|Our monthly NYC trivia quiz.
Q: The Metropolitan Life tower at Madison Square Park is modeled on a building in Italy. Which one?
A: St. Mark's Campanile in Venice
Q: What's the connection between Jake Gyllenhaal and prominent Columbia U. historian Eric Foner?
A: Gyllenhaal's mother was married to Foner at one time.
Q: Who was New York's first Jewish mayor?
A: Abe Beame
Q: One of our favorite broadcasters is NYC-born Keith Olbermann. There's something noteworthy about his feet (though this has nothing to do with why we think he rocks). What's the deal with his pedal extremities? a) He has six toes on each foot b) They've been photographed by Annie Leibovitz c) They're size 14 d) He did shadow puppet performances with them at kid's parties to pay for college.
A: They're size 14
Q: What was the first restaurant that Mario Batali launched? (Hint: the name is contained within the name of his brand-new restaurant)
Q: The city's longest transit strike took place in 1966. How many days was it?
A: 12 days
Q: This Greenwich Village poet (1892-1950) wrote "Soar, eat ether, see what has never been seen; depart, be lost, but climb." Who is she?
A: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Q: Born in Brooklyn, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, now the 22nd head coach of the Knicks. His name?
A: Larry Brown
Q: Who designed the Prada store in Soho? a) Rem Koolhaas b) Zaha Hadid c) Ben van Berkel
A: Rem Koolhaas
Q: The wall of posters (or window cards, as they're called) at Joe Allen all have something in common. What is it?
A: All the shows were Broadway flops
Q: What's the contemporary name of the profession referred to in the title The Alienist by Caleb Carr?
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