New Gotham is a city in the midlands of the United Kingdom. In the late 1970s the UK Government concerned at the expansion in America felt the UK needed a large metropolis that could rival the skylines of New York and Chicago. Combining the names of two large US cities, New York and Gotham City (also home to Batman) New Gotham was born, 101 miles north of London.
The city designers borrowed several features from American cities:
- The Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center (see below for more information)
- The elevated railway from Chicago or 'L'
- Art deco architecture similar to the Rockefeller Center (not common in the UK)
- Yellow traffic lights
- Aerial tramways - again rare in the United Kingdom
The result was a mixed skyline composed of steel and glass skyscrapers, aerial tramways, art deco architecture and modernism. Yet when the plans were unveiled the designers felt by coping the Twin Towers they would only be a mere imitation of the ones in New York. So it was decided to build three towers instead of two. Incidentally financial difficulties in 1991 meant the third tower had to be sold. NYC bought the tower and used it to cover the Empire State Building when it was raining.
By 2008 New Gotham had established a reputation for being a violent and dangerous place to live and work. There had been several accidents on the aerial tramway and the elevated railway and crime was rising as quickly as it was declining in New York. Shootings had risen by 78% and violent robberies by 99%. New Gotham mayor Lewis Stringer declared a state of emergency three times in 2007 when riots overtook the financial district and midtown. In the 2005 general election the Prime Minster claimed tackling New Gotham's urban decay would be a top priority but despite local and national efforts crime rates are at an all time high.
www.ihateng.com - The Official New Gotham tourism website
www.ngcvisit.com - Official city tourism site. Includes sections on how to arm yourself
Here the sleek design of the Twin Towers can be seen along with a partial view of the art-deco skyscraper based on the Rockefeller Centre. There is also a statue of Atlas on the roof, an attempt to resemble the one looking towards St. Patricks Cathedral in NY.
A photograph showing several details on the streets of New Gotham. Due to its large crime rate many CCTV cameras watch the city. In the foreground are the yellow traffic lights, imitating the ones in New York, and two telephone booths. A person tries to make an honest living selling food from a cart next to them, hoping calls for the police will make people hungry.
Here the CCTV cameras are clearly visible, rising high above the streets. In the background the Twin Towers are visible as are the facades of the art-deco skyscraper and the modernist office building.
The working traffic lights on red.
The working traffic lights on green.
In this photograph a yellow taxi (again an attempt to imitate New York) can be seen speeding past. In the background a crime has been committed, the perpetrator clearly not concerned about the CCTV cameras pointing down on him.
Here is a closer view of the man selling hot food from his cart. New Gotham was ranked 199# worst city for food in the world. By most people's standard in this city what this guy sells is gourmet food.
On the top of the Twin Towers is a flashing warning beacon.
This is the Atlas statue on the top of the art-deco skyscraper. Commissioned in the late 1990s the statue was an attempt to make the art-deco building look more authentic. Most people, except those with the right view in the Twin Towers, do not even know that the statue exists as it is obscured by the aerial tramway.
The aerial tramway is a very limited way to get around the city as it only stops in two places - the art-deco skyscraper and the modernist office building. It was built as a quick way to get from one to the other although many people believe a connecting bridge like the one at the Petronas Towers would have been sufficient.
Another person trying to make an honest living. Due to the population's contempt for the place New Gotham is covered with litter. Sweepers make a relatively good wage considering the long hours and constant work they have to do. Here one is sweeping up a banana and a can of cola from the streets.
New Gotham's crime rate was the highest in the UK in 1999 and again in 2007. Despite the presence of CCTV cameras and the police more people are suffering at the hands of criminals. Here one man has killed another, presumably for the £2 in his wallet.
An elevated railway train stops at the station. The railway is relatively efficient given it is under-funded and poorly maintained. That said it has a higher accident rate than any other mass transportation network in the UK.
Looking up at the aerial tramway as it passes over the railway, high above the streets.
Two lion heads grace the entrance to the art-deco skyscraper, another attempt to make New Gotham more like New York. These are the only two in the city and being grey instead of beige, stand out rather poorly when compared to the rest of the building. Again the mayor has promised that the lions will be painted in appropriate tan before the end of his term.
New Gotham at night is a dangerous place to be. Muggings and violent crime rise by almost 50%. Needless to say most people keep inside at night. New Gotham has no nightlife and the only ones wandering the street tend to be brave tourists, thieves, murderers and other criminals.
Despite the dangers this man is hoping for a sale. At night business tends to be even slower than it is during the day. He may get one tourist, lost and looking for a quick bite to eat.
Looking down on the floodlit Twin Towers. The flashing red warning beacon on the North Tower can be seen to the right.
The mock Atlas statue silhouetted against the floodlights focusing on the Twin Towers.
The New Gotham skyline at night. Impressive, it takes on a rather etheral feel if one views it from the safety of a boat in the river or from a neighbouring town.
This dark alleyway underneath the elevated railway is a clear example of why New Gotham is so dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.