Nicknames for New York

a nickname is a shortened form of a person's name a nickname also can be a descriptive name for a person place or thing many American cities have nicknames these can help establish an identity spread pride among citizens and build unity a few years ago some marketing and advertising experts were asked to name the best nickname for an American city the winner was the nation's largest city New York the top nickname was the Big Apple you might wonder how New York got this nickname in the early 1970s the city had many problems the number of visitors was falling so a campaign was launched to give the city a new image the head of the New York conventions and Visitors Bureau decided to call the city the Big Apple there are several explanations for where this name came from language expert Barry popeck studied the question and wrote about it on his website he says John Fitzgerald a writer for a New York newspaper used the name the Big Apple to mean New York in the 1920s mr. Fitzgerald wrote about horse races he heard the name used by men who worked at a racetrack in New Orleans Louisiana mr. Fitzgerald wrote the Big Apple the dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen there's only one Big Apple that's New York in horse racing the expression meant the big time the place where large amounts of money could be won the Big Apple became the name of a nightclub in the Harlem area of New York City in 1934 it also was the name of a popular dance and a hit song in the 1930s but it is not the only nickname for America's largest city barry papac's website lists almost 100 nicknames that describe New York the best-known are the capital of the world Empire City Gotha