Gothamist hosted our first ever trivia night last night at The Bell House with a sold out crowd, Citi Bike and some truly epic air guitar. Over 60 teams competed in four rounds of trivia—created with our friends at TrivWorks—and the competition was intense. Still, winners were crowned, many beers were consumed and there was even time to yell at Gothamist about our taste in pizza.
First place winners Team Roebling took home year-long memberships to NYC's bike share program Citi Bike; 2nd place winners Ladder 157 scored tickets to A Night With Janis Joplin on Broadway; and the third place team, repping Levy's Unique New York, won a night of bowling at Bowlmor in the Village. Even the last place team was rewarded with tickets to see the badass ladies of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby.
Surprise visits from NY1's Pat Kiernan and Roger Clark were a highlight of the evening, with the duo recreating the viral air guitar video broadcast earlier this summer.
Kiernan—who regularly teams up with TrivWorks—then hosted one of the night's mini-games, which invited attendees on stage for quick-fire trivia rounds to win additional prizes from Lucky Strike, Parlor Steakhouse, CBGB Festival, BBC America and Fairway Market. Two lucky folks even scored Cronuts from Dominique Ansel Bakery to share with their teammates as part of one of many raffles throughout the evening.
[Answers below!] Think you could have won first place if you'd been there? Find out with a selection of questions from last night's event—just imagine the emcee stylings of hosts David Jacobson and Todd Alan Crain while you do:
- What does I.R.T. stand for?
- Robert’s Steakhouse, often called one of Manhattan’s best, is conveniently located within which West 45th Street cultural establishment?
- On April 18th, 2006 mechanical problems caused 69 people to be trapped for 7 hours in which confined space?
- Making his own annual weather prediction every February 2nd, who is New York City’s official groundhog meteorologist?
- For over 30 years, which now-defunct consumer electronics chain boasted prices that were “insane?”
- What classic NYC baked good causes Jerry to abruptly end his “non-vomit streak” in an equally classic episode of “Seinfeld?”
- What are the last 4 words of every “Law & Order” intro?
- This past summer, a dead baby shark quickly went viral nationwide after a Gothamist reader snapped photos of it aboard which MTA subway line?
- Readers know that Gothamist has an unhealthy fixation with which healthy spring vegetable, one that is marked by a flavor of onions & strong garlic?
- On August 29th, 2004 one of the largest protests in U.S. history took place in New York City, in response to which event?
- In 2005, which pop star was ordered to perform 5 days of community service picking up trash on the LES after being arrested for cocaine possession, and falsely reporting a burglary?
- The most-stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of which rock star, who died on April 15th, 2001?
We'll update later with the answers but if you're such a smarty pants maybe you don't need our help! Be sure to buy tickets for our next Gothamist Trivia Night before they sell out!
1. Interborough Rapid Transit
2. Penthouse Executive Club
3. Roosevelt Island Tram
4. Staten Island Chuck
5. Crazy Eddie
6. Black & White Cookie
7. "These are their stories."
10. Republican National Convention (RNC)
11. Boy George
12. Joey Ramone