The real Gotham

Take a look at some of the real-world locations that bring Batman’s mythic hometown to life. Text by Danny Miller | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Oct 10, 2012 2:05PM
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St. Elizabeth's Insane Asylum in Washington DC has been around since 1855 and was the first and only Federal Mental facility in the US. The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum may have been spawned fron Saint E's
Oct 10, 2012 12:24PM
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I think the name of the hospital (Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane) is a reference to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft whom I believe died in 1937. I haven't read his work for many years but the name Arkham appeared in his stories as the  name of a town and/or college or university. I'm interested in knowing how New York  City got the nickname "Gotham". It appears Batman's home town got it because of the architecture. Is that also true about the real-life city? Maybe someone out there knows how New York has come to also be known as Gotham.

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