Scary New York by EggCzar

Champion(s):

MatherV


Runner(s)-Up:

CoenM
And, it's moist!


Quiz Description

New York is now one of the world's safest cities, but in the '60s, '70s and '80s it was in rough shape. Answer these questions about that period.

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What words are missing from this headline?

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Drop Dead

The city resolved the financial crisis in Q1 when the state's governor appointed the Municipal Assistance Corporation to manage the city's finances. Name either that governor or the MAC's chairman, a partner at Lazard Freres who was later appointed ambassador to France.

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Hugh Carey OR Felix Rohatyn

Anyone who ever kept a few bucks in their shoe in case they got mugged knows how rough the subways could be in those days. What group, wearing distinctive red berets, was founded to try to combat subway crime?

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The Guardian Angels

The 1984 "subway vigilante" incident became one of the biggest NYC news stories of the decade, when a passenger shot four men who he claimed were trying to rob him. Who was the subway vigilante? (edited at 8:33 pm, September 29, 2017 (EDT))

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Bernhard (Bernie) Goetz

What weapons did the subway vigilante claim he had been threatened with?

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(Sharpened) screwdrivers

In 1988, a park in Alphabet City which had been occupied by homeless squatters was raided by police, resulting in a full-on riot after the police attacked both the crowd and bystanders. In what park did this happen?

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Tompkins Square Park

On March 13, 1964, a young woman was stabbed to death on the street while dozens of people allegedly watched and did nothing. Who was the victim of that crime?

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Kitty Genovese

The triangle at Broadway and W. 71st St. is officially known as Verdi Square, but it went by a different name in a 1971 film starring a young Al Pacino. What was it?

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Needle Park

A young Homer Simpson visited New York in those days, where he stops by a pre-Disney Times Square and sees marquees advertising three pornographic movies with titles parodying successful films of the 1970s. Name any one of those. (Fictional Simpsons titles, NOT the original films!)

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Jeremiah's Johnson; The Godfather's Parts, II; or Five Sleazy Pieces

One of the lowest points of the period was a citywide blackout which led to widespread looting and destruction. Within one month, give the date (day, month and year) of that blackout. (edited at 10:25 pm, September 29, 2017 (EDT))

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July 13-14, 1977 (accept June 13-August 14, 1977)

The brutal assault on a jogger in Central Park in 1989 introduced a word into New Yorker's vocabulary, used to describe an unprovoked gang attack on strangers. What was that term?

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Wilding

OK, so it wasn't all bad in those days. Many major cities saw rioting after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., but New York was mostly spared after what incumbent mayor went to Harlem to calm tensions?

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John Lindsay

During Ed Koch's three terms as mayor, he often asked people to rate his job performance. What question did he ask? Correct NYC tabloid spelling is required.

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How'm I doin'? (edited at 8:30 pm, September 29, 2017 (EDT))

The city was not helped by a reputation for political corruption. Perhaps the most notorious case was that of the longtime Queens borough president who committed suicide a month after his resignation while under investigation for taking kickbacks. Who was he?

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Donald Manes

Keith Haring's best known work may be the mural visible from the FDR Drive at 128th and 2nd Ave. What timely (for 1986) anti-drug message is on it? (edited at 8:30 pm, September 29, 2017 (EDT))

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Crack is Wack