5. Electric Sign Blown into Broadway, 1912

Electric sign blown into Broadway, February 3, 1912. Image from The Library of Congress

On February 3, 1912, a three-ton electric sign toppled down on Broadway in front of a railroad ticket office and Hepner’s Hair Emporium. According to the New York Times, the sign collapsed after being hit by a 100 mile per hour gust of wind. Luckily, a nearby policeman warned everyone in the store of the impending accident so nobody was hurt.