Test your NYC history knowledge with this quiz from Urban Archive

Posted On Tue, March 13, 2018 By

Posted On Tue, March 13, 2018 By In Features, History, quizzes

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.

Round #1: Which Came First?



Q: See images

Round #2: How well do you know SoHo?

E.V. Haughwout BuildingVia MCNY

Q: SoHo has the distinction of being the location of the world’s FIRST passenger elevator in 1857. What local building (once visited in the early 1860s by Mary Todd Lincoln on a shopping trip) featured this modern technology?

Round #3: Photo Recreations

According to some* this bar and restaurant in Queens, once near a famous horse-racing track, takes home the title of ‘Oldest Bar in NYC.” *This is highly divisive!

Q: What is its name?

Q: What neighborhood is it in?

Round #4: LGBT History and Activism


Q: In 1989, the New York Stock Exchange was infiltrated by members of this influential AIDS political action group as part of a protest against a pharmaceutical company that they felt was profiteering from the AIDS epidemic. The action successfully helped to lower the high price of AZT, the only approved AIDS drug at the time. Name the group– (the acronym is acceptable, but players got a bonus point they spelled out the full name)

Round #5: Industry and Innovation


Q: 1040 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg is notable for being the world’s first building equipped with this technology, installed in 1902 by inventor Willis Carrier when it was home to the Sackett and Wilhelms Printing Company?

Ahead, find the answers! And to learn more about the Urban Archive app and their events, click here >>

Round #1: Top- John Bowne House in Flushing built 1661 (Bottom is the Quaker Meeting House in Flushing built ca. 1694)

Round #2: E.V. Haughwout Building

Round #3: Neir’s – Woodhaven

Round #4: ACT UP or AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power

Round #5: Air Conditioning

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