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Star Junction, as viewed from the center of the district towards the south; the skyline of neighboring Triangle is seen further in the background.

"Where the bright lights of Capitalism blink 24 hours a day. A great place to go if you like advertising."
―GTA IV Manual Description

Star Junction is a district in the borough of Algonquin in Liberty City. It appears in Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, Ballad of Gay Tony and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Its archetype is Times Square, New York City. Star Junction is bordered by Middle Park to the north by Nickel Street and The Triangle to the south by Jade Street. The Meat Quarter, Westminster and Purgatory are on its western borders by Frankfort Avenue, while Hatton Gardens, Lancet and Easton sit on its eastern borders by Columbus Avenue. Along with the Middle Park, and The Triangle it is one of the well known neighborhoods in Algonquin and Liberty City. It is also one of the few places where buses always spawn (they are parked).

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Star Junction (red) in Liberty City map.

Character

The entire district is designed with the commercial intersection at the center that features a diagonally placed road, Burlesque Street, that run from the northwest at Manganese Street to the southeast at Gamet Street neighboring Triangle, cutting across Denver-Exeter Avenue and Kunzite Street and making up one of Algonquin's main attractions. While seemingly depicted as one, the cityscape is in fact located in both Star Junction and neighboring Triangle, which takes up the southern end of the area.

Star Junction is intended to mimic the functions of New York City's Times Square as both a cultural and corporate center of the city. Star Junction's urban design is characterized by heavily ad-laden buildings and entertainment establishments in the center surrounded by less "decorated" apartments, hotels and officer towers to the north, east and west. Its intended function also results in the presence of "Broadway" theaters and other entertainment establishments (including the Split Sides) which show different performances. The northern edge of Star Junction that borders Middle Park is designed to mimic a more homely skyline of older hotels lined along Central Park South, implying Nickel Street is the in-game equivalent of 59th Street.

Places of Interest

While most districts in Liberty City are generally not strictly adherent to the design of their counterpart, Star Junction's is more accurate in layout as Times Square, placing in-game renditions of Time Square's landmarks as accurately as possible. Landmarks based on those in the southern end of Times Square are in fact located in the neighboring Triangle.

Star Junction borrows elements from the following buildings and structures:

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Small police station in the middle of Star Junction. A police car is seen in the foreground.

  • An LCPD sub-station located right in the middle of Star Junction is similar in design to the Times Square Police Station. The building is situated in the Triangle.
  • Just north of the LCPD sub-station is an LC Services Recruiting Center, the game's equivalent of Time Square's United States armed forces recruiting station. As oppose to the rendition's association with the military (including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines), the in-game rendition is linked to civic services (including the "LCPD", "FDLC", "DOA" and "COLP").
  • 1605 Broadway (Crowne Plaza Hotel), depicted in game as The Star Plaza Hotel.
  • 1585 Broadway (Morgan Stanley Building). The in-game rendition features a corner street level signage bearing "Cooper Jackson" naming, similar to the Morgan Stanley name, as well as the manner in which the name is rendered on the building's sign. Like its counterpart, the in-game depiction features several rolling stock tickers. The building's design and textures are partially reused for another similar building to the north.
  • 1567-1569 Broadway (W Times Square), depicted in game as The Celtica Hotel.
  • 1535 Broadway (Marriott Marquis Hotel), depicted in game as Hotel ÜberBrücker.[1]
  • 1501 Broadway (Paramount Building) [2]. The in-game rendition houses Canyon Entertainment, a Superstar Café and an unspecified Superstar venue advertising a Love Fist gig; the building also sports a functional rooftop clock. While forming part of the Star Junction skyline, the building is in fact situated in The Triangle.
  • 1568 Broadway (Doubletree Guest Suites/Embassy Suites Times Square), depicted in game as the Banner Hotel & Spa. The game's renditions appears to integrate some of the tower's feature but opts for a more simple symmetrical design. In addition, the orientation of the building relative to the streets differs to that in. The Seagull Theater is also integrated into the building, adopting more traditional street-level brick facades of the building.
  • 1540 Broadway (Bertelsmann Building). The in-game rendition houses a "The Spian Theaters", which entrance is used as a venue for Pathos.
  • 1500 Broadway (Times Square Studios) [3], prominently featuring a curvy FlyU6 LCD display, tickers, and housing a Cluckin' Bell restaurant. While forming part of the Star Junction skyline, the building is in fact situated in Triangle.
  • 1 Astor Plaza, which, is occupied by MTV Studios on the second floor. The in-game replication of the building houses a similar establishment for MeTV, a play of MTV, as well as a "MeTV Theater", and a spinning turntable prop on the side of the building. The building has a helipad on the top, which occasionally spawns a Maverick, accessible via a window cleaner lift at its western face. One of the 200 flying rats can also be found there.
  • The Condé Nast Building. Its in-game rendition at Kunzite Street houses BAWSAQ's main office on the lowest floors in the same way the rendition houses NASDAQ. This tower is the third tallest building in the Liberty City Metropolitan Area being only slightly smaller than the Zirconium Building
  • Rockefeller Center [4]: The in-game rendition features replicas of four Rockefeller Center buildings, including 30 Rockefeller Plaza (GE Building), 630 Fifth Avenue (International Building), 1260 & 1270 Avenue of the Americas (Radio City Music Hall, depicted in game as the Live Central Music Venue, and the American Metal Climax (AMAX) Building/former RKO Building, respectively), and a low-rise building based on either 610 Fifth Avenue (La Maison Francaise) or 620 Fifth Avenue (British Empire Building). The building complex is centered around a sunken plaza, similar to the Rockefeller Center's grand plaza, with only a fountain and flagpoles as decors, depicted in game as the Columbus Center.
  • 300 West 57 Street (Hearst Tower)
  • 209 West 42nd Street (New Victory Theater), depicted in game as the Liberteen.
  • 226 West 46th Street (Richard Rodgers Theatre), depicted in game as the Magic Curtain. Having five arches along its facade instead of three.
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Skyline of Star Junction's northern fringe at Nickel Street, as viewed to the southwest. The Emissary and The Majestic are pictured.

  • AMC Empire 25 [5] [6], depicted in game as the Amdram Theater. Where as AMC Empire 25 has been modernized and expanded with only the front of the AMC Empire 25's original frontal facade still stands, the Amdram Theater is depicted as an independent building.
  • 220 42nd Street and 221 41st Street [7] (Candler Building). The in-game rendition houses a Wigwam Burger outlet at the lowest floor, mirroring the McDonald's outlet in the same building.
  • The Plaza Hotel, depicted in game as The Emissary, which rooftop sign is lined by five stars below, implying it is a five star hotel. Its size has been reduced.
  • 50 Central Park South (Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park/former St. Moritz Hotel) [8], depicted in game as the Majestic Hotel (the structure is slightly smaller) and located at the same block as The Emissary. It also is located on the same block as a building based on 35 Central Park South, the Helmsley Park Lane. The block is a simplification of the block all three buildings exist on.
  • The Rockefeller Center is depicted as the Columbus Center complete with a public court yard surrounded by office towers.

Businesses

Transport

The subway stations are the Frankfort and Easton stations.

Here there are many buses that are parked which would make this another possible termination point for buses but were withdrawed in the final version for unknown reasons.

Gallery

Trivia

  • There is a mistake in the game at the south of Star Junction where the road markings say it is a two way road but the traffic ignore this and treat it as a one way system.
  • The Burger Shot located here will not show up as a marked location after entered in TBoGT.
  • In real life, Times Square is very crowded, Star Junction has about the same amount of people as a normal street. This is due to hardware limitations; rendering a large amount of people and vehicles would take a large amount of memory and would make the game run very slowly.

References

  1. www.peepthatshit.com/hotels.html (In game website.)

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