A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 19, 2005
"Manhattanization" actually comes from San Francisco!

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, San Franciscans were afraid that new skyscrapers would block out their veiw of the hills. "Manhattanization" was used in the June 25, 1969 Associated Press story, written by Jack Schreibman.

A similar term is "Brooklynification."

(Oxford English Dictionary)
Manhattanization, n.
orig. and chiefly U.S.
The process of making or becoming similar in character or appearance to Manhattan.
1974 Encycl. Brit. Macropædia XVI. 219/1 In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a great change, which has been described as the Manhattanization of San Francisco, became apparent. 1993 Times 25 May 17 The construction of the National Westminster and Canary Wharf towers suggests that the Manhattanization of London is proceeding apace.

29 June 1969, Washington (DC) Post, "Skyscrapers Soaring in San Francisco," pg. 130:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Skyscrapers are soaring into this city's famed hilly skyline despite attacks by critics on what they call "Manhattanization."

For four years they have watched with anxiety as 17 office buildings soared in the Montgomery street district of "Wall Street West."

OCLC WorldCat record
Manhattanization watch : the downtown plan : saying it ain't so
Author: Tim Redmond
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: San Francisco Bay guardian. Vol. 19, no. 22 (Mar. 20-27, 1985)

OCLC WorldCat record
Joe Alioto's dubious legacy : when downtown business leaders picked Joe Alioto for mayor in 1967, they set in motion a 25-year battle over the Manhattanization of San Francisco
Author: Craig McLaughlin
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: The San Francisco Bay guardian. Vol. 26, no. 2 (Oct. 16, 1991)
Posted by Barry Popik
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