Bop City was a short-lived night club in New York City in the immediate post-war years. Opened in 1949 by Ralph Watkins in the space previously occupied by the Club Zanzibar, Bop City was a late arrival among the mid-town clubs that featured modern jazz. The fad aspect of bebop culture was starting to wane even as the club hosted its grand opening, but for a couple of years, it occupied at least some role in disseminating the new music. Compared to the Three Deuces, the Royal Roost (Watkins’ earlier project) and Birdland, Bop City was definitely second-tier among the boppers, but it sported a gaudy, neon-lit facade and a prime location on Broadway at 49th. It’s hard to argue that it had one of the more memorable venue names, and even those who are clueless about bop still seem attracted by it. Bop City billed itself as “the jazz center of the world,” which is of course the worst sort of hyperbole, but like the venue name itself, it sure sounds good.