Every Person in New York
|MUG's occasional quiz; answers will be on the MUG website at 1pm.
1. What's the meaning of the name Manhattan?
A: Island of many hills in the Lenape language
2. In what year did the Roosevelt tram open?
a) 1968 b) 1971 c) 1976
3. The Silent Parade was a march of 10,000 people down 5th Avenue on July 28, 1917. What was the protest about?
A: Protesting lynchings and discrimination against blacks.
4. He was the son of a bookkeeper at a dairy and a mayor of New York. Name him.
A: Michael Bloomberg
5. He played Roy Cohn in the original 1993 production of Angels in America and won a Tony award for his performance. Who is he?
a) Bryan Cranston b) Frank Langella c) Yul Brynner d) Ron Leibman
A: Ron Leibman
6. She was born in NYC in 1918 and died in 2007. Her first novel, a science fiction adventure, won the Newbery Award in 1963. That book is now a movie, directed by Ava DuVernay, currently in theaters. Who was she?
A: Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time)
7. This painting, titled Fresh Widow, was painted in NYC, 1920. It's currently on display at MoMA, 5th floor. Who painted it?
A: Marcel Duchamp
8. When 60 Minutes debuted in 1968, there were two hosts. One was Mike Wallace. Who was the other?
a) Harry Reasoner b) Eric Sevareid c) Howard K. Smith d) Ted Baxter
A: Harry Reasoner
9. The oldest gun shop in NYC and claimant as the oldest gun shop in America, is where?
A: The John Jovino Gun Shop is in Little Italy.
10. The Kushner Companies paid how much for the purchase of 666 Fifth Avenue?
a) $800,000,000 b) $1,800,000,000 c) $999,999,999 d) $666,666,666
11. You buy something from Roberto Coin at the Westfield WTC shopping center. What category of thing did you buy?
12. Which one of these countries is not one of the five leading trade partners for NYC?
a) China b) Germany c) Brazil d) U.K. e) India
13. In 2002, Matias Reyes confessed to one of the most notorious crimes of the 1980s, a crime for which others had been convicted. What was the case?
A: Central Park Jogger
14. Who was known as "the missingest man in New York?"
A: Judge Crater
15. A record high for NYC murders—2,245— took place in this year.
a) 1987 b) 1990 c) 1995
16. When did Law & Order debut?
a) 1987 b) 1990 c) 1995
17. Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, and Toscanini all lived there, though not at the same time. Where?
A: Wave Hill
18. Which borough has street names that include Washington, Adams, Van Buren, Taylor, Garfield, Fillmore, Pierce, Jefferson, Arthur, Grant, Clinton, Harding, Jackson, Lincoln, Monroe, Roosevelt, and Wilson?
19. Rikers Island was first used as a jail in 1932. It was originally an 87-acre island, now over 400 acres. What was the primary source of landfill used for the expansion?
20. Why did Radio Row disappear?
A: To make way for the original WTC site.
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.