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 April 29, 2014
Bankenstein (bank + Frankenstein monster)

"Bankenstein” (bank + Frankenstein monster) can refer to a scary, Frankenstein monster-like bank—or to a banker at such a bank. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1822) is a gothic horror novel that was written by British author Mary Shelley; eccentric scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein brings a dead “monster” to life.

“Dr. Bankenstein’s Monsters: The World Bank, the IMF and the Aliens Who Ate Ecuador” was cited in print in 2005. “Greenpeace was calling the world’s leading development organization ‘Bankenstein’” was cited in 2007. “Can stitching together too-big-to-fail banks into even larger Bankensteins really fix our financial system?” was cited in 2009.


Wikipedia: Frankenstein
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by British author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

GregPalast.com
Sell The Lexus, Burn The Olive Tree
Sunday, June 5, 2005
Globalization and its Discontents
By Greg Palast
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Part 1: Dr. Bankenstein’s Monsters: The World Bank, the IMF and the Aliens Who Ate Ecuador

Center for Global Development
How Al Gore Helped Green the World Bank: A Personal and Professional Appreciation
10/13/07 David Wheeler
Leaders create news as they stake out new territory, and they also create turbulence that can be harnessed by institutional reformers when conditions are right. The conditions were undoubtedly right at the World Bank in 1992. Then Senator Gore had just published Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. The bank, meanwhile, was badly bruised from a spate of missteps and terrible publicity on the environment; Greenpeace was calling the world’s leading development organization “Bankenstein.”

The Engine Room
Word of the day: Bankenstein
Posted by JD (The Engine Room) on Thursday, 18 September 2008
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I spotted the word in question in the free City AM newspaper this morning in an article on the merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS. I quote:

“The marriage of the pair sees the combination of expertise in several specialist areas, creating a superbank, or ‘Bankenstein’, as one analyst put it.”

Obviously ‘Bankenstein’ is a portmanteau of ‘bank’ and ‘Frankenstein’ (Frankenstein’s monster is pictured below, gesticulating in what appears to be some kind of shop).

Humods
3/30/2009
Can stitching together too-big-to-fail banks into even larger Bankensteins really fix our financial system?

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The Motley Fool
‏@themotleyfool
@fatquestion Better yet: Bankensteins!
3:33 PM - 13 Oct 2009

Google Groups: total_truth_sciences
reader comment on Must Watch Video on Fed EVER! Goldman Sachs front runs the QE BONDS at a large illegal profit
Alex James
11/13/10
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i.e. the Peoples are at the mercy of the bankers, a.k.a. BANKING GANGSTERS BANKENSTEINs

Twitter
TV Gameshow
‏@getonTV
Tony’s Deal or No Deal Game Report 30/10/11 – Bankenstein’s Monsters Halloween Special: Tony’s game today. The whole… http://goo.gl/fb/TKStn
2:26 AM - 4 Nov 2011

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The Cartoon Movement
‏@cartoonmovement
Cartoon pitch: ‘The Bankensteins’ by Elchicotriste http://bit.ly/x4VVeL
6:15 AM - 5 Feb 2012

Twitter
Wychingham Bokyll
‏@WBokyll
What’s the best word to describe the undead #banks created through #Spain gov’t forcing mergers: frankenbanks or bankensteins? #eurocrisis
11:24 AM - 6 Jun 2012

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Rick M
‏@RikiLeaks23
Bankenstein’s Monster, outside the RBS on Deansgate this afternoon. @OccupyMCR #CUTtheCRAP pic.twitter.com/39pUM6ClXF
12:33 PM - 23 Feb 2013

YubaNet.com
Cartoon
Kid Goes Trick or Treating as Bankenstein

Published on Oct 31, 2013 - 7:53:22 AM

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • Permalink