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What happens in Empire City, never sleeps.

Steven Universe, "Same Old World"

Empire City is a metropolis located in the Empire State, next to the state of Jersey. It was first mentioned in "Story for Steven", and made its debut in "Same Old World". Empire City made a additional appearance in "Mr. Greg".

History

"Story for Steven"

Marty tells Greg that they are going to Empire City next on Greg's tour.

"Same Old World"

Steven and Lapis fly above Empire City. Steven explains to her that if she lived here, she could be a single Gem taking on the big city, working at a coffee shop and coming home to a wacky roommate.

"Mr. Greg"

After Greg becomes rich, him and Steven decide where to go for a vacation. Greg tells Steven that they could go to Empire City, and they decide to go there along with Pearl. They stay at Le Hotel, and leave the next morning.

Trivia

  • It is the first major city featured in the show.
  • Empire City is the show equivalent of New York City, though it also incorporates elements from other cities such as ParisLas Vegas, and Sydney.[1]
    • "Empire City" is a common nickname for New York City. The name has been used for many other fictional cities based on or referencing New York.[2]
    • The slogan "What happens in Empire City, never sleeps" is a combination of the respective popular slogans of New York City, "the city that never sleeps", and of Las Vegas, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".
    • Real-world landmarks also appear to exist in Empire City, including the Empire State Building and Times Square. There is also a notable building that resembles the Eiffel Tower – this could alternatively reference the tower at Paris Las Vegas.
    • The shape of the city on the peninsula and its adjoining harbor resemble that of the real-life Circular Quay, the only difference being the positioning city's skyline.
    • Real-world boroughs and neighborhoods appear to exist in Empire City, including Brooklyn and The Bowery, both mentioned in the episode "Mr. Greg".
  • Issue 1 of the Steven Universe comic series reveals that the city has a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Gallery

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References

ve Locations
Beach City Businesses: Aqua-Mexican • Beach City Funland (Funland Arcade • Wiener in Hand / Hot Dogs) • Beach Citywalk FriesBig DonutBuddwick Public LibraryClassic ThymeCrab Shack • Connie's School • Danny'sFish Stew Pizza • It's a WashMini-Golf CourseSuitcase Sam'sT-Shirt ShopU-Stor

Residences: BarnBarriga ResidenceBeach HouseMiller Residence (Sadie's Room) • Onion's House
Other: Abandoned WarehouseBeach City PierBeach City StageBeach City WoodsBrooding HillCool RanchDead Man's MouthLighthouseMayor's OfficeUnderwater SwordWater Tower

Crystal Temple Amethyst's ChamberAmethyst's RoomBurning RoomCrystal HeartGarnet's ChamberPearl's ChamberPearl's RoomRose's RoomSteven's BathroomSteven's RoomSardonyx's Room
Attack the Light Indigo CaveRed Temple
Save the Light Secret Temple of Secrets/Danger Dungeon/Pyramid O' Peril/The Spooky Basement • Hessonite's Warship
Empire City Le Hotel
Keystone Keystone MotelThe Best Diner in the World
Gem Locations Ancient Gem Colony ShipAncient Sky ArenaCloud ArenaCommunication HubDesertFlower MeadowForgeGalaxy WarpGem BattlefieldGeodeGreat NorthIce CavernJungle Moon BaseKindergartenLion's DimensionLunar Sea SpireMalachite's Realm • Fusion Realm • Mask IslandMoon BasePearl's ArenaPearl's DimensionPearl's TreePink Diamond's ZooPrime Kindergarten Control RoomPyramid TempleRose's FountainRose's LandfillRose's Secret ArmorySand FortressSea ShrineSky SpireWarp Space

Homeworld Locations: Abandoned AreaUnknown CityYellow Diamond's Control Room

Comic Locations Canary CoveClock TowerEmpire City Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterMoors of MarcoonUniverse Family Camping Ground
Settlements/Cities and Towns Delmarva:Beach CityOcean Town • Charm City • Wilmingmore

Other:Empire City • Surf City • Sea City • Aqua Town • Bayburgh

Countries and States United States of America (DelmarvaJersey • Kansas • Keystone) • Korea
Outer Space Solar System: Earth (+ Moon) • Neptune

Other: Gem Homeworld • Klavius 7Upsilon 9Jungle MoonOthersSectors

Misc. HospitalMaheswaran ResidenceRingo ZoneMinor LocationsGem Homeworld/Locations

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