New York City is made of five boroughs: Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Of them however Manhattan is the one that gets the most attention in fiction. New York State has it even worse. "New York City" is only a relatively small part of New York as a whole. In videogames, this is often due to New York City's sheer size making it hard to fit everything in. If a character comes from New York they'll usually come from some portion of Manhattan, unless they come from a troubled background because then Brooklyn and the Bronx are fair game. Sub-trope of Big Applesauce. Related to Britain Is Only London, which is a similar situation in a different country. Compare Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe. Fulton Street Folly deals with concentrating on Lower Manhattan in particular.
- There are NY state vacation advertisements with the slogan "There's more to New York than New York" meant to put emphasis on places besides Manhattan.
- A New York City advertisement for Seamless boasts about how everything is "big" in NYC, except for the kitchens, by using clips of Manhattan. Small kitchens are also usually associated with Manhattan more than the other boroughs.
- The Marvel Universe has this as a Zig Zagged Trope: While the majority of events that occur on New York visibly occur only on Manhattan, there are many heroes who live in other boroughs and thus occasionally had to deal with situations closer to home (example: Spider-Man being a Queens native).
- Deadpool: The main stories in the comic of Deadpool all take place not only on Manhattan, but within a 5 or 10 block Midtown area.
- The Disney feature Oliver & Company transpires almost entirely in Manhattan; the climax occurs on the Manhattan Bridge. Further, the opening scene is a slow pan of western Manhattan, and the closing scene is a zoom-out on Times Square.
- Subverted in The Snake Pit. When the mentally ill protagonist is tested on whether she's well enough to leave the mental institution:
Man: Where were you living when you became ill?Virginia: New York.Man: Where in New York?Virginia: New York City.Man: I mean, where in New York City?Virginia: Manhattan.
- Averted in Saturday Night Fever, which focuses on Brooklyn.
- Invoked on NewsRadio when Bill gives an editorial.
Bill: Wake up, Manhattan! Wake up, Brooklyn! Wake up... the other three boroughs!
- Averted in The King of Queens. Which, as it says on the label, is set in and around Queens.
- Everybody Loves Raymond averts this. The location is Lynbrook, Long Island.
- Averted in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which focuses on all the boroughs.
- Averted in the Young Wizards series. The protagonists live in Nassau County, on Long Island, and the series consequently spends quite a bit of time there. The entire second book is set in The Hamptons. (That said, the main action of the first book does take place on a day trip to Manhattan.)
- The region of Unova from Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is based off of NYC, especially Manhattan.
- The first Midnight Club starts off in New York, but is limited to Manhattan. The only evidence that the other boroughs exist is that one of your rivals, Larry Muller, proudly states he's from Queens.
- True Crime: New York City takes place in New York City (as you can tell from the title). Once again, the city seems to be relegated to Manhattan. Debug mode reveals other areas of New York. They have named streets, vehicles and pedestrians, but no buildings. It's possible they were Dummied Out due to NYC being too large.
- Averted by Driver and Driver: Parallel Lines. Driver takes place in New York in the last part of the game and part of the map includes Brooklyn. Parallel Lines, on the other hand, includes not only Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx (but not Staten Island), but a portion of New Jersey as well.
- Averted in Grand Theft Auto IV, where every borough except Staten Island and even part of New Jersey (In the form of Alderney), is represented in its Liberty City.
- In Assassin's Creed III Connor and Desmond only visit Manhattan, though in the former's case it's justified because during the 18th Century New York City was comprised solely of what would later be called Lower Manhattan.
- The Division starts out in Brooklyn but the rest is in Manhattan.
- In Lego Marvel Super Heroes the island of Manhattan is used as a conveniently well-defined location for everything to happen on. For this to work, the game's designers have moved some things to Manhattan that are normally situated in greater New York (such is the X-Mansion, which in the comics is upstate in Salem Center).
- One episode of Holly Hobbie and Friends has the characters going to New York City, in particular Manhattan. One of the characters is terrified of the stereotypical New York things like heavy traffic or the skyscrapers and had to learn to deal with it.
- Averted in an episode of Arthur where the characters visit NYC. They go to different boroughs and take real-world footage.
- The 80s Strawberry Shortcake had a stand-in for Manhattan that ignored the rest of the city.
- Exaggerated in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The Fantasy Counterpart Culture of NYC is simply called Manehattan, ignoring everything else of the city.
- In the Steven Universe Musical Episode "Mr. Greg" Steven, his dad Greg, and Pearl visit Empire City (their universes name for NYC). They specifically visit Manhattan.
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