Everyone seems to be abuzz over Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick, but how exactly did Knickerbocker become a popular term? In 1809, New Yorkers were all talking about a series of classified ads concerning the whereabouts of a Dutch historian named Diedrich Knickerbocker. The rub: Knickerbocker was Washington Irving’s ingenious invention, the narrator of his smash debut, A History of New York. In her introduction, Elizabeth Bradley explains, "New York is still imbued with Knickerbocker, even if most of its citizens no longer know who Diedrich Knickerbocker was.A consciousness of all things Knickerbocker hovers at the edges of the city’s everyday life."
I’m a big Betsy Bradley fan.