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.
There are four times as many abandoned housing units as homeless in New York City.
There is a 550 foot skyscraper in New York City with no windows. It was built to withstand the fallout of a nuclear blast for up to 2 weeks.
In 2012 an artist dressed up as the Hamburglar and biked around New York City throwing partially-eaten McDonald’s cheeseburgers at bystanders. The artist said he wanted it to be “one of those little things that messes up your whole day.”
When New York City Hall was renovated in 1903, a secret stairwell was discovered, said to be used by aldermen to escape the building when angry constituents were waiting for them outside.
Back when the NYC Subway used tokens, people called “token suckers” would jam token slots with paper and suck out stuck tokens with their mouths. To prevent this, some attendants would sprinkle chili powder into the slots.