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Weird Laws In New York

In New York, you can get arrested if:

  • Walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your pocket.
  • You do not purchase a license before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
  • You talk to someone while riding in an elevator or fold your hands while looking toward the door.
  • You flirt: a fine of $25 will have to be paid. This old law specifically prohibits men from turning around on any city street and looking “at a woman in that way.” A second conviction for a crime of this magnitude calls for the violating male to be forced to wear a “pair of horse-blinders” wherever and whenever he goes outside for a stroll.
  • You throw a ball at someone’s head for fun.

Staten Island, NY

  • You are a father and call your son a “faggot” or “queer” in an effort to curb his “girlie behavior.”
  • You water your lawn without holding the hose in your hand.

New York City

  • Smoke within 100 feet of the entrance to a public building.
  • Greet someone else by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.
  • However, women may go topless in public, provided it is not being used as a business.
  • You are a woman wearing “body-hugging clothing” on the street.

Ocean City, NY

  • You are a man and go topless in the center of town.
  • Eat in the street in a residential neighborhood or drink a beverage on the beach other than water from a clear plastic bottle.

Greene County

  • Eat peanuts during a concert or walk backward on the sidewalks.

Carmel, NY

  • You are a man and go outside wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.

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