New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the centre of one of the most populous urban agglomerations on Earth. Located on one of the world's largest natural harbours, the area was originally inhabited by Algonquian tribes, including the Lenape.
New York served as the capital of the newly-independent United States from 1785 until 1790, centred around Federal Hall on Wall Street. In 1898, the modern City of New York was organized as five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. In the twentieth century, New York became one of the dominant cities of the world, with the leading financial centre based in Wall Street and the home of the United Nations Headquarters. The Statue of Liberty - housed on Liberty Island and completed in 1886 - is a symbol of freedom and international friendship, and an icon of the United States. Other landmarks of the city include St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Terminal and Queensboro Plaza.
Planet of the Apes
The climax to the original movie showed George Taylor's shock discovery of the Statue of Liberty, revealing that the bizarre place he had been living in was in fact a future Earth. The specific region around New York City had become the seemingly dead and uninhabited Forbidden Zone, while the wider general area included the location of Ape City.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
New York City, buried under a canopy of bomb-melted rock, was revealed to be the home of a race of mutated humans. The actual city was not shown, but sets from other productions represented the remnants of the city and clever use of photographs depicted the various locations. In the initial story treatment it was detailed that a huge earth subsidence had buried the city when the last Atom Bomb exploded in up-state New York in about 1995, and that when an ape army attacked the mutant stronghold in the time after Taylor's arrival, the Empire State Building was their first target. In a subsequent script version, New York is described as looking like it "was buried in the nuclear war of 1990" 
Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Shortly after their crash-landing, astronauts Alan Virdon and Peter Burke discover a book which includes a picture of a futuristic city, captioned "New York - 2503". This is the evidence that tells them they have returned to Earth far into their own future.
- New York City landmarks seen in the Apes movies
- Comparison of Cornelius' map with modern New York
- New York City article at Wikipedia
- Planet of the Apes Revisited Treatment at Hunter's Planet of the Apes Scripts Archive
- Planet of the Apes Revisited First Draft Screenplay at Hunter's Planet of the Apes Scripts Archive