NY Stuff

I really do love New York. I’ll celebrate the city as my tribute.

Take the NY-er quiz:

1. What is “regular” coffee?

2. Name at least 2 “Ray’s Pizza” shops. Compare any versions of Ray’s to a chain pizza shop -Pizza Hut (shudder) or Dominos (ugh).

3. What’s a “dirty dog?”

4. What do you play skelly with? Where?

5. Where are most of the handball courts found? What kind of ball is used?

6. Where’s uptown?

7. What’s commonly called “the city”?

8. What’s a bodega?

9. What is a botanica?

10. Where can you buy bun and cheese?

11. Where can you find roast duck to go 24 hours per day?

12. What do you always find in the front display at a diner?

13. Is Amtrak at Grand Central Station?

14. Grand Central Parkway is called ___________ when it reaches Nassau County.

15. What borough never had the 718 area code?

16. What’s a dollar van?

17. Where do serious “ballers” play in the Village?

17a. Where’s the Rucker?

18. Where in the city was the Paradise Garage? The Loft?

19. Where is the city’s biggest “Labor Day Parade” held?

20. Name 3 free bridges in the city.

21. What’s a bialy?

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  1. superstar II

    Lets see if I can pass:
    #1. cup of JO
    #2. I don’t know…NYPD Pizza?
    #3. Wet dog?
    #4. What is Skelly?
    #5. Hanball courts are in the parks, next to a B-Ball court or the side of any bldg?
    #6.Manhattan
    #7.Jersey
    #8. A place to shop/store
    #9.Plant/flowers
    #10. Snap dog vendor
    #11. Chinatown
    12. CAFE
    13.NO!
    14.??
    15.??
    16. ?? A city bus?
    17 OH Rucker is the college? right?
    18
    19
    20. Harlem, Washington…
    21.??

    So how did I do Never being to NY and all???
    -Bambi/superstar

  2. ~Macarena~

    There is no place I know this well.
    Do you miss it?

    1. black w/ milk

  3. Lightning Bug's Butt

    New York has free bridges?

  4. Lex

    OK, let me take a shot:

    8. Latino mini-mart
    9. Latino herbal shop
    10. @ Caribbean market
    11. Chinatown
    12. Pie
    16. Taking your life into your own hands
    19. You mean Carnival?

  5. Luke Cage

    1. What is “regular” coffee? Java??? Bustelo?? Jo?? -shrugging shoulders-I hate coffee

    2. Name at least 2 “Ray’s Pizza” shops. Compare any versions of Ray’s to a chain pizza shop -Pizza Hut (shudder) or Dominos (ugh). Do you mean a variation of the name?
    Ray’s Original Pizza??

    3. What’s a “dirty dog?”
    That’s a hot dog with everything on it

    4. What do you play skelly with? Where?
    A bottle cap on the asphalt of the concrete jungle!

    5. Where are most of the handball courts found? What kind of ball is used?
    In the projects and it’s a hard black racquetball. Left a brotha’s palms scalding red hot!

    6. Where’s uptown?
    Anywhere north of 110th street to 241st Street.. (I think about the latter)

    7. What’s commonly called “the city”?
    Manny Hanny of course. Manhattan

    8. What’s a bodega?
    It’s a corner produce, milk, juices, breads, candy store.. ah the heck with it… it’s a corner store where you
    can get everything!

    9. What is a botanica?
    A place where there are lots and lots of flowers. Like the one in the Bronx and Brooklyn..

    10. Where can you buy bun and cheese? Umm… ???

    11. Where can you find roast duck to go 24 hours per day?
    You got me on this one. Any chinese restaurant in the city?

    12. What do you always find in the front display at a diner? A menu.. breathmints.. uhh toothpicks?? -lol

    13. Is Amtrak at Grand Central Station?
    Nope. Grand Central Station is a post office. Grand Central Terminal is where you can find Amtrak.

    14. Grand Central Parkway is called ___________ when it reaches Nassau County.
    Ouch! Is it Southern States????

    15. What borough never had the 718 area code? Manhattan

    16. What’s a dollar van?
    A van that traditionally picks up folks from the train station and makes periodic and unscheduled or unsanctioned stops along a train route or off of a train route..

    17. Where do serious “ballers” play in the Village? Rucker Park..! What the? No, West 4th street…

    17a. Where’s the Rucker? Uptown, Uptown!!!

    18. Where in the city was the Paradise Garage? I think on 11th Avenue near the West Side Highway

    The Loft? Hell, somewhere on Broadway..lol

    19. Where is the city’s biggest “Labor Day Parade” held? Brooklyn. Right down Eastern Parkway baby!

    20. Name 3 free bridges in the city. I’m not sure what a free bridge is (no toll???) but I’ll say:
    Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Roosevelt Island bridge

    21. What’s a bialy? You got me, but I will say it’s some form of bread thingie that was a predominantly favorite dish of Jewish people. Other than that, I don’t think I ever knew what this was…lol

  6. Winters

    Now that is a quiz!
    Even the questions without the answers paint a picture of a great city.

    So much to do, so little time.

  7. C

    I have no idea. Is a dirty dog a chili dog and bodega mean’s warehouse in spanish but that’s all I know. I should make a Cali quiz.

  8. Bellarosa

    Well a Southern girl just failed!! I didn’t get a single one right.

  9. mist1

    Strike two coming in from the South. I might have done better if you had questions about the Avon Spa. D*mn biased standardized test.

  10. jali

    1. A dash of milk and 2 sugars. If you want black you have to say black.

    2. Ray’s Pizza , Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, RayBari Pizza, Not Ray’s Pizza, Ray’s Famous Original Pizza and many more – They aren’t chains – they’re all hand made pizza’s.

    3. A hot dog bought from a street vendor.

    4. Bottle caps on the street – kind of an urban marbles.

    5. There are handball courts in almost every playground in the city and improvised courts on any flat wall. We played with a “pinkie” – a pink colored ball. Some of the guys played with the famous “black ball” – waaay to hard for me.

    6. Above 110th street – Remember the film. “Across 110th Street”?

    7. Manhattan, although NYC is actually composed of 5 boroughs.

    8. The small corner store found all over the city, usually a yellow awning – sometimes multicolored lights out front – they sell almost everything including “loosies” loose cigarettes and penny candy, meats and toilet paper.

    9. A small “spiritual” store where one can buy candles for prayer, oils, incense and possibly see a spiritual guide..

  11. jali

    10. Any Jamaican restaurant, any patty store (usually), a bodega, some Jamaican meat markets.

    11. Most Chinese restaurants, but especially Chinatown and Flushing.

    12. A vast display of desserts that are bigger than anything you’ve ever eaten.

    13. Amtrak is in Penn Station – 34th and 8th.

    14. Grand Central Parkway is called Northern State Parkway.

    15. Manhattan has always been 212.

    16. A van (sometimes car) that travels the bus route – usually to the subway station that isn’t part of the city system – usually unlicensed and independent.

    17. West 4th street park. Miracles happen there – no seating for spectators

    17a. Uptown – 155th street. Mentioned in quite a few songs – great ballers there.

    18. The “Garage” was in the West Village. http://www.andwedanced.com/venues/pgarage.htm

    The Loft was in the East Village after moving from the actual home (a loft) of the party giver.

    19. Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn – the West Indian-American Parade and Carnival. There will be plenty of food to taste on Carnival Day. All of Eastern Parkway will be host to various dishes from every Caribbean island. There will be stands lined up along the service roads selling jerk chicken, chicken stew, fried chicken, beef stew, oxtail, rice and peas, salad, macaroni pie, fried flying fish, curry goat, roti, callaloo, souse, salt fish, fried bake, coconut bread, and much more.

    20. Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Queensboro Bridge (aka 59th street bridge)

    21. A Jewish bread similar to a bagel in ingrediants, but not boiled. Theres a depression in the middle instead of a hole. It’s rarely found outside of NYC.

  12. heartinsanfrancisco

    I don’t know all of them, but I’ll try:

    1. coffee with milk and sugar
    2. Amsterdam Ave. and Prince St.
    3. hot dog with everything on it
    4. skelly? No idea
    5. Harlem, at Columbia University (125th St.)
    6. above 59th St. is “uptown.”
    7. Manhattan
    8. Spanish grocery
    9. herbs and other magical ingredients for Santaria store
    10. It’s a Jamaican food, so — Harlem? Or Coney Island 11. Chinatown
    12. rich desserts
    13. No
    14. Northern State Parkway
    15. Manhattan is still 212
    16. private commuter vans
    17. W. 4th Street, (near The Bistro at 4th and 4th)
    17a. Harlem
    18. King St. Don’t know where the Loft is, though I’ve heard of it
    19. Brooklyn
    20. Manhattan, Williamsburg, 59th St Bridge
    21. made by bagel makers, but baked instead of boiled

  13. jali

    hearts,
    You were great! I especially appreciate the “dessert” answer for the diner – I don’t know anyone who has ever had the dessert.

  14. heartinsanfrancisco

    You know, I don’t either. I’ve always meant to go back and have a piece of 7-layer cake with just coffee or tea, but it’s never happened. I wonder if they’re really plaster of paris. Who would know?

    For cheesecake, of course, you go to Lindy’s. (sigh.)

  15. superstar II

    I sucked at this…NEXT!!!
    -Bambi

  16. CP

    Oh. I loved this. And I got everything correct. *L* I am a born and raised New Yorker…30 years in Queens, Manhattan and Lawn Guy Land.

    You made my heart ache for HOME!!!!

    CP.

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