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Strange But True: Tales of the Big Apple (Only In...)
     

Strange But True: Tales of the Big Apple (Only In...)

by S. B. Howard
 

Uncover some of the Big Apple's most bizarre news items—classic "strange but true" stories that reached the "and finally" sections of news reports worldwide. Included here is the story about the man who kept a tiger and an alligator as pets in his Harlem apartment; the latest call-out service, whereby thrill seeking New Yorkers can arrange their own kidnapping

Overview

Uncover some of the Big Apple's most bizarre news items—classic "strange but true" stories that reached the "and finally" sections of news reports worldwide. Included here is the story about the man who kept a tiger and an alligator as pets in his Harlem apartment; the latest call-out service, whereby thrill seeking New Yorkers can arrange their own kidnapping experience; and the adventures of an NYC postal worker who mailed himself to his parents in Dallas to skimp on the fare home.

Also featured are little-known facts about life in the big city, such as the antiquated law against leaving a mannequin undressed in a shop window (although it's legal for Macy's to sell used underwear). From incredible anecdotes and eccentric stories to news of the weird, Strange But True: New York will amuse and inform in equal measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762736799
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Series:
Strange But True Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)

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LOONY NEW YORK LAWS
* 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.

Meet the Author

S. B. Howard has lived and worked in New York City for more than thirty years. A resident of the Upper East Side, she has lived in walk-ups and high-rises; explored by bus, subway, and foot; been caught in blackouts and blizzards; and traveled extensively, always returning to New York City, her home. A publishing professional all her working life, she has written a number of books under different pen names.

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