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What happens in Empire City, never sleeps.
|—Steven Universe, "Same Old World"|
"Story for Steven"
"Same Old World"
Steven and Lapis fly above Empire City. Steven reveals the supposedly well known saying: “What happens in Empire City never sleeps.” He also 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.
After Greg becomes rich, he 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.
- 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 Paris, Las Vegas, and Sydney.
- "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.
- 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 ongoing comic series reveals that the city has a wildlife rehabilitation center. However, this series is not canon.