Nightrun: Murder City
A more miserable and crime-ridden place than Rome Island is hard to imagine. Where once it was a stopping point for immigrants pouring in by ship in the 1800s and 1900s, it has since become a symbol of neglect and lost opportunity. The 1970s saw several attempts to build housing projects all across the island, but crime, drugs, and hardship quickly saw these hopeful projects become ghettos, their tenants trapped in a cycle of poverty. In the early 2000s the police began to pull back, closing the precinct in Cypress Park, leaving the gangs and thugs to create their own world. It is now the primary distribution point of the drug Cain, and the streets have become daily battlegrounds for control of that lucrative trade.
Rome Island rests just offshore from Amistad, and is connected to the mainland by the Asher and Cypress Bridges.
- Tin City was a industrial zone similar to Steel City, but lost its steam a couple decades before hard times hit its neighbor. Now the old rusty plants stretch abandoned along the coast all the way from the Asher bridge to Deep Point, home to crackheads and vagrants.
- Little Kingston is a new name for an area of Cypress Park. The nickname comes from the large amount of Anglophone Caribbean immigrants who have settled there, mostly Jamaicans. The most powerful gang in the entire western portion of the island, the Yardies, owns this neighborhood.
- The first housing project in the 1960s was built in Cypress Park, a grid of broken-down buildings and decaying houses. The Cypress Park Project, 12 buildings of 10 stories each, has now become the enclave of the Nubian Nation, a cult led by the mysterious figure known as “Cyrus.”
- Piedmont, the largest neighborhood on Rome Island, stretches like a band across the central part of the island. In its northern half is the massive Davies Housing Project, created in the 1980s, 15 Y-shaped buildings 20 stories tall. They are still home to thousands of poor, but as the area is no longer under the control of the New Jersey government, power and food supplies are provided by warring factions that charge high prices for their services and even higher prices for those who might want to leave.
- Red Hook once had a Navy base down near the lighthouse, but that has long since been decommissioned. The rest of the century-old neighborhood is home to Hispanic immigrants who make the best life for themselves they can under the circumstances. The Sangre, a Cuban gang, controls most of this area and uses it to traffic in Cain.
- Just offshore to the south of Rome Island is tiny Constantine, a state maximum security prison. It is famous for having only three successful escapes in the last three decades.