Carmen Nigro, a librarian at the New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, has an interesting blog post on the history of the term “Gotham”: “So, why do we call it Gotham anyway?”
Also recommended is Kristen Doyle Highland’s piece on the subject in the Lost New York volume that Bryan and I edited last year. You can download a PDF here.
[Image: High buildings in New York at night. Pochoir print postcard, circa 1900. NYPL, Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. Digital ID 836959.]