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  1. When were subway tokens discontinued in NYC?

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    1994
    2003
    1985
    2011
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Although Metrocards were introduced in 1994, the NYC subway token — in use since 1953 — wasn't totally phased out until 2003.

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  2. The Citibank in Union Square was formerly...

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    a church
    a venue called the Academy
    a Virgin Megastore
    another bank
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    RIP, Virgin Megastore, where all our teen music dreams were made.

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  3. Where was this iconic venue located?

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    Second Avenue
    St. Marks Place
    Irving Place
    Bowery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Iconic punk venue Coney Island High was located at 115 St. Marks Place until the early '00s. These days, it's a sushi place.

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  4. In 2005, which one of these subway stops could you take the M train to?

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    179th Street/Jamaica
    14th Street/Sixth Avenue
    Christopher Street
    Chambers Street
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Back when the M train was on the "brown line," along with buddies the J and Z trains, it stopped at Chambers Street. It was rerouted through Midtown in 2010.

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  5. Pre-internet, where would you find out about all the coolest shows going on during the month?

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    The Onion
    New York Daily News
    Village Voice
    New York Times
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The back section of the Village Voice was a bible for concertgoers.

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  6. At one point in time, only Brooklyn and Queens students got the day off for a local holiday known as Brooklyn-Queens Day.

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    True, duh.
    False, lol.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You're damn right they did. Kids in the outer boroughs felt like gods on Brooklyn-Queens Day. (The first Thursday in June, it's since evolved into a holiday celebrated by students all throughout New York City.)

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  7. Which of the following was NOT a spot where ~alt~ kids would likely be seen hanging out in the '90s and early '00s?

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    Bryant Park
    Union Square
    Tompkins Square Park
    The Cube at Astor Place
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bryant Park was never much of a destination for kids in any kind of ~scene~. The skaters hung out at Union Square, the punks at Tompkins Square Park, and the goths, alt kids, and others loitered at the Cube on Astor.

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  8. "Chalking" typically required:

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    Red and white colored pencils
    An invisible-ink marker
    Sidewalk chalk
    A black Sharpie
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1983 + red pencil + white pencil = easy one-way ticket to boozetown. 1981 took a little more skill. (And you never forgot to change the expiration date too.)

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  9. Complete this sentence:

    in line
    on line
    at line
    of line
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    Wrong!

    In these here five boroughs, you stand on line in a store and go online when you use the internet.

  10. What is a nutcracker?

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    A person who went to private school
    A dance move
    A street performer
    An alcoholic beverage
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Usually sold out of a cooler on the subway or in the park, nutcrackers are fruity, highly alcoholic beverages known to take any party up several notches – even if it's just a party of one, en route to your destination.

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  11. Which celebrity does NOT hail from New York?

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    Christopher Walken
    Lucy Liu
    Jermaine Dupri
    Scarlett Johansson
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Jermaine Dupri is from Atlanta.

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  12. Which of these items were considered a form of social-status currency in junior high and high school in the '90s?

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    Multicolored bracelet beads
    Wite-Out pens
    Chupa Chups lollipops
    Multicolored strings on your backpack
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The number of strings someone had on their Jansport was directly proportional to their coolness factor. (Bonus points for straps decorated in Wite-Out.)

  13. What was the price of a one-way subway fare in 1997?

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    $1.50
    $1
    $2.10
    85 cents
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In 1997, it cost a measly $1.50 to ride the subway. The base fare went up to $1.75 in 2003.

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  14. What is this thing called?

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    Smith card
    Delaney card
    Rourke card
    Hansen card
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Most kids secretly enjoyed filling out Delaney cards at the beginning of each year or semester because it meant 15 minutes of not having to do actual work.

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  15. In what year did West Nile force New Yorkers to stay indoors on a perfectly beautiful day because chemicals were being sprayed into the air?

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    Comedy Central
    1993
    1999
    2007
    2011
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Those mosquitos were the bane of New York's existence, and in 1999 you were probably *really* annoyed that you had to stay inside on a perfectly nice day.

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  16. True or false: The best IDs came from those shady "tobacco" shops in the Village.

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    Sony Pictures
    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They were the worst. You weren't fooling anyone, "Karen from Michigan."

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  17. What is the name of this Tribeca venue on Hudson and Laight that closed down in 2001?

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    The Jungle
    Limelight
    The Academy
    Wetlands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Wetlands, officially known as Wetlands Preserve, was a venue on Hudson Street that also supported environmental activism.

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  18. What does the word "brick" mean when used as an adjective?

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    Stupid
    Cold
    Delicious
    Tough
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Brick means really fucking cold.

  19. What was something that instilled true fear into the bones of public school students?

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    Lead
    Asbestos
    Getting caught using your student Metrocard on a non-school day
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These were all legit fears for kids who grew up in New York and went to school in decrepit buildings.

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  20. What is the name of this store, where raver kids got all their gear?

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    Andy's Chee-Pees
    Ricky's
    8th Street Lab
    Trash and Vaudeville
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    8th Street Lab was *the* place for all the Paul Frank baby tees, colorful accessories, and neon vinyl pants you could get your little paws on.

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  21. Where was the Knitting Factory located just before it moved to Brooklyn?

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    Harlem
    Tribeca
    Chelsea
    Hell's Kitchen
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Before the Knitting Factory moved to Williamsburg in 2009, it was located at 74 Leonard St. in Tribeca.

  22. What is this most likely a picture of?

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    An elementary school
    The bodega
    A bank
    A museum
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Plenty of NYC public schools could easily serve as the film set for a prison show. Weird, but kids never really thought twice about it until they realized schools in the movies had open, bar-less windows and staircases without a weird cage around them.

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  23. Which of the following was not a typical New York public school lunch option?

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    Fish disc with cheese in the middle
    Jamaican beef patty
    French bread–style pizza
    Smoked salmon on toast
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lukewarm fish with a block of unwanted cheese in the middle, soggy Jamaican beef patties, and pizza with ketchup-like sauce were school-lunch staples. Good news is that if you made it through years of those horrifying meals, you can make it through anything.

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  24. In which neighborhood are you most likely to find a plethora of top-notch Indian food?

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    Bayside
    Bay Ridge
    Jackson Heights
    Throggs Neck
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In addition to being one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the world, Jackson Heights is an Indian-restaurant hot spot.

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  25. Outside of Chinatown, which neighborhood is known as a destination for some of the best Chinese food in NYC?

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    Whitestone
    Canarsie
    Tottenville
    Flushing
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Flushing is a Chinese food lover's paradise.

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  26. Does this image fill you with nostalgic feelings of childlike wonder?

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    Yes
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    If the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History doesn't fill you with the purest form of joy, you're either a monster or not familiar with New York's #1 school-trip spot.

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