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

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Entry from April 17, 2005
Syracuse: Salt City (nickname); Salt Potato
An early nickname for Syracuse was "Salt City" because of its role in the salt trade.


Wikipedia: Syracuse, New York
Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəkjuːs/ or local /ˈsɛrəkjuːs/) is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States. It is the largest U.S. city with the name "Syracuse", and is the fifth most populous city in the state of New York. At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,170 (making it the 167th largest city in the country), and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex and, directly west of the city, the Empire Expo Center, which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair. The city derives its name from Siracusa, a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.

19 August 1852, National Era (Washington, DC), pg. 136:
We arrived at Syracuse about sundown, on a Saturday evening, and remained over Sunday. It would be hard to decide whether Syracuse best deserves the title of the Salt city, or the Hotel city.

8 January 1857, Syracuse Daily Courier, pg. 2, col. 5:
By the way, one of the Syracuse papers promised a presentation of the industrial skill of the Salt City at the Fair in this city (Utica - ed.), now open.

28 May 1895, Syracuse Evening Herald, pg. 5:
Recipe Wanted.
Can anybody tell how hot salt potatoes are prepared. The kind that are served in saloons, whole with jackets on?
A. O.
Syracuse.

23 April 1905, Washington Post, pg. M5:
Syracuse Hot Salt Potatoes - Boil the vegetables in a rather strong brine, and drain on a piece of cheesecloth stretched almost tight across the top of a pan. They will be covered with salt crystals, and will be very mealy inside.
From THE HOUSEKEEPER.

22 September 1957, New York Times, pg. 70:
From noon on indefinitely: raw clams, clam broth, and salt potatoes. The last, a Syracuse original, are small potatoes boiled in brine and eaten while in the jackets with an insert of butter.

Posted by Barry Popik
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