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* A fine of $25 can be levied for flirting
* It is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun
* The penalty for jumping off a building is death
* A person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in his/her pocket
* While riding in an elevator, one must not talk but fold his/her hands while looking toward the door
* Slippers are not to be worn after 10:00 pm
* Women may go topless, providing it is not being used as a business
* You may not smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building
* It is illegal for a woman to be on the street wearing "body hugging clothing"

History’s first submarine attack took place in New York Harbor in 1776. An inventor from Connecticut named David Bushnell developed a submarine and called it the Turtle because it resembled two large tortoise shells. On September 6, 1776, the Turtle targeted the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet. The submarine, with its watertight hull made of six-inch-thick oak timbers coated with tar, was supposed to secure a cash of gunpowder to the hull of the Eagle and sneak away before it exploded. Unfortunately, the Turtle got entangled with the Eagle’s rudder bar, lost ballast, and surfaced before the gunpowder could be planted.

The Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue was one of the first skyscrapers built. Its triangular shape produced wind currents that caused women’s skirts to billow. The police in the area created the term ‘23 skiddoo’ to shoo gapers from the area.

Superlatives for New York:

~ The world’s largest gothic cathedral is the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in

~The nation’s largest public Halloween parade is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

~The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest, and has an annual trading volume of $5.5 trillion. It began in 1792 when 24 brokers met under a buttonwood tree facing 68 Wall Street.

~Macy’s is the world’s largest store, covering 2.1 million square feet.

~Riker’s Island has ten jails and 15,000 inmates and is the world’s largest penal colony. It has schools, medical clinics, chapels, gyms, grocery stores, barbershop, a power plant, a tailor, bus depot, even a car wash on 415 acres on the East River between Queens and the Bronx—all for criminals.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- Anecdotes.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Anecdotes.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography -- Anecdotes.
Curiosities and wonders -- New York (State) -- New York -- Anecdotes.