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The 12th Annual Panorama Challenge: Q&As

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Hello Panorama Challengers & Pros: This year was another wonderful success, raising money for The City Reliquary and having fun at one of the most unique spots in the world, thanks to the generosity of the Queens Museum. Despite my fears that this year would be more difficult, the scores were actually higher than last…

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The 12th Annual Panorama Challenge: Results

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Congratulations to all the competitors at the 12th Annual Panorama Challenge!  I hope everyone had fun and will be back for next year’s Challenge. A few shout outs: despite fears of a hard game, a few teams scored perfect rounds in the first half (all Challengers): Joe Lhota’s Toyota, Carousel of Progress and Plane Bagel. …

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Personal History Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side

Every so often we get cool tour requests that take one of our standard private tours – say, the Jewish History of the Lower East Side. . . and add something unexpected. Such was the experience when one of our supercool private tour clients, Susan, who called herself “the only goyem in a group of…

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In Brooklyn, We Go Hard: A Biggie Smalls Tour

It’s no surprise that Brooklyn is home to stars near and far. From the original tough-tawkin, wise-crackin, no-nonsense blue collah Brooklynite Jackie Gleason who broadcast the very idea of Brooklyn straight into peoples’ tv sets, to Jay-Z – a  modern rags to riches hip-hop superstar straight from the Marcy Houses, Brooklyn has always made magic out…

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Tour the Shore! Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey Roots

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I was. . . Born in the USA! I was. . . Born in the USA! But not just any part of the United States of America. Bruce Frederick Springsteen, American icon, Rock n Roll hero, serenader of the Blue Collar Worker, local Kid Who Made Good, was born in the swamps of Central New…

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Phil Aaron’s Return to Brooklyn Nostalgia Tour!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to accompany Native-Ex-Brooklynites back to their home borough, if only for a few hours, in order to celebrate their lives and histories with them. That’s why we were so excited when Lauren & Estelle, the daughter & wife (respectively) of Phil Aaron, reached out to us…

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Panorama Challenge 11: Final Results!

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The 11th Annual Panorama Challenge was another rousing success despite the miserable N’oreaster/bomb cyclone snow, rain and wind extravaganza this year.  Thanks to all of you who braved the weather to join us for the fun!  The food was great, Batala was electrifying — as usual, and the questions were tricky — like they always…

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Panorama Challenge 11: Qs & As

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Thanks again to everyone who made this such a successful night for the City Reliquary, especially all of you who played the challenge and our hosts at the Queens Museum. Your Quizmaster, Jonathan   Here are all the evenings Questions and Answers: PCXI FIRST HALF MAZE, MAYS, LABYRINTH 1) Every fall the Queens County Farm…

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TGOTM: Jonah Levy

Full name, please! Jonah Levy   Where did you grow up? In a three-story Victorian house with a front yard, back yard, garage, driveway, wrap-around porch and basement; not in Anytown, USA, but in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn!   Where do you live now?  Ridgewood, Queens   When did you move to NY and why? One…

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TGoTM: Jose Raudales!

It’s easy to pick Jose Raudales out of a crowd, and that’s not just because, at 6 foot 4 inches, he towers over his tour groups as he leads them throughout the city.  Ladies and gentlemen, Jose Miguel Raudales, currently an Honors Student at Baruch College with a…

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