60 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New York City

Basically, you’re always walking over thousands of dead bodies.

1. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts. 2. It is a misdemeanor to fart in NYC churches.3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab. 4. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in NYC in 1895. 5. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.6. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel. 7. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1.

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8. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.9. There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week.10. According to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, the last hurricane to pass directly over the city was in 1821. The storm surge was so high that the city was flooded up to Canal Street. 11. Hog Island, a one-mile-long island south of Rockaway Beach, was never seen again after the hurricane of 1893.12. New York City’s leading hurricane historian, Nicholas Coch, a professor of coastal geology at Queens College, believes that this is the only reported incidence ever of the removal of an entire island by a hurricane.

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