Test your NYC knowledge: Could you win the Panorama Challenge?
Think you know your own city? You can put your knowledge to the test at the Panorama Challenge — a yearly large-scale quiz that tests players on all things NYC — but first train your brain with a quiz below.
The intense trivia night on March 2 has participants gather around the Panorama exhibit at the Queens Museum (which is the world's largest architectural scale model) and watch as the quizmaster, Jonathan Turer, points his laser pointer around the model as he asks tricky questions.
This year categories could include "Gotham gangsters on film;" McKim, Mead and White architectural sites; questions based on the Grammys, the movie "Wonderstruck" and the exhibit "Never Built New York" at the Queens Museum.
If you casually know some NYC history, you may want to sign up as a "challenger," but if you've spent some time studying the city, try out the "pros" group — they are posed twice as many questions per round.
"This year we continue to try to challenge fans of NYC with tricky trivia and stump the NYC experts who show up each year in pursuit of the trophy," Turer said. "It's a point of pride that we don't repeat clues or themes year after year. So that's my challenge to find new ideas to work with."
Previous years have stumped quiz takers with pop culture questions from "Seinfeld" to straightforward historical facts, like the history of the city's many forts.
New York City has almost 400 years of history so be prepared for some real brain teasers.
The winning "pro" team get its name etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy.
Food and drinks from the Rockaway Brewing Company and music by Batalá New York — an all-woman, Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band — will get you on your feet while you struggle to answer the questions. Sign up here.
In the spirit of the challenge, we've put together our own quiz with the help of The Levys' Unique New York tour guides, which comes up with the questions each year.