"Welcome to New York. Now get out" appeared on T-shirts in the 1980s, a Time Out New York ad in the 1990s, and a Continental Airlines ad campaign (also in the 1990s).
One 1980s T-shirt showed a cartoon picture of a gun with the caption: "New York. It Ain't Kansas." It's probably not popular in New York 2006 -- Mayor Bloomberg's second inaugural address promised to get guns off the streets.
10 September 1989, New York Times, pg. 54:
T-Shirts' New Mood Is Sarcastic
By GEORGE DULLEA
Read any good T-shirts lately? How about bad T-shirts, hostile T-shirts, cynical T-shirts, T-shirts with chips on their shoulders? "Welcome to New York," says one. "Now go home."
Another shirt shows a cartoony snub-nosed revolver. "New York," it reads. "It Ain't Kansas."
"I had second thoughts about 'Die Yuppie,'" acknowledged Leslie Merims, an owner of a string of stores called Alada NY, "until I saw so many yuppies buying them." Other stores balked at carrying the "New York. It Ain't Kansas" gun shirt, a product of 90 degree Angle, a company in which her husband, Daniel, is a partner.
"But tourists love the gun shirt," Mrs. Merims said, "especially the Japanese. Somebody bought one and sent it to Kansas, where it was stolen. So crime is everywhere. Even the police buy gun shirts to wear off-duty."
28 September 1995, New York Times, pg. D7:
One poster, for instance, reads: "Welcome to New York. Now get out," while another boasts that Time Out New York lists "all the clubs you'll never get into in one magazine."
24 June 1997, New York Times, "Mayor Gets Newark Ads Out of His Face" by David W. Chen, pg. B7:
Yesterday, Continental blinked. Two of the offending ads will be changed: the aforementioned one, plus a radio spot featuring the recorded voice now heard in many New York taxis, saying: "If you're on the West Side of Manhattan and don't fly out of Newark, you gotta be a tourist. Welcome to New York. Now get out!"
Ned Walker, a Continental spokesman, said the "Now get out!" phrase was meant to imply "get out of the taxi" -- not say, "get outta town."
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