Washington Irving

City Living, History

Where Did NYC’s Nickname ‘Gotham’ Come From?

By Dana Schulz, Fri, April 17, 2015

Washington Irving (L) and the cover of Salmagundi (R)

No, the answer isn’t from “Batman.” Creators of the comic book series were originally going to name its location Civic City, Capital City, or Coast City, but then flipped through a New York City phonebook and found Gotham Jewelers, lending inspiration to the now-famous Gotham City. But from where did this jewelry store get its name? The answer dates back to an 1807 issue of Washington Irving‘s satirical periodical Salmagundi which lampooned New York culture and politics.

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