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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 18, 2016
Schenectady: Electric City (nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.

“The City that Lights and Hauls the World” is a similar Schenectady nickname.

Wikipedia: Schenectady, New York
Schenectady /skᵻˈnɛktədi/ (skə-nek-tə-dee) is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 66,135. The name “Schenectady” is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning “beyond the pines”. The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area. They were prohibited from the fur trade by the Albany monopoly, which kept its control after the English takeover in 1664. Residents of the new village developed farms on strip plots along the river.

Connected to the west via the Mohawk River and Erie Canal, the city developed rapidly in the 19th century as part of the Mohawk Valley trade, manufacturing and transportation corridor. By 1824 more people worked in manufacturing than agriculture or trade, and the city had a cotton mill, processing cotton from the Deep South. Numerous mills in New York had such ties with the South. Through the 19th century, nationally influential companies and industries developed in Schenectady, including General Electric and American Locomotive Company (ALCO), which were powers into the mid-20th century.
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Economy
The city was a manufacturing center known as “The City that Lights and Hauls the World” – a reference to two prominent businesses in the city, the Edison Electric Company (now known as General Electric), and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). GE retains its administrative core in Schenectady, but it relocated thousands of manufacturing jobs to the Sun Belt and abroad.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Schenectadian, portraying the advantages, attractions and opportunities of the electric city. Issued for the Board of trade, Schenectady, N.Y.
Author: Schenectady (N.Y.). Board of Trade.
Publisher: [Schenectady, N.Y.], [Gazette Press] ©1914.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Historic views of the electric city
Author: WMHT (Television station : Schenectady, N.Y.); WMHT Educational Telecommunications.
Publisher: [Schenectady, N.Y.] : WMHT Educational Telecommunications, ©1996.
Edition/Format: VHS video : VHS tape Visual material : Englis
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
Tours of the neighborhoods of Schenectady, N.Y., accompanied by views of historic places and people

OCLC WorldCat record
Electric city : General Electric in Schenectady
Author: Julia Kirk Blackwelder
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2014.
Series: Kenneth E. Montague series in oil and business history, no. 24.
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Database: WorldCat
Summary:
For seven decades the General Electric Company maintained its manufacturing and administrative headquarters in Schenectady, New York. Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady explores the history of General Electric in Schenectady from the company’s creation in 1892 to the present. As one of America’s largest and most successful corporations, GE built a culture centered around the social good of technology and the virtues of the people who produced it. At its core, GE culture posited that engineers, scientists, and craftsmen engaged in a team effort to produce technologically advanced ma.

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
Boston vs. Schenectady? We’ll take the Electric City
August 18, 2016
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The Electric City is a better nickname than Beantown.

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesNew York State • Thursday, August 18, 2016 • Permalink