leisure 04.6.11

Walking Off the Big Apple

Answers to today's quiz will be on the MUG website after 1pm.

Q: She's a second generation Chinese-American, grew up in Michigan, cooked at Bouley, Chanterelle, and Mirezi. Her Barrow Street restaurant Annisa reopened in 2010 after a fire. What's the chef's name?
A: Anita Lo

Q: In 1972, Radio City booked its first pop music show. Who performed?
a) Neil Diamond b) Cat Stevens c) Joan Baez d) Sonny and Cher e) James Taylor
A: James Taylor

Q: The man shown above, William Sulzer, served as New York's 39th governor. One fact makes his term different from all other New York governors. What is it?
A: He was impeached

Q: Where did Fishs Eddy get its name?
a) A town in upstate NY b) The original name of punk-rock band Joy Division c) A popular Canadian fish chowder d) A Nipsey Russell book
A: A town in upstate NY

Q: Who's the architect of this new Prospect Park condo, pictured above (at right)?
a) Frank Gehry b) Richard Meier c) Jean Nouvel d) Ed Kranepool
A: Richard Meier

Q: She's starring in the revival of Anything Goes, opening tomorrow night. Her name?
a) Brooks Atkinson b) Foster Brooks c) Sutton Foster
A: Sutton Foster (and, yes, we got ourselves in a twist with Ms. Foster's name—Sutton Foster is correct, not Foster Sutton!)

Q: If you're on Seasongood Road, what borough are you in?
A: Queens

Q: The original Oreo cookies were made somewhere in Manhattan. Where?
A: The old Nabisco factory, now Chelsea Market

Q: What's wrong with the name of the Briarwood/Van Wyck Blvd station on the E and F lines?
A: There hasn't been a Van Wyck Boulevard since the 1950s.

Q: Is the Zagat guide to NY restaurants still published?
A: Yes

[Today's main image is
courtesy of Shutterstock
Prospect Park condo image:
Scott Frances]

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

A Sunday Ride to the Noguchi Museum

For those who have been meaning to go to the Noguchi Museum but never have quite gotten the hang of getting there, please be advised that on Sunday afternoons a comfortable shuttle bus is parked outside the Asia Society on Park and E. 70th St., and for a one-trip price of $5 or round trip for $10, the driver will be happy to take you there.

You'll want to go. A peaceful, balanced and reposed garden museum awaits on the Long Island City shores of the East River, affording an escape from Manhattan madness. The main attraction, however, is getting to know the life and work of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), the prolific Japanese American sculptor and landscape architect. As an artist he was involved in the most important art movements of the 20th century - modernism, surrealism, social realism, and abstract expressionism, and he was in many places - Paris, Mexico City, Greenwich Village, Tokyo, among them - at just the right time. A special exhibition at the museum illustrates this man of the world. But how he came to this industrial stretch of Queens is an important part of the story. [Continued]

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