In 2065, a nuclear reactor, struggling to power the 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.
- Dean Domino performed in New York City before the Great War.
- The Statue of Liberty can be seen in the holodisk video game Atomic Command, which is found in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.
- New York City is also listed as "gone" along with Washington, Boston and the rest of the East Coast on Arnold Wabash's terminal located in the Nucleus Command Center.
- A Boston Red Sox 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.
- 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.
- Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, also known as Nellie Bly, investigated the Women's Lunatic Asylum of Blackwell's Island, New York City, New York. Her experiences later being published into the book Ten Days in a Mad-House.
New York City is mentioned in Fallout 3, the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money, as well as Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, with the Statue of Liberty making a cameo appearance in the Atomic Command game. It is also mentioned by name in the Fallout 76 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.
- Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- July 27, 2052, United Nations Disbanded!
- 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."
- 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
- 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)
- Vault Dweller: "Where are you from originally?"
Johnny Weston: " "[verification needed]
- Herald editorial on Allegheny Asylum
- Wall Street, a district of New York City, is mentioned in the Chinese-run People's Republic of America Radio broadcast.
- The History of Bethesda Game Studios, at 1:09:00.