Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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East Borough
Game Mode: Classic, Deathmatch
Tags: Hostage
File Size
25.988 MB
Jun 8, 2013 @ 6:32am
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East Borough

East Borough - Hostage Rescue
by Will2k

cs_east_borough is a hostage rescue map based on neighborhoods from The Bronx borough and Harlem neighborhood in New York City. This is not an accurate recreation as I took the creative freedom to merge several elements from real life counterparts into one neighborhood in the map. This map is a remastered version of my CSS map cs_east_borough (2011-12) with almost complete visual upgrade/overhaul from brushwork and models to textures and visual/lighting effects. It will be soon followed by a bomb/defuse sequel, de_brooktown, based on neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs in New York City.

The map is very realistic and authentic, and I tried to incorporate all the elements and details that make New York so unique: storefronts (with the exception of couple of them), road and traffic signs, sidewalks, manholes, graffiti and buildings... were all taken from actual NYC photos. The storefront signs are mostly from landmark stores in New York (brand names edited) and the traffic signs are taken from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and are specific to NYC. I built the sidewalk, curbs and ramps according more or less to the specifications found in the road manual of the NYCDOT. Even the orange traffic lights and the famous orange NYC taxi have the RGB color values as in their real life counterparts :)

The textures preparation took me a lot of time to do the research and prepare the reference photos; every texture you see, especially storefronts, signs and graffiti, is the result of 3-4 photos layered in Photoshop and meticulously (also painfully for the wrist and eyes :) retouched and edited to get the final visuals you see in the map. I relied on 2 amateur photography blogs that are dedicated to New York (and maintained by New Yorkers :)

I also scattered some funny signs throughout the map mainly in the form of billboard, building and bus stop ads. Some ads are brands that I modified and parodied (Grey Van shades, Lesswiser beer, Redbook footwear,...) while others are my original idea/work that I designed and created from scratch (Crook law firm, LOL insurance, Family jewels,...). There are many others that you'll discover while roaming the streets.

The map is about street scenes in addition to some backalley and indoor action. The map offers access to some buildings for elevated heights and sniping opportunities. And for those of you wondering: yes, the basketball court is built to scale :)

The layout is very simple and easy to remember and provides instant action for both sides as well as ambush opportunities and surprise attacks. Despite being an open-ended map, it is fully optimized with luxurious frame rate across all parts for a smooth gameplay experience.

The map has:

- 64 spawn points (32 vs 32)
- Static loading screen & 2 radars (grayscale/colored)
- 3D skybox
- Soundscapes and Particles
- custom textures
- Kv file (SWAT vs Professionals)
- HDR with tonemap control and color correction/post processing
- Manually-tuned Nav file with place names

The map can also be found on Gamebanana (old version, not updated)

My website and portfolio since 1999:

An excellent video by Ferhod titled "I've got the power" taking place in the streets of East Borough can be watched here

Enjoy the map.


June 8, 2013
Popular Discussions View All (3)
Aug 4, 2013 @ 4:10pm
Oct 26, 2016 @ 1:01am
Русские, как вам?
Aug 1, 2016 @ 11:57am
Europe server playing East Borough!
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TURKEY * RAPTOR Dec 5 @ 3:37pm 
Great map - playing it right now
will2k  [author] Jul 20 @ 4:58am 
@ Wills2: Thank you
Hiroshima Jul 19 @ 2:00pm 
Nice guy, best map
will2k  [author] Feb 6 @ 2:13am 
@ doopiedoo
@ Comet Thunderzap
@ kingofthederp

Thanks :)
♆ doopiedoo Feb 5 @ 10:20pm 
Great I love it, I hope Valve add it to Casual, or someone decides to host it on a 64 man server.
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kingofthederp Dec 26, 2016 @ 7:58pm 
thanks for all the spawnpoints, having an epic battle! Amazing map, your the best!!!!!!!!!!
Lambda Aug 1, 2016 @ 11:56am 
There is a server in West Europe which plays East Borough. The server IP is:

It is 20 slot and 128 tick rate.

We play a lot of other very good maps, including most of the Operation maps. Please have a look here for other maps on the server
VRadley Jan 25, 2016 @ 3:00am