New York City (officially the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and in the United States. The New York metropolitan area ranks among the world's most populous urban areas. It is a leading global city, exerting a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, and entertainment. The city is also an important center for international affairs, hosting the United Nations headquarters.
Located on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, the city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Founded in 1624 as a commercial trading post by the Dutch, who called it New Amsterdam, it served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, and has been the nation's largest city since 1790.
Today, the city has many landmarks and neighborhoods that are world famous.
As Pierce-Arrow and Chrysler are both automobile manufacturers, the allusion is to the Chrysler Building. In OTL there is a Pierce-Arrow Building in Buffalo, New York, but it is not an iconic skyscraper.
Diana McGraw traveled to New York City in the fall of 1947 to welcome returning troops. Some thanked her, but a Jewishsoldier named Izzy began berating her for bringing them back too soon before they could punish the Germans enough. She consoled herself that the "average American" was satisfied.
New York City was the largest city in the United States during the 19th century, and the center of the country's wealth in the New York Stock Exchange. The city's Lower East Side was also the only area in the world in which Jews made up a majority of the population. During the Second Mexican War in 1881, the Royal Navy bombarded the waterfront of the city in their efforts to pressure the United States into quitting the war. In the years following, the city became a common port of call for the Atlantic Fleet of the U.S Navy as well as of the GermanHigh Seas Fleet, the new US ally in the Central Powers.
During the 20th century, and the Great War, Entente propaganda painted New York as a town of vice and decadence, but they could not deny the city's luxury and wealth. They also recognized its importance when in 1916, Confederatesubmersible skipper Roger Kimball attacked the US Navy yard in the city's harbor. In the years after the war, New York City saw a rise in wealth but that was quickly lost when the Stock Exchange in took a "swan-dive" in June 1929.
Congresswoman and one-time First Lady Flora Blackford was a New Yorker, representing the city's Lower East Side immigrant neighborhood. Toward the end of the war, she was approached by Captain Alex Swartz with plans to renovated her constituency's war damage. She was impressed and gave her support for Federal aid to do so.
New York City continued as a bustling city even though the United Stateshad been invaded by the Race's Conquest Fleet. Aside from the use of horse-drawn carriages instead of automobiles to save on gasoline for the war, it was business as usual for New Yorkers.