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New York City History Quiz
by Staff
With around 8 million residents, New York City has become one of the world's biggest and most vibrant metro areas. How much do you know about NYC's history?

In what year did the New York subway begin operating?

  • 1889
  • 1896
  • 1904

In 1960, what happened to TWA flight 266 as it flew near a NYC airport?

  • It collided with another plane.
  • It flew into a skyscraper.
  • It crashed into the middle of a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Which Europeans were the first to settle the NYC area?

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Which iconic NYC structure was built in 1931?

  • Holland Tunnel
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Empire State Building

Governor's Island was formerly known by which name?

  • Erie Island
  • Delaware Island
  • Nutten Island

When did the first African slaves arrive the NYC area?

  • 1626
  • 1677
  • 1692

What percentage of New York's population was made up of slaves in the 1740s?

  • around 20%
  • around 30%
  • around 40%

When the area was first settled, what was it called?

  • New Rome
  • New London
  • New Amsterdam

In 1832, of the city's 100,000 residents, how many died from an outbreak of cholera?

  • about 1,800
  • about 3,500
  • about 13,000

In which year was the city's first mayor appointed?

  • 1712
  • 1665
  • 1698

How were cholera victims treated during the 1832 epidemic?

  • They were treated like lower-class citizens.
  • They were quarantined.
  • They were brought together into a large, clean facility.

Which Stamp Act caused NYC residents (and citizens of other colonial areas) to explode in anger at the British?

  • Stamp Act of 1694
  • Stamp Act of 1712
  • Stamp Act of 1765

The Boston Post Road connected NYC to which other city?

  • Boston
  • Providence
  • New Haven

Which disease turned into a deadly epidemic in 1702?

  • cholera
  • yellow fever
  • influenza

What event likely helped to spark the New York Slave Revolt of 1712?

  • the British takeover of NYC
  • a cholera epidemic
  • threats of sending the slaves back to Africa

How many whites were killed during the 1712 slave revolt?

  • 9
  • 90
  • 900

Which factions fought in the Dead Rabbits riot of 1857?

  • poor immigrants
  • rival gangs
  • two groups of police officers

In what year did the Americans finally uproot British military forces from NYC during the American Revolution?

  • 1780
  • 1783
  • 1781

What caused massive rioting in 1863?

  • organized crime
  • oppressive economic conditions
  • conscription

True or False: New York City once served as the location for the nation's capital.

  • true
  • false

The Bowery Boys gang was largely made up of which group of men?

  • firefighters
  • policemen
  • politicians

Emily Warren Roebling was instrumental in help to build which NYC structure?

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Empire State Building
  • State of Liberty

What was the city's population in 1825?

  • around 160,000
  • around 270,000
  • around 360,000

In 1850, what was the city's population?

  • more than half a million
  • about 300,000
  • about 1 million

In what year did the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade begin?

  • 1893
  • 1924
  • 1949

Which organization was founded in 1878?

  • Art Students League of New York
  • Metropolitan Opera Company
  • New York Symphony Society

How did P.T. Barnum help prove that the Brooklyn Bridge was stable and safe?

  • He loaded the bridge with a parade of elephants.
  • He sent heavily loaded circus wagons across the bridge.
  • He let the World's Fattest Man walk across it.

In which year did the city's Metropolitan Museum of Art open?

  • 1872
  • 1899
  • 1910

In what year was the Erie Canal completed?

  • 1811
  • 1825
  • 1849

How many championships had the New York Yankees baseball team won by the end of the 1927 season?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 8