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5 Fun Facts About April 1 In New York History

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1. The first recorded April Fool's Day prank in New York was in 1698 when a crowd gathered to watch a man sweep a path of snow off the frozen East River so that a giant ship could pass through, only to realize later that the man was simply sweeping a patch of ice.

2. In 1835, the New York Sun newspaper published a series of articles claiming that life had been found on the moon, which was believed by many at the time. This was later revealed as a hoax perpetuated by the newspaper to increase circulation.

3. On April 1, 1924, Brooklyn's famous Ebbets Field opened its doors for the first time. The stadium would go on to host some of baseball's most historic moments, including Jackie Robinson's debut and the 1955 World Series victory by the Brooklyn Dodgers.

4. In 1976, the New York Yankees famously traded legendary slugger Bobby Murcer to the San Francisco Giants in a deal that stunned fans and analysts alike. This was later revealed to be an elaborate April Fool's Day joke by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

5. In 2016, New York City's Park Avenue Armory hosted a unique art installation called "The Event of a Thread," which included a massive swing set that allowed visitors to soar over the crowds below. This immersive experience was a highlight of the city's art scene and served as a reminder of the playful spirit of April Fool's Day.
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