- Port Charles, New York (fictional city)
Port Charles, New York is the fictional setting of the
ABC Daytime soap operas " General Hospital" and its now cancelled spin-off " Port Charles". Port Charles is also the setting for SOAPnet's primetime GH spin-off, "". Port Charles can also be retroactively considered as the setting of The Young Marrieds, a shortlived series which ran between 1964 and 1966.
Port Charles is a fictional small to midsized city located in
Upstate New York, most likely on the shores of Lake Ontarionear the city of Rochester. In 1993, the producers of " General Hospital" filmed several exterior locations in and around the Rochester, New Yorkarea - including Letchworth State Park, and the village of Perry, New York. Aerial photos of Port Charles occasionally shown on the air are actually shots of the skyline of downtown Rochester.
While the fictional city of Port Charles is currently based on Rochester, Rochester does still exist as a separate location (in much the same way that
New York Cityexists as a separate location from both Gotham Cityand Metropolisin the DC Universedespite the fact that both cities are obviously based on New York and have adopted some of New York's landmarks as their own). Port Charles' location in relation to Rochester was further clarified during several episodes aired in 1996 when the characters of Laura Spencerand Stefan Cassadinetravelled to a house in Rochester to find Laura's long presumed dead mother Lesley Webber. The episodes in which this occurred suggested that Port Charles was within a few miles of Rochester, though no actual distance was given.
When the series first began, "General Hospital" was set in an unnamed city or town somewhere in the
United States of America. Between 1964 and 1966, Queens Point, the setting of the short-lived soap opera, " The Young Marrieds", was considered to be a suburb of the same (then still unnamed) city that General Hospital was set in (this was part of a plan to feature regular crossovers between the two shows which never materialized due to the cancellation of "The Young Marrieds"). It wasn't until 1977 that the General Hospital's setting was finally established as being in the fictional city of Port Charles, New York.
Onscreen, Port Charles has had somewhat of an eclectic history. A 1993 storyline saw
Lucky Spencerhiding out in catacombs while hiding from Frank Smith. As a result it was revealed that after the city was first settled, an extensive catacombsystem was built beneath the city. The catacombs were again referenced in 1997 when Sonny Corinthosand Brenda Barrettwere trapped there. In 2003, an episode of General Hospital depicted the recollections of an elderly woman (played by Gloria Stewart, whose mobster husband ran a speakeasy during the prohibition era, thus establishing that the mob has long had ties to the city. Racial discrimination has unfortunately played a part in the history of Port Charles. A 1985 storyline revealed that at some point in the city's history, a large ghettoarea known as the Asian Quarter was built in order to house the city's Asian population, while a 1994 storyline revealed that one of the city's first African-American council members, Bradley Ward IIfaced opposition from his white counterparts in the 1970s and was later murdered. This storyline also made references to people being refused housing and bank loans on account of race.
Port Charles suffered a hurricane in 1977, but quickly recovered from both that and the Lassa Fever
epidemicthat followed less than two years later, thus beginning a long tradition of disasters that have plagued the city right up to the modern day. During this time, Mob storylines began being incorperated into the show. In 1979, residents became concerned that Port Charles was being taken over by organized crime. Mob leader Frank Smith was arrested in 1980, thanks to the efforts of Luke and Laura Spencer.
In 1981, Luke and Laura saved the city from being frozen over by Mikkos Cassadine's weather machine. Luke and Laura were hailed as heroes and their wedding was the social event of the year.
Robert Scorpiowas quickly appointed as police commissioner. Luke ran and won for mayor, but resigned less then two months later after growing tired of the office.
In 1985, Robert, along with Frisco Jones, Felicia Cummings,
Sean Donelyhelped bust an extortionring that was operating within the city's Asian Quarter. Soon afterwards, Robert left town, and his ex-wife Anna Devanewas appointed as the new police commissioner in his place. In a storyline twist, the seemingly honest Police chief Bert Ramsey was apparently so embittered at being passed over for promotion in favour of Anna that he became a dirty cop and began operating a money laundering scam known as Operation Tumble Dry. Thanks to the efforts of Anna and a newly returned Robert, the money laundering scam was busted.
Soon, another crime family, the Jeromes, began to infiltrate the city of Port Charles but by the early 1990's, the influence of the Jeromes had somewhat faded due to the efforts of Robert and Anna. In 1992, Anna and Robert were presumed dead in an explosion. Luke and Laura returned to town, and the Smith Mob began to regroup and once again terrorized the citizens of Port Charles. However, Frank Smith was killed and a much more benevolent crime boss in the form of
Sonny Corinthostook over organized crimein the city.
Environmental issues also became a concern as some of the residents of Port Charles formed the Greenbelts organization and protested against the arrival of the S.S Tracy, a ship carrying toxic materials that later sank in the Port Charles Habor, nearly causing an environmental catastrophe. In 1994,
Justus Wardand Laura Spencerled protests against a planned incinerator and was successful in stopping the project despite threats to Laura's life and that of her family.
In 1996, the Cassadine family returned to Port Charles as the main nemesis of the Spencers for a second time. Soon, Port Charles was on the brink of financial disaster when the city's biggest employer, the local hospital, went bankrupt. The hospital (and indirectly the town) was saved from considerable financial ruin at the last minute by a considerable financial investment from
Stefan Cassadine, son of Mikkos. Luke claimed that Stefan only wished to continue the nefarious deeds carried out by his father and had in fact been behind the hospital's bankruptcy so he could perform a swift takeover in order to establish himself as a pillar of the community, though not many people believed Luke at the time. Stefan died in disgrace years later.
In the 21st century, Port Charles would be hit by a number of disasters, including the Port Charles Hotel completely gutted by fire, another hurricane hitting the city, a two-way train wreck, a hospital quarantine after a mutant strain of
encephalitisspread through the town, Metro Court Hotel being taken hostage, and Anthony Zaccharaterrorizing residents at Nikolas Cassadine's Black and White Ball.
Places of interest
General Hospital is a major employer in the city.
Sonny Corinthosbuilt the Stone Cates Memorial AIDS Wing in honor of his friend Stone Cates, who died of HIV.
The residents of Port Charles frequent the hospital's West Wing. (Characters on "
Port Charles" were patients in the East Wing.)
Port Charles Park
The Port Charles park is a popular hangout spot, though can be dangerous at times.
Elizabeth Webberwas raped here, while Michael and Morgan Corinthoswere kidnapped by Faith Rosco, Jake Spencerwas kidnapped by Maureen Harper, and Georgie Joneswas strangled by the Text Message Killer.
As its name suggests, Port Charles is a major
port. The Waterfrontdistrict has been under the control of Sonny Corinthosfor over a decade, though rival gangs have tried to move in on his territory, such as Lorenzo Alcazar, the Ruiz brothers, and others. Kelly's Diner, a local eatery, is located in this area and the Elm Street Pier is also located here. Majority of the Port Charles waterfront is owned by the Pride-Philips Company, which was given to Courtney Matthewsas a thank you from a woman whose life she saved. Courtney later sold Pride-Philips to Lorenzo Alcazar.On March 17, 2008, one of the warehouses on the docks, an abandoned cannery, exploded. Sonny met with Claudia Zacchara to return Johnny to her. She arrived, and got on the phone with an ally to try and peace with them and Sonny. Meanwhile, Trevor Lansing and sniper stood on a loft in the warehouse, poised to shoot Claudia. Ric Lansingand Marianna Erosa were in another part of it, trying to cover the dead body of Randy. Carly finally finds Michael, where he confesses to shooting Kate. They began to leave and go home. Meanwhile, a bomb is sloly ticking away. Right as the sniper pulls his trigger, the bomb goes of, and an explosion rips through the building. Everyone survies the event, but Carly miscarries her baby.The docks are currently the site of a fake drug ring headed up by Jerry Jacks. The ring produces placebosthat have claimed at least one life; a female heart patient. Matt Hunteris a prime suspect, but the extent of his involvment is not yet known. Andrei Karpov currently has a cargo ship, the Odyssey, docked in the harbor.
Popular bar owned and operated by Coleman.
Jason Morganand Carly Corinthosalso first met here over a game of pool. Robin Scorpio, Emily Quartermaine, Elizabeth Webber, Kelly Lee, and Lainey Winterschose Jake's as the destination for their Girls' Night Out, where they each shared their fantasies about co-worker, Patrick Drake. A Boys' Night Out also took place soon after, with Max Giambetti, Ric Lansing, Patrick Drake, Lucky Spencer, and Nikolas Cassadine, where they each shared fantasies about Carly Corinthos. While unconcious after the cannery explosion, Carly hallucinated that she was there playing pool with Jason, the same way that they first met.
Waterfront dinerand boarding houseoriginally owned and operated by Rose Kelly, whose late husband Paddy, had been killed by the Mob.
Almost everyone in town has been to Kelly’s at least once over the years. The diner itself has been a popular gathering place of many of Port Charles’ citizens. Many newcomers to the city have found their way to Kelly’s, where they have rented the rooms above.
Edward Quartermaineworked here briefly. Ruby Andersonstepped in as owner when Rose decided to leave town to work with her stepson Joe in 1984, offering homespun advice—and the best damned chowder and chili in New York State. She was a staple of the diner until her death in 1999.
The establishment was left to Luke and
Bobbie Spencer, formerly managed by Tammy Hansen. In February 2004, Bobbie asked Mike Corbinto run the diner. Being a family-owned business, Lucky Spencer, Nikolas Cassadine, Emily Quartermaine, and Elizabeth Webberoccasionally had private “Kelly’s-closed dinners” which consisted of traditional potluck dinners.
Characters on the now canceled
Port Charlesalso frequented Kelly's from time to time.
Residents have included
Holly Sutton, Jimmy Lee Holt, Celia Quartermaine, Felicia Jones, Edward and Lila Quartermaine, Colton Shore, Charlie Prince, Lily Rivera, Brenda Barrett, Miguel Morez, Juan Santiago, Courtney Matthews, Emily Quartermaine, Keesha Ward, Ric Lansing, Lucky Spencer, Diego Alcazar, Brian Beck, Heather Webber, Javier Ruiz, Elizabeth Webber, Lucky Spencer, Maxie Jones, Dillon Quartermaine, Georgie Jones, Coop Barrett, and Tammy Hansen.
Elm Street Pier
, who was pregnant with his child at the time. This is also where launch for Spoon Island is located.Many high level Port Charles citizens meet on the Elm St. Pier daily.
Wyndemere Castle/Spoon Island
was strangled. Wyndemere is considered a castle by many, but Nikolas is quick to defend that is a 'mansion'.
The home of the wealthy
Quartermainefamily, it features living quarters for several members of the extended family, as well as staff such as Alicethe maid. Some scenes have taken place in the Quartermaine boathouse, and there is also a garage with luxury vehicles such as a Bentley. Sage Alcazar froze to death in the kitchen's freezer in 2004, and Tracy Quartermaine was tied up in the pantry by Alice in 2005. The address is 66 Harborview Road. [Episode on May 12, 2008]
The Emily Bowen Quartermaine Clinic
Emily Quartermaine's death, fiancee Nikolas Cassadinecarried on Emily's passion for helping the needy by opening a free clinic in her name. He had it established in it in the warehouse district in a formerly condemed building. Early on, it encountered issues when Mayor Floyd tried to have it shut down. Then came Matt Hunter. With him he brought a counterfeit drug scandal. He bought fake meds from Logan Hayes' employer, switched them with the real ones, and re-sold the true drugs. Nadine is now trying to get him to confess. On September 15, 2008, Jerry Jacksset fire to the place in order to cover the illegal drugs. Matt, Nikolas, and Nadine were all trapped, but escaped safely. Employees include owner Nikolas Cassadine, Nadine Crowell, Leyla Mir, and Matt Hunter. It is on Venice Street, in the warehouse district. On September 15, Jerry Jacks detonated a set of explosives that went off, causing a raging fire. Nadine and Matt were hospitalized, and Nikolas received minor injuries. It is currently being rebuilt.
Shadybrooke is a psychiatric facility located in a small country area in Port Charles. It has been home to many patients, including
Carly Corinthos, Tracy Quartermaine, Laura Spencer, and Lulu Spencer. Lainey Wintershas an office in the building, and it has become the permanent home to Laura Spencer after her 2002breakdown, followed by a slip into catatonia. In 2005, Carly stood on the building's ledge, threating to jump after hearing Sonny Corinthostell Jason Morganthat her life is over. She came down, and eventually recovered from the breakdown. Laura and Lulu's were both caused by haunting murders: Lulu stabbed Logan Hayes, and Laura thought that she killed Rick Webberafter hitting him with a candlestick. Lulu is currently staying there.
Lookout Point/Vista Point
The Point, as it's often reffered to, is a high vantage point that sits steeply in the woods of Port Charles. It's been the spot of many outings and events in the past. This is where
Maxie Jonesand Damian Spinellioften go to think. In May of 2002, an upset and foggy minded Carly Corinthosdrove her car off of one the steep cliffs, causing it plunged into the lake. In early 2003, Carly pushed Courtney Matthews' car off of the same cliff in order to cover up her involvment in Elizabeth Webber's hit-and-run. In August 2007, Logan Hayestook Lulu Spenceron a picnic date here. In winter 2007, Lorenzo Alcazarkidnapped Lulu, and ordered her exchange to take place at The Point.
The Haunted Star
This ship was a wedding gift to
Luke and Laura Spencer. Luke sold it in early 1983 but reaquired it in December 2003. Today, Luke's name remains on the deed, and it now serves as a casino. In 2006, Luke hired Diego Alcazarto pretend to rob the Haunted Star, so he could take the money from his wife and co-owner, Tracy Quartermaine. A previous heist occurred, in 2003 (during the Grand Opening), by Lorenzo Alcazar. Luke's previous partners in the casino also include, Faith Roscoand Skye Quartermaine. Dillon Quartermainebriefly lived on the ship. The ship originally belonged to the aristocratic Cassadinefamily. Luke later took possession after he defeated Mikkos Cassadineand his plot to freeze the world with a weather machine. His most recent investors were the Zaccharas. Johnny only invested to get close to Lulu Spencer.
Metro Court Hotel
It was built by
billionaire Jasper Jackson the site where the Port Charles Hotel once occupied until it was destroyed in a February 2004fire caused by Edward Quartermaineand is now the town's most popular hotel. The Hotel was named after Courtney Matthews, who was engaged to Jax at the time. The Metro Court is home to many businesses and people, including Crimson, Kate Howard's fashion company and magazine with Jasper Jacks. In 2006, Manny Ruiz attempted to shoot Jason Morgan. Manny shot at him while on the terrace with Samantha McCall, who ended up being hit.
Its lobby was recently the site of an explosion where it sustained extensive damage during the final minutes of a twelve hour hostage crisis. Employees and residents were held in the lobby by
Jerry Jacks, (then known as James Craig) who was after the contents of a briefcase locked in the hotel vault. This siege lasted. Robin Scorpiowas shot in her stomach within the first hour. She was operated on by Emily Quartermaineand Carly Corinthos. Max Giambettiwas shot in the shoulder. Father Mateo Ruiz was shot for killing one of the mercenaries.The crisis culminated when explosives were detonated in the lobby as the police stormed in. In the aftermath, the Hotel continued to be a major set, as the search for survivors continued, and a gun battle as Jason Morganpursued Craig through the rubble. It was rebuilt quickly, with more security.
In July 2008,
Logan Hayesattacked Maxie Jonesin Kate Howard's office, pushing her to the floor. As he went to kill her, he caught Lulu Spencerlooking through the window of her office from Johnny's balcony on the other section of the Metro Court. He ran up to the penthouse, and broke down the door with a fire axe. He tried to talk Lulu into getting back together, and when she refused, Logan tried to ripe her. She grabbed an butcher knife from the kitchenette and plundged it onto his stomach. Logan died, and Johnny took the fall for her. Claudia and Johnny dumped his body at Nikolas' clinic.esidents include Jerry Jacks, Diane Miller, Andre Karpov, and Sasha Donev. The hotel boasts a spa, solarium, restaurant, ballroom, and penthouse suites. It has several sister hotels, including one named the Belle Mason. It also has sister hotels in Paris, other parts of Europeand Montreal, including one in Hawaii. It is a rival hotel to the Cosmopolitan. The address (when the Port Charles Hotel stood there) was 1420 Courts Lane.
The Port Charles City/County Courthouse is located in the heart of downtown, apparently very close to the PCPD. It consists of courtrooms and offices, which house officials such as
Alexis Davisand Scott Baldwin, the District Attorney and Special Prosecutor. Jason Morganand Amelia Joffecame under fire outside of the building in 2007, and it has been the sight of many life changing court battles.
One of the best known establishments in Port Charles in the Port Charles Police Department. It has handled several crimes in the city, but not always well. It has several officers that are informants to the mob, most notabely the late
Logan Hayesand Cooper Barrett. Current employees include commissioner Mac Scorpio, and officers Lucky Spencer, Cruz Rodriguez, and Detective Harper. Scott Baldwinhas an office here. In July 2008, it was the sight of a hostage sistuation. Lulu Spencersmuggled in a gun of Edward Quartermaine's to Johnny Zacchara. He took the fall for Lulu's killing of Logan Hayes. He took the gun, and pretended to take hostage. They ran outside, and took Mayor Floyd's car. They dumped it in the warehouse district, and fled to New York City. They were eventually caught back in Port Charles, and Johnny was taken back into custody.
This is considered the "state" jail where convicted felons go. The real
Pentonville Prisonhas had few references, the most recent being the summer of 2007. Jason Morganwas on trial for the murder of Lorenzo Alcazar. Former inmates have included Diego Alcazar, for the drugging and rape of women in Port Charles, and Nikolas Cassadine, for the murder of Helena Cassadine, his insane grandmother. She turned up alive, and Nikolas was released. Scott Baldwinis currently petitioning the judge to have Johnny Zaccharasent there for Logan Hayes' murder.
Sonny's Coffee Shop
This coffee shop was opened in
December 2006by Sonny Corinthosto serve as a front for his illegal activity. Sonny frequently worked out of an office in the building. Carly Corinthostook over decorating and added a coffee cart. This is where Max Giambettiwas demoted to working when he helped Carly. This is where Lorenzo Alcazarhad a hit womanhide a gun. Alcazar retrieved the gun, went into Sonny's back office, and held him at gunpoint. Carly walked in and was able to distract Alcazar from shooting Sonny. Sonny took this chance and shot Alcazar in the head.
This is an upperend apartment complex in downtown Port Charles. It has a view of the lake, and can clearly be seen in the Port Charles skyline. It includes
Jason Morgan's penthousewith Damian Spinelli, and the previous residence of retired mob boss, Sonny Corinthos. Damian Spinelli's room is "regretably pink." He stays in the room that Brenda Barrett lived in while she and Jason were in a marriage of convenience. Jason leaves it pink. Reese Marshall(when dating Sonny) took residence in Sonny's old penthouse. When Reese Marshall was living there, Carly Corinthosbroke in and vandalized the entire apartment due to a mental breakdown. Samantha McCallwas attacked there by Nico, where Carly helped fight him off. In 2007, Ric Lansing bugged Jason's apartment in order to obtain a guilty plea in the murder or Lorenzo Alcazar. In 2006, a would-be assasin shot a bullet through the window of Jason's apartment. He leaves the bullet hole in the glass to remind him of the choices he's made. The address is 122 Harbor View Drive.
This is the large estate of
Sonny Corinthos, and bodygaurds Maxand Milo. Not visible from the road, it is gaurded by Sonny's men. It has a large terrace, beautiful gardens, and a statley guest house. The large garage stores a Maserati Quattroporte. In 2005, a mobster shot up the mansion's living room with a machine gun while Carly, Sam, Ric and Sonny met inside. In 2007, Kate Howardbuilt her house right next door to Sonny's home. Angry about Kate flying her helicopter over his home his home, Sonny had Jason Morganshoot a wire that was attached to her helicopter. It suspended a statue over Kate's house, and was headed to drop it in her garden. After he shot, the statue fell through all three floors of the house, destroying the roof, floors, and walls. Former residents include Carly Jacks, Emily Quartermaine, Sam McCall, Morgan Corinthos,and Michael Corinthos. The address is 120 Shoreline Road, and Kate Howard's is 124 Shoreline Road.
ElQ Industries, or Edward Louis Quartermaine Industries is a multinational conglomerate headquartered on Port Charles. Owned by the wealthy Quartermaine's, it is the one of the largest businesses in the region. Since 1978,
Edward Quartermainehas been the sole owner, but other employees have included Emily Quartermaine, Lorenzo Alcazar, Carly Corinthos, Tracy Quartermaine, Alan Quartermaine, Monica Quartermaine, Justus Ward, Jasper Jacks, Laura Spencer, and Luke Spencer. Current shareholders include Edward Quartermaine, Monica Quartermaine, Tracy Quartermaine, Jasper Jacks, and Carly Jacks, who owns 30%. It is a rival company with nearby Chandler Enterprisesand Buchanan Enterprises.
Edward Quartermaine- founder,Controlling shareholder, Owner, CEO (on-and-off)
Tracy Quartermaine- CEO; Board member; stockholder
Jasper "Jax" Jacks- Stockholder
Carly Jacks- Stockholder (30%)
Monica Quartermaine- Stockholder
Laura Spencer- Employee
Justus Ward- former Board member
Lorenzo Alcazar- former Owner of 30% of ELQ stock
Dr. Alan Quartermaine- former Stockholder
Lila Quartermaine- former Stockholder
Ned Ashton- former CEO; former Stockholder
Skye Chandler Quartermaine-former CEO, former Board member
AJ Quartermaine- former CEO (On-and-off)
Crimson is a fashion magazine ran by
Kate Howard, and the biggest inivestor is Jasper Jacks. Her offices are at the Metro Court Hotel, which happens to be across the street from Johnny Zacchara's penthouse. Kate hired Maxie Jonesas her first assistant, and Lulu Spencerher second assistant. In 2008, Maxie was almost raped here by Logan Hayes, but he saw Lulu watching from Johnny's penthouse (which is formerly the home of Jasper Jax). Lulu then accidentally killed him, which has put her in Shadybrooke. As of recent, Jax has threatend to find someonoe else to run the magazine if Kate doesn't stop trying to ruin Carly.
Former places of interest
The Asian Quarter is a ghetto district located within Port Charles and is home to a large Asian population. The residents of this part of the city once lived in fear of an extortion ring that dominated the area, but thanks to the efforts of then police commissioner
Robert Scorpio, the extortion ring was busted.
A downtown bar where in 1976,
Jeff Webberattempted to commit suicide after finding out his wife, Monica Bard, had been having an affair with his brother, Rick.
The Campus Disco
This popular establishment was run by
Luke Spencerfrom 1979 - 1980. It closed in 1981 as Discomusic went out of style. This is also where Luke Spencerraped his future wife Laura Webber Baldwin.
Located at 324 Wharf Street, Port Charles, NY–
Carly Corinthos, proprietor. Opened February 14 2003. Rekindled night club created from the remnants of “The Flynn’s Club”, a speakeasy that originally opened New Years Eve1926. Flynn’s was owned by Catherine Flynn, the grandmother of Faith Rosco.On New Years Eve 2002, Carly and Ric Lansingdiscovered the speakeasy bricked off in the basement of Kelly’s Diner when they were scouting for a location for her club. The original owner, Catherine Flynn, who had been living in an apartment across the street, told Carly and Ric the club’s history when she observed them breaking through the brick wall. Employees have included Courtney Matthewsas hostess.In November 2003, Faith Rosco claimed ownership of the club stating that though Kelly’s Diner and The Cellar occupied the same building, they always had split deeds and while Luke and Bobbie Spencerowned Kelly’s, The Cellar was rightfully Faith’s property by way of inheritance from Catherine. In May 2004, Carly regained control of the club when Justus Warddiscovered that Faith’s claim on the property was invalid.
April 2007, Sonny and Jason begin to consider using The Cellar as a place to hide their shipments, as The Cellar was vacant at the time. Sonny and Jason were soon ambushed by Lorenzo Alcazar's hired thugs.
Elegant night club opened in 2002 by
Carly Corinthoswith Jasper “Jax” Jacks. The club was converted from an old abandoned warehouse on the “bad side of town” under Carly’s supervision. Jax forced Carly out of the partnership due to what Carly because he believed she was embezzling funds, though she believed it was because of her relationship with Sonny Corinthos. He then brought Skye Chandler Quartermainein as a partner. Employees have included Courtney Matthews.
Club owned and operated by classical pianist Katherine Delafield. Katherine regularly performed as well as did
Frisco Jones. This same club had belonged to Duke Laveryand was purchased after his death in 1990.
Run by Duke Lavery and
Felicia Jones, this club was a popular hangout for Port Charles residents in the late 1980s. Frisco Jonesand Terri O'Connor regularly performed. After Duke's death, the club was purchased in 1990 by classical pianist Katherine Delafield and reopened under the name Delafield's.
The Floating Rib
This restaurant, located across the street from General Hospital, was another popular establishment in the early 1980s. Closed during the late 1980’s. On February 23, 2006, Holly Sutton (not knowing that the restaurant was long out of business) demanded that
Luke Spencerand Robert Scorpiomeet her outside the restaurant with two million dollars for each vial of antidote for the mutant encephalitis virus that had gripped the city that month. A popular massage parlor is now located on this site.
A speakeasy that opened on
New Years Eve1926 beneath what is now Kelly’s Diner. The club was owned by Catherine Flynn, wife of mobsterMarco Flynn. It was only open for a few hours because at 12:01 A.M. on opening night, a close friend and associate was killed in the club in a mob hit. Marco retaliated that night, but was arrested. He spent the rest of his life in prison. Catherine never had the heart to reopen, and had it boarded up. The club was discovered in 2002 when Carly Corinthoswas looking for a location to open a club of her own. She refurbished this speakeasy and reopened it as “The Cellar”.
This blues club, run by
Luke Spencerand Lucy Coewas a popular place to hangout and socialise during the late 1990s. Lily Corinthos was blown up in a car bomb outside the premises in 1996.
Port Charles' first casino opened by
Luke Spencerand D. L. Brockin 1983. This is notable because according to the city charter, only one casino was allowed to operate. After closing the casino when he was elected mayor later that year, he retained the casino rights. Port Charles did not have another casino until he converted his recently reacquired "Haunted Star" into a casino on December 26, 2003.
The No Name
Sonny Corinthostook his then-wife Carly Corinthos Jacksthere.
Strip club owned by Coleman where
Courtney Matthewssecretly worked under the name “Daisy” to pay for damages caused by her then husband, A.J. Quartermaine. A.J. destroyed the club in an arsonfire after he found out about Courtney’s job August 28, 2002.
Popular club once owned and operated by
Mac Scorpio. Opened in 1991, Connor Olivera managed the club and worked as a singer. In 1992, Bill Eckert became co-owner. Felicia Joneslater bought half ownership of the club, and the two married in 1998, making the club a family business. Employees have included Holly Scorpio, Miguel Morezand Robin Scorpio.
The Paradise Lounge
Strip club once owned by
Sonny Corinthos. Karen Wexlerand Tammy Hansenonce worked there as strippers. The club was closed by the PCPD in 1993 for working underage strippers.
The Recovery Room
Bar & Grill located across the street from General Hospital. Managed by the Scanlon family and Mary Scanlon's husband
Victor Collins. Previously managed by Mike Corbin. Popular establishment in the late 1990s.
The Ward House
Orphanage started by
Mary Mae Ward, named for her son Bradley, a community leader who had died 20 years earlier. Pediatrician Simone Hardy was a volunteer at the home and introduced Mary Mae to Laura Spencer. In 1996, Laura Spencer purchased and operated the orphanage after Mary Mae’s death. Destroyed in an arson fire started by mobster Damian Smith who wanted the land to build a toxic waste incinerator.
Jax Cosmetics: Original founder: Jasper Jacks; Former CEO: Lucy Coe; Other Known Employees: Brenda Barrett (Former Model)
Deception Cosmetics: Former CEO-Laura Spencer; Partner-Carly Corinthos; Former models-Brenda Barrett, Elizabeth Webber & Gia Campbell
Port Charles Society
The Nurses Ball
held a similar event in which she auctioned off men to have dinner with women, and all of the money was donated to the hospital.
General Hospital Pediatric Ward Christmas party
party has been the focus of General Hospital episodes that have aired just before Christmas (usually on the December 24 episode of General Hospital, but sometimes on December 23 or December 22 if December 24 falls during a weekend). It is traditional for the current chief of staff to read the Christmas story to the children during the party. The chief is also accompanied by the General Hospital volunteers dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Clause, as well as elves. The children of various cast members from the show are often featured as extras in the party scenes playing the sick children from the ward.
The Webbers & Hardys
Steve Hardy was the chief of Staff at General Hospital from the mid 1970s until his death in 1996. Perhaps one of Dr Hardy's biggest achievements was finding a cure to the Lassa Fever epidemic of 1979. He was married to
Audrey Hardyfor many years, and adopted her son Tom Hardy, who would also become a doctor. His other son, Jeff Webber, is a doctor as well. Jeff's eldest children, Steven and Sarah, are also doctors, while his youngest daughter, Elizabeth Webber, is a nurse. Elizabeth has two children, Cameron Webberand Jake Spencer.
One of the most distinguished families in Port Charles is the
Quartermainefamily, who moved to the area in 1978 and are best known for running E.L.Q. Industries. The Quartermaines have had a long-standing rivalry with Sonny Corinthosthat began when Sonny married Carly Roberts, the former wife of A.J. Quartermaineand forced A.J. to give up parental rights to his and Carly's son Michael. Dr. Alan Quartermainewas the chief of staff at General Hospital, while his wife Monica is a renowned heart surgeon. Rock star Eddie Maine is also a prominent member of this family. Other Quartermaine's include Emily Quartermaine, Skye Quartermaine, Dillon Quartermaine, Jason Morgan, and the newest member of the family is Jake Spencer.
The Spencers: Luke and Laura Webber Spencer
Laura Webber first gained notoriety in the infamous David Hamilton murder case in 1978. Only sixteen at the time, she had began an affair with the much older David Hamilton only to murder him when she found out he was using her to get back at her mother. Laura escaped a jail sentence due to the extenuating circumstances of the crime, but her reputation as a murderess was notorious throughout the town. Later though, Laura would gain fame in a more positive way when she helped her future husband
Luke Spencerdefeat the evil schemes of both Frank Smith and Mikkos Cassadine. The two would then marry in a ceremony held on the lawn of the mayor's mansion. Sadly, Luke and Laura would later divorce and Laura suffered a mental breakdown in 2002, leading to her incarceration in a psychiatric facility. Laura was given and experimental drug "LS49" in October 2006. The drug brought her out of her catatonic state, but sadly the drug's effects were only temporary. While Laura was back with her family she and Luke were married again on their 25th anniversary, November 16, 2006.
Luke Spencer is possibly the most famous resident of Port Charles (and also one of its most flamboyant). Luke Spencer first gained notoriety when he, along with his future wife Laura Webber, helped bust the
Frank Smithmafia gang in 1980. The following year, Luke was instrumental (again along with his wife Laura and future police commissioner Robert Scorpio) in foiling the plans of Mikkos Cassadine, a madman who had frozen Port Charlesin order to showcase his weather machine. Luke and Lauramarried on the lawn of the mayors mansion in November 1981 in what was possibly the biggest wedding Port Charles has ever seen. Luke later ran for mayor of Port Charles in 1983 and won, but resigned less than two months into his tenure in order so that he and Laura could leave town to travel the world. Luke and Laura later returned to Port Charles in 1993.
Luke and Laura have two children together,
Lucky Spencerand Lulu Spencer. Laura also has a son with Stavros Cassadine, Nikolas Cassadine.
Cassadinebrothers, Mikkos, Tony and Victor first made their presence in Port Charles felt in 1981, when they caused the infamous blizzardthrough the use of carbonic snow. Mikkos' younger son Stefan eventually took control of the family and in 1996, he and his nephew Nikolas moved to Port Charles permanently, joined by distant Cassadine cousin Alexis Daviswho was later revealed to be Mikkos' illegitimate daughter (Natasha Cassadine) with opera singer Kristen Bergmen. For a time, Stefan owned General Hospital. In 2001, the family received another addition when Alexis' long lost sister, Kristina Cassadine(originally Kristina Carter), was brought to town to reunite with her sister by Jasper Jacks. Stefan later died in 2003, but Nikolas remains in the city. From time to time, Nikolas' grandmother Helena, the widowof Mikkos shows up to terrorise various residents of the city. Alexis has given birth to three daughters, Sam McCall, Kristina Davis, and Molly Lansing, fathered by unknown man, Sonny Corinthos, and Ric Lansingrespectively. Nikolas now has a child, Spencer Cassadine, with the late Courtney Matthews.
Australian ex-pat Robert was Police Commissioner of Port Charles for many years (1982 - 1985, 1987 - 1992), and solved numerous mysteries and crimes. Robert was presumed dead in 1992, but later returned to town in 2006 to track down Luke Spencer who had brought the encephalitis outbreak to Port Charles. Now trying to mend his relationship with his daughter and his wife, Robin and Anna.
The Mob: Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan
Sonny Corinthosarrived in Port Charles in 1993, and owned and operated a strip clubbefore becoming Port Charles' most powerful mobsterin the power struggles that followed Frank Smith's death. Sonny has become known for his relative benevolence compared to other mafia gangs and his donation of several million dollars was instrumental in setting up the Stone Cates Memorial Wing at General Hospital.
Everybody in Port Charles knows who
Jason Morganis. He was born into wealth as Jason Quartermaine, the son of Dr. Alan Quartermaineand his mistress Susan Moore, he was later adopted by Monica Quartermaine. He was well liked, smart, and basically one of the only sane things ever to come out of the Quartermaine family. He was medical student, to follow in the foot steps of his parents, but one fateful night changed all of that. One night when he was trying to stop his brother AJ from driving drunk he got in the car with him and they crashed leaving Jason permanently brain damaged with no memory of his life. He broke away from his family, changed his last name to Morgan (in honor of his paternal grandmother Lila Morgan Quartermaine), and started working for mobster Sonny Corinthos. Over time Jason has gotten closer to his family, especially adopted-sister Emily, and while establishing a life for himself, including starting a relationship with Elizabeth Webberand has a son with her, Jake Spencer. He is now the mob kingpin.
Insane mob boss,
Anthony Zaccharacame to Port Charles in September 2007. He brought his son, Johnny Zaccharaand his lawyer, Trevor Lansing. It turned out that Trevor was the real mob boss. When Anthony jumped off the roof of Wyndemere Castle, he was paralyzed from the neck down and his son Johnny became the new mob boss. Johnny has plans to take down a manipulative Trevor. Claudia Antonia Zaccharawho is Johnny's sister arrived in Port Charles on January 31.
*Quartermaine Mansion (66 Harbor View Road) -
Edward Quartermaine, Tracy Quartermaine, Monica Quartermaine, Luke Spencer, Lulu Spencer, Alice Gunderson
*Greystone Manor (120 Shoreline Road) -
Sonny Corinthos, Max Giambetti, Milo Giambetti
*Wyndemere Castle (Spoon Island) -
Nikolas Cassadine, Spencer Cassadine, Alfred
*Spencer Home (24 Royal Street) -
Luke Spencer, Lucky Spencer, Lesley Webber
*Jacks Home (607 Braidwood Trace) -
Jasper Jacks, Carly Corinthos Jax, Morgan Corinthos
*Zacchara Mansion (257 Cardinal Drive) -
Anthony Zacchara, Johnny Zacchara, Claudia Zacchara
*The Lake House (55 Cherry Lane) -
Alexis Davis, Kristina Corinthos, Molly Lansing
*Howard Estate (124 Shoreline Road) -
*Harborview Tower (122 Harbor View Drive), Penthouse #2 -
Jason Morgan, Damian Spinelli
*1020 North Yale -
Mac Scorpio, Maxie Jones, Matt Hunter
*The Art Studio -
Elizabeth Webber, Cameron Webber, Jake Spencer
*Kelly's Diner (324 Wharf Street) -
*Metro Court Hotel (1420 Courts Lane) -
Jerry Jacks, Sasha Donev, Anna DevaneAndrei Karpov, Carly Corinthos, Jasper Jacks, Morgan Corinthos
*The Brownstone (1224 Elm Street) -
*Shadybrooke Sanitarium -
*453 Maple Avenue -
*Sam's Loft -
*Patrick's Studio -
*Diane'e Apartment -
*The Island (The Bahamas) - Frequent vacation home of
Former Notable Residences
*The Brownstone (1242 Elm Street) -
Felicia Jones, Bobbie Spencer(destroyed by a hurricane in 1991; rebuilt)
*Port Charles Hotel (1420 Courts Lane) -
Frisco Jones, Skye Chandler(suite 915), Justus Ward, Mike Corbin, Faith Rosco, Luis Alcazar(destroyed in a 2004 fire)
*Brenda's Cottage (860 Birch Tree Lane) -
Brenda Barrett, Jason Morgan
*Lazarus Yacht II -
*Quartermaine Mansion Gatehouse (312 Harbor View Road) -
Ned Ashton, Lois Cerullo
*Alcazar Mansion (On Harborview Road) -
Lorenzo Alcazar, Skye Chandler, Lila Rae Alcazar, Carly Corinthos, Sage Alcazar, Diego Alcazar
*243 Skycliff Road -
*Courtney's Loft -
Courtney Matthews, Nikolas Cassadine, Jason Morgan, Rachel Adair, Jasper Jacks
*Scorpio Home (1020 North Yale) -
*The Firehouse (777 Douglas Street) -
Scott Baldwin, Serena Baldwin
* Quinn Waser (1969-1974)
* Bruce Jennings (1974-1979)
* John Everett (1979-1980)
* Ken Morgan (1985-1989)
* Earl Richmond (1989-1993)
* Tom McClintock (1997-2001)
* Riley Dowd (2001-2006)
* Garrett Floyd (2006-present)
*Casslyn Verga (1986-1991)
* Dover (1992)
* Jerry Perez (1994-1996)
* Blake (1994)
Bradley Ward II(1994)
* Clemens (1995)
* AJ Quartermaine (1997)
Law and Order
*Captain Patterson (1963-1974)
*Captain Wendell (1974-1979)
* Police Captain Burt Ramsey (1979-1983)
* Police Commissioner
Robert Scorpio(1983-1985, 1988-1992)
* Co-Chief of Police
* Co-Chief of Police Burt Ramsey (1985-1986)
* Chief of Police
* Chief of Police Guy Lewis (1987-1992)
* Police Commissioner Sean Donely (1992-1995)
* Police Commissioner
Mac Scorpio(1996-2000, 2000-present)
* Detective Joe Kelly
* Detective Frisco Jones
* Detective Andy Garcia
* Detective Jesse Beaudry (2005-2006)
* Detective David Harper (2007-present)
* Police Cadet
* Police Officer Byron Murphy (2004-2005)
* Special Prosecutor
* Chase Murdoch (1966-1971, 1973-1979)
* Bill Richardson (1982-1983)
* Mick Boyer (1984)
* Ken Morgan (1984-1985)
* Brett Madison (1986)
* Lombardi (1986)
* Michael Shultz (1990)
* Abbey Mitchell (1993)
Ric Lansing(2004-2005, 2006-2008)
Alexis Davis(2005-2006, 2008-Present)
Assistant District Attorneys
*Xavier Coons (1967-1973)
* Ross Jenelle (1974)
* Mitch Williams (1978-1980)
* Winston School
* Queen of Angels
* Port Charles High School
* Port Charles University (PCU)
* St. Timothy's
Chief Of Staff
* Dr. Bryant Nemer (1966-1971)
* Dr. Anderson Valey (1971-1976)
* Dr. Steve Hardy (1976-1996)
* Dr. Alan Quartermaine (1996-1998, 1999-2007)
* Dr. Monica Quartermaine (1998-1999)
* Dr. Russell Ford (2007-08)
* Dr. Patrick Drake 2008-present
Assistant Chief of Staff
* Peggy Nelson - Murdered by ex-husband Arnold (1971)
Bradley Ward II- Murdered by Jack Boland (1970s; Revealed in 1994)
Phil Brewer- Murdered by Augusta McLeod (1974)
* David Hamilton - Accidentally killed by
* Theresa Carter - Hit over the head with a camera by
Laura Webber(1978; Revealed in 2002)
* Diana Taylor - Accidentally killed by Alice Grant (1981)
* James Duvall - Killed by
* O'Reilly - Shot by
* Alexandria Quartermaine - Murdered by
* Susan Moore - Murdered by
Crane Tolliver- Shot by Robert Scorpio(1983)
Beatrice LeSeur- Accidental drug overdose (1983)
D.L. Brock- Murdered by Ginny Blake (1985)
* Jennifer Talbot - Murdered by
* Herbert Quartermaine - Murdered by Betsy Quartermaine (1987)
Filomena Soltini- Shot by Cesar Faison(1988)
Duke Lavery- Killed in a shootout with Julian Jerome(1990)
Dawn Winthrop- Bludgeoned with lead pipe by Edge Jerome (1991)
Bill Eckert- Shot by Frank Smith's men (1993)
Jessica Holmes- Murdered by Ryan Chamberlain(1993)
Ray Conway- Died of a broken neck after being thrown against a wall by Alan Quartermaine(1993)
Frank Smith- Shot by Luke Spencer(1994)
* Damian Smith - Died in a fire (1996)
Lily Rivera Corinthos- Died in a car bombing meant for Sonny Corinthos( June 1996)
Pierce Dorman- Murdered by Hernando Rivera (1997)
* Jake Marshak - First victim of the General Homicide Killer, Greg Cooper (1998)
* Grace Sullivan - Second victim of the General Homicide Killer, Greg Cooper (1998)
Katherine Bell- Pushed from a parapetby Helena Cassadine( May 1999)
Chloe Morgan- Strangled by Stavros Cassadine( September 2001)
Stavros Cassadine- Jumped down a bottomless pit during a fight with Luke Spencer( November 2001)
Kristina Cassadine- Caught in an explosion in Sonny's warehouse; died in ICU ( August 2002)
Rick Webber- Hit over the head with a candle stick by Laura Spencer; actually killed by Scott Baldwin( August 2002)
Luis Alcazar- Stabbed; pushed off balcony by Alexis Davis( November 2002)
* Catherine Flynn - Poisoned by
Faith Rosco( February 28 2003)
* Summer Holloway - Pushed off cliff by Darius (
Stefan Cassadine- Stabbed; pushed off parapet by Luke Spencer( October 2003)
* Dr. Cameron Lewis - Caught under falling debris in Port Charles Hotel fire (
February 19 2004)
* Brian Beck - Shot by
Andy Capelli( February 2004)
Andy Capelli- Shot in a struggle with Jason Morgan( February 2004)
Zander Smith- Shot to death by the S.W.A.TTeam ( March 2004)
Ross Duncan- Murdered by Heather Webber ( April 2004)
Sage Alcazar- Stabbed by Mary Bishop( August 2004)
* Trent Parker - Stabbed with a garden harrow by
Mary Bishop( August 2004)
Mary Bishop- Medication tampered with by Lorenzo Alcazar( September 2004)
Connor Bishop- Shot by Emily Quartermainein self defense ( January 2005)
Faith Rosco- Shot; later died in General Hospital ( March 2005)
* AJ Quartermaine - Suffocated by Dr. Thomas (
* Evan Tucker - Killed in a fight with
Reese Marshall( June 17 2005)
Rachel Adair- Injected with a poison by Dr. Thomas ( July 27 2005)
* Dr. Asher Thomas - Shot by
Jason Morgan( August 2005)
* Andrew Domman - Shot by
Jason Morgan( August 2005)
Javier Ruiz- Shot by Jason Morgan( October 2005)
Reese Marshall- Died from a punctured lung ( November 14 2005)
Jesse Beaudry- Shot in the line of duty; later taken off life support ( March 31 2006)
* Miguel Escobar - Shot by Jason Morgan (
March 31 2006)
John Durant- Shot by Manny Ruiz ( May 5 2006)
Justus Ward- Shot by Manny Ruiz ( June 16 2006)
Manny Ruiz- Shot and pushed off General Hospital roof by Jason Morgan( July 4 2006)
Lorenzo Alcazar- Shot by Jason Morgan( May 22 2007)
Leticia Juarez- First victim of Text Message Killer ( September 4 2007)
Emily Quartermaine- Second victim of Text Message Killer ( October 31 2007)
Georgie Jones- Third victim of Text Message Killer ( December 17 2007)
Coop Barrett- Fourth victim of Text Message Killer ( January 25 2008)
Diego Alcazar- Accidential Hanging ( March 6 2008)
* Dr. Ian Devlin - Shot by
Jason Morgan( May 5 2008)
Logan Hayes- Stabbed by Lulu Spencer( July 8 2008)
* Dr. Russell Ford - Killed by a car that crashed into the ER (
July 22 2008)
Jessie Brewer- by Phil Brewer (1965)
Audrey March Hardy- by Tom Baldwin (1969)
*Diana Taylor - by Phil Brewer (1973)
Monica Quartermaine- (offscreen by an unknown assailant)
Laura Spencer- by Luke Spencer(1979)
Elizabeth Webber- by Tom Baker (1998)
Emily Quartermaine- by Connor Bishop (2005)
Jasper Jacks- by Irina (2007)
*Eddie Weeks (reckless driving causing injury, 1963)
Jessie Brewerand Tom Baldwin (murder of John Prentice, 1968)
Audrey March Hardy(murder of Peggy Nelson, 1971)
*Diana Taylor (murder of Phil Brewer, 1975)
Lesley Webber(murder of David Hamilton, 1978)
Anna Devane(attempted murder of Olivia St. John, 1988)
Felicia Jones(attempted murder of Ryan Chamberlain, 1993)
Laura Spencer(murder of Damian Smith, 1996)
Monica Quartermaine(sexual harassment of Pierce Dorman, 1997)
Tony Jones(kidnapping of Michael Benson, 1998)
Stefan Cassadine(murder of Katherine Bell, 1998)
*Tom Yergin (blackmail of
Emily Quartermaine, 1998)
Luke Spencer(murder of Stefan Cassadine, 2000)
Jason Morganand Brenda Barrett(murder of Luis Alcazar, 2003)
Alexis Davis(murder of Luis Alcazar, 2003)
Nikolas Cassadine(murder of Helena Cassadine, 2004)
Sonny Corinthos(murder of A.J. Quartermaine, 2005)
Jason Morgan(murder of Lorenzo Alcazar, 2007)
Monica Quartermaine(reckless driving causing injury, 2008; sent to rehab)
Johnny Zacchara(murder of Logan Hayes, 2008; not guilty)
*In 1979, further disaster struck the city, when it was hit by an epidemic of Lassa Fever. General Hospital was quarantined for several weeks until a cure was found.
*In August 1981 the town experienced a blizzard in the midst of
summer. The cause of this blizzardwas determined to be Mikkos Cassadine's weather machine.
*In June 1983, General Hospital was taken hostage.
*In 1987, a DVX hitman holds several GH staff hostage in the Hospital Cafeteria, threatening to unleash the MOX-36 virus.
Bobbie Spenceris stabbed with a syringe filled with the virus and ends up paralyzed from the waist down but eventually recovers.
*In 1988, a bomb explodes in the main exhibition tent of the Port Charles Art Festival.
*In 1990, a blackout hit the city when
Cesar Faisonjoined together the alien crystals from the planet Lumina.
*In February 1991, the Quartermaine S.S Tracy sank in the middle of Port Charles Harbor, unleashing toxic chemicals and causing an environmental disaster.
*In 1991, the town experienced an
earthquake, which destroyed many homes and caused a lot of damage.
*In June 2001, a
buscollided head on with a trainnear the city, interrupting the Nurses Ball, the social event of the year in Port Charles.
*In February 2004, the Port Charles Hotel burned down. The hotel was completely destroyed, but later rebuilt by Australian billionaire,
Jasper Jacks, who renamed it the Metro Court after his now deceased wife, Courtney Matthews.
*In August 2004, many were trapped at the Quartermaine Mansion while a serial killer was on the loose, killing
Sage Alcazarand Trent Parker. This person was Mary Bishop, who also tried to stab Emily Quartermaine.
*In 2005 Another hurricane struck the city of Port Charles, but fatalities and damage was light compared to the 1977 hurricane.
*In November 2005, two trains collided in the Glencoe tunnel which is located near the city.
*In February 2006, a deadly mutant strain of
encephalitishad the hospital quarantined for a month and there were several fatalities.
*In August 2006, another blackout swept through Port Charles. As a result, Alexis, Sonny, and Kristina were stuck in the Metro Court restaurant, while Jason and Elizabeth were stuck at Jason's penthouse.
*In February 2007, the Metro Court Hotel's lobby was taken hostage and eventually, destroyed by an explosion. This hostage situation lasted for 12 hours.
*In October 2007,
Nikolas Cassadinedecided to throw a Black and White Ball for Emily and in honor of the late Dr. Alan Quartermaine. Soon enough, disaster struck in the form of Anthony Zacchara. But it later turned out that there was actually a second intruder - Diego Alcazar, who was the Text Message Killer (TMK). Diego strangled Emily to death.
January 2008, a man named Joe Smith strapped a bomb to himself, threatening to blow up the ER unless his wife Angie was given medical attention for her pregnancy.
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year = 2000
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