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 February 13, 2014
Superscraper (super + skyscraper)

"Superscraper” (super + skyscraper) is an infrequently used term for a “super” skyscraper. “Superscraper” was cited in print in 1962 (when it referred to New York City’s Pan Am Building) and 1973 (when it referred to New York City’s World Trade Center).


Google Books
Administrative Management
Volume 23, Issues 1-6
1962
Pg. 25:
All of them, though not as massive as the Pan Am “superscraper” or some of the other New York buildings, mean as much to their respective cities, in terms of business cultivation, as any of the Manhattan edifices.

19 October 1973, Tucson (AZ) Daily Citizen, “Data staggering on superscraper” (Newsday News Service), pg. 75, col. 1:
There will be other superscrapers in other cities, and each will be a little higher than the reigning champion.
(The article is about New York City’s World Trade Center.—ed.)

8 October 1983, Rockford (IL) Register Star, “Building Up” (Gannett News Service), Pennywhistle Press, pg. 1, col. 3:
The Empire State Building in New York and the Sears Building in Chicago are two famous “superscrapers.”

Google Books
Earthquakes:
An Architect’s Guide to Nonstructural Seismic Hazards

By Henry J. Lagorio
New York, NY: Wiley
1990
Pg. 126:
Today it is not unusual to find many of these “superscraper” high-rises with a population of 10,000 occupants or more.

OCLC WorldCat record
Colossal constructions.
Publisher: Parsippany, NJ : Pearson Education, Inc., ©2006.
Edition/Format: Book : English
Contents:
The power of pyramids / Thea Feldman --
Superscrapers / Chana Stiefel.

Reuters
Dubai’s “superscraper” makes history in hard times
BY TAMARA WALID
DUBAI Sun Jan 3, 2010 12:32pm EST
(Reuters) - Started at the height of the economic boom and built by some 12,000 laborers, the world’s tallest building will open on Monday in Dubai as the glitzy emirate seeks to rekindle optimism after its financial crisis.

Curbed NY
Vinoly’s Superscraper Will Reach 1,300 Feet, Cost $1 Billion
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, by Kelsey Keith
Here now, some real figures for the city’s soon-to-be-tallest residential tower, the CIM Group-developed, Rafael Vinoly-designed Drake Hotel-killer in Midtown East. The Wall Street Journal reports that architectural plans reveal a “1,300-foot tall, slender condo and retail complex” with 128 condos that feature 12-foot high ceilings, plus a “5,000 square foot, partially covered, driveway to ensure privacy and amenities like golf training facilities and private dining and screening rooms.” Total cost: $1 billion. Completion date: who the hell knows!

Curbed NY
Floorplans Revealed for Superscraper 432 Park Avenue
Monday, May 20, 2013, by Sara Polsky
Superscraper 432 Park Avenue, which will eventually be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere, already has a penthouse in contract for $95 million. That’s starting to sound like an almost ordinary number in Manhattan real estate these days, but still, a look at floorplans for a building like this is never ordinary.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Thursday, February 13, 2014 • Permalink