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New York City A-Z

For each letter A-Z, guess the answer that pertains to New York City.
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First submittedOctober 20, 2015
Last updatedAugust 8, 2019
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Clue
Answer
A
Nickname: The Big _____
Apple
B
Term for a convenience store
Bodega
C
Place to see a hot dog eating contest
_____ Island
Coney
D
Style of the Chrysler Building: Art ____
Deco
E
Former tallest building: ______ State
Empire
F
Wedge-shaped skyscraper:
________ Building
Flatiron
G
Mayor's mansion
Gracie
H
African-American neighborhood
Harlem
I
Staten or Long, e.g.
Island
J
An airport code
JFK
K
Brooklyn's county
Kings
L
Type of animal that guards the library
Lion
M
The M in MSG
Madison
 
Clue
Answer
N
Initials for New York's finest
NYPD
O
"We are the 99%" movement of 2011
Occupy
P
What Macy's sponsors on Thanksgiving
Parade
Q
One of the boroughs
Queens
R
Place to ice skate: ___________ Center
Rockefeller
S
NYC is the city that never ______
Sleeps
T
Boss who ran the city in the 1800s
Tweed
U
George Washington statue locale:
____ Square
Union
V
Gentrified Bohemian neighborhood:
Greenwich _______
Village
W
Stock market's street
Wall
X
 
 
Y
They are called "The Bronx Bombers"
Yankees
Z
9/11 attack site: Ground ____
Zero
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level 83
Oct 21, 2015
Does MSG cease to be Monosodium Glutemate when you enter New York? Oh... that MSG.
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level 81
Oct 22, 2015
Thanks. Didn't think of THAT as MSG ever.
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level 76
Feb 16, 2016
That tripped me up, too.
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level 58
Feb 16, 2016
Easy question for any Knicks fan.
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level 58
Feb 16, 2016
Yup, couldn't think of anything other than Monosodium Glutamate. Though why it was associated with New York was beyond me. Doh.
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level 44
Feb 23, 2016
totally agree. I've not ever heard of it referred to as MSG only the garden
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level 45
Feb 16, 2016
Ha! The first thing I typed was mono! And then I realized what it actually was.
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level 66
Feb 16, 2016
Good to know it wasn't just me :P
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level 79
May 30, 2018
When I first saw the clue, I thought, "Well, New York DOES have a lot of Chinese restaurants . . ."

Still didn't take "mono," though :(
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level 43
Aug 12, 2019
I would suggest changing it to be "______ Square Garden", just a suggestion.
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level 61
Feb 16, 2016
Thanks Law and Order and Seinfeld for helping me score a perfect score on a place I've never visited.
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level 62
Feb 16, 2016
I had no idea a convenience store was also called a bodega. In danish that is only a bar.
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level 66
Jul 10, 2017
In Spanish it's a wine cellar
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level 50
Dec 23, 2018
It's not, I have lived in NY for 39 years and have never once heard a convenience store referred to anything other than a convenience store.
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level 60
Jul 20, 2019
Umm
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level 67
Aug 12, 2019
You must be confused. You clearly lived in a different city.
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level 60
Aug 12, 2019
That is truly bizarre. Everyone in New York City calls them bodegas.
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level 79
Feb 16, 2016
perhaps the clue for convenience store could be expanded a bit--right now it's amazingly vague. My only thought was "Big Apple" which is a chain of convenience stores. Bodega is certainly an answer, but it's not the exclusive answer as the clue is given...
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level 66
Feb 16, 2016
The clue is "term for a convenience store", not "chain of convenience stores". In New York, a convenience store is called a bodega. It's a bit like how the service deli in New York is always called the appy counter (from appetizing, as in what you eat with bagels).
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level 60
Jul 20, 2019
'Bodega' is most certainly the most common term for a convenience store in NYC.
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level 60
Aug 12, 2019
On another quiz, the clue might be vague, but when you put it on a New York City quiz, it isn't. I grew up in New York, and I got that one immediately upon reading the clue. I suspect most other New Yorkers would as well.
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level 66
Aug 13, 2019
Never been to NYC but it seemed pretty obvious to me just based on tv shows that are set there. They often talk about bodegas
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level 66
Feb 16, 2016
I kept trying Tammany Hall for boss in the 1800s.
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level 56
Apr 12, 2017
bodega ? drug store ?
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level 63
Aug 12, 2019
It's a locally owned corner shop. Most only have a few aisles with grocery store staples like toilet paper, cereal, snacks, drinks, etc or maybe simple, OTC medicines like tylenol. You can also pick up cigarettes and beer if those are your vices Some sell coffee in the morning and some might have a little deli where you can have a sandwich made to order. Most bodegas fit in pretty well with the neighborhood they're in with fancier, nicer ones having more upmarket products in affluent neighborhoods and sketchy ones with more bargain brands in poorer ones. Everything is just a little bit more expensive than at a traditional grocery or drug store.
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level 38
Nov 2, 2017
"Botica" would be drug store in the Papiamentu language. Bodega is the nuyorican word for corner grocery.
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level 70
Nov 6, 2017
The so-called 'Occupy' movement is becoming an increasingly irrelevant memory. At least in terms of this quiz. I'd suggest an update for the 'O' item. Maybe 'Ozone Park' which is a semi-well known part of Queens (here in the NYC area anyway). Or maybe a uniquely NYC institution, the 'OTB' locations found here and there where you can play the ponies without having to make the trip to the track. They are as seedy and as classically gritty NYC as anything I've ever seen this side of a pizza parlor that sells only by the slice and has no place to sit down. Or the bodegas that sell you a can of soda and always, always, always put it in a bag with a straw.
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level 70
Nov 6, 2017
Oops, meant to tag the last comment as a suggestion to the Quizmaster.
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level 38
Dec 18, 2017
Sorry. This is a NYC quiz and there are no more OTB parlors in the City.
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level 70
Nov 24, 2018
I only ever walked by the OTB 'lounges' so I guess I missed it when they finally closed. Except I won't miss them.
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level 60
Mar 13, 2018
Maybe the designer of Central and Prospect Parks.
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level 49
Feb 24, 2018
Ive been to NYC once, and I didnt remember some of them, lol so I missed 4.. Ive never heard of the mayors mansion before, and I forgot what guarded the library.. the boss , man I should have known that and the center one for skating, I feel like an idiot for missing those too.. I typed Mono for the MSG one too haha
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level 54
Mar 1, 2018
Other Possible O answers: Obie (Award given to off Broadway plays), Outer Boroughs (Collective term for The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island).
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level 45
Aug 20, 2018
Ah! that MSG
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level 60
Jul 20, 2019
'Finest' should be in quotation marks. Their term, not ours.
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level 41
Aug 12, 2019
Great quiz-did real well. I should, since I lived there for 61 years.
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level 60
Aug 12, 2019
Might be time to change the Harlem clue to "historically black neighborhood." The neighborhood is changing (i.e., gentrifying) very quickly, and although the black community is still the largest demographic there, its imprint on the neighborhood itself (shops and restaurants, etc.) is very faded.