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 September 13, 2007
Baghdad-on-the-Bayou (New Orleans nickname)

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans in 2005, several commentators nicknamed that city “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou.” The comparison was with Baghdad, Iraq, where a war was being fought.

The short story writer O. Henry (1862-1910) had called New York City “Bagdad-on-the-Subway” in the early 1900s, referring to the hustle and bustle of both cities.

San Francisco columnist Herb Caen (1916-1997) would later call his beloved city of San Francisco “Baghdad-by-the-Bay.”

Houston has long been called the “Bayou City,” but is also sometimes called “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou.”

Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Big Easy,” “City That Care Forgot,” “Crescent City,” “Hollywood South,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina) and “Northernmost Caribbean City.”


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THE SAME THING EVERY OTHER BLOG IS ABOUT TODAY
KATRINA: THE SNOTTY TAKE
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A major American city has deteriorated into a raw, anarchic Baghdad-by-the-Bayou. 

Time magazine
Like Baghdad on the Bayou
Saturday, Sep. 03, 2005 By BRIAN BENNETT/NEW ORLEANS

Baghdad-by-the-Bayou (September 4, 2005)
OPERATION ZERO TOLERANCE
IN NEW ORLEANS

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Subject: Like Baghdad on the Bayou

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Like Baghdad on the Bayou
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December 26, 2005
Christmas in New Orleans
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Indeed, popular T-shirts sold on Bourbon Street call New Orleans “Baghdad on the Bayou.”

City Journal (Spring 2007)
Baghdad on the Bayou
Nicole Gelinas

To recover from Katrina, New Orleans must defeat the criminals who terrorize its streets.

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