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New York City. The nickname was popularized by Washington Irving and others in Salmagundi, a series of satirical sketches (1807-1808), and makes reference to English popular tales about Gotham, a village near Nottingham, England, whose villagers were depicted as feigning stupidity and foolishness in order to avoid government impositions.

Goth′am·ite′ (-ə-mīt′) n.
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(Placename) US an informal name for New York
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(ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəm)

a nickname for New York City.
Goth′am•ite`, n.
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Leisurely and with something of an air I strolled along with my heart expanding at the thought that I was a citizen of great Gotham, a sharer in its magnificence and pleasures, a partaker in its glory and prestige.
Thus, then, did these three worthies embark in their cockleshell of a skiff upon this nocturnal expedition, with a wisdom and valor equaled only by the three wise men of Gotham,[1] who adventured to sea in a bowl.
[1] "Three wise men of Gotham, They went to sea in a bowl-- And if the bowl had been stronger, My tale had been longer." Mother Goose Melody.
[1] Gotham was a village proverbial for the blundering simplicity of its inhabitants.
Mylady Curlin just managed to hold off a fast-finishing Gotham Gala to hand Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan victory in Saturday's US$200 000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes at Thistledown racetrack.
M2 PRESSWIRE-August 12, 2019-: Gotham Glow Services Busy, Beauty-Conscious Clients
SHORTSELLER Gotham City has added to the pressure on litigation funder Burford Capital, which it described yesterday as "inappropriately financed".
- US-based biotechnology company Gotham Therapeutics, which is developing a novel drug class targeting RNA-modifying proteins, and Dutch contract research organisation ZoBio have made significant progress made as part of their collaboration to identify therapeutic lead candidates for Gotham's initial portfolio of epitranscriptomic targets, the companies said.
Gotham Organization announced that Corner Bistro, a casual dining restaurant with current locations in the West Village and Long Island City, will be opening its third permanent location at Gotham West Market this Summer.
A 34-year-old Naperville man identified in court records as John Doe seeks damages from Medela of Elgin and the owner of Gotham Professional Services in Schaumburg in a lawsuit filed in Kane County last month.
"Gotham" fan-favorite Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) barely made an appearance in its 4th season, especially after his boss, Sofia Falcone (Crystal Reed) was placed in a coma.
FLOOD waters affected several areas in East Leake last week, and motorists using Gotham Road had to drive cautiously as they drove through water that at times covered the whole road.