Saint Peter was manning the Pearly Gates when forty people from NewYork City showed up Never having seen anyone from the Big Apple atheavens door, Saint Peter said he would have to check with GodAfter hearing the news, God instructed him to admit the ten mostvirtuous people from the group A few minutes later, Saint Peterreturned to God breathless and said, "Theyre gone!" "What? All ofthe New Yorkers are gone?" asked God "No!" replied Saint Peter "The Pearly Gates!"