Back when the NY subways used tokens, criminals would jam the slot and then suck out the token with their mouths. To discourage this, subway workers would put hot chili powder in the slots.
In August 1962, New York City cops began patrolling the streets at night while dressed as women. The idea was to trap would-be muggers.
The New York City owns an abandoned 22-acre island less than one mile from Manhattan. It has been abandoned since 1963 with no current plans of development.
Drivers in NYC spend an average of 107 hours per year searching for parking at a cost of $2,243/driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
There are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in NYC that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the late 60s.
There is a ‘fake’ townhouse in Brooklyn Heights that’s actually a ventilation shaft for the subway.
Although park authorities deny it, Central Park officially has a population of 25 residents according to the 2010 census.
The New York City Subway still operates several train cars constructed in 1964 in regular service. This specific model owes its longevity to its superior durability, craftsmanship and structural quality. Retired cars from this model are shipped out to the Atlantic Ocean for artificial reefs
When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907 a room cost $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1000/night.
“Hell’s Kitchen” is a neighborhood in Manhattan, NYC most likely named after 2 cops watching an Irish riot. The rookie said “this is hell,” and the veteran said, “It’s hotter. It’s Hell’s Kitchen.”