Why is New York City nicknamed 'Gotham'?

I've been curious about this myself, so I looked it up. Several sources point to the author, Washington Irving, as the originator of this nickname.  In an 1807 letter published in the Salmagundi Papers (a satirical periodical that Washington himself published along with his brother), Washington wrote:

"'One of the most tickling, dear, mischievous pleasures of this life is
to laugh in one's sleeve - to sit snug in a corner unnoticed and
unknown and hear the wise men of Gotham, who are profound judges (of
horseflesh) pronounce from the style of our work, who are the authors.
This listening incognito and receiving a hearty praising over another
man's back is a situation so celestially whimsical that we have done
little else than laugh in our sleeves ever since our first number was
publisht.''

Apparently, 'Gotham' is a reference to a village in central England where the inhabitants feigned stupidity to keep the unpopular King John from living there.

Here's a 1989 letter from the NY Times referencing all this: http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/0...

and the Wikipedia Entry on Washington's Salmagundi Papers which also mentions the use of the Gotham nickname: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal...
Has anyone ever seen Santa?

I haven't seen santa, but I heard him one year. I was aroun ten or twelve years old, well beyond believing years. It must have been 2 or 3 in the morning Christmas Day. A loud boom woke me up, then I

What's the longest you've gone without working?

Currently, closing in on 17 years. When I was in my early 30's I began to make financial plans. I had worked since I was 10 years old, then delivering a weekly classified ad newspaper for about $2.00 a week. I learned early that work was necessary, but that working sucked.So,

What should I keep in mind when visiting Birmingham, Alabama?

Depends where you are from and what your expectations of a city are.Most people are individually friendly and personable.There is a very good local food scene. Folks like to eat out.The region is very spread out. This is one of the least dense metro regions I've lived in.Systemically, this