Last month, Urban Archive hosted their first trivia night, where participants were asked questions about NYC history based on archival photos. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, 6sqft has put together five of the toughest questions, along with their corresponding photos, to test your knowledge.
For the 11th year, the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, and The Levys’ Unique New York! have partnered for the Panorama Challenge, considered the ultimate NYC trivia. On Friday, March 2, using the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum – a room-sized scale model of the entire city, a relic from the 1964 World’s Fair – teams will answer questions in categories that may include McKim, Mead, & White sites; the Grammys; the movie Wonderstruck; and the Museum’s Never Built New York exhibit. In anticipation of the event, quizmaster Jonathan Turer is testing 6sqft readers with five (one for each borough!) of past years’ toughest clues.
When 6sqft recently looked at a study pertaining to why millennials are leaving cities, we learned that to this generation, factors such as safety, education and health are more important than fashion, food and nightlife. Though it may sound surprising, it points to a shift in urbanites deciding to relocate to the surrounding areas in search of this quality of life. For members of this generation, or anyone else hoping to jump on the suburbanization train, a new site called PicketFencer asks a series of simple questions to determine which of 600 suburbs within commuting distance to NYC will be best suited.
6sqft once presented readers with the Wealthometer, a tool that analyzes your assets to determine where you fall in the distribution of wealth. In today’s society, however, we’re often more concerned about our future status than where we are currently, which is where this economic risk calculator comes in. Created by the New York Times, it addresses anxieties about “widespread economic insecurity and soaring levels of income inequality.”
The not-so-upbeat tool culled data from hundreds of thousands of American case records that began as a study in 1968. It uses a mere four factors — race, education, age, and marital status — to determine the likelihood of one falling below the poverty line in the next five, 10, or 15 years.
Akin to pinning all of the cities you’ve visited on a world map, “What’s your Subway Number?” allows you to visually quantify your worldliness—or in this case your “New Yorkness”—by accounting for every subway stop you’ve stepped foot in. The game is the clever creation of digital designer Mike Solomon, and breaks straphangers down into four categories: Rich Tourist, Junior Commuter, Official Resident, and NYC Lifer.
Is it his rounded spectacles that give him away? Or is it that perfectly touseled hair? And her? That mane totally says Zaha Hadid.
When it comes to architecture you may know your post-modern from your mid-century, but how familiar are you with the famed names that have shaped architecture’s most important movements? This fun quiz called The Distinguishing Features Game is quite the brain teaser and comes courtesy of “Archi-Graphic,” an upcoming book of more than 60 arch-centric infographics from author, architect and assistant professor at the Faye Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, Frank Jacobus.
In a city like New York it’s easy to feel poor. Even if you’re pulling down six figures, you still probably cringe at your monthly rent and can’t afford that summer share on the Hamptons. On the other side of the coin, we can just as easily start to feel richer than we are thanks to the fact that we live in the greatest city in the world and have access to opportunities that few places in the world can claim. But outside of our skewed bubble of NYC, most of us are actually just plain old middle class. As Fast Co. Exist reports, “For all that wealth inequality is now discussed in America, people consistently under- and overestimate their own place on the wealth spectrum. The wealthy think they’re middle class. The poor think they’re middle class. The actual middle class is probably struggling. One reason is that most people know people about as rich or poor as themselves, so everyone thinks they are more normal than they are.”
There’s a new tool, however, to set us all straight. The Wealthometer, created by Harvard University economist Maximilian Kasy, has you enter your assets, and it then tells you where you fall in the distribution of wealth.
On Tuesday, 6sqft celebrated its first birthday with a party attended by some of our biggest supporters and readers. The evening included an intense three-round game of trivia, where our guests tested their knowledge of New York City history, architecture and real estate. Some of the questions stumped all ten teams, while others turned out to be well-known factoids.
Didn’t make it to the party? We’ve created an online version of our trivia game just for you. No Googling allowed!
Modernism, neoclassical, deconstructivism, colonial. You may know your architectural styles, but what if a glassy building was really built in the early 1900s? Would that trip you up? This fun BuzzFeed Quiz rounds up a few tricky buildings whose styles differ from those of the decade in which they were actually constructed. See if you can figure out what was built when, ahead.
You may not wake up early enough tomorrow to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we bet you know these balloon characters anyway. 10 of those famous helium-filled stars were matched up with “their” NYC neighborhood. Guess which character belongs in each neighborhood in this fun Buzzfeed quiz!