There are NYC taxis that are actually undercover cop cars.
A 16 year-old Brooklyn teen pretended to be a subway conductor and drove a train for over 3 hours before getting caught. They caught him because he made a sharp turn that triggered the emergency brake, and he did not know how to reset it.
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.
There’s a man in New York City who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week…
Instead of money, Toyota donated efficiency to the Food Bank of NYC. Their experts cut wait times in a Harlem soup kitchen from 90 minutes to 18 minutes. In one Brooklyn warehouse, simply changing the size of boxes allowed workers to cut packing time from 3 minutes to just 11 seconds.
800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.
If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, there would only be about 28 people in Manhattan.
In 1956, a pilot landed on an Uptown Street in NYC, because that’s where the bar was.
During an experiment on the NY subway, seated passengers were asked “Excuse me, may I please have your seat?” 56% of them moved.
In 2009, a 13-year-old kid with aspergers, having feared being scolded by his mother, decided to runaway and disappear by riding the NYC subway for 11 days. Despite being heavily monitored 24/7, no one noticed him.