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"Algonquin - Self-proclaimed center of everything. Cultural center of the world, commercial center of the world, financial center of the world. If Algonquin residents could have it their way, the region would also be considered the epicenter of everything in the known universe. A word of warning to the inquisitive traveler: questioning the integrity of Algonquin's self-righteous and artificially-sweetened natives will likely get you shot."
―Description[citation/verification needed]

Algonquin (al-gon-coo-win)[1][citation/verification needed] is a borough in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars located in Liberty City.


Description

"Expensive, snooty and over."
―GTA IV Website[citation/verification needed]

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Looking north-east at Algonquin.

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The northern fringe of Star Junction with Middle Park in the foreground.

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Columbus Cathedral on Columbus Avenue.

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Burlesque traffic at night.

Algonquin appears as the largest borough in Liberty City, containing 29 of the Liberty City's 65 neighborhoods. It serves as the core of the Liberty metropolitan area with many high rise apartments, office buildings and skyscrapers, surrounded by smaller, lower end stores and restaurants. The Algonquin island is bounded by the Humboldt River to the east and the West River to the west.

Algonquin is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States of America. It is home to the headquarters of the Daily Globe, based in a large skyscraper in the Star Junction district. Burlesque is the spotlight to many theater shows, productions and films, including Abandon Shit, Raincoat and Liberty City, It's Over!, all played at the Seagull Theater. The famous Live Central Music Venue is situated in the Star Junction district, with its bright lights contrasting against the neighboring Columbus Cathedral. Algonquin is also home to the Civilization Committee, based at the CC Building, the organization decide on the best course of action in the event of an international conflict.[2]

Algonquin has many landmarks, museums and other sightseeing attractions. The tallest building in the Grand Theft Auto universe, the Rotterdam Tower, is based in The Triangle, with an accessible observatory deck and lower floor interior. Other major tourist attractions include the Zirconium Building in Lancet, Triangle Building in The Triangle, Grand Easton Terminal in Easton, Pier 45 in Fishmarket South, and the Statue of Happiness on Happiness Island.

While Algonquin is in itself an island, several neighboring islands are considered part of the Algonquin borough; Colony Island is a small island east of Lancet and Presidents City, which can be visited via the aerial tramway, and Happiness Island, a smaller island located south west of Algonquin holding the iconic Statue of Happiness. As these islands are considered part of Algonquin, they remain locked in GTA IV until the completion of Blow Your Cover.

The name comes from a Native American tribe that lived in the Great Lakes region of the United States of America, but now live in Quebec, Canada. History states that Algonquin is a Native American word for "place to build condo skyscrapers".[citation/verification needed]

Algonquin is legally inaccessible to the player until the terrorist threat is lifted on the bridges across the Humboldt River during the mission Blow Your Cover for Elizabeta Torres. Police vehicles block the passages of Broker Bridge, Algonquin Bridge, East Borough Bridge and Northwood Heights Bridge until completion of the aforementioned mission. Passing beyond them will result in a 6 star wanted level and almost immediate police response, including NOOSE officers and tactical response units in Annihilators, NOOSE Cruisers, NOOSE Patriots and Enforcers, and the FIB in FIB cruisers.

Algonquin appears to be based on Manhattan, New York City, one of the 5 boroughs of New York City. Together with the many landmarks Algonquin holds that appear to be based on real-life Manhattan landmarks, the game files list Algonquin's map files and data as manhat[3]

History

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The Von Crastenburg Family are said to have previously owned half of the island of Algonquin, as stated in a segment of I'm Rich. Jill Von Crastenburg is an Algonquin party girl and an heiress to the dynasty's vast fortune.

It is said that the Native American name 'Algonquin' meant 'Place to build many skyscrapers' in CNT's "History of Liberty City".

Geography

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Star Junction and The Triangle neighborhoods of Algonquin at dusk.

The majority of Algonquin is based upon flat land which runs close to sea level. Notable influxes in topography are found around the area of Northwood, East Holland and North Holland, with increasing topography. The Exchange and City Hall appear to shift the rest of the city slightly higher than close-to-sea level.

Compared to other boroughs and other cities, Algonquin consists heavily of man-made infrastructure, however Middle Park does serve as a prominent "city break" and contrasts to a great degree with the rest of the city.

Road network

See Also: List of Street Names
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Comparison between GTA IV and GTA Chinatown Wars, highlighting Algonquin's avenues: Albany Avenue, Bismarck Avenue, Columbus Avenue, Denver Avenue, Denver-Exeter Avenue, Exeter Avenue, Frankfort Avenue and Galveston Avenue.

Unique to Algonquin, streets and avenues are assigned a grid-like system which gives many benefits, including better navigation and transport systems and provides a more effective layout for buildings and structures. The city's avenues distribute districts with smaller blocks of buildings and serve as a functional and practical way of traveling longitudinally through the island's long, narrow shape. When taking Algonquin's 25 streets and seven avenues into account, it can be calculated that there are 144 blocks in Algonquin's grid system; this does not include the minor roads that are located in and around the grid.

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Columbus Avenue, one of the longest avenues in the city.

From east to west, Algonquin is based upon the following avenues:

Avenues in Algonquin are named alphabetically from east to west, spanning from A to G, and are named after state capitals, former of current, of the United States.

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Ariel view of lower Algonquin, illustrating its grid system.

Spanning horizontally are streets. Almost all streets are 2-lane, 1-way flowing traffic lanes, with each alternating street running the opposite direction, starting with the southern-most street, Amethyst Street, flowing east, Barium Street flowing west, etc. Garnet Street, Kunzite Street, Topaz Street and the Middle Park span of Quartz Street flow on both directions. The former three are examples of 4-lane streets. Algonquin's streets are arranged alphabetically from A to X and from south to north. These streets are named after minerals.

Other named streets are named after their surroundings, passing or shape, such as Flatfish Place's proximity with the Fishmarket South district, or Cavity Lane's twisted, narrow shape within a street block. Union Drive East and Union Drive West serve as major highways on the east and west sides of the island respectively.

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Broker Bridge, crossing the Humboldt River, connects Algonquin to Broker.

Connecting Algonquin to neighboring islands and boroughs are a series of bridges and tunnels. These provide a vital connection between the boroughs and can carry a large amount of traffic at once.

The following bridges and tunnels connect to Algonquin:

Subway network

See Also: Subway in GTA IV

Algonquin is heavily dependent on the use of subways and holds 20 individual line stations (with 18 separate stations) on two lines, the Algonquin Inner Line and the Algonquin Outer Line. All of the subways in Liberty City converge on two lines looping through Algonquin: The A/J Outer Algonquin Line connects over the Algonquin Bridge to Broker, where it becomes the 3/8 Broker Line. The K/C Inner Algonquin Line connects to the B/E Bohan Line north of the Frankfort High/Low Stations. The two lines connect to one another at Grand Easton Terminal's Easton LTA.

In addition, there is also a Skycar over the western portion of the Humboldt River south of the Algonquin Bridge, connecting Algonquin with Colony Island.

The following stations are found on the corresponding line:

Algonquin Inner Line
Algonquin Outer Line

Public services

Due to the borough's scale and density, Algonquin has multiple police stations, fire stations and medical centers spread across the borough. These are significantly larger than those found in other areas of Liberty City.

Police Stations

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Lower Easton Police Station, Lower Easton.

Hospitals

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Easton Medical Center, Lancet.

Fire Stations

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Northwood Fire Station, Northwood.

Education

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Panorama of Vespucci University in GTA IV.

High Schools

Three high schools from Algonquin are seen on Hornyhighschoolreunions.com

  • Castle Garden High School
  • Easton Academy For Boys
  • East Holland High School

Vespucci University

Vespucci University is located in Varsity Heights, Algonquin and appears to be based on Columbia University.


Places of Interest

Being the largest of all boroughs, Algonquin holds a huge amount of landmarks in different forms. A number of these may be mentioned on the many different Helitours available. Peep That Shit's website, peepthatshit.com, also has articles on a number of different "Soak in the Sights", as well as articles on Bars and Restaurants, Nightlife and Entertainment, Shop Till You Drop and Sports and Activities.

Landmarks

Peep That Shit

According to Peep That Shit's website, the following places are considered Algonquin landmarks.

Other landmarks

Notable Residents

Businesses

Neighborhoods

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Sanitary

Algonquin is broken down into 29 individual neighborhoods. Each of the neighborhoods of Algonquin have their own unique environments, with different types and styles of buildings, differences in traffic, and pedestrians, and general conditions. Due to Algonquin's grid-like design, each of the districts are accurately bounded by streets.

Trivia

  • The Algonquin name is derived from the Algonquin tribe, similar to the origins of Manhattan's name. 

See Also

References

  1. al-gon-coo-win - According to various audio examples, including the Police Scanner, television shows and many pedestrians.
  2. Peep That Shit: peepthatshit.com/sightscc.html
    "A largely ineffective organization where representatives from nations around the world are supposed to decide on the best course of action in the event of an international conflict"
    Peep That Shit

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