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 July 10, 2011
Carmageddon (car + Armageddon); Carpocalypse (car + apocalypse)

"Carmageddon” (car + Armageddon) is the title of a computer game, trademarked since 1997; “Carpocalyse Now"(car + apocalypse) is the title of a computer game, trademarked since 1998. Both “carmageddon” and “carpocalypse” have been used in many others ways, such as describing car crashes or disastrous car sales.

In 1998, a New York City group called “Carmaggedon” fought for bicyclists against cars in a battle for New York City’s streets. In 2007, Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, called New York’s traffic situation “Carmageddon.”

In July 2011, both “carmageddon” and “carpocalypse” were used to describe the traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, by the 10-mile closing of the 405 freeway.


Wikipedia: Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now
Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now is the sequel to the graphically violent vehicular combat computer game Carmageddon, released on November 30, 1998. The game was developed by Stainless Games and published by Sales Curve Interactive. It has been released for both PC and Macintosh.

20 November 1994, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, “Letters to the Editor,” pg. H6:
We are speeding along in our petrol-fired automobiles straight to Carmaggedon.

Google News Archive
1 September 1998, Sarasota (FL) Sun-Times, “More cyclists join battle in war of the streets” by Anna Wilde Mathews (Wall Street Journal), pg. 8D, col. 5:
Some are more aggressive. In New York City, a group called Carmaggedon plasters autos with leaflets emblazoned with a stick figure brandishing a club over a vehicle.

New York magazine
Unlocking the Gridlock
New York has been trying to fix its traffic problems for decades. How those big ideas keep getting stuck behind slow-moving politicians.

By Aaron Naparstek Published Dec 3, 2006
(...)
2000
Ex-Socialist “Red” Ken Livingstone is elected mayor of London and hires ex-MTA chairman Robert Kiley to create a congestion charging system.
(...)
2003
Livingstone defies predictions of “Carmageddon!” and starts the congestion charging system: five quid to drive into the center city. Sixty thousand vehicles disappear from the streets; the amount of time people spend stuck in traffic drops 26 percent. In New York, Queens City Council members pressure Bloomberg to allow single-passenger vehicles back onto the East River bridges. He relents.

7 July 2007, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Manhattan on &8 a day—just for the driving; The mayor advocates `congestion pricing,’ fees on autos between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.” by Walter Hamilton, pg. A10:
One study found that gridlock saps about $13 billion a year from the New York economy, said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit advocacy group that has dubbed New York’s traffic situation “Carmageddon.”

Mmegi Online
Wednesday, 25 June 2008 | Issue: Vol.25 No.94
Let us prevent Carmaggedon on our roads!
We all agree that transport provides the necessary connectivity between people and their workplaces, places of recreation and so on, while also enhancing social interaction.

Kabelo P. Ranko

New York (NY) Times
Big 3 remain in trouble
By Micheline Maynard
Published: Thursday, November 20, 2008
DETROIT — With a lifeline from the White House, General Motors and Chrysler will survive for the next few months while they revamp.
(...)
And, at a briefing for journalists this week, Chrysler showed future models that included more new Jeeps, including an electric one, new pickups and muscle cars, according to Jalopnik.com, a Web site that follows the industry (and whose term for the crisis in Detroit - “carpocalypse” - is catching on in the industry).

Orlando (FL) Sentinel
December 28, 2008
4 short steps on road to Carmaggedon
By Steven Cole Smith, Sentinel Columnist
Carmageddon, or Carpocalypse? Though both terms were coined years ago for video games, pundits have been using them to describe the present state of the automotive industry.

Left Lane News
LA police call on celebs to spread word about upcoming “carpocalypse” traffic closure
By Sanjiv Sathiah Sunday, Jul 3rd, 2011 @ 10:05 am
Los Angeles police have issued a request to celebrities using the social media network Twitter to help get the word out about an upcoming traffic closure. The police have been referring to the closure of a 10 mile section of the 405 freeway on July 16 and 17 as the “carpocalypse” to help get the message across to the wider public.

Weasel Zippers
Los Angeles Prepares for “Car-Mageddon” as the 405 Freeway Is Closed for 53 Hours
Posted by Brian O’Connor on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at 11:00 am
They call it “Car-Mageddon” in Los Angeles, people in the Northeast call it a normal summer day.

(Trademark)
Word Mark CARMAGEDDON
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services in the nature of games, interactive games, and video games provided on-line from databases or websites on the Internet; publication of books, magazines, journals and newspapers. FIRST USE: 19970600. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19970600
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76003688
Filing Date March 18, 2000
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition October 16, 2001
Registration Number 2940307
Registration Date April 12, 2005
Owner (REGISTRANT) SCI (Sales Curve Interactive), Ltd. CORPORATION UNITED KINGDOM Unit 11, Ivory House Plantation Wharf Clove Hitch Quay London ENGLAND SW11 3TN
(LAST LISTED OWNER) SQUARE ENIX LIMITED PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY UNITED KINGDOM 1 HARTFIELD ROAD WIMBLEDON BRIDGE HOUSE LONDON UNITED KINGDOM SW19 3RU
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Joseph A. Yanny
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Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark CARPOCALYPSE NOW
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software; electronic game for use with television receivers; video and game machines for use with televisions; musical video recordings; pre-recorded video recordings featuring music, comedy, variety or drama television programs and motion picture films; musical sound recordings; sound recordings featuring spoken word and sound tracks from television programs and motion picture films; compact discs featuring music; multi-media software recorded on CD ROMS featuring music, comedy, variety or drama; blank audio tapes; blank video tapes. FIRST USE: 19980201. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980528
(ABANDONED) IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Printed matter, namely books, book covers, newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, periodical publications, calendars, all relating to computer games software; decalcomanias, diaries, greeting cards, address books. FIRST USE: 19980201. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980520
(ABANDONED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing, namely t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, underclothing, socks and shoes. FIRST USE: 19980201. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19980528
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75721994
Filing Date June 4, 1999
Current Filing Basis 44E
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition February 6, 2001
Owner (APPLICANT) SCI (Sales Curve Interactive), Ltd. CORPORATION UNITED KINGDOM Unit 11, Ivory House Plantation Wharf, Clove Hitch Quay London ENGLAND SW11 3TN
Attorney of Record JOSEPH A YANNY
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date September 4, 2001

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