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New York City is one of the most populated cities in the New United States of America.



In 1993, Colombian druglords detonated a nuclear device in New York City at noon on a Thursday, killing 15,000 (unofficially reported to be much higher) in retaliation for US attacks on Bogota,[1] destroying the World Trade Center and Rockefeller Center.[2] As a result, the Manhattan borough became akin to a large combat zone. Immediately after the nuclear detonation, plans were made to rebuild Manhattan. However, the Collapse brought these plans to an end with the eventual fall of the federal government.[2] Despite the damage done to Manhattan, other boroughs of New York such as Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, managed to survive, growing to compensate for the loss of Manhattan. As such, Manhattan became reputed as a treasure trove of riches, from jewelry and bank vaults, for cyberpunks and treasure hunters willing to search the borough.[2] Arasaka was eventually brought in to protect the city from utter destruction.[citation needed]


In November of 2020, Night City Today printed a story about how the city suffered the worst winter in over 100 years, recording 180 deaths directly by the weather by November 10th, with many more homeless expected to be found frozen to death. Massive snowfalls, negative 20° degrees temperatures nightly, and 3 and a half feet of snow caused major infrastructure stoppages and delays to streets and airports, allowing only vectored thrust crafts. The National Guard was sent in to assist emergency services and maintain order.[3]

However, many companies still found opportunities in the city, with offices of many major and local corporations located in the city, with the Perkins/Worldwide Contractors company having several major projects underway in 2020.[3] Another major reconstruction project is the Gargoyles nomad tribe planning to extend the TransCon Maglev to the city, with preliminary work determined to begin by 2023,[4] although it is not known how the Fourth Corporate War and succeeding years have affected this, if at all.


During the Time of the Red, New York was part of the Boston-Washington Corridor (BosWash), located within the remnants of the US Federal Government. New York might not have been the worst city in the NUSA by then, but it continued to be far from the best place to live.[1]


As of 2077, the people of Night City continued to mention New York City. The luxury fashion brand New Empire features a stylized logo of the Empire State Building, and the coffee chain Brooklyn Barista can also be found around Night City. Song So Mi, a netrunner working for the Federal Intelligence Agency, lived her early years in a brownstone apartment in Brooklyn.


  • The Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
    • Empire State Building
    • Rockefeller Center
    • World Trade Center
  • Queens
    • Calvary Cemetery[5]
  • Staten Island

Notable people[]


  • New York has a local basketball team known as the "New York Executioners."[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk RED Corebook. 1st ed., Kenmore, WA, R. Talsorian Games, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MOSS, W. Land of the Free. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1994.
  3. 3.0 3.1 PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk 2020 Corebook. 2nd ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1990.
  4. WINN, R. Neo Tribes. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1994.
  5. Four Score and Seven, King of Cups
  6. CD Projekt RED. Cyberpunk 2077. Video Game, Multi-Platform. Poland, CD Projekt S.A., 2020. (NC Sports netsite)