leisure 02.1.13

20 Questions
the skint

THE MORNING LINE The Disappearing New Yawk Accent

Q: When was the first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square?
a) 1886 b) 1906 c) 1936

Q: Did a ball drop that first year?

Q: Construction will begin this year on the Times Square makeover. Who did the design?
a) Zada Hadid b) AvroKO c) Snøhetta d) Bjarke Ingels

Q: The name of the swan song that Jenna Maroney sang to close out last night's final 30 Rock?

Q: She was born Josephine Esther Mentzer, raised in Corona, and became one of the biggest names (once she changed her original) in the beauty care business. She is?

Q: Where was Freedomland U.S.A., the amusement park that was open from 1960-1964?

Q: When the Dutch took New York from the British in 1673, they renamed the city for about six months, before the Brits got it back via treaty. What did the Dutch call it?
a) Nieuw Appel b) New Orange c) Hindeloopen d) Nieuw Delfzijl e) New Holland

Q: Born in NYC, he was one of the great boxing middleweights of all time, and wrote the book Raging Bull: My Story (on which the Scorsese movie was based). His name?

Q: Who played Big Daddy in the original 1955 Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?
a) Burl Ives b) Joseph Cotten c) Humphrey Bogart d) Edward Everett Horton e) Lee J. Cobb

Q: How many intersections in the city have traffic signals?
a) 7,098 b) 12,460 c) 18,521

Q: In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Her name?

Q: The Topps Chewing Gum company, originally headquartered in Williamburg, introduced this product in 1947.

Q: How many seats does Momofuku Ko have?

Q: How many times has the original Saks Fifth Avenue moved locations?

Q: What NYC institution awards the Pulitzer Prize?

Q: If you're on Sheriff Street, what borough are you in?

Q: Random House made news in 1934, less than a decade after its founding, defending its right to publish this in the U.S.:
a) Lady Chatterley's Lover b) Ulysses c) Leaves of Grass

Q: What's Mayor Bloomberg's middle name?
a) Rubens b) Ernst c) Steen

Q: Named for the first published work of fiction by Gertrude Stein, author Michael Cunningham calls it "one of the greatest bookstores on the face of the earth." Its name?

Q: Who is YoLANda VEga?

[Answers to today's quiz will be available after 1pm on our blog.]

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri: today's the last day to enter to compete at the first vegan bake-off 2/10 at the bell house. free to compete, $12 advance to eat.

fri-2/11 (10am-6pm, rescheduled from november due to hurricane sandy): canstruction: giant sculptures made entirely from full cans of food go on display before being donated to city harvest at this 20th annual competition. wfc, free.

fri-sun (+ 2/7-10): the 10th annual cool new york dance festival features 60 companies and choreographers performing in an intimate setting. white wave (dumbo), free.

fri-1/28: the 21st annual city bakery hot chocolate festival features a different flavor every day this month. this week: lemon, banana peel, caramel, chili pepper, and darkest dark.

sat-sun: save up to 75% on funky cameras + photography equipment at the lomography sale

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