New York City History Quiz
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
- New Haven
Which disease turned into a deadly epidemic in 1702?
- yellow fever
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?
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?
What caused massive rioting in 1863?
- organized crime
- oppressive economic conditions
True or False: New York City once served as the location for the nation's capital.
The Bowery Boys gang was largely made up of which group of men?
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?
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?
In what year was the Erie Canal completed?
How many championships had the New York Yankees baseball team won by the end of the 1927 season?