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Dumb New York Laws

Note: All cited laws are real and currently in effect, and have been verified for authenticity by practicing attorney Nathan Belofsky, Esq., the world's leading authority on strange laws.

  • In the State of New York, tongue-splitting must be performed by licensed doctors and dentists.
  • In New York State, it’s illegal to sell the fur of a cat.
  • In New York City, Candidate Statement rules outlaw candidate nudity.
  • In New York State, tampering with a horse’s tail earns a year in jail.
  • In New York City, it’s illegal to own a kinkajou.
  • In Babylon, New York, ice cream peddlers can’t back up their trucks to make a sale.
  • In New York City, butchers must grind hamburger in plain view of customers.
  • In New York City, milk can’t contain blood, pus, manure or vermin.
  • In New York City, littering streets with dead animals and offal is a crime.
  • In New York State, ice cream made with wine must bear a warning.
  • In New York City, it is illegal to dye a rabbit.
  • In New York City, it’s a crime to own an odd-toed ungulate or aardwolf.
  • In New York State each hotel sheet must be cleaned, ironed, and at least 91 inches long.
  • In New York City, beating a dirty carpet upon the sidewalk is against the law.
  • In New York State, any person harboring a reptile must insure public safety.
  • In New York City, it’s illegal for an establishment to allow three or more people to dance at the same time without a license.
  • In New York City, butchers must grind hamburger in plain view of customers.
  • In the State of New York, it’s illegal to clip the ear of a dog.
  • In New York City, three-card monte is banned.
  • In New York City, it’s a crime for restaurants to use straws that are not individually wrapped.
  • In Greenburgh, New York, misuse of shopping carts is a crime.
  • In New York City, steam rooms can’t reach more than 120 degrees.
  • In New York State, it’s a crime to harm a seeing-eye dog.
  • In New York City, three unrelated people can’t live in the same rental apartment.
  • In Great Neck Plaza, New York, it’s a crime to wear headphones while skating.
  • In New York City, retailers who sell hamburger with 30% or more of fat face 30 days in prison.
  • In New York State, it’s a crime to dye or color a baby chick.
  • In New York City, using poisonous cyanide to clean utensils is illegal.
  • In New York City, milk can’t contain blood, pus, manure, or vermin.

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