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#InTheLoop | Queens Quiz
1: In what neighborhood did Joe Louis, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Lena Horne, James Brown, Count Basie, James Brown, and Fats Waller live?
2: In what neighborhood did Archie Bunker live?
3: Big aLICe is the name of a brewery in Long Island City. Its name derives from what nearby piece of machinery?
4: Many psychiatric hospitals used to operate in Queens. What’s the only one that remains today?
5: Where was President Donald J. Trump’s first home?
6: Incorporated in 1970, the oldest Hindu temple in the United States is in Flushing. It has a long title. What’s its nickname?
7: Dutch Kills is a famous bar in Long Island City. What’s a “Kill?”
8: Where is Little Egypt?
9: The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was named for Frank Sinatra, obviously, but what Astoria native was behind its founding?
10: Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park is one of New York State’s newest parks. What’s a gantry?
11: A 1904 maritime disaster near Hell Gate Bridge claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people, mainly immigrant women and children who were on a Sunday outing from Little Germany in the Lower East Side. What was the name of the boat that caught fire?
12: What neighborhood has seen a notable increase in restaurants selling Himalayan food and is home to the United Sherpa Association?
13: Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell formed the trailblazing hip hop group Run-DMC. Where did they grow up?
14: A velodrome is a banked oval track where bicycle riders can go as fast as 40 MPH. Queens has one of the few velodromes in the United States. Where is it?
15: Where was Kitty Genovese murdered in 1964? (The New York Times originally reported that she had been stabbed multiple times and 38 witnesses had ignored her screams. This story shocked the nation because of the murderer’s brutality and the indifference of the witnesses. However, the report on the indifference has been debunked as there’s no evidence that there were any witnesses to the crime.)
16: The serial murderer Son of Sam killed one of his victims in Forest Hills on Jan. 30, 1977. What was the address?
17: Where did Satchmo live?
18: Where is the famous magician Harry Houdini buried?
19: The Union Course race track opened in Woodhaven in 1820. Soon thereafter, The Blue Pump Room opened across the street. It’s still going strong, and there’s no bar/eatery in the entire United States that has been operating at the same exact location for as many years. However, its name changed after a German family purchased it in 1898. What’s the name?
20: Though agriculture was the main economic activity for centuries, the borough has only two working farms these days. One is the Brooklyn Grange on an LIC rooftop. The other is the oldest continually farmed site in New York State. What’s its name and where’s it located?
21: Fanwood Estates is the modern name for Thorneycroft Apartments at the Rego Park/Forest Hills border. In the 1970s, the complex had a ramp leading to a parking garage where youths would hang out. Four musicians who spent countless hours at the Thorneycroft Ramp went on to form which famous Punk Rock band?
22: What board game was invented in Jackson Heights in 1933? Hint: The goal is to place tiles in a way that spells words.
23: What Middle Village restaurant specializes in Kosher Uzbek cuisine?
24: What rap group grew up in St. Albans? Hint: A mural at Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street honors them.
25: Featuring a rare gambrel roof, the Onderdonk House is NYC’s oldest Dutch Colonial stone farmhouse. Where’s it located?
1: Addisleigh Park. It’s now an historic district.
2: Glendale. The house is on Cooper Avenue.
3: Big Allis is the nickname for the turbine near the East River. Featuring four white and red smokestacks, the hulking contraption converts water in a boiler into electricity. It was made by the Milwaukee company Allis Chalmers.
4: Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
5: Wareham Place in Jamaica Estates.
6: The Ganesh Temple. Some call it the “Bowne Street Temple.”
7: “Kill” is the Dutch word for a body of water. It’s most commonly a creek, but it can also be a tidal inlet, river, strait, or arm of the sea.
8: Steinway and 25th Avenue in Astoria.
9: Tony Bennett.
10: An overhead structure with a platform that can support heavy equipment such as a crane. About a century ago in this park, gantry cranes would lift railroad cars off tracks and onto barges that would carry them across the East River. Through this process, farmers from Queens and Long Island would get their produce to consumers in Manhattan.
11: The General Slocum.
12: Jackson Heights.
14: Kissena Park.
15: Kew Gardens.
16: 20 Continental Ave. in Station Square.
17: Corona. The property is now the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
18: Machpelah, a Jewish cemetery in Glendale. (His grave is the only he box he couldn’t escape from.) His parents, a grandfather, and some siblings are also buried there.
19: Neir’s Tavern.
20: Queens County Farm Museum. Glen Oaks.
21: The Ramones.
23: Taste of Samarkand.
24: A Tribe Called Quest.
25: Ridgewood. (The full name is Vander-Ende Onderdonk House.)
Main Source: Forest Hills Accountant Dan Olson