Back during Pre-War times, the New York City boro of Manhattan was divided not only into neighborhoods, but regions encompassing multiple neighborhoods. The Upper East Side was one of those regions. Defined as the area of Manhattan north of 59th Street alongside the East River, the Upper East Side was one of Manhattans most affluent areas, with some of the most expensive property in the entire United States. One particular stretch of buildings, in fact, was known as “Millionaire’s Row”.
In addition to wealthy individuals, the area was home to numerous cultural institutions, landmarks, such as the 92nd Street Y, the Carnegie Mansion, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.In addition, various nations housed their embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions in the area- Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Italy, Mali,Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, and Serbia.
One of the many important buildings in the area was the Astor Tower, named after the famous Astor family. Built in 2030 as a modern, state-of-the-art high-rise with a classic façade, the thirty-story building gave its residents a beautiful view of the East River at 57th Street. Amenities included an indoor park, a spa, a community wine cellar, and a complementary Mr. Handy-Mini for every condo.
When the Great War ended and nuclear havoc fell from the skies, Manhattan was devastated. Despite not being the capital of the United States, the boro was targeted for the heaviest amount of bombing in the country because of the many financial and cultural institutions in the city. When the smoke cleared, most of Manhattan was totally rubble. By pure luck and circumstance, the Astor Building survived the chaos relatively unscathed, with only minimal damage.
While many of the residents of the building took refuge in Vaults and other safe houses that their money gave them access to, a surprising number of wealthy residents remained in the building when catastrophe struck. In the aftermath of the bombing, they used their wealth to protect themselves from the collapse of society that followed. Hired security protected the residents from the masses of refugees that lost everything. Hired physicians and nurses kept the effects of radiation and other sicknesses going around to a minimum. Hired engineers provided the building with electricity, pure water, and other amenities.
Insulated from the rest of the world, the people of the Astor Building lived privileged lives. While not afforded the same luxuries they were during Pre-War times, the people of the Astor Building had a quality of life infinitely better than the average wastelander. Intermingling over the years, the people of the Astor Building have become something of a tribal group, rather than strangers living in separate condos in an apartment building. Known simply as The Astors, they are considered the most civilized of the Skyscraper Tribes, though they do not consider themselves one of the Skyscraper Tribes.