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Questions & Answers from the 6th Annual Panorama Challenge

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Here’s all the questions from the Challenge.

ROUND 1

 

BRIDGES AND WRITERS

1

This was once the longest suspension bridge in the world

(BROOKLYN BRIDGE)

Which 19th century poet wrote about the commute before the bridge was built?

(WALT WHITMAN)

Skyline photo by joiseyshowaa on Flickr

2

This was once the longest suspension bridge in the world

(WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE)

Which author wrote the famous book about the Ailanthus (eye-LANN-thus) on the Eastern side of the span.

(BETTY SMITH)

3

This was once the longest suspension bridge in the world

(GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE)

Who wrote the childrens’ book about the landmark beneath the bridge?

(HILDEGARDE SWIFT)

4

This was once the longest suspension bridge in the world

(VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE)

Which literary figure literally wrote the book on it, called “The Bridge”

(GAY TALESE)

GEORGE AND THE BOMBERS

5

This Pearl Street building is where George said goodbye in 1783

(FRAUNCES TAVERN)

In 1975: Dynamite in a briefcase here: who were the bombers?

(FALN/ARMED FORCES OF PUERTO RICAN NATIONAL LIBERATION)

6

The street where George got a new job in 1789

(WALL STREET)

1n 1920: Dynamite and sash weights in a wagon here: who were the bombers?

(ANARCHISTS)

7

This landmark building from 1913 has nothing to do with George Washington

(GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL)

In 1951, Pipe bomb by the Oyster Bar, five months later in a phone booth: who was the bomber?

(GEORGE METESKY/THE MAD BOMBER)

AIRPORTS: NOW & THEN

8

This airport was the beginning of what world famous 6-minute event in 2009?

(MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON/FLIGHT 1549)

In 1929, when the airport was a private facility, it was named for which aviation pioneer?

(GLEN CURTISS)

9

This airport was the site of a near riot when who arrived on February 7th 1964?

(THE BEATLES)

Until 1963, the airport was officially known as New York International/Anderson Field. In which field did Anderson find fame? (MILITARY/ARMY)

RAP ERRORS (try saying it fast)

10

PLAY: RAPPERS DELIGHT

You might think the ‘Gang’ was from this upper Manhattan neighborhood, but no. They were from New Jersey. Name the neighborhood in their name.

(SUGAR HILL)

This was a big neighborhood for jazz royalty, though. Name the legend who lived on St Nicholas Boulevard for over two decades and wasn’t a king, but was pretty close.

(DUKE ELLINGTON)

11

PLAY: WU-TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTHIN TO FUCK WIT’

This ‘Clan’ was from NYC but if you thought their 1993 breakout album (or member ODB’s solo debut album) was about an address on the street behind City Hall, you’d be wrong. What is the street?

(CHAMBERS STREET)

WuTang Clan called their home borough Shaolin and were particularly ‘attached’ to this Staten Island neighborhood.

(STAPLETON)

12

PLAY: INSANE IN THE BRAIN

You might think this group was from this neighborhood. But you’d be wrong. They’re from LA. Name the neighborhood. Spelling counts.

(CYPRESS HILLS)

She died in LA, drove moralists insane and is buried in the cemetery named for the neighborhood. Name the “Sex”-y blonde actress.

(MAE WEST)

HOSPITALS & PATIENTS

13

This ‘fraternal’ island was once home to Riverside Hospital. Name the island:
(NORTH BROTHER ISLAND)

What is the full name of the famous Typhoid carrier once confined at Riverside?

(MARY MALLON)

14

This ‘presidential’ island has been home to many hospitals over the years. Name the island.

(ROOSEVELT ISLAND)

Which New York World journalist got herself admitted to the mental institution on the island for ten days for an exposé in 1887?

(NELLY BLY)

15

This hospital claims to be the oldest continuously operating in America – although it was closed for weeks after Sandy. Name this city facility.

(BELLEVUE)

In 1910 William Sydney Porter died here. He was an embezzler and writer better known by what pen name? (O.HENRY)

POTPOURRI

16

Maimonides (my MON eh deez) Hospital, which delivered more babies than any other in the state, is located in this neighborhood, with its slightly un”orthodox” spelling.

(BORO PARK)

Look up and you’ll see what ‘ties’ this neighborhood together. What is it called?

(ERUV/ERUVIN)

17

By George, you should know the name of this neighborhood with the ferry terminal. What is it?

(ST GEORGE)

What is the big deal about the planned 625-foot tall project on the waterfront here?

(BIGGEST/TALLEST FERRIS/OBSERVATION WHEEL)

18

This is the only fresh-water river in the city. What is its name?

(BRONX RIVER)

In 2007 Jose built a home along the banks of the river, down by the zoo. Why was this a big deal and where did the name Jose come from? (Give both for the point)

(FIRST BEAVER IN NYC IN 200 YEARS. BRONX CONGRESSMAN JOSE SERRANO)

19

This branch of the City University graduated the real Jerry Seinfeld and the fictional Ugly Betty.

(QUEENS COLLEGE)

Next door is a housing complex built for the IBEW known as what?

(ELECTCHESTER)

 

ROUND 2

 

UNCONNECTED?

(The pro question will come after #21)

20

Is this this house that George built?

(YANKEE STADIUM) (we accepted ‘Yes’/’No’ since this question was worded poorly.)

21

This waterfront neighborhood is home to investment banks and Tyra Banks.

(BATTERY PARK CITY)

22

This park was once warehouses.

(BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK)

Pro Question: For three points: Look carefully. What do the last three locations have in common?

(NEW ON THE PANORAMA)

AMUSING NEIGHBORHOODS

23

‘The Donald’s’ dad built a ‘village’ in this neighborhood in 1964.

(CONEY ISLAND)

In 1965 Trump tore down which neighborhood amusement park?

(STEEPLECHASE PARK)

24

50,000 residents in 35 towers make up this ‘city’

(CO-OP CITY)

In 1964 what amusement park closed to make way for these apartments?

(FREEDOMLAND)

25

This waterfront neighborhood, miles from Miami, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

(SOUTH BEACH)

What 15-acre amusement park might have put a smile on your face when it opened here in 1906?

(HAPPYLAND)

LIKE THE AD SAYS, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY…

26

In 1943 you could find the chimps Joe and Jimmie and Marjorie the baby camel, here:

(CENTRAL PARK ZOO)

Then ‘walk a mile’ and you’d find yourself in front of a famous billboard advertising what?

(CAMEL CIGARETTES)

27

The name of this Parkway is the same as the county it runs through.

(RICHMOND)

18 miles away” you’ll find what store on Broadway?

(STRAND BOOKSTORE)

BAD SHIP

28

What is the name of this ‘sinister portal’

(HELL GATE)

Name the ship that sank here supposedly loaded with gold meant for Redcoats.

(HMS HUSSAR)

29

During WWII approximately 70,000 men and women worked here. Give the common name of the facility. (BROOKLYN NAVY YARD)

In 1960, what ship caught fire here and killed 50 workers?

(USS CONSTELLATION)

30

This hilltop park was the first in the city of Brooklyn.

(FORT GREENE PARK)

The park is home to the Prison Ship Martyrs memorial. Many of the martyrs would have died on which ship in Wallabout Bay; the most notorious of the English prison fleet?

(HMS JERSEY)

THE INEXPLICABLE LED ZEPPELIN/NYC PARKS CONNECTION…

31

PLAY: TRAVELLIN’ RIVERSIDE BLUES

This park might be the subject of this Led Zeppelin song:

(RIVERSIDE PARK)

The Warriors were chased into this park by which gang?

(THE BASEBALL FURIES)

32

Tribute band Lez Zeppelin played at the 2012 Googa Mooga Festival in this park.

(PROSPECT PARK)

PLAY: KASHMIR

This northern section of the park might have been the subject of this Led Zeppelin song:

(VALE OF CASHMERE)

33

PLAY: RAMBLE ON

This section of the park might be the subject of this Led Zeppelin song:

(THE RAMBLE)

This area and the previous area are known for what unsanctioned activity

(CRUISING/GAY SEX)

 

PARKS. NOW & THEN

34

This 30-year project will be a park 3 times the size of Olmstead & Vaux’s Manhattan masterpiece.

(FRESHKILLS)

What was this space 25 years ago?

(LANDFILL/GARBAGE DUMP)

 

 

35

This park is the biggest in Queens and is just outside the doors of this building.

(FLUSHING-MEADOWS CORONA PARK)

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of this area 91 years ago, what did he call it?

(VALLEY OF ASHES)

36

This park ‘keeps going and going’. It’s ‘ever ready’ and some of its buildings have a ‘copper top.’ What is its name?

(BATTERY PARK)

200 years ago, most of this park was part of what?

(THE HARBOR/WATER)