Saint Peter was manning the Pearly Gates when forty people from New
York City showed up. Never having seen anyone from the Big Apple at
heaven's door, Saint Peter said he would have to check with God.
After hearing the news, God instructed him to admit the ten most
virtuous people from the group. A few minutes later, Saint Peter
returned to God breathless and said, "They're gone!" "What? All of
the New Yorkers are gone?" asked God. "No!" replied Saint Peter.
"The Pearly Gates!"