NYC Tour Guide Exam
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What borough has Edgar Allen Poe's cottage?
What is in the Dahesh Museum?
Only museum in US devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th century.
What is the newest museum on Museum Mile?
Neue Galerie 1048 5th Ave. Austrian and German art, donated by Ronald Lauder, a cosmetics mogul. In C. Vanderbuilt's old house.
What is the best example of Art Deco in NYC ?
What is a " Brownstone" ?
Originally, a rowhouse built almost entirely of brown sandstone. Later, was faced with brownstone only.
What is the tallest structure in NYC outside of Manhattan?
Citicorp Office building in Queens, at 663' , or 48 stories tall.
The Ansonia hotel was known for what unusual features?
All. world's largest swimming pool, rooftop farm with goats and pigs, indoor fountain with seals, home to Babe Ruth, Stravinsky, etc.
What is the nickname of Woolworth's Building?
The Cathedral of Commerce
What is the 21 club?
A famous speakeasy from the 20's. Famous jockeys out front
Where can you find the greatest concentration of cast iron buildings in the world?
SOHO SOuth of HOuston
Where is the Forbes Gallery?
60 5th Ave. near 12th St.
What is the current name of Hurtig and Seamon's?
When was it opened?
1913 0r 1914 ( both are written )
What and where is 2nd oldest monument in NYC?
Worth Monument 23rd and Broadway
What does Gustavino refer to?
A type of timbrel roof vaulting that uses lighter terra cotta tiles. Many famous building used him. Ellis Island, Custom House, GCT,( Oyster room ), and more
Which of these theaters doesn't belong in the category of Broadway theaters? Hilton, Music Box, Beacon, St. James
What is the name of the hotel at 59 W. 44th between 5th and 6th, famous as a hangout for writers?
Algonquin famous for it's Roundtable, where actors, critics, writers and wits would gather. The " Vicious Circle "
What is the finest example of Greek Revival Architecture in the city ?
Federal Hall National Memorial
What is Haughwaut's building known for?
Selling the Lincoln's their china and silverware for the White House. Also, first Otis elevator.Building from a catalog
What is the address of the New York Stock Exchange ?
11 Wall St. Trick question. They want you to say Wall and Broad.
What is Federal Hall and where is it?
Site of GW's Inauguration as President
Finest example of Greek Revival Architecture in city. Full name:
FEDERAL HALL NATIONAL MEMORIAL
What is the name of the garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Museum, famous for it's cherry trees?
Japanese Hill-And -Pond Garden
What is Bloomingdale Asylum and where is it?
Administration building of Columbia University
Where is the Gotham Hotel, and what its it currently called?
700 5th, at 55th. The Peninsula
What's another name for the AT&T building ?
" Golden Boy "
What is Civic Fame?
a 25 foot tall golden statue , on top of 1898 Manhattan Municapal building. Designed by Adolph A. Weinman
Where is the Dakota Building, who designed it, and who has lived or is living there?
8th Ave. and W. 72nd st. Lauren Bacall,Boris Karloff, Connie Chung and Maury Povich, Judy garland, Roberta flack, Rudolv Nureyev
Name buildings designed by Henry Hardenburg
Dakota, Plaza, original Waldorf and Astoria on 5th ( Empire State Building there now), Willard, Copley Plaza, Schermerhorn Building
What was the Campbell Apartment ?
an opulent space in GCT, occupied by a friend of the Commodore. Police thought it was lived in when they saw a shower and toilet.
Where can you find a famous smallpox hospital?
Roosevelt Island. Designed by James Renwick, Jr.
Equitable Building Who, where, when. What did it cause?
Ernest Graham, 120 Broadway, 1915 Created need for the "set-back law", to allow sunlight to streets.
What was Chumley's?
A speakeasy in the Village that may have survived to the present. There will be a picture. Look for curved top door, courtyard.
What is the name of the Mayor's house?
What was the name of the Giant's stadium in Harlem?
What's the name of the Greek Revival Row houses north of Washington Square?
What is the history of the many "Ray's Pizza" stores in Manhattan ?
When the Albanians were overrun in wartime Europe, they found refuge in Italy. There, they learned to make pizza.
What was the reason for selling and who sold Manhattan to the Dutch?
What were the Stonewall Riots?
In 1969, gay people fought with police at 53 Christopher St. at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village. Considered beginning of gay rights movement.
To What does the Dispensary Triangle refer?
Medical care for the poor.
What is the name of the stadium known as the " House That Ruth Built"?
What Latin dance was popular in the 80's?
Know that Bryant Park, named after William Cullen Bryant, was the site of the Croton Reservoir, and later the Crystal Palace. Behind current NYC Library
The question will want to ask something on left
What is the name of an early black settlement in Brooklyn, settled by freedmen in 1838?
Weeksville, James Weeks
What was the name of a popular vending machine system for food?
How has the 1811 grid plan affected the city?
All of the above
What is the origin of the word "Bowery" ?
Dutch, for farm
Tenement Law of 1879 What was it designed to correct?
Designed to correct the flaws of the 1867 Laws, caused "dumbbell apartments ", and were worse.
What areas of Europe were reduced as the result of the 1924 Immigration Act? ( Johnson -Reed Act )
Southern and Eastern Europe.
What was the original function of the building that holds" Tavern-On-The-Green", an exclusive, eccentric restaurant in Central Park
It was a sheep barn
What, where and when was the Jewish Rialto?
This was a Jewish theater district on 2nd Ave., between 14th st. and Houston St. that was very popular in the 20's to 40's.
When did the 5 boroughs consolidate?
1898 - result - Manhattan Municipal Building, with "Civic Fame" on top.McKim , Mead, and White
What event caused the National Historic Preservation Movement to begin?
The wanton and careless destruction of the original Pennsylvania train Station. When GCT was slated, resistance was begun, Spearheaded by Jackie O.
What was the purpose of the 1965 Hart- Cellars Act?
Correct the flaws of the 1924 Johnson-Reed Act . Allowed many more Asians. Immigration based on skills.
When was slavery abolished?
Where is the Star Walk?
Who founded the AME Zion Church?
What was the original name of the Cotton Club?
Where is the Diamond District?
On 47th St. between 5th and 6th Ave. Used to be down in Chinatown.
What is the name of the poem written by Emma Lazurus of the Statue Of Liberty?
The New Colossus
What are Wallace K. Harrison's accomplishments as an architect?
UN, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Battery Park City, Albany Plaza, Corning Glass Center
Who was the first conductor to perform at Carnegie Hall?
What was the old elevated railway called on Ninth Ave?
Ninth Ave. El
What is the Grand Boulevard in the Bronx also known as?
Who designed the Equitable Building? When was it built?
Ernest Graham 1915
Where is a revolutionary War Monument that honors 11,500 patriots that died on prison ships?
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
What famous author hated brownstones?
Who designed the copper dome of the Woolworth Building?
Read up on Jimmy Walker - there is a question about him, but no one remembers the question
Mayor of NYC during the Jazz Age - Roaring 20's. Defeated Fiorello La Guardia. His demise coincided with the stock market crash. Into chorus women. When Elliot Ness busted Club 21, he ticketed all the feds cars!
Who are the architects of Grand Central terminal?
Warren and Wetmore Reed and Stem
What did Jacob Riis write?
How The Other Half Lives
Who designed the outside of the Statue Of Liberty? Inside?
Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel
Who are the architects of the Manhattan Municipal Building?
McKim, Mead and White
What famous NYC resident invented the telephone?
Which President regularly used a pew at St. Paul's Chapel?
Who built Riverside Church?Who was the architect?
John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Baptist Minister Harry Emerson Fosdick..Allen, Collins, and Pelton
Robert Moses - major mover and shaker
Answer: All of the above
Who did Lou Gehrig play for?
Who lived in the Turtle Bay apartments?
Katherine Hepburn, Tyrone Power, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Martin, E.B White
What governor was reprimanded for allowing only Dutch Refomed people to settle? ( Tried to exclude Jews - no passports )
Who went to the Salmagundi Club at 47 5th Ave.?
Washington Irving, Louis B. Tiffany, John La Farge, Stanford White
What black leader was deported out of the country?
Who sculpted Bethesda Fountain ? Where is it?
Emma Stebbins, Central Park
What is Morningside Heights, and what is found there?
A neighborhood on the Upper West Side. Columbia University, the Old Bloomingdale Asylum, Tom's Restaurant ( Seinfeld ), St, John the Divine, Riverside Church, Grant's Tomb
Throg's Neck bridge connects which two boroughs?
Queens and the Bronx
What famous sculptor did General Sherman near Central Park, by Plaza Hotel?
Augustus St. Gaudens
What famous architect was shot by Harry K. Thaw on top of the Madison Square Garden?
Stanford White, of McKim, Mead and White
Which train will take you Native American caves of Inwood in Upper Manhattan to the ocean beaches of the Rockaways in Queens?
IND " A " train
Where is the Hall of Fame for great Americans?
Bronx Community College
Who was the Russian Jew with the French name that did the panels at the Lincoln Center?
Where is Tom's restaurant of Seinfeld fame located?
W.112th and Broadway. one block west of St. John the Divine. Morningside Heights
Who designed the Washington Arch?
Any question involving a building being moved should be answered this way
Hamilton Grange ( Alexander Hamilton's home )
Who was the Chrysler Building's Architect ?
William Van Alen
Where was Seneca Village located?
Between 82 and 89th st., between 7th and 8th Ave. Now Central park
What are the cross town bus routes?
Don't try to learn.
What is the oldest continuous Protestant Organization in NYC ?
Marble Collegiate Church
Oldest Jewish newspaper
What's famous about the Chelsea Hotel?
Center of artistic and bohemian famous people, like Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious, etc.
The Church of the Transfiguration, at E. 29th between Madison and 5th, is known as a spiritual haven for what group of people?
Actors and actresses
Where was "West Side Story " filmed?
What's at Arthur Ave., in the Bronx?
Little Italy Belmont area
Where would you go learn about Santeria - a Caribbean religous mixture
What does the SATMAR Jewish sect believe about Israel?
They interfere with the coming of the Messiah. Not ordained to be here.
What John Lennon song is found in Central park, in an Italian mosaic?
Largest Jewish Synagoge in NYC
Temple Emanu-El 2500 - more than St. Patrick's
Where was the Cosby show shot?
Shot in Manhattan, at St. Luke's Place, but supposed to be Brooklyn, on Stigwell Ave.
What is unusual about the statues surrounding the Fountain of Peace statue at St. John the Divine?
They were made by children
Oldest Jewish Synagogue in NYC
Shearith Israel 8 W. 70th St. 1654
Where did Dylan Thomas drink himself silly, shortly before dying?
The White Horse
What is unique about a black congregation in a synagoge in Harlem?
The faithful are black and Jewish.
Where is the original St. Patrick's church located?
In Nolita, on corner of Prince and Mott, at 263 Mulberry.
Where is a large festival that celebrates the feast of the Giglio?
Williamsburg section of Brooklyn Mt Carmel Church
Where is the Islamic Cultural Center, 1st mosque built in US, gift of many countires, faces Mecca?
1711 3rd. Ave. between E 96th and E 97th
What is the oldest inhabited building in NYC?
1766 St. Paul's Chapel.
What is Sniffen Court, and where is it ?
A former "mews" - horse stables, it is now a courtyard of beautiful little apartments, at E.36th, between 3rd ave. and Lexington on Murray Hill.
Which three trains will take you to Yankee Stadium?
B, D, 4
What is the address of the original Cotton Club?
142nd and Lenox
Which train will take you from the Native American caves of Inwood to the ocean beaches of Rockaway in Queens?
Where is " Swedish Broadway" ?
Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn
How are many deals made in the Diamond District?
What and where is Malcolm Shabbaz?
An African goods market in Harlem at 52 W. 116th St.
What is the address of the UN?
1st Ave., between E. 42nd and E.49th
What can be found on Roosevelt Island?
An Insane Asylum ( designed by James Renwick Jr.,) A planned community A tram to get back and forth from Manhattan. A prison, a lighthouse. Answer MAY be : All of Above.
The Kosciusko Bridge spans what waterway between Brooklyn and Queens?
Where can busses unload and pick up pax?
Everyplace except "NO STOPPING"
What are the streets of the Thru St. program?
36:37, 45 and 46, 49 and 50, 53 and 54, 60 NOT 57 and 58
What subway line would you take to get to the Bronx Zoo?
What subway lines do NOT stop at Times Square?
Green 4,5,and 6 Blue A,C,E
What subway line takes you to the Brooklyn Museum?
2 or 3
What housing development helped bring blacks to settle in Harlem?
In what borough is the Belmont area of Italians and Albanians?
Where is the Next Wave festival held each year?
BAM Brooklyn Academy of Music
Which boroughs have a fifth ave.?
All but Staten Island
From Astoria hotel to the Cloisters - how does a charter BUS get there?
Do NOT take Park Ave. Take Henry Hudson.
What subway train do you take to get to the Hispanic Society of America?
No. 1 train to 157th st. W.
What's on Staten Island?
Snug Harbor, Richmondtown, Meucci-Garibaldi Museum, Alice Austen house, Tibetan Retreat
What great painters are on display in the Hispanic Society of the America?
El Greco, Valasquez, Goya
To What does the Hess triangle refer?
NYC smallest plot of land, fought for by the Hess family, when 7th Ave. was rerouted. In front of a cigar store. There will be a picture of it.
What was Giovanni's on 43rd and 9th?
Either Improv or Comedy Club
What is Kim Chi?
Korean pickled cabbage
What is Babaganoush?
What is the proper attire at an airport?
What is CBGB?
A club in the Village ( Country, Blue Grass, and Blues ) that helped launch punk and new wave music - Talking Heads, Police, Blondie, and B-52's.
Of what profession are the people who live in Carnegie Towers?
Musicians and artists
What is Dim Sum?
a variety of Chinese dumplings " touch the heart "
What is the difference between Hal-Al and Kosher?
Hal-Al is Arabic; Kosher is Jewish
What is a bialy?
A Jewish pastry, covered with onions ( generally ), similar to a bagel, but no hole.
What is poori?
What is noam?
What is a Batido?
A Brazilian milkshake, made with fruit.
Where are many Taiwanese moving to?
If you have a question with "Charlotte's Web " or Stuart Little in it, the anwer is E.B. White
Where would you find a collection of Faberge Eggs?
62 5th Ave.
gone now - sold to Russian tycoon
What is unique about wood water towers?
Wood expands when wet, preventing leaks. Cheaper to build and maintain. Water freezes later than in steel.
Why is it sometimes said that the constellations on the ceiling are best viewed by God.?
They are painted backwards.( Except for Orion)
What and where is NYC 's largest Parade?
West Indian Carnival Day and Parade. From Brooklyn over eastern Parkway. 42nd year.
How did the Brooklyn Dodgers get their name?
The players and fans had to dodge trolley cars on their way to practice and games.
There is a question about where to take people to the bathroom while touring.
Of choices, answer is hotel lobbies.
New York City Panorama, largest architectural model in the world, is where?
Queens Museum of Art.Flushing-Corona Park
In 1880, over 1,000 people lost their lives in a maritime tragedy, almost all of them German. What was the name of the boat?
How many people pass through the Grand Central TERMINAL every day?
Who funds public arts in the subway?
MTA's Arts For transit
What museum has two Dutch Farmohuses?
What is BAM ?
Brooklyn Art Museum( Home of Next Wave Festival )
What is the name of the river east of Manhattan?
What is the name of the river west of Manhattan?
How much do tickets in Shakespeare In The Park cost?
What city is the size of the Bronx?
Can you idle your coach if it's under 40 degrees F? or if it's a very hot day?
Why did the World trade Center fall?
All of the above
What is the biggest cultural attraction in NYC?
If biggest industry, answer is FIRE - Fire Insurance, Real Estate; shows Broadway
What do you include on an invoice?
Everything you can think of - name, date, time, where, when, what, etc.
What is the proper attire for an airport, or first meeting?
The question involves a small discreet building in back of other buildings. You can tell there are horses there. Why are they there?
NYC Police department uses horses.
Can a tour guide accept commissions or incentives to steer business to a vendor?
What was the name of the area now known as Times Square. When and why did the name change?
Longacre Square. When subway reached area, New York Times newspaper moved there in 1904
What is the nickname for the Woolworth Building?
Cathedral Of Commerce
If someone asked you in Times Square where they should go to see" The Nutcracker Suite " at Christmastime, where would you send them?
New York State Theater, at Lincoln Center
A question about a house being moved refers to this man.
When was slavery abolished in NYC?
What is the oldest Jewish Congregation in NYC?
El Shearith Israel
What is the largest Jewish Congregation?
What is a fam trip?
Slang for "familiarization trip". professionals in training are taken to tourist sites to learn about it.
What is a " Meet and Greet"?
Usually at an airport, but could be anyplace, a meet and greet is a professional rendezvous, where a person is assigned to meet one or more people, greet them, and take them someplace.
What comedy club used to be at Giovanni's ?
Where was the "Bill Cosby " show shot?
St. Luke's Place
Where did James Van Der Zee live?
Across from St. Philips. and the 10 rowhouses purchased by ??
Why does steam rise up from vents and other areas of the city's streets?
Huge steam plants are built throughout the city, heating nearby buildings. The ground water hitting these 1,500 degree pipes turns to steam, and rises.
When was the Apollo Theater opened.?
What can be found at Madison Square?
Why did the Dutch settle in Manhattan?
NBC radio greeting
Similar to "faster than a speeding bullet, etc."
French word to "market" tenaments
i beleive out of the choices Apartment was the correct one. Arms and Flat were the two other choices I remember
Where Jackie O lived
1040 Fifth Avenue
What is Bialys
Round with a depressed middle filled with cooked onions and sometimes poppy seeds. originated in Poland
What is Batidas
Prior to its present location where was the Diamond District?
Where are the great works of Picasso found?
Gagosian Gallery - which has 3 locations in NYC and numerous worldwide
What book did photographer/reformer Jacob Riis write?
"How the Other Half Lives" that was a look at impoverished life in the tenement houses that motivated social reform
Who was Elizabeth Ann Seton?
The first American born saint in the US & NY
Where is the Shrine of St. Elizabeth ann Seton located?
7 State St facing Battery Park
Why was she canonized?
Helped establish the Catholic Church and schools in the US
What was in the building before the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque was converted?
Who designed the Malcolm Shabazz mosque?
Where did the Huxtables of the Bill Cosby Show live?
St. Luke's Pl in Greenwich Village
NY Major league sports teams and where they play?
NY Yankess - Yankee stadium in The Bronx
NY Mets - Citi Field in Queens
Jets & Giants - both teams share New Meadowlands stadium in East Rutherford NJ
NY Knickerbockers - Knicks - Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
NY Rangers - Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
NY Islanders - Nassau Coliseum on Long Island
What famous artists worked at the Hispanic Society of America?
Note - The rare books library maintains 15,000 books printed before 1700 including a first edition of Don Quixote
Who sold Manhattan to the Dutch? (be specific)
Algonquin Lenape Indians, Wappinger federation
Approximately how many people pass thru Grand Central Station daily?
750,000 as per the internet
500,000 as per the exam
Who originally owned the Dutch farm houses in the Brooklyn Museum?
Jan Martense Schenk & nicholas Schenk
What is naan?
What is the bread called when it is fried?
Indian flat bread
What is the difference between HALAL cuisine and KOSHER cuisine?
Halal cuisine is food prepared and cooked according to Islamic law. Kosher cuisine is food prepared and cooked according to Jewish law.
Where is the memorial fountain for Ida and Isidor Straus, a marrie couple that stayed together in the sinking of the Titanic?
Broadway at W 106th St in Straus Park