transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
to alter the architectural appearance of (a city) by the construction of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings
Origin of Manhattanizeafter Manhattan borough
transitive verbMan·hat·tan·ized, Man·hat·tan·iz·ing, Man·hat·tan·iz·es
To transform the appearance and character of (a city) by constructing tall and densely situated buildings.