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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.
(Placename) US an informal name for New York
Goth•am(ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəm)
a nickname for New York City.