name given to New York City by Washington Irving in the Salmagundi Papers, 1807)
5. The Bablyonian Bedlam
(allusion to the confusion of tongues at Babel, described in Genesis XI)
6. The Bagdad of the Subway
7. The Bagdad on the Hudson
8. The Banking Center of the World
9. The Big Apple
10. The Big Burg
11. The Big City
12. The Big Town
13. The Biggest Gateway to Immigrants
14. The Burg
15. The Business Capital of the Nation
16. The Business Capital of the World
17. The Capital of Finance
18. The Capital of the World
19. The Center of the World
(Trygve Lie, first United Nations general secretary, on Sept. 7, 1962)
20. The City
21. The City at the Crossroads of High Diplomacy
22. The City of Cities
(book by Hulbert Foother)
23. The City of Friendly People
24. The City of Golden Dreams
25. The City of Islands
(the borough of Manhattan and numerous other small islands within the city limits)
26. The City of Light
27. The City of Orchestras
(music center and 'Tin Pan Alley")
28. The City of Skyscrapers
(the tallest building in the world; the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, 60 Wall Tower, etc.)
29. The City of Superlatives
30. The City of the World
31. The City of Towers
32. The City that Belongs to the World
33. The City that Never Sleeps
34. The City with Everything
35. The Cleanest Big City in the World
36. The Coliseum City
37. The Commercial Capital of America
38. The Commercial Emporium
39. The Corporate Capital of America
40. The Crossroads of the World
41. The Cuisine Capital of the World
42. The Cultural Capital of America
43. The Cultural Center of the Nation
44. The Cultural City
45. The Empire City
46. The Entertainment Capital of the World
47. The Fashion Capital of the World
48. The Fear City
49. The Financial Capital of the World
50. The Financial Hub
51. The First City of the World
(the most populated city in the United States, approximately 8 million)
52. The Friendly City
53. The Frog and Toe
54. The Front Office of American Business
55. The Fun City
56. The Fun City on the Hudson
57. The Greatest All-Year Round Vacation City
58. The Greatest Industrial Center in the World
59. The Headquarters of World Banking
60. The Hong Kong of the Hudson
61. The Host of the World
62. The Hub City of the World
63. The Hub of Transport
64. The Information City
65. The Land of Surprising Contrasts
66. The Mecca for Young Adults
67. The Media City
68. The Melting Pot
(drama by Israel Zangwill, 1908)
69. The Metropolis
70. The Metropolis of a Continent
71. The Metropolis of America
72. The Metropolitan City
73. The Mighty Manhattan
74. The Modern Gomorrah
(one of the cities if the plains destroyed by fire and bromstone because of wickedness, mentioned in the Old Testament)
75. The Money Town
76. The Most Colorful Exciting City in the World
77. The Movie-Making City
78. The Nation's First City
79. The Nation's Greatest City
80. The Nation's Largest Communications Center
81. The Nation's Largest Port
82. The Port of Many Ports
83. The Printing Capital of the World
84. The Restaurant City
85. The Science City
86. The Seat of Empire
(named in 1784 by George Washington)
87. The Super City
88. The University of Telephony
89. The Vacation City
90. The Wonder City
91. The Wonder City of the World
92. The Wonderful Town
93. The World Capital of Fashion
94. The World's Capital City
95. The World's Fair City
96. The World's Financial Capital
97. The World's Metropolis
98. The World's Most Exciting All Year Round Vacation Center
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • Wednesday, January 19, 2005 • Permalink


You forgot the “land of 2 Times square”!

Posted by Carolyn  on  10/08  at  10:55 AM

You also forgot “Golden door”. The nickname it was called back in the 1800’ s because more than 70% of immigrants came through New York City.

Posted by Cami  on  06/20  at  10:15 AM

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