People magazine recently posted an article that it titled “N.Y.C.’s 8 Craziest Urban Legends Debunked.”
But that title is misleading, because it turns out the article only lists 3 urban legends, and then the writer must have been unable to find anything else when doing a google search for “New York urban legends,” because the other 5 things on the list are random bits of NYC trivia and paranormal speculation.
I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything more from People magazine.
To save everyone the trouble of having to read the article, the 3 urban legends the writer managed to come up with were:
- Pennies thrown from the top of the Empire State Building can kill
- Alligators live in the city sewers
- The Yankees Wear Pinstripes Because Babe Ruth Wanted to Look Slimmer
And here’s the rest of the items that made their way onto the list:
- “There’s a Secret Train Platform Beneath the Waldorf-Astoria” — not an urban legend, because it’s true.
- “The Restaurant One if by Land, Two if by Sea is Haunted” — People lists this as true!
- “The City’s Gargoyles Come to Life at Night” — This is on the list because gargoyles come to life in Ghostbusters, which was set in New York. People has concluded this movie was fiction.
- “The Poem ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas’ was Inspired by N.Y.C.” — Again, this is true.
- “There Are Ghosts in Central Park” — People has decided this is “probably false.”