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Liberty City is a very different place in the 21st century. The most famous skyline in the world now belies a city gripped by fear and suspicion. In the shadow of an uncertain economy and the threat of terrorism, organized criminals, corrupt officials, and beleaguered security forces vie for supremacy in a city that is desperately trying to become a suburb. It is still a place where anything is possible, depending on how much of yourself you are prepared to sacrifice in the process.
Grand Theft Auto IV PC edition slip cover.

The City of Liberty, commonly known as Liberty City or simply Liberty and often abbreviated as L.C., is a major city located in the State of Liberty that appears in Grand Theft Auto IV, Episodes from Liberty City, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Description[]

Grand Theft Auto IV marks Liberty City's fifth appearance in the series after the original Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which came out in 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2005 respectively. Compared to the previous universe counterparts, the city has more detail and personality, with many places which are based on landmarks such as the Statue of Happiness, Star Junction, and the Rotterdam Tower.

This rendition of Liberty City has versions of four of the five boroughs of New York City, plus New Jersey. Brooklyn is Broker, Queens is Dukes, Manhattan is Algonquin, and The Bronx is Bohan. The state and city of New Jersey is Alderney, which is separate from Liberty City. The only borough not to be recreated in the game is Staten Island. Although in the game, Liberty City appears to be an isolated set of islands, the rest of America is actually nearby. Rockstar Games stated that they avoided placing unreachable pieces of land in the distance to retain the city's "complete" feel.

Grand Theft Auto IV and its two episodes (The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony) use the same full rendition of the city. However, a small number of different locations are accessible in the different episodes. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars uses the entire city apart from neighbouring Alderney State, although some locations are slightly altered in terms of height and elevation for the isometric 3D perspective of the game.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the films Meltdown and An American Divorce produced by Richards Majestic Productions are set in Liberty City.

Geography[]

Liberty City is divided into 56 individual and unique neighbourhoods which are spread across four boroughs within Liberty City and border the neighboring state of Alderney, including Alderney City. Whereas the 3D Universe version of Liberty City was partly located on the mainland, the GTA IV version is completely made up of islands.

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Algonquin (Manhattan)
Self-proclaimed center of everything

A bustling commercial/business district full of amazing towering skyscrapers and a varied composition of cultures. Here holds various famous landmarks, such as Star Junction (Times Square), Middle Park (Central Park), and the Rotterdam Tower (Empire State Building). This part of Liberty City is the busiest, most crowded, and has more buildings, skyscrapers, and everything in between. It is the heart of Liberty City. There is a lot of nightlife and clubs. Clubs are Hercules, Maisonette 9 and Bahama Mamas.

Hove Beach

Broker (Brooklyn)
An ex-city on its own

A distinct ex-city on its own, it maintains a distinct character apart from the rest of the city. Contains various pockets of housing projects. Some areas are distinct for high crime rate. Also contains a mix of trendy middle-class neighborhoods. Famous for its brownstones. This is the borough in which Niko Bellic initially arrives to Liberty City.

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Dukes (Queens)
Old, ethnically-diverse and affluent

An old ethnically-diverse, predominantly-residential area, it is the location of the Francis International Airport and the baseball stadium that is home to the Liberty City Swingers, and an Irish pub, the Steinway Beer Garden. Dukes is primarily made up of affluent and ethnically diverse middle to upper-class residential neighborhoods that use traditional Irish, Victorian and Tudor architecture; though some neighborhoods follow the typical modern New York archetype. Also contains a minority of more working class areas.

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Bohan (Bronx)
Multi-cultural ghettos

The birthplace of the culture of rap and hip-hop. Also famous for its Latino culture. Largely consists of expansive run down housing projects and is home to the St.Mary's Community Project led by Manny Escuela. Notorious for higher crime rates, gang violence and drug trafficking over the other boroughs. Bohan is the smallest island.

Districts[]

Algonquin, Uptown[]

District Name Archetype's Name
East Holland (East Harlem)
Lancaster (Yorkville)
Middle Park (Central Park)
Middle Park East (Upper East Side)
Middle Park West (Upper West Side)
District Name Archetype's Name
North Holland (Harlem)
Northwood (Washington Heights and Inwood)
Varsity Heights (Morningside Heights)

Algonquin, Midtown[]

District Name Archetype's Name
Colony Island (Roosevelt Island)
Easton (Murray Hill and Midtown Manhattan)
Hatton Gardens (Tudor City, Midtown Manhattan and Turtle Bay)
Lancet (Kips Bay and Turtle Bay)
The Meat Quarter (Meatpacking District and Chelsea)
District Name Archetype's Name
Presidents City (Alphabet City)
Purgatory (Hell's Kitchen)
Star Junction (Times Square)
The Triangle (The Flatiron District and Midtown Manhattan)

Algonquin, Downtown[]

District Name Archetype's Name
Castle Garden City (Battery Park City)
Castle Gardens (Battery Park)
Chinatown (Chinatown, Manhattan)
City Hall (Civic Center)
The Exchange (Financial District)
Fishmarket North (Bowery and the Fulton Market)
Fishmarket South (South Street Seaport and the Financial District)
District Name Archetype's Name
Happiness Island (Liberty Island)
Little Italy (Little Italy, Manhattan)
Lower Easton (East Village)
Suffolk (SoHo)
Westminster (Greenwich Village and Chelsea)

Broker[]

District Name Archetype's Name
Beachgate (Sea Gate)
Beechwood City (Flatbush and Far Rockaway)
BOABO (DUMBO)
Downtown (Downtown Brooklyn)
East Hook (Red Hook/Brooklyn Navy Yard)
Firefly Island (Coney Island)
District Name Archetype's Name
Firefly Projects (Brownsville, East New York and Ocean Hill)
Hove Beach (Brighton Beach and Bay Ridge)
Outlook (Prospect Park)
Rotterdam Hill (Clinton Hill and Brooklyn Heights)
Schottler (Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick)
South Slopes (Park Slope and Crown Heights)

Dukes[]

District Name Archetype's Name
Cerveza Heights (Corona, Jackson Heights and Ozone Park)
Charge Island (Randall's Island and Wards Island)
East Island City (Long Island City)
Francis International Airport (John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport)
District Name Archetype's Name
Meadow Hills (Forest Hills)
Meadows Park (Flushing and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park)
Steinway (Astoria and the Queensbridge Projects)
Willis (Hollis and Jamaica)

Bohan[]

District Name Archetype's Name
Boulevard (Grand Concourse, Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park)
Chase Point (Hunts Point)
Fortside (Fordham, Tremont and the Bronx Hub)
Industrial (Soundview and Port Morris)
District Name Archetype's Name
Little Bay (Pelham Bay and Throggs Neck)
Northern Gardens (Co-op City)
South Bohan (South Bronx - including the neighborhoods of Morris Heights, Mott Haven and Morrisania)

History of Liberty City[]

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Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV, looking across to Algonquin from Happiness Island.

The earliest settlement that would eventually become Liberty City was established in 1609, when the Dutch hired the English explorer Horatio Humboldt to find a new location for them to sell marijuana. Humboldt eventually sailed into the Humboldt River, which had coincidentally been named that way by the natives (according to Humboldt's account). The Dutch soon established a colony on the banks of the river and immigrants from all over Europe emigrated to the settlement find out what freedom was truly like in the colony of New Rotterdam, which promised convenience stores and public hangings, as well as the possibility of purchasing slaves thanks to a slave trade craze which swept the nascent colony ever since the first slave ship arrived. Within the span of a few years, the Dutch had become a minority in their own colony, and the East India Trading company hired Gloria Hole to return New Rotterdam to a "civilised" state. Eventually, the English took over New Rotterdam, which was based on a slender island named Algonquin after an old Indian word with the same pronunciation, after the settlers signed a petition to be ruled by the English instead of the Dutch.

The small colony soon expanded with the rising level of immigration, establishing settlements on three neighboring islands. The first consisted of both Broker, named after the King of England's bastard son who was conceived by a milk maid and the other Dukes, after the term Duky because the people living there smelled like excrement. Alderney was named after an American settler called Phillip D'Alderney, the only man who could bear living in the swampy industrial island. The smallest island was named Bohan after a Dutch word that meant "Dutch word". The British and the Americans fought in what was to be known as the American Revolution for freedom from British taxes, and after receiving a statue of a transvestite eating ice cream from the French, the Americans won and removed the Union Jack and melting the statue of King George into chains, toilet seats and gold teeth. The capitol of the young nation was soon changed to Washington D.C. and all of Liberty City's politicians moved there. The next century saw the massive immigration of the Irish into Liberty City, displacing African-Americans as the primary source of labor. The tensions between the North and South over slavery boiled over into a civil war, with riots breaking out in the city. After the end of the war, the Liberty City Subway was constructed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city's overcrowding, impressiveness, and grandiose, along with the invention of the automobile, allowed it to take its modern form.

The 21st century would host some challenges for Liberty City. A few years prior to 2008, it is implied that a terrorist attack hit the city, leaving its residents paranoid of terrorism for years to come (an analogy to the September 11 attacks). In the summer of 2008, a dirty bomb threat forces the closure of bridges linking Algonquin to the eastern boroughs and the neighboring state of Alderney. Experts estimate that these anti-terrorism measures force local businesses to lose "millions of dollars a day." This economic impact on Liberty City creates intense public pressure for Mayor Julio Ochoa to lighten his policies. Not long after the media picks up on the story, Ochoa finally caves to pressure and reopens all bridges.

Five years later, it is stated in two internet news articles in Grand Theft Auto V and by Twin Shadow on Radio Mirror Park that Liberty City was devastated by a massive storm. During the aftermath, Weazel News reports that gas and electric monopolies will provide relief to victims. Globe Oil and other petroleum companies start a fund for victims called, "Warming hearts, not warming oceans." It is a campaign to debunk climate change and replace vehicles damaged in the storm. Despite their best efforts, hundreds of thousands were left without homes and vehicles. The devastating impacts enriched the automobile industry. This is an obvious reference to Hurricane Sandy which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012.

Before the autumn of 2013, it is revealed there was a sit-in protest outside The Exchange in Algonquin. At least one protestor, likely alongside many others, were incarcerated as a result. This is a clear reference to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement that began in 2011.

City Information[]

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A view from the north of Algonquin at sunrise. Middle Park can be seen in the middle, and the Algonquin skyline in the background. Bohan, Dukes and Broker can also be seen on the left, while the State of Alderney can be seen towards the right.

As of 2008, the population of Liberty City is 8,363,710. The mayor is Julio Ochoa while the deputy mayor is Bryce Dawkins. Thomas Stubbs III is Liberty City's congressman. The time setting is approximately late summer-early fall 2008 in GTA IV and autumn 2009 in GTA Chinatown Wars.

The area of the city is compressed in size (as seen with the Rotterdam Tower's proximity to the Broker Bridge in the final shot), and the various landmarks are placed much closer to each other than in real life. The entire map is smaller than that of GTA San Andreas, but is immensely more detailed. This made Liberty City in GTA IV the most lifelike city to feature in any Grand Theft Auto game at the time of release. From the massive buildings and large mass of traffic on every block of Algonquin, to residential areas of Bohan, Rockstar has successfully compromised quantity for quality, although the lack of pedestrians in normally crowded places such as Star Junction (based on Times Square) has drawn criticism.

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Actual New York City in comparison to Liberty City. Note that Staten Island in the bottom left is absent in Liberty City.

In GTA IV, the scaling of Liberty City as compared to New York City has a number of differences in the building heights, road distances, and landmark positions. Liberty City is also known as a shrunk version of New York City with almost everything cramped together.

Ground Zero (World Trade Center site) has been excluded from the GTA IV's Liberty City in a way that as though it does not even exist in the real life New York City while having the site replaced with the merger of buildings surrounding the Ground Zero. Liberty City is an incredibly diverse city and so are its neighbourhoods and residents. Such examples of diverse neighbourhoods include the large Russian, Italian-American, Latino and African-American populations found in various neighborhoods across the city. Liberty City's residents are known for their sarcastic attitude. The demonym of a Liberty City inhabitant is "Libertonian".

Housing, Architecture and Geography[]

Liberty City

A panorama of Liberty City

LC Skyline

The Humboldt River

Liberty City has a unique geography. Firstly, it is an island city that is surrounded by water. Consisting of four different boroughs (Broker, Dukes, Bohan and Algonquin) that are all separated by water and connected by bridge; with the exception of Broker and Dukes, which are connected by land. Smaller islands also exist around the main boroughs; including Happiness Island, Colony Island and Charge Island. Liberty City's housing architecture and style is a direct amalgam off of the style used in New York City. Brownstone rowhouses, terraced townhouses, low-rise apartments and urban tenements are commonplace; especially in the boroughs of Broker and Dukes. Some of the more affluent neighborhoods; particularly in Dukes, have a higher concentration of larger single-family homes of Tudor Revival, Irish or Victorian style. The borough of Algonquin hosts many modern landmarks and skyscrapers, in fact, Liberty City boasts some of the tallest Skyscrapers in the United States, with the most impressive being the Rotterdam Tower. Various points of natural parkland can also be found throughout Liberty City, the largest of which being Middle Park in Algonquin.

Due to the size and population demand of Liberty City, housing projects, towers and urban complexes are also commonplace throughout the various boroughs. They are, however, often stereotyped as being low-income while breeding high-crime rates, despite some housing projects in Liberty City being more affluent and having a lower crime-rate. Housing projects in Liberty City include:

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Northern Gardens Projects in Bohan

Parks of Liberty City include:

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Overview of Middle Park towards the southwest.

Crime[]

It's no secret that various areas in Liberty City suffer from high crime rates; most likely brought about by the large number of gangs and criminal organizations in Liberty as well as a large underground black market in various areas - in particular the drugs trade, each fighting for control of the city and will use any means possible. The Commission is an Italian-American Mafia association made up of the Five Families, which are the Ancelotti Crime Family, the Pavano Family, Gambetti Family, the Messina Family and the Lupisella Family. Another mafia family called the Pegorino Family also exist but are not part of the Commission and primarily operate in the state of Alderney as opposed to Liberty City. Aside from the Italian mafia families, there are other major crime organizations such as the McReary Crime Family, Russian Mafia, Korean Mob and the Triads.

Aside from these major big-time criminal organisations, there are, of course, many small-time local ethnic street gangs in Liberty City as well, such as the Albanian Mob, Jamaican Hillside Posse, motorcycle gangs (The Lost MC and the Angels of Death) and various pockets of African American gangs (such as the North Holland Hustlers) as well as various Hispanic gangs such as the Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers and the Spanish Lords.

Many of the gangs fight over the drugs trade and other businesses in Liberty City for money and power. However, after word gets out about smuggled diamonds; some of the major criminal organizations battle for possession of the diamonds too; including the Pegorino Crime Family and The Lost Motorcycle Club.

Aside from the gang violence and drug trafficking, other crimes and social problems such as prostitution, car theft, arms trafficking, economic deprivation/poverty and a little history of corruption in the LCPD also plague certain districts and neighborhoods. During 2008, Liberty City mayor Julio Ochoa took a tough stance against gun crime by introducing gun control laws; limiting the availability of firearms. He did so primarily by shutting down Ammu-Nation stores across Liberty City. However, this campaign has proved to be generally ineffective as the sale of firearms in Liberty City appears to be booming as an underground black market; with criminal organisations, drug lords and gangs typically being heavily armed. Regardless, Ammu-Nation started a new online delivery service in Liberty City in 2009.

By 2009, the Triads have become the most notorious crime organization of Liberty City, after the three Triad family bosses started a war between each other in order to replace the Triad leader Hsin Jaoming, who was seeking to appoint a replacement and retire. Around this time, the Irish American Killers control the Steinway and Meadows Park turf, formerly owned by the McReary Family. It is assumed that they are the same Irish crime syndicate, although renamed after most of the McReary family members vanished, as they share the same territories. A North Korean street gang called Midtown Gangsters would later take over the Albanian Mob's former territories in eastern Bohan, after the latter gang was taken down by Kenny Petrovic's Russian Mafia.

Statistically, parts of Broker and especially Bohan are notorious for their higher crime rates, gang violence and drug trafficking market in the city. Most of the crime occurs in the deprived and run-down neighbourhoods as well as the large projects/housing complexes around Liberty City. Bohan deserves a special mention as they often outperform the other boroughs in terms of crime rate with Broker often coming in second. The many projects and housing complexes around northern Algonquin also appear to be plagued by a high crime rate. Dukes appears to be the safest borough in Liberty City due to its heavy middle/upper-class influence but still contains a minority of areas with a higher crime rate.

Crime-for-crime, some of the most dangerous and/or deprived areas with the highest crime rate in Liberty City include:

Food & Drink[]

Much of Liberty City's catering scene comprises fast-food chains and snack vendors. Two of the most dominant fast-food chains within the city are the Burger Shot and Cluckin' Bell franchises. Their restaurants can be found in several locations across the city. Hot dog vendors can also be found in many locations, as well as a few hamburger vendors and mixed nuts vendors around Liberty City, particularly around Middle Park.

Sports Teams[]

Liberty City, being one of the largest cities in GTA's America, is home to many major league sports franchises. The Liberty Swingers (based on the New York Yankees, New York Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers) are the baseball team. There is one American football team, the Liberty City Wrath (based on the New York Giants and the New York Jets). There are two basketball teams, the Liberty City Penetrators (based on the New York Knicks), and the Liberty City Warriors (who share a name with the Golden State Warriors), as well as a women's basketball team, the Liberty City Salamanders. The hockey team is the Liberty City Rampage (who have a logo that's similar to an older Washington Capitals logo, albeit recolored). There are also three soccer teams the Red Mist FC (based on the New York Red Bulls), the Liberty City Cocks and the Liberty City Beavers.

Transportation[]

The main form of transport throughout Liberty City is by road, there's a fleet of taxis throughout the city, making it easier to transport through the city fast. There is a prominent freeway in each borough, with two in Algonquin and another stretching from Broker to Dukes. A bridge connects each island to Algonquin, with two from Algonquin to Broker and another from Dukes to Bohan.

There is also an extensive subway system, connecting the many areas of Broker, Dukes, Algonquin, and Bohan with two main routes. One serves inner Algonquin and Bohan, the other serves outer Algonquin and Broker/Dukes. The subway reaches everywhere in Liberty City except for Alderney, as it is not a part of Liberty State.

Every street in the new Liberty City has a name, increasing the realism (in past games, only a few rare street names were used for locations such as Grove Street in GTA San Andreas. The 3D Universe version of Liberty City had some street names as evidenced on the GTA III website, but none are directly referenced in any game). All the streets on each island have a meaning, for example, most streets in Broker are named after famous cowboys; streets in Dukes are named after patriotic events, and streets in Algonquin are named after minerals, chemical elements, and U.S. State Capitals.

Train

Subway lines

Helicopters can be flown either by the player or by an NPC pilot when participating in Helitours or by using Brucie's special ability. Liberty City has an airport in Dukes named Francis International that receives planes from around the world. The aircraft cannot be used by the player in the game. Boats can also be used to travel between the islands.

Freeways[]

Algonquin Dukes Expressway

Algonquin-Dukes Expressway

Bridges[]

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Broker Bridge

Tunnels[]

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Booth Tunnel

Helipads[]

Education[]

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Panorama of Vespucci University in GTA IV.

High Schools[]

A few high schools that are based in Liberty City can be seen on the in-game website Hornyhighschoolreunions.com

  • Bohan Leadership Academy–Bohan
  • Castle Garden High School–Castle Gardens, Algonquin
  • East Holland High School–East Holland, Algonquin
  • Easton Academy For Boys–Easton, Algonquin
  • Fort Side High School–Fortside, Bohan
  • Meadows Park International–Meadows Park, Dukes
  • Rotterdam Heights High School–Rotterdam Hill, Broker
  • South Broker High School–Broker
  • South Slopes High School–South Slopes, Broker

Vespucci University[]

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

Public Services[]

Police Stations[]

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Police Headquarters in Algonquin


Fire Stations[]

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Northern Gardens Fire Station in Bohan.

Hospitals[]

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Schottler Medical Center in Broker

Choice of City[]

When asked why Rockstar Games decided to reuse Liberty City, Dan Houser, Vice President of the company said: "New York City is an environment we felt had never been done to the level we were envisioning it in a video game. From looking at all of the locations, this was the one that really stood out to us, and really had that impact. It has."

"The texture of the Algonquin streets, which are filled with crater-like potholes and occasional glimpses of the brick used in a world gone by, are greatly varied in design and something you can't tear your eye from. The visual makeup of the city was something we could capture real well and really understand the minute aspects of its personality. Trying to put that into a video game is something that we think is unique to the video game medium. It was a way that we could capture some aspects of the experience of living there that you couldn't put into a film, you couldn't put into a TV show, and you couldn't put into a book."

"A big part of New York life is walking around the streets and meeting lunatics. That's something that we definitely tried to put into the game. We are trying to give it that life and difference between the neighborhoods and the difference between the kinds of people. We are trying to capture that Capital of the World aspect of New York."

"It's not the full city, it's an approximation thereof. We make a city that feels like the real thing, but is perfectly tuned for gameplay in the broadest sense. The world is not designed to be a video game. We are trying to make a video game that feels like the world, but still plays like a video game. The design of the city and the missions that unfold within it are designed hand-in-hand and complement each other perfectly. Everything in this world is here for a reason, where it is directly tied to gameplay or simply there to create atmosphere."

Beta Releases[]

The depiction of Liberty City in the official website of GTA IV has been retouched to picture the entire city, or at least its landmass, as being larger than it is in-game. Broker is seen extended further to the right, or east, and lights that stretch to the horizon are visible in this extended area, as well as behind Dukes and Algonquin. The same modification can be seen to a more limited extent to the left or west of Alderney.

The playable area in GTA IV was originally going to be entire Liberty State rather than just the Liberty City metropolitan area, and it would feature other landmasses such as mountains and countryside around the currently featured islands, but time limitations caused Rockstar to instead resort to just focusing on the city.

Alderney is supposed to symbolise New Jersey. Like New Jersey, Alderney is an independent state, although many mistake it to be a part of Liberty State as Alderney is included in most maps of Liberty City. Although, the Autoeroticar website states in that it is located in "Alderney City, Liberty City." Whether or not it is just a typographical error or it is intentional is unknown.

Timeline Changes[]

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Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (set in 2008)[]

Despite both episodes being set at the same time as Grand Theft Auto IV, certain areas of Liberty City are redesigned for specific missions in The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Gang Control[]

All of the gangs still control their respective territories throughout The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Grand Theft Auto IV Multiplayer (set in 2008)[]

Throughout Kenny Petrovic's story mission strand, some changes happen to the gang control in the city, which have full impact one year later, as seen during the events of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Locations[]

  • The Platypus cargo ship is destroyed.

Gang Control[]

  • Petrovic Mafiya takes over Rascalov Mafiya's former territory in Hove Beach and expands their business to the entirety of Alderney State.
  • The Albanian Mob is wiped out by the Petrovic Mafiya.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (set in 2009)[]

Locations[]

New Locations:

Updated Locations:

Technical Changes:

  • Certain areas of Liberty City have been adapted to be visible by the player from the 3D isometric top-down perspective.
    • Certain overhead train tracks have been slightly moved away from the roads (most noticeably the train tracks in front of Sum Yung Gai).
    • Bridges and overpasses have been moved to ground level. Road tunnels are merged with ground level roads.
    • Buildings located under bridges/overpasses are slightly moved to be visible (examples: Auto Merchant's Dealership and Liberty Sanitation Depot).
    • The layouts of streets, while roughly following those of GTA IV's 2008 Liberty City, were altered to be more grid-based, and as a result, streets were either repositioned to be straight or diagonal (e.g. Burlesque), merged with other roads, or just outright removed.
    • To make way for this change, the developers also had to alter the shape of the boroughs, a suitable example being Bohan.
    • Most skyscrapers only have their base rendered, as the top cannot be viewed with the top-down perspective.
    • Access to Alderney State is not available due to lack of importance to the Liberty City-based Triad Organization storyline.

Gang Control[]

  • The Triads still have full control of Chinatown. The three Triad family bosses have a dispute to succeed the current leader Hsin Jaoming after his retirement.
  • The Spanish Lords lost their territory in Cerveza Heights to Wu "Kenny" Lee's Triad gang. However, they expanded their East Holland territory to the nearby Lancaster area.
  • The Midtown Gangsters control the entirety of eastern Bohan territories (Little Bay, Industrial and Northern Gardens), replacing the former Albanian Mob wiped out by the Petrovic Mafiya.
  • Petrovic Mafiya controls the Hove Beach area of Broker. While they have a minor presence in Liberty City, they mainly operate on the other side of the West River in the state of Alderney.
  • The Irish American Killers control the former McReary Crime Family territories in East Island City and Steinway, after the former Irish family's collapse.
  • The Mafia expanded their territory from Little Italy to the nearby Suffolk, City Hall and The Triangle areas.
  • The Hustlers expanded their territory from Northwood to the nearby Varsity Heights area, and Firefly Projects in Broker. They also operate on the former Rascalov Mafiya territories in Beachgate and Firefly Island.
  • The Angels of Death moved out from the Yardies territory in Beechwood City to Willis, setting their hideout at the Willis Community Center. They left their territory in BOABO, leaving the neighborhood free of gang control.
  • The Yardies now have full control of Beechwood City and Schottler, but have lost presence in Willis due to the Angels of Death move.

Maps[]

Trivia[]

  • Liberty City, as frequently claimed on the radio, supposedly holds many "illegal aliens", a term for an illegal (undocumented) immigrant. Niko's first girlfriend Michelle humorously references dating "guys from another planet".
  • Unlike its 3D Universe counterpart, Liberty City does not appear to have the highest crime rate in the USA. In fact, on the website leftover-vacations.com, it is mentioned that Detroit is the "murder capital" of America.
  • Whenever the player stays in a tunnel for too long before exiting, a static sound can be heard.
  • The map is practically infinite, so the players can fly from town as long as they want (similar to in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas), however there are risks of death:
    • After flying or swimming for around 30 minutes to 1 hour, all vehicles (spawned, used, and other) will become invisible including the protagonist and their guns. Only lights and bullets remain visible, which means that the death zone starts. After everything has became invisible, the protagonist will start to lose a bit of health each second. (Single player only)
    • In the GTA IV's Multiplayer, after flying or swimming for 2 to 10 minutes (depends on the vehicles speed) the message will appear "You are too far away from action, turn back or suffer the consequences." After the message goes down, the vehicle will explode, killing the player's character.

See Also[]

Navigation[]

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LocationsLiberty City (Algonquin | Bohan | Broker | Dukes)
CharactersHuang Lee | Wu 'Kenny' Lee | Wade Heston | Hsin Jaoming | Chan Jaoming | Zhou Ming | Rudy D'Avanzo | Lester Leroc | Ling Shan | Xin Shan
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  1. Liberty City apppears in the movie "Meltdown" in Grand Theft Auto V, but cannot otherwise be seen in-game.
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