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Stump the NYC Scholar in Our New York Quiz

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How well do you know NYC history and trivia? With his latest book, I Never Knew That About New York  (Plume, 2014), Christopher Winn ventures across the Atlantic to tell us about our home town. And he'll quiz you! If you want to play, call 212-433-9692. If you get two quiz questions right in a row, you'll have a chance to stump Winn and Brian Lehrer with a question of your own!

Guests:

Christopher Winn

Comments [19]

Tourguidestan from Inwood, Manhattan

Fort Tryon Park is a 67-acre park in northern Manhattan. To what wealthy family did the site belong, before it was made into a public park?

Where would I go if I wanted to feel saw marks made on the night of July 9, 1776?

Where is the statue of silent film star Mary Pickford? (Hint: not in the same borough as her house.)

Yeah, I know the topic is closed. This stuff is fun, though.

Feb. 28 2014 12:54 PM
Brendan from Upper West Side

to Brendan from the East Village:

RE: your prohibition question, I want to say "false," but I'd love to know the correct answer.

It reminds me of a stat that supposedly the ratio of residents to bars/establishments serving alcohol has stayed basically the same since the city's incorporation. (I'm not entirely sure of the source, or whether there's confirmation for that stat.)

Feb. 27 2014 12:03 PM
Linda from East Village

the Alabaster Book Shop on Fourth Ave. has a terrific range of books. That said, I've never been completely comfortable shopping there, as the previous longtime tenant in that space was one of New York's last remaining typewriter repair stores. I still remember the owner, wearing his working-man's smock and jaunty beret.

Feb. 27 2014 12:00 PM
Linda from East Village

the Alabaster Book Shop on Fourth Ave. has a terrific range of books. That said, I've never been completely comfortable shopping there, as the previous longtime tenant in that space was one of New York's last remaining typewriter repair stores. I still remember the owner, wearing his working-man's smock and jaunty beret.

Feb. 27 2014 11:59 AM

There is an early terracotta model of the Statue at the Museum of the City of New York. The chains are clearly seen at Liberty's feet. Liberty's left hand is not holding a plaque but something else that I can't make out from the photo.

Feb. 27 2014 11:57 AM
Brendan from Upper West Side

Besides boxing, what sport was featured at the original Madison Square Garden?

Feb. 27 2014 11:48 AM
Bob from Manhattan

In the first international cricket match in 1844, the Canadians won by 23 runs.

Feb. 27 2014 11:40 AM
Dan from manhattan

The Strand is on Broadway, not 4th ave. There is still one bookstore on that stretch of 4th ave - Alabaster Book Shop.

Feb. 27 2014 11:40 AM
JR from NYC

The NYPL lions were originally called Astor and Lenox after the founders.

Feb. 27 2014 11:39 AM
Bookgirl from East Village

Technically, the Strand's doorway is on Broadway at East 12th Street.

However, the small but elegant Alabaster Books is still located on Fourth Avenue, near East 12th. They are truly the last...

Feb. 27 2014 11:38 AM
Carmine Bartiromo from Brooklyn, NYC

I am looking at the 1866 Viele map of New York City and Bloomingdale Park was not in Kips Bay but on the West Side between 8th and 9th Ave and between 52nd and 57th Streets.

Feb. 27 2014 11:38 AM
Brendan from East Village

Brian -- That last answer was wrong. Strand Books is NOT the only book store remaining on Fourth Avenue. There's also a small gem called Alabaster Books.

Feb. 27 2014 11:37 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

Gone in 60 Seconds

The New York Times reported extensively on the New York City subway opening on October 27, 1904.

A ceremonial sterling silver and ebony controller lever made by Tiffany in a mahogany case was brought aboard and fitted to the motor and Mayor George McClellan started the train at 2:33 P.M. The mayor liked it so much he drove the train all the way from City Hall to 103rd St. in Harlem, under the watchful eye of the motorman.

At 7:02 P.M., a man boarded the subway at 28th St. At 7:03 he noticed that his $500 horseshoe pin with 15 diamonds was gone. He reported the theft to police at 30th St., “and they sent out an alarm and notified Police Headquarters. The thieves will be looked for and the pawnshops watched.”

Feb. 27 2014 11:36 AM
Colin Burns

Does the author know the artist responsible for the NYC Public Library?

Feb. 27 2014 11:34 AM

Verrazano discovered New Jersey

Feb. 27 2014 11:26 AM
Sally from Manhattan

For whom or what is Yorkville, the 2nd or maybe 3rd former German neighborhood, named?

Feb. 27 2014 11:25 AM
Sally from Manhattan

For whom or what is Yorkville, the 2nd or maybe 3rd former German neighborhood, named?

Feb. 27 2014 11:25 AM

Real Trivia

What year did my family (dad, mom and two sisters) move from Harlem to Hackensack NJ?

Feb. 27 2014 11:21 AM
Brendan from East Village

TRIVIA QUESTION:

Prohibition decreased the number of establishments selling alcohol in New York City. True or False?

Feb. 27 2014 11:12 AM

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