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New York City was a pre-War city in the former state of New York.


New York was the location of the United Nations headquarters before it was disbanded on July 26, 2052.[1]

Fallout Bible 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]

During the Great War, the city was affected by nuclear strikes.[2][3]



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]



  1. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
  2. 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."
  3. War games
  4. People's Republic of America Radio: "Greetings to the oppressed masses from the peace-loving peoples of China! All peace-loving peoples must join together to stop the war of aggression being waged by the Wall Street gang! Why do you continue to send your boys to die for your capitalist masters? Your boys are dying on the Alaskan front and all for nothing. Bring them home before it's too late. The gang of Wall Street fat cats and their Washington war-monger puppets have plunged the world into war to line their own ...(static) Do you think your leaders would keep you safe when the bombs fall? You will die while the Wall Street gang and their hangers-on live like kings and ...(static, message restarts)"
  5. Alien captive recorded log 2
  6. 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)
  7. Police Precinct 8 terminal entries; Precinct 8 evidence terminal, CASE 046-IR: Julians "Inciting a Riot" Logs
  8. The Nucleus terminal entries; Captain Wabash's terminal, SUBJ: Where are you
  9. Herald editorial on Allegheny Asylum
  10. Vault Dweller: "Where are you from originally?"
    Johnny Weston: "I don't like talking about it, but I know you'll keep it secret. My dad was military. I saw army bases all over the country as a kid. When the bombs dropped, I was a bum. A failed actor, living on the streets in New York City. My parents never approved of acting for all the reasons you'd expect from a family with strong military tradition. Anyway, that's the story I'm telling you. You can decide for yourself if it's true."
    (Johnny Weston's dialogue)
  11. 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)
  12. Pirate Radio/Advertisements


  1. 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."
  2. The History of Bethesda Game Studios, at 1:09:00.