In 2065, a nuclear reactor, struggling to power the city's population of seventeen million people, went supercritical for a period of about five minutes. While there was no explosion, the NYC incident coined the term "hot summer" for a heat-related electrical overload on nuclear systems. The event mandated power rationing throughout the city.[Non-game 1]
- Wall Street, a district of New York City, is mentioned throughout the Chinese-run People's Republic of America Radio broadcast.
- Prior to the Great War, a resident of the New York City neighborhood of Flatbush was abducted by Zetan aliens.
- Dean Domino performed in New York City before the Great War.
- A Boston sports fan was arrested by the Boston Police Department for standing on an overturned car and holding a defaced t-shirt with "WE BEAT NEW YORK!" written on it.
- On Arnold Wabash's terminal in the Nucleus Command Center, Edward Grath claims that the East Coast is "gone" and that New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. could have been "saved" had Wabash used the USS Democracy's nuclear payload.
- The Statue of Liberty can be seen in the Fallout 4 holotape game Atomic Command.
- A Charleston Herald article references Nellie Bly's investigation of the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in New York City (though New York is not mentioned by name in the article).
- Before the Great War, Johnny Weston pursued an acting career in New York City, though it ended in failure and he became a "bum" living on the city streets.
- Johnny Weston once also tried to rob the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- SoHo, a neighborhood in New York City, is mentioned in an advertisement for Appalachian Antiques on Pirate Radio.
- The pre-War company known as Manhattan Projects shares a name with Manhattan, a borough of New York City.
New York City is mentioned in Fallout 3 and its add-on Mothership Zeta, the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money, Fallout 4 and its add-on Far Harbor, Fallout 76 and its update Wastelanders, as well as Fallout Bible 0.
Behind the scenes
- New York City is a real-world city and the most populous in the United States.
- During the early planning of Fallout 4, New York was discussed as a possible location for the game, and a design document was produced by Emil Pagliarulo with this idea in mind. The developers instead chose Boston as the location for the game, but have kept the design document on file.[Non-game 2]
- Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
- Civil Alert System Broadcast: "This morning, Saturday, October 23rd, authorities detected that a nuclear attack had commenced against the United States. The following cities affected include, but are not limited to: Washington, DC; New York; Philadelphia; and Boston."
- War games
- People's Republic of America Radio: " "
- Alien captive recorded log 2
- The Courier: "What about Christine?"
Dean Domino: "Christine, that her name? Nice name. I mean, you can't see it on posters, but... never mind. I don't know. She might need to hold some place where speaking isn't important. Like stage tech? Lighting? Got me. And me? I've had prime billing in Europe, New York... and this gig doesn't feel like that. Don't get me wrong, I can hold an audience, conduct a score from the rooftops, but I'm guessing I'm the odd man out in this whole heist."
(Dean Domino's dialogue)
- Police Precinct 8 terminal entries; Precinct 8 evidence terminal, CASE 046-IR: Julians "Inciting a Riot" Logs
- The Nucleus terminal entries; Captain Wabash's terminal, SUBJ: Where are you
- Herald editorial on Allegheny Asylum
- Vault Dweller: "Where are you from originally?"
Johnny Weston: " "
(Johnny Weston's dialogue)
- Johnny Weston: "Funny thing. A long time ago, I broke into a similar system up at the Federal Reserve in New York. This here biometric scanner must run off of some sort of central database. Seems it can detect a known felon, and it's completely locked me out. We need it in order to get in."
Vault Dweller: "I thought there wasn't a system you couldn't beat?"
Johnny Weston: "Hey, that was the only one. I was young and stupid back then, and only got caught because my crew bailed on me. I've learned a lot since then. I'll get this one."
(Johnny Weston's dialogue)
- Pirate Radio/Advertisements
- Fallout Bible 0: "June 2065 Due to enormous demands for electricity in the summer of 2065, a nuclear reactor in New York City almost goes critical. The near meltdown brings into effect power rationing, and the term 'Hot Summer' is used to refer to the New York incident."
- The History of Bethesda Game Studios, at 1:09:00.