Could Gotham City become New York’s official nickname?

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Long before Bruce Wayne started dressing up in ladies’ tights and long before anyone thought of “The Big Apple,” people were referring to New York as “Gotham.”

Now there are moves afoot to have Gotham City made the official nickname for New York. Queens Councilman Hiram Monserrate, counts Gotham’s Dark Knight as one of his childhood heroes and thinks we should cash in on the box office success of the new Batman movie by adopting the moniker now.

Monserrate explains: “I see this as a marketing tool, ‘Come visit the real Gotham City,’ taking advantage of this movie which will be one of those gate-breaking, record-selling movies. When we talk about Gotham we talk about tremendous, tremendous nightlife, restaurants, lounges, clubs and cafes, frappuccinos and everything else that we have in this City, the Village, Queens.”

“We also talk about the rich architecture that our City enjoys. A lot of Gothic architecture exists in New York City. So Gotham’s also obviously related to Gothic and Gothic architecture which is a form of art, so it’s very important for our art community to strengthen its reconnection to being a Gotham City.”

Click here to learn a little about the history of Gotham.


Written by Jim McMillan

August 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm

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