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 September 28, 2013
Manhattanesque

Something (or someone) with the qualities of Manhattan is “Manhattanesque.” The term “Manhattanesque” has been cited in print since at least 1853.

A similar term is “Brooklynesque.”


Wikipedia: Manhattan
Manhattan /mænˈhætən/ is one of the five boroughs of New York City, geographically the smallest but also the most densely populated in the city. Located primarily on the island of Manhattan at the mouth of the Hudson River, the borough is conterminous with New York County, an original county of the U.S. state of New York. The borough and county consist of Manhattan Island and several small adjacent islands: Roosevelt Island, Randall’s Island, Wards Island, Governors Island, Liberty Island, part of Ellis Island, Mill Rock, and U Thant Island; as well as Marble Hill, a small area on the mainland bordering the Bronx. The City of New York originated at the southern tip of Manhattan and expanded northward.

Google Books
Fun-jottings: or, Laughs I have taken a pen to
By Nathaniel Parker Willis
New York, NY: Charles Scribner
1853
Pg. 341:
Homage a la mode Manhattan-esque!

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
26 April 1907, New York (NY) Times, pg. 6, col. 6:
MANHATTANESQUE.
(...)
‘Tis seldom that my Fancy free
Wafts me above the Subway now.
THOMAS R. YBARRA.

Google Books
The Day of Days:
An Extravaganza

By Louis Joseph Vance
Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company
1913
Pg. 241:
As it was, P. Sybarite managed to make his goal in record time without attracting the attention of more (Pg. 242—ed.) than half a dozen wayfarers; all of whom gave him way and went their own with that complete indifference so distinctly Manhattanesque.

Google Books
The Agony of Modern Music
By Henry Pleasants
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1955
Pg. 140:
“Ah, Manhattanesque assembly of pipes, strings, reeds, and membranes!”

Google Books
Franny and Zooey
By J. D. Salinger
New York, NY: Bantam Books
1966, ©1961
Pg. 74:
In this distinctly Manhattanesque locale, Mrs. Glass was (from an undeniably hoyden point of view) a rather refreshing eyesore.

19 February 1967, Seattle (WA) Times, “Puget Sound Area’s Prosperity Is Showing, L.A. Writer Finds” by Ed Meagher (Los Angeles Times), pg. 2C, col. 3:
IN SEATTLE, nearing 700,000 population, the skyline is becoming more and more Manhattanesque.

Staten Island (NY) Advance
A Manhattan-esque hangout in Charleston
By Jamie Lee
on February 25, 2010 at 10:14 AM, updated February 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM
The Buddha Lounge may be located in the same complex as Sleepy’s, but step inside and you’ll feel electric
STATEN ISLAND, NY – CHARLESTON — On a first trip, visitors using the simple white elevator inside the central building of the South Shore Commons shopping center in Charleston might think they’ve accidentally stepped into a teleporter.

Posted by Barry Popik
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