Back when NYC subways ran on tokens people would jam the slots with paper so they could suck the tokens out with their mouths. This was referred to as “Token Sucking” and some token booth attendants even tried to deter this crime by sprinkling chili powder in the slots.
A woman won $40,000 as a settlement from NYC due to police repeatedly arresting her for going topless, it’s perfectly legal for men and women to go topless in NYC
Until 1953, NYC had a pneumatic tube mail network that spanned 27 miles and connected 23 post offices. At its peak, the system moved 95,000 letters a day.
In 1920 a horse-drawn wagon filled with explosives was blown up on Wall Street in NYC, killing 38 people and injuring hundreds. The perpetrators were never caught.
Central Park‘s rivers and streams are entirely artificial and can be turned on and off.
Twice a year the sun perfectly lines up with the streets of New York, creating a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.
In New York City, for the last half century, the price of a slice of pizza and that of a subway ride have been nearly exactly the same. And a rise in one predicts the other.
From 1979 to 1993, NYC had upwards of 3000 non-working fire hydrants on sidewalks for the sole purpose of increasing parking violation revenue.
In NYC, you cannot sue the city for tripping on cracked sidewalks unless the city was previously aware of the cracks. As a result, lawyers pay people to map every single crack so they can sue the city more easily.
The deep and ominous hum that rises through the subway grate at 45th/Broadway in Times Square, which many would assume is owed to a generator or some other NYC Transit equipment, is in fact an art installation by sound artist Max Neuhaus. It has been in operation, on and off, since 1977.