© 2017 Mikael Carlson

SCENE LOATIONS - THE BLACK SWAN SAGA

AMERICA, INC.

CORPORATE PROPAGANDA OFFICIAL TEASER

TRUST ME, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE HOME OF THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT ANYMORE. THE REBUILT STRUCTURE IS MUCH MORE IMPRESSIVE, MODERN, AND IMPOSING.

 

AS TEMAN DESCRIBES ITS HISTORY IN AMERICA, INC., “THE HEADQUARTERS OF NEW YORK’S PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY IS LOCATED ON THE SITE WHERE THE NYPD’S ONE POLICE PLAZA ONCE STOOD. LIKE MOST GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, THAT WAS DESTROYED BY RIOTERS WHEN ANARCHY DESCENDED ON THE CITY DURING THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. INSTEAD OF REBUILDING THE BRUTALIST-STYLE BUILDING, IT WAS RAZED, AND THIS MAGNIFICENT NEW STRUCTURE ERECTED.” THINK A MORE MODERN AND FUTURISTIC VERSION OF THE JEDI TEMPLE FROM STAR WARS EPISODE I.

 

TEMAN CONTINUES, “THE NEW BUILDING IS PART MAYAN TEMPLE, PART MEDIEVAL CASTLE. IT FEATURES A TAPERED, PYRAMID-LIKE EFFECT THAT EXTENDS UP FIVE FLOORS. FROM THERE, A MAIN BUILDING EXTENDS STRAIGHT UP ANOTHER TEN STORIES. EACH CORNER OF THE BUILDING JUTS OUT, CREATING AN EFFECT OF SQUARE CASTLE TURRETS STRETCHING UP TO THE TENTH FLOOR. THE WHOLE BUILDING LOOKS SOLID, RIGHT DOWN TO THE GRAY WINDOWS THAT ARE PROBABLY TWO INCHES THICK AND BLENDED SEAMLESSLY INTO THE FAÇADE.”

 

ONE GUARDIAN PLAZA 

MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING DURING AND AFTER THE COLLAPSE CAN BE FOUND IN ON THE WASHINGTON PAGE HERE.

 

THE MODERN WHITE HOUSE IS NOT DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT STRUCTURALLY THAN IT WAS BEFORE THE COLLAPSE IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY. MAJOR DIFFERENCES ARE FOUND IN THE WEST WING, WHERE ROOMS AND OFFICES HAVE BEEN RENAMED AND REPURPOSED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL USE UNDER THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A LARGE ADDITION WAS BUILT TO HOUSE MORE OFFICES, KEEPING WITH THE SAME ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AS THE REST OF THE BUILDING. IT HOUSES LIAISONS FROM VARIOUS DIVISIONS AND KEY CORPORATE SUBSIDIARIES WHO ARE THERE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND HELP DISSEMINATE INSTRUCTIONS.

 

PERIMETER SECURITY AND FENCING STILL EXIST, BUT ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE. THERE ARE NO PUBLIC VISITS TO THE BUILDING PERMITTED.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE - HOME OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WAS THE WORLD’S OLDEST, AND UNTIL THE 1990S, MOST OF THE TRADING HAPPENED HERE. AS COMPUTERS TOOK THE PLACE OF HUMANS, MUCH OF THIS MATCHING OF SELLERS AND BUYERS WAS MOVED TO DATACENTERS IN CARDERET, NEW JERSEY. THE FLOOR WAS MORE OF A SYMBOLIC PLACE AND A LOCATION FOR MEDIA TO FILE THEIR MARKET REPORTS ON AIR.

 

AS WITH ALL MAJOR SYMBOLS OF FINANCE AND GOVERNMENT, THE BUILDING WAS TARGETED BY RIOTERS AND LOOTERS DURING THE COLLAPSE. AS A RESULT, IT WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED WHEN INTERCORPEX WAS CHARTERED AND EYED IT AS ONE OF THE POSSIBLE SITES TO HOST AN EXCHANGE. DESPITE SIGNIFICANT RESERVATIONS, THE NEW ADMINISTRATOR-GENERAL WANTED THE FIRST TRADES OUT OF A HISTORICAL AND SYMBOLIC BUILDING THAT THE OLD NYSE REPRESENTED. DESPITE BEING TAINTED FOR CONTRIBUTING THE COLLAPSE, WALL STREET WAS STILL SYNONYMOUS WITH THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY.

 

LIKE ITS PREDECESSOR, INTERCORPEX DOES NOT HOST ITS MATCHING ENGINES IN THE 11 WALL STREET. SINCE THE SPACE WAS NO LONGER NEEDED TO EXECUTE ORDERS, A MAJOR RENOVATION WAS MADE AND THE FORMER TRADING FLOOR WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THE GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER. HERE, ALL TRADING OPERATIONS ARE MONITORED 24/7 BY DEDICATED STAFF MEMBERS AND OVERSEEN BY A PAIR OF DIRECTORS ― ONE WHO MANAGES GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND ONE WHO TAKES CARE OF NEW YORK OPERATIONS.

 

INTERCORPEX NOC - OLD TRADING FLOOR OF THE NYSE

ANYBODY WHO HAS WATCHED THE EVENING NEWS OR ANY FINANCIAL NEWS CHANNEL HAS UNDOUBTEDLY SEEN IT: A GAGGLE OF PEOPLE HUDDLED AROUND A BUTTON THAT RINGS THE BELL TO CLOSE TRADING ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE. THE BALCONY THAT OVERLOOKS THE OLD TRADING FLOOR IS ICONIC, AND WAS PRESERVED EXACTLY HOW IT WAS LAST CENTURY WHEN THE ROOM WAS CONVERTED INTO AN OPERATIONS CENTER.

 

TODAY, IT IS STILL USED TO RING THE BELL, SIGNALING THE END OF THE TRADING DAY IN NEW YORK BEFORE IT RESUMES IN BEIJING. BEGINNING IN THE MUSEUM AREA OF THE BUILDING, IT IS ALSO THE LAST STOP ON THE NEW PATRICIAN AND CORPORATE VIP SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF THE FACILITY.

 

INTERCORPEX NOC - THE NYSE BALCONY

YES, IT ACTUALLY EXISTS. IN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK CITY, A REAL TUNNEL CONNECTS THE N AND Z LINE BROAD STREET SUBWAY STATION WITH THE 4-5-6 LINES AT THE WALL STREET STATION. FROM BROAD STREET, IT RUNS NORTH, MAKES A HARD LEFT TURN PAST THE CHASE AND EQUITABLE BUILDINGS, AND THEN BACK DOWN SOUTH TO THE WALL STREET PLATFORM. THE TUNNELS ARE NARROW, AND HAVE EXITS AT EACH OF THE TWO OFFICE BUILDINGS. THOSE EXITS PLAY PROMINENTLY IN THE FIRST NOVEL.

 

THE MAJOR GUNFIGHT IN THE TUNNEL TAKES PLACE AT THE FARE CONTROL TURNSTILES THAT ACTUALLY EXIST. THERE IS NOT FREE TRANSFER BETWEEN THE TWO STATIONS. THE TUNNELS ARE LONG, AND HAVE ODD ANGLES NEARER TO THE WALL STREET PLATFORM.

 

OF COURSE, THE PASSAGE LOOKS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE IMAGES YOU SEE. DECADES OF DECAY AND DEBRIS FROM CRUMBLING WALLS MAKES WALKING THROUGH THEM A HAZARD. FILLED WITH HATEFUL GRAFFITI FROM DURING THE COLLAPSE, LIKE MOST DRY PLACES UNDERGROUND, IT SERVED AS A SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS AND SAFE HAVEN FOR THE URCHES AFTER THE CATHARSIS. NOT TO MENTION THAT THERE WAS NO LIGHTING AVAILABLE IN THE NOVEL, SO THEY WERE ALL PITCH DARK.

UNDERGROUND NYC - THE WALL ST TO BROAD ST CONNECTOR