If You're a Real New Yorker, You'll Get at Least 21/30 of These Questions Right



By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

Think you can ace this quiz in a New York minute? New York City is one of the largest and most famous cities in the world. Known for decades as a center of fashion, art, film and commerce, millions of people come to the city every year. People from around the world come to New York City to visit and experience it for themselves. Countless people also move there every year to achieve their goals and chase their dreams. The famous city is a hub for creators of all kinds, whether they are app builders or make sculptures with their own two hands.

New York City is the largest city in the United States, with a population of more than 8.5 million people that only seems to grow larger every year. It is one of the largest cities in the Western Hemisphere and has had untold influence in the global art and cultural scene. It's a sprawling city of diverse neighborhoods, where trends start and many people go, hoping to achieve wealth and fame.

If you are a through and through New Yorker who knows the city like the back of your hand, put your knowledge to the test with this quiz!

New York pizza is known for its __________.

New York pizza is thin crust and served in wide slices. It is famously eaten to go on the sidewalks of the city.


Which major landmark can be seen in the city?

The Statue of Liberty stands in the New York harbor. It was a gift to America from France.


New York is famous for:

New York City is famous for its glamorous, fun and groundbreaking Broadway shows. The theaters and stars of Broadway are some of the most famous in the world.


Which of these is a nickname for New York City?

New York City has a lot of nicknames. Others include "The Center of the Universe" and "Metropolis."


Which sport do the New York Mets play?

New York City has two major league baseball teams. They are the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.


New York City is made up of ______ boroughs.

New York City contains 5 boroughs. These are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island.


Is it ok to jaywalk in NYC?

While technically jaywalking, or crossing streets on foot without taking traffic into consideration, is illegal, it is how it's done in NYC. In Manhattan especially, you will find large groups of strangers crossing streets whenever traffic allows.


Which of these major chain restaurants got its start in NYC?

Shake Shack got its start in NYC. It started as a Madison Square food cart in 2004.


New York City's NBA Teams are the New York Knicks and the ___________.

The Brooklyn Nets are based in Brooklyn and play their home games at the Barclay's Center. The team formed in 1967.


Is it true that New York City was the first capital of the United States?

New York City was the first ever capital of the United States. It served this position from 1785-1790.


What is a bialy?

A bialy is a Polish roll filled with onions and sometimes poppy seeds. This breakfast or brunch roll is similar to a bagel.


New York City has the largest ________ population of any city in the world.

New York City is home to more than 3 million people who were born in other countries. This makes it one of the most diverse cities on earth, and hundreds of languages are spoken there.


Finding a film crew in your neighborhood in NYC is:

While many people would be excited to spot a film crew in their area, the average New Yorker just wants to get to work on time. Depending on their neighborhood, getting held up due to film crews might even be a weekly occurrence.


The best way to get around the city is:

New Yorkers love to walk. It is estimated that many New Yorkers live longer than Americans from other parts of the country, partly due to the fact that the average New Yorker walks a healthy 2-5 miles a day!


When do the subways in NYC run?

The New York subway runs 24/7. Its public transportation system is so vast and efficient that many New Yorkers don't have cars at all.


Which of these should you watch out for on the subway?

If you are on the subway, watch out for crews of dancers. They swing and wind around the subway's poles and will kick you in the face if you don't watch out.


In which part of America is New York City?

New York City is the biggest city in America and the largest on the East Coast. It is located in the Northeast, specifically.


Which of these places can you get to in NYC?

In NYC there is no north and south. If you are going north you are going uptown, and if you are going south you are going downtown.


Brooklyn has a large population of which religious group?

Borough Park, Brooklyn is famous for its large community of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews. These people live separate lives from the rest of New Yorkers with their own schools, businesses and more.


What can you buy at a bodega?

Bodegas are neighborhood grocery stores that sell all sorts of food items, alcohol and pretty much any basic you might need. They also often sell hot sandwiches.


What do almost all movies and TV shows about NYC get wrong?

Countless famous TV shows and films have taken place in New York, but very few of them take into account that it's one of the most expensive places to live in the world. For example, there is no way that Monica from "Friends" could have afforded her beautiful apartment in real life. It would cost thousands a month.


Which of these rivers goes through New York City?

The Hudson River is a 315-mile river that mostly flows through New York state. It is named after Henry Hudson, who explored the area in the 17th century.


Which of these places do most New Yorkers generally avoid?

Times Square is a massive tourist trap that's jammed with gawkers at all hours. New Yorkers tend to avoid it, especially during New Year's Eve.


Which of these is New York's NFL football team?

New York City has two NFL teams. They are the Giants and the Jets.


What is a reasonable price for a cocktail?

Every real New Yorker knows that there's a price to pay for living in the city. A simple decent cocktail runs about this much in many of the city's restaurants.


Are black and white cookies and Oreos the same?

Black and white cookies are large round cookies that are iced half with vanilla and half with chocolate. Originally German, they are an NYC bakery staple.


Which part of Brooklyn is known for its restaurants and nightlife?

Willamsburg is an area of Brooklyn known for its trendy bars and restaurants. It's where Brooklyn's nightlife is.


What kind of animals often live in bodegas?

No neighborhood bodega is complete without a bodega cat. They are often neighborhood mascots.


Which part of NYC is hard to navigate without a car?

Staten Island can be accessed by Manhattan via a free ferry. However, it is not the easiest to navigate without a car.


What is the oldest part of New York City?

Manhattan is the financial and cultural center of New York City. It was originally settled by the Dutch in the 17th century.


Before it was called New York City, part of this area was called:

A small part of the area which would eventually become New York City was first settled by the Dutch, who called their territory New Amsterdam. Brooklyn was originally the Dutch settlement town Breukelen.


The Hudson River forms a border between New York City and which state?

New York City sits in one of the world's largest natural harbors. It shares a water border of Hudson River with New Jersey.


Where can you go to see art without paying a high price?

While the MoMa has a high entry fee, it is free to enter many of Chelsea's art galleries. This hip neighborhood is full of them.


New York is known for which dessert?

New York cheesecake is a famous dessert. It's a mixture of a dessert dating back to colonial America and the influence of Jewish bakeries which can be found throughout New York City.


How much does the Staten Island Ferry cost?

The Staten Island Ferry is free. It travels between Manhattan and Staten Island and gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty from the water.


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