leisure 03.15.17

20 Questions
Every Person in New York

Answers to today's quiz will be posted on our website at 1pm.


1. He was born on yesterday's date in 1800 and he is known as the pioneer of cast-iron architecture. Four of his buildings survive in NYC. His name?
a) James Bogardus b) Jimmy Walker c) Johnnie Walker d) Jerry Hall e) Balthazar Bratt
A: James Bogardus


2. If you're on Owls Head Court, what borough are you in?
A: Brooklyn


3. Longtime maitre d' Oscar Tschirky has a place in the salad pantheon. What did he create?
A: Waldorf Salad


4. When did construction on the Second Avenue Subway start?
a) 1992 b) 1922 c) 1962 d) 1972
A: 1972
[Bonus question: when was the Second Avenue El demolished?]
a) 1962 b) 1942 c) 1922
A: 1942

5. What Broadway revival, starting previews tonight, was subtitled 'A Damned Exasperating Woman' during its original out-of-town tryout?
A: Hello, Dolly!


6. In 2003, this man hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law at the Red Bull Inn in Bridgewater, NJ, had the encounter videotaped, and then sent the video to his sister to dissuade her from cooperating with a federal investigation against him. Who set up this charming scheme?
A: Charles Kushner (Jared Kushner's father)


7. Who was the first NY Times restaurant critic?
a) Ruth Reichl b) Mimi Sheraton c) Craig Claiborne d) James Beard
A: Craig Claiborne


8. In 2004, the Yankees tried to replace a century-old snack sold at home games; a public outcry forced a retreat. What was the snack?
A: Cracker Jack


9. It was shipped to the city in 350 pieces and weighs 450,000 pounds. What is it?
A: The Statue of Liberty


10. When was Manhattan's street grid adopted?
a) 1800 b) 1811 c) 1899 d) 1907
A: 1811



11. Who is pictured above? (Hint: It's a very early selfie)
A: Mathew Brady


12. The King's Arms, which opened in 1696, was a first for New York. What was it?
A: A coffee house.


13. Who is Naeem Khan?
A: A fashion designer whose clients include Michelle Obama.


14. What's the nickname for NYU's sports teams? (Yes, they have sports teams.)
A: The Violets


15. When was the first St. Patrick's Day Parade here?
a) 1762 b) 1835 c) 1906
A: 1762


16. What was the nickname of West 39th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues?
a) Abattoir Place b) Offal Alley c) Murder Row d) The Milkmaid's Path
A: Abattoir Place


17. In John Carpenter's 1981 movie Escape from New York, why are people trying to escape? (Hint: it's not high rents)
A: Manhattan island as a high-security prison.


18. Henry Sands Brooks opened it in 1818 at the corner of Catherine and Cherry Streets. What is it today?
A: Brooks Brothers


19. "The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world." Who wrote it, which book?
A: Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


20. What was the highest office held by Daniel Tompkins, for whom Tompkins Square Park was named?
A: Vice-President








Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.



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