A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 24, 2016
Panic City

The term “panic city” refers to the demand for some immediate action to end a bad situation. “Panic city” has been cited in print since the 1970s.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson popularized the term in New York. “Alderson knows he’s working in Panic City” was printed in the New York (NY) Daily News on April 14, 2011. Alderson gave a press conference on June 26, 2015, after the Mets’ seven-game road losing streak. The Daily News reported in June 27, 2016:

“Alderson bobbed and weaved in his usual fashion, implying that a seven-game losing steak on the road shouldn’t necessarily turn into ‘Panic City’ around the Mets, as he called it.”


Wikipedia: Sandy Alderson
Richard Lynn “Sandy” Alderson (born November 22, 1947) is the general manager of the New York Mets. He previously served as an executive with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and the commissioner’s office of Major League Baseball.

27 June 1979, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “Does reporting make gas lines grow?” by Charles B. Seib, pg. 25-A, col. 3:
I don’t know how things are in your town, but in Washington it’s panic city.

14 April 1980, Los Angeles (CA) Times Orange County (pt. 2(, pg. 1, col. 1:
When Deadline for Bills Nears, It’s Panic City
By Tracy Wood

Daily News (New York, NY)
Mets general manger Sandy Alderson not ready to panic even after bad start to 2011 baseball season
WAYNE COFFEY
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 4:00 AM
(...)
Alderson knows he’s working in Panic City, where trends can be detected in a matter of innings.

Twitter
William Schoell
‏@WillSchoell
@alisonpanza have you booked your flight to PANIC CITY?
11:30 AM - 27 Aug 2013

Twitter
Young Ideas
‏@DickYoungsGhost
“a week later, it’s panic city” - Alderson. Typical @Mets being @Mets.
2:53 PM - 26 Jun 2015

Twitter
Anthony DiComo
‏@AnthonyDiComo
Sandy Alderson characterized the public’s current perception of the #Mets as “panic city.”
4:04 PM - 26 Jun 2015

Daily News (New York, NY)
Overpay for a hitter? Mets GM Sandy Alderson must back up words and take bold swing
JOHN HARPER
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 12:49 AM
(...)
No surprise, then, that Sandy Alderson’s press conference on Friday, called to officially announce Matz’s call-up, turned into an interrogation as to when he will make a trade for a hitter to add even a little spark to the lineup.

Alderson bobbed and weaved in his usual fashion, implying that a seven-game losing steak on the road shouldn’t necessarily turn into “Panic City” around the Mets, as he called it.

SNY—MetsBlog
Welcome to Panic City!

By
 
 
Matthew Cerrone


 Jun 30, 2015 | 9:41AM
“It’s Panic City,’’ Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last Friday, referring to fan and media reaction to his team’s recently-concluded seven-game losing streak.

This past Sunday, after his team completed a sweep of the Reds, Alderson said, “Here they come, the citizens of Panic City,” as the team’s beat reporters walked by him in the tunnel under Citi Field (June 29, 2015).

This name is a good indication of Alderson’s confidence in his roster, and his view of how we react. But, you know, he’s right, this is Panic City… and I love every second of it.

Fansided—Nothin’ But Nets
Welcome to Panic City!
by Brian Rzeppa May 24, 2016 Follow @brianrzeppa
Talent manager Michael Gruen takes a look at the future of the Nets in this guest post through the scope of multiple different insights throughout the basketball world.

Welcome to Panic City!

In June of 2015, in response to Mets fans getting overly exasperated following a seven-game losing streak, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson coined the term “Panic City” by saying, “Here they come, the members of Panic City.” Although that was a bad streak, the rest is history as the Mets made it all the way to the World Series.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 • Permalink