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Jan 25, 2014 5:45PM

My Westside Manhattan neighborhood has had the nickname Hell's Kitchen for well over a hundred years.

It got this moniker when a newspaper reporter was doing a story about crime in Manhattan and was being escorted around the area by a policeman for his protection. When the reporter asked the cop about how bad the neighborhood was, he was told that if Manhattan was hell than this place was Hell's Kitchen.

Jan 25, 2014 2:42PM
How did Tribeca in NYC not make this? Triangle Below Canal St. 
Jan 25, 2014 12:32PM
Then there's DUMBO ("Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass") in Brooklyn, where residents are now complaining that there's a bridge overhead with noisy traffic.
Jan 25, 2014 11:20AM
I heard before that the French Quarter got it's name because you could get a girl there in one of the seedy brothels for a quarter.
Jul 1, 2012 3:37AM

Being an African-American young woman and previously have lived in Chicago, It had never occured to me that the city's southside name from "47th st on up towards say, King Drive" is called the "Bronzeville" area.  Knowing that the name has a deep and rich meaning makes me think how grateful I am to have geographically experienced this history.   Likewise, the area itself is great, full of flare and offers an abundance of cultural people, places and things to do.  I LOVE my CHICAGO !!!

May 17, 2012 5:06PM
that area in philly is the ghetto "strawberry mansion"
May 17, 2012 4:40PM
As a former San Franciscan, I can tell you hat the Deco Ghetto is a relatively recent recasting of the Mid-Market St. neighborhood as the neighborhood gentrified. That said, my favorite California place names are all related to the Mother Lode country and include, Tin Cup Diggins, China Camp, Shenanigan Flats, and my personal fevorite as a Clamper, Skunk's Misery, Ca. near Camptonville.
May 17, 2012 12:47PM
May 14, 2012 8:35AM
I grew up in St. Louis and we have a neighborhood called Dogtown.  Most likely it was named because squatters in the are used dogs to guard their homes.  However one legend has it that it was named after the 1904 World's Fair because tribes brought in from exotic far away places would go down there at night and hunt dogs for eating.
May 14, 2012 7:17AM
I live in DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). If that didnt make the list I dont know what will!...LOL
May 14, 2012 6:59AM
AMdew73 - you might not want to.  There's a reason it's a (relatively) cheap property.  Not the best neighborhood.
May 14, 2012 6:49AM
The realestate listing linked to the Buckhead neighborhood is not in Atlanta. It is in Buckhead, GA, which is about two hours from Atlanta and the Buckhead neighborhood and a completely different area. Just FYI.
May 14, 2012 5:51AM
this list could have been from towns in western pa alone. with gems like  Beaver, Mars, and my hometown of Slippery Rock. the author missed towns with better names and more interesting stories.
May 14, 2012 5:02AM
Are these people making money posting these dating sites on the message boards?? If so, maybe THAT'S what I should do...Sarcastic
May 14, 2012 4:43AM
May 14, 2012 4:37AM
I live in the Nebraska neighborhood in Fort Wayne, IN.  It's actually on the near west side of downtown.  When people first moved across the river into this new area to work in the newly constructed Wayne Knitting Mills, they were ridiculed as "moving so far west that they might as well be living in Nebraska."  The taunt stuck.
May 14, 2012 3:59AM
What about Pigtown in Baltimore, MD
May 14, 2012 3:37AM
May 14, 2012 3:10AM

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