[EPISODE] New York City as Gotham!
Join us this week for a special episode about “Gotham”, its past and a little bit of its present. Hint: Gotham didn’t start with Batman.
The concept of New York as Gotham is more than two centuries old! My guest will be Rediscovering New York regular, and the show’s special consultant David Griffin of Landmark Branding.
Jeff opens the show by informing our audience about Guy Fawkes Day. He goes into detail about the history of this day and why it is celebrated. Jeff introduces his guest of the night, David Griffin, whom is a regular on the show. David starts off by briefly talking about his early history with the city and how he became interested in historical architecture. The conversation transitions into discussing the history of the word, ‘Gotham’. David takes us on a historical journey through Gotham. He discusses the idea of Gotham, the origin of the word, and the people of Gotham.
Jeff comes back by asking David about the history knickerbockers and Washington Irving. David delves into the history of Irving in New York City and his literature. Interestingly enough, the New York Knicks have a history with the term knickerbockers. David continues by discussing some of the ways Irving depicted New York in his literature. He mentions that Irving was into gothic things. We end this segment by talking about the later life of Irving and his influence on Christmas holiday traditions.
David opens this segment by discussing his business, Landmark Branding. His mantra is “If you are not gonna demolish, polish!” Jeff brings the discussion back to Gotham and how it is the location in the Batman movies. David tells us of the history of the city of Gotham within the Batman movies; the creator wanted the city to be a fictional city. David explains how the symbolism in the movies tap into the architecture of NYC as a whole. The segment ended with a fun fact: New York City is not full of dark alleyways as the movies suggest; there are maybe 1 or 2 alleyways in the city.
The segment opens up by discussing Tim Burton’s first Batman movie. David gives us a few fun facts about the movie and it’s architecture. He continues by discussing later Batman movies, their production, and influences for the movies. He explains how later films were actually shot in Chicago, and not New York City! Next, the guys discuss the new movie, Joker. David delves into the architecture within this new movie. He explains that Joker was mainly shot in Newark, NJ and why. David ends the segment by discussing the backdrop of the infamous “dancing on the stairs” scene.