New York City, incorporated in 1898, has a diverse history that ranges from the earliest Dutch settlers to the Statue of Liberty. Some of the interesting facts in the history of New York NY have been forgotten by people, while many midtown people aren’t still aware of it. Here are some of them.

New York City History New Amsterdam
New York City History New Amsterdam

The Duke of York received the New Amsterdam City as a birthday gift.

Almost every citizen residing in New York City must be well aware of the famous nursery rhyme Duke of York or might have some knowledge about the historical significance behind naming the world’s most magnificent city. But many are unaware of the fact that the City of New Amsterdam was a birthday gift presented on the Duke’s 18th birthday by his father, in the year 1664. New Amsterdam was a little town in Manhattan Island. Later the place was renamed New York.

New York City Madison Square Park
New York City Madison Square Park

The four popular parks in NYC were built out of the cemetery.

The four parks were once the burial places for people who were sick, or for people who died from contagious diseases. Around 100 years prior, the Madison Square Park was opened for the general public in 1847, was originally a swampy ground later turned in to a burial place. From 1797 to 1825, the stretch which is favored by the name of Washington Square Park was a cemetery for burying people who died from yellow fever.

Union Place gradually became Union Square. Still, the junction of Bowery, which was initially called The Forks, was also a burial place and later became a park for New Yorkers. The Bryant Park was also a cemetery that served from 1822 to 1840.

Do not pass gas in a church, or you can get arrested.

Nobody would have the slightest idea that loud noise from the passing of gas while servicing on the house of worship could land yourself in jail. It might seem awkward, but that’s true. Since 1886, such activity of passing gas in churches, funerals, religious services, memorials, or burials has been illegal.

The offender will be guilty of disruption, possibly a felony, even within a range of 100 feet of the accumulation of the crowd. The best way to dodge this criminal activity is to pass gas far away from the gathering.

New York City Flatiron Building
New York City Flatiron Building

Leave quickly from the Flatiron Building.

The term ’23 Skidoo’ was popular in the 20th Century but not in this Century. The phrase has two words, which mean leave quickly. Citizens of the New York City insists that 23 Skidoo originated when police used to keep the frolickers away from the Flatiron building in the 1990s.

The unique designing of the building was believed to have wind-related issues, and gusts used to blow the women’s skirts up. The boys would wait for hours for this spectacular thing to happen and catch a glimpse of the situation. That circumstance forces the police to shout the word skedaddle’, which later turned into 23 skidoo.

Less Known Historical Facts About New York, NY

So, these are some of the many intriguing, odd, and historical facts that the most populous city in the United States has.