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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.[15] The site continued to serve as a place for arcane Native American Indian rituals.[16] Shamans of the Wappinger tribe were known to journey here for vision quests.[17]

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-TRN215 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 [[James Stuart (Earth-616)|King James II]] of England.[13]

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. Turber, ]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.[13]

Modern Era

In Earth-616, New York City is also a superhero 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,[18] and Onslaught's siege.[19]

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.[citation needed]


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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 supervillains, 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.


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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.[20]

Earth-2149 (New Wakanda)

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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.[20]

Forty years Later, New York was renamed "New Wakanda" and ruled over by T'Challa, the city began its attempt at rebirth.[21]


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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.[22]


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 Stark Tower

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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