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New York City is the largest city and largest metropolitan area, by population, in the United States. It is an international center for politics, finance, theater, music, fashion, and culture. New York City is a global city that houses the United Nations. The city is home to many landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Another world famous landmark, the World Trade Center, also known as the Twin Towers, adorned the skyline until the September 11th terrorist attacks.


This is an abridged version of New York City's history.
For a more complete history see New York City's Expanded History

Pre-Colonial America[]

The land in which New York would day was home to various Native American tribes. A powerful Native American Indian Shaman cursed a piece of land in New York to bind the chaos-entity Tyanon to that place and bar her full access to Earth.[6] The site continued to serve as a place for arcane Native American Indian rituals.[7] Shamans of the Wappinger tribe were known to journey here for vision quests.[8]

17th Century[]

In the 1600's, New Amsterdam was settled by Dutch immigrants. These immigrants were greeted by time traveler Wolf Turber a robot from the future of Earth-36292 who sought to conquer the Earth. He attempted to subvert the Dutch immigrants in 1649 to his cause, but they saw through his duplicity and chased him away The province would remain a Dutch possession until 1674 when it came under control of the English and renamed New York named for the Duke of York, later King James II of England.[4]

18th Century[]

In the late 18th Century, the American Revolutionary War also known as the American War of Independence began. It was and armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies, which had declared themselves the independent United States of America. New York was one of the major battle grounds of the war, attempted to conquer the Earth in the year 1780. There he tried to betray the American army to the British during the final years of the Revolutionary War. Here too Turber's duplicity was exposed forcing him to travel back to the year 1600.[4]

19th Century[]

As New York grew it was made it a grid in 1807 as up then is was more like the capitals of Europe with Circles, Plaza's. It was cut it up into 90-Degree angles making it easier to sell the land. In 1835, the Great Fire of New York occurred, the fire so big it took out a quarter of town and you could see it from Philadelphia. They had it rebuilt in a year and the Thomas Edison started lighting the place. He built a Dynamo on Pearl leading to Pearl Street, Spruce Street, Nassau Street and Wall Street were lit up by September 4th 1882. They hadn't even built the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan was already electric.[9]

Modern Era[]

In Earth-616, New York City is also a super hero hub. The headquarters of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Defenders, the New Warriors and the Midnight Sons are located within the city, and major heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Moon Knight and Doctor Strange also operate in specific neighborhoods. Many major attacks and events have occurred within the city limits, including the coming of Galactus,[10] and Onslaught's siege.[11]

Alternate Universes[]


On Earth-555, the September 11, 2001 attacks never happened, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center still stood in 2006.[12]


New York City from Marvel's Spider-Man (video game) 001

In 2018, soon after the arrest of Wilson Fisk by the NYPD and Spider-Man, New York City was targeted by the Demons, a terrorist group lead by Mister Negative. The group aimed to use a bio-weapon created by Oscorp nicknamed Devil's Breath to kill it's population, framing Mayor Norman Osborn for the incident. This was prevented thanks to Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson, who managed to stop their plans after an attempt to release the viral agent at Grand Central Station. However, the city later reached the state of public calamity after another terrorist attack now architected by Doctor Octopus and his team of super villains, the Sinister Six, who managed to steal once more the Devil's Breath, finally releasing it on Times Square, killing thousands of people in a matter of days. Later, Spider-Man managed to defeat Octavius and find an Anti-serum for the disease, saving the city once more.


New York City from Ultimatum Vol 1 1 0001

In a similar way to Earth-616, Earth-1610 New York City was the home to many super heroes and teams, such as Spider-Man, the Ultimates, the Fantastic Four, as well as a major hub for S.H.I.E.L.D., whose base, the Triskelion is located at Lower Manhattan. When Magneto reversed the Earth's poles in an event known as the Ultimatum. The city was devastated and flooded by a massive tidal wave, leaving many heroes and people dead, such as Daredevil and Dr. Franklin Storm.[13]

Earth-2149 (New Wakanda)[]

Earth-2149 from Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 1 22 0001

Little is known about New York before the zombie contagion arrived there, though it can be presumed it followed much the same path as the New York of Earth-616. The city was eventually destroyed when the uninfected, and zombified super heroes battled for their lives, eventually leaving the city, and indeed the planet completely devoid of life.[14]

Forty years Later, New York was renamed "New Wakanda" and ruled over by T'Challa, the city began its attempt at rebirth.[15]


Brooklyn from Miles Morales The End Vol 1 1 001

In an alternate future, New York City was decimated by The Germs, with only Brooklyn surviving. It's separated from the rest of the city by a shield that prevents entry from The Germs and those with malicious intents.[16]


The New York City in Earth-30847 appears to be very similar to the one from Earth-616. After the Convergence caused by Ultron Sigma brought together both Earth-30847 an alternate universe, the city was combined with Metro City and renamed "New Metro City". Mike Haggar serves as the city's mayor after the Convergence.[citation needed]

Avengers Tower remained intact after the Convergence, and a group known as the Resistance began operating out of the tower, its members coming from the ranks of both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as several previously unaffiliated heroes from both Earth-30847 and the universe it merged with.[citation needed]

As a result of the convergence, Metro City's crime-infested slums became located in New Metro City's downtown area, near Avengers Tower. The Mad Gear Gang operated out of the slums, and a confrontation between the group and S.H.I.E.L.D. might possibly erupt at any given moment, leaving the city constantly on edge.[citation needed]

After infiltrating the A.I.M.BRELLA Corporation Research Facility, Chris Redfield, Spider-Man, and Frank West rescued Mayor Mike Haggar from A.I.M.BRELLA's clutches, who were transforming their operatives into Symbiote-based Bio-Organic Weapons. At the behest of Jedah Dohma of the Dark Kingdom, the group's leader, M.O.D.O.K. aided in creating a monster known as the Giant Symbiote to use against Ultron Sigma. The Symbiote was let loose from its incubation chamber in the Dark Kingdom, emerging with Jedah through a portal in the A.I.M.BRELLA laboratory and escaped into the city, rampaging through the streets before it was stopped by the Resistance. During the Giant Symbiote's rampage, the Gravitron Core of Knowmoon was falling on the city from its orbit, and collided with the Symbiote, releasing a large quantity of the Sigma Virus into the city. However, those infected were cured after the destruction of Ultron Sigma.[citation needed]

Earth-37072 (Kulan Gath's Spell)[]

New York City from Exiles Vol 1 55 001

The Exiles visited a world where Kulan Gath's spell had not been undone, leaving New York City to look like the Middle Ages.[17]

Earth-199999 (Marvel Cinematic Universe)[]

In 2012, New York City came under attack by Loki and his army of Chitauri. The invasion, and the subsequent battle between the invading Chitauri and the Avengers left most of Midtown Manhattan destroyed. This battle made the world aware that they were not alone.[18]

Following Loki's attack, Manhattan's criminal underworld unified under a single figurehead, Wilson Fisk otherwise known as the Kingpin, prompting the emergence of the super hero Daredevil.[19] Other heroes came up in the city including Jessica Jones, Kate Bishop, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, The Punisher, and Doctor Strange.[20][21][22][23][24][25] New York City was also home to the Avengers and the Defenders.[26]

The major newspapers in Earth-199999 are the New York Bulletin and The Daily Bugle, the latter in digital format.[19][27]


Earth-1610B from Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse 002

To be added.


On Earth-TRN911, New York City is home to Peter Parker, el Hombre Araña (who lives with his aunt) and of Harry Osborn. Gwen Stacy lived there until the death of her father, when she moved to London, but she later returned to New York.[28] The city also hosts the Empire State University, attended by Parker, Osborn, Stacy and their friends Eugene Thompson and Mary Jane Watson,[29] and the offices of El Clarín, the newspaper headed by J. Jonah Jameson,[30] The local police trusts and respects el Hombre Araña,[31][32] even if Jameson's Clarín goes to lengths to criticize el Hombre Araña and spoil his reputation.[33]

Two buildings that have not been seen in other universes include the Hospital Internacional, that attends any patient, even without identification,[28] and the Archaeological Museum that tends to present valuable historical items that are sometimes stolen.[34]

The city has a harbor[35] and is also surrounded by nearby mountains in the outskirts - villain Satánica had a secret lair on a cave there. A city dam provides the city with all the water supply.[30]


New York City from Namor Conquered Shores Vol 1 1 001

On Earth-TRN973, Earth was devastated by the Kree, leaving the atmosphere toxic for decades. New York City was left in ruins. Decades later, the Atlanteans rule the world but barely help the surviving humans on the surface, including New York City's citizens who barely scrape by. When Namor visited New York City, he promised to help its people but was accused of wanting all humans gone. After Namor was punched by an irate Luke Cage, a fight broke out between Namor's guards and the citizenry that Namor was unable to stop.[36]


On Earth-TRN1351, New York is called Webberton and the home to Spider High along with two demons rumored to give others great power. [37]

Unknown Universe[]

It Was Good While It Lasted[]

New York City from Despicable Deadpool Vol 1 289 001

In an unknown universe, Stryfe unleashed dinosaurs and vampires onto New York City. Then the U.S. Air Force dropped a nuclear missile on the city.[38]

Quietest Ending[]

New York City from Deadpool The End Vol 1 1 001

By 2087, New York City was left in ruins, with Deadpool being the only known survivor. On New Year's, New York was destroyed in a nuclear explosion.[39]

Points of Interest

New York City proper comprises five boroughs:

Major sports teams[]

  • The New York metropolitan area is home to some of the country's top professional teams and leagues.



American football[]



  • Notable Appearances:
    • Fantastic Four #3 - The Fantastic Four relocated to New York.
    • Fantastic Four #4 - New York City evacuated for the first time as the city was attacked by Giganto.
    • Fantastic Four #15 - A small meteor struck the waters outside of New York's lower bay, causing a violent earth tremor that knocked out all electrical power in the city and caused numerous small fires and explosions.

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