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 July 18, 2008
Harm City

"Harm City” is the perhaps inevitable variant of Baltimore’s nickname, “Charm City.” It implies a charmless Baltimore that’s full of crime.



22 February 1992, Baltimore (MD) Sun, pg. 1A:
In recent crime spree, city’s image was victim, too;
Is “Charm City” becoming “Harm City”?


Baltimore (MD) Chronicle (May 3, 2005)
POLITICAL MYTHS & SOCIAL TRUTHS:
O’Malley, Ehrlich and Steele Get Kudos, But Blacks Don’t Benefit
by Rodney Foxworth
(...)
Baltimore, casually referred to by many of its denizens as either “Harm City” or “the City that Bleeds” (as opposed to the government-preferred “Charm City” and “the City that Reads"), has failed its youth for years, and continues to do so. 

New York (NY) Times
The New Season | TV
For ‘The Wire,’ Rap That’s Pure Baltimore
By JON CARAMANICA
Published: September 10, 2006
(...)
Inspired by the attention now being paid to their city and their work, the Darkroom producers are at work on a second volume of “Hamsterdam,” as well as a documentary about the city’s rap scene. In a dark pun on Baltimore’s nickname of Charm City, they are calling it “Harm City Exposed.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesCharm City, Monumental City (Baltimore nicknames) • (0) Comments • Friday, July 18, 2008 • Permalink