In New York subways, booth attendants would sprinkle chili powder in coin slots to stop people from “coin sucking”.
In the 1930s New York city planner Robert Moses deliberately built a number of bridges really low so that only cars could go under it – so as to prevent blacks (who mostly used public transport) from visiting New York’s ‘pristine’ beaches.
Towers in New York can fake and exaggerate how many floors they have, using tricks like different sets of elevators to hide the missing floors.
NY City used to use hollowed out trees as water mains in the early 19th Century. A working example was still connected to the city water lines as late as 2006.
In NYC there is a pizza sized plot of land sitting in the middle of a sidewalk. As a result of a surveying error, it was left as part of an estate. The heirs refused to donate the plot of land to NYC, instead putting a mosaic on the plot in 1922. The mosaic is still there, surrounded by sidewalk.
Robert Moses, the extremely powerful New York City urban planner, hated the idea of poor people lowering the tone at the seaside, so he built low bridges over his parkways to ensure that only cars, not buses, could make the trip.
In the event of a quarantine situation in New York City, The U.S. Government has a contingency plan of placing snipers in strategic locations to prevent people from escaping the Island of Manhattan on inflatable mattresses.
Due to religious reasons, Manhattan is encircled by a constantly maintained, continuous string of clear wire.
New York has an official militia called the New York Guard. Anyone 18-62 can join and basic training lasts 1 week. If you’re in it, you don’t have to pay tolls in New York.
Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is the world’s longest certified footrace. Runners have 52 days to complete 5649 laps around a .55mi block in Queens, NY.