New York City has infrequently been called the “City of Golden Dreams.” “That city of golden dreams and gold bricks, New York, N. Y.” was cited in print in 1908. “The City of Golden Dreams” is the title of a chapter in The Story of New York: An Informal History of the City (1964) by Susan Elizabeth Lyman.
“City of Golden Dreams” has also been the infrequent nickname of such cities as Venice (Italy) and San Francisco, California.
Old Fulton NY Post Cards
11 August 1908, Duluth MN) Evening Herald, “Hotel Gossip,” pg. 6, col. 3:
Did you ever hear of a matrimonial train? There is one, and it travels between that unromantic place, Newark, N. J., and that city of golden dreams and gold bricks, New York, N. Y.
OCLC WorldCat record
The story of New York : an informal history of the city
Author: Susan Elizabeth Lyman
Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers 
Edition/Format: Print book : English
The city of golden dreams --
31 May 1964, Sunday Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI), “Publishers Set Sights on N.Y. Fairgoers” by C. A. Germain, View of Wisconsin Living, pg. 16, col. 3:
We are carried away with the author’s enthusiasm for the “City of Golden Dreams.”
(Review of The Story of New York by Susan Lyman.—ed.)
Nicknames and Sobriquets of U.S. Cities and States, and Counties
By Joseph Nathan Kane and Gerard L. Alexander
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press
City of Golden Dreams. New York, N. Y.
New York 400
Edited by John Thorn and Melanie Bower (for the Museum of the City of New York)
Philadelphia, PA: Running Press
Would a city by any other name be as sweet? Many evidently have though so, for New York has been called the Big Apple, Fun City and the Melting Pot. It has been the City of Golden Dreams, the Capital of the World, and the City So Nice, They Named It Twice (though it might have to share that last one with Walla Walla).
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