37 New York Trivia Questions and Answers 

The concrete jungle where dreams are made, this is a state certainly worthy of its own trivia! Find out how much you really know, and learn some new facts by playing our New York trivia! 

If you’re planning a trip to The Big Apple, have a love for the state, or are lucky enough to call it home, then the chances are you will do pretty well with our New York trivia. 

However, we are sure there will be a few questions that even the most hardcore New Yorker may find a little tricky, especially in our more specialist rounds

Our New York trivia is perfect for playing alone or in teams on your next game night; play over zoom, or play face to face, and with our reveal the answer button, even the host can play along – with no advantages! 

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General New York Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Shop, eat, drink, dance, take in a show, or watch a sports game – NYC is the place to be. 

The constantly bustling city is densely populated with people from all walks of life, and as the saying goes: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere; and so many people do! 

Manifested through beautiful cultural diversity and fascinating history, New York today is one of the greatest places on earth – the place of dreams

In round 1 of our New York trivia, we will test your general knowledge about NYC with 10 random New York-related questions!

Let’s go!

1: How many boroughs are there in New York City?
2: In terms of its total area, which is the largest New York City borough?
3: What is the bridge called that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan?
The Manhattan Bridge.
4: What did New York used to be called?
New Amsterdam.
5: Which president, often referred to as Teddy, was born in New York City?
Theodore Roosevelt.
6: True or False: NYC was the first megacity in human history?
7: What is 1 out of every 20 NYC residents?
A millionaire.
8: The oldest running newspaper in the US was established here in 1803. What is this newspaper called?
The New York Post.
9: The New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system globally; how many rail stations are part of this?
10: What was the nationality of the first NYC settlers in 1624?

Landmarks in New York Trivia Questions and Answers 

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New Yorkers are envied by an incredible amount of tourists who visit the state each year to see places like the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty

The tourism revenue is astronomical here, and that isn’t without reason. 

New York landmarks are famous globally, and everyone will automatically form a picture in their minds when they hear the words Macy’s, Central Park, Broadway, or even the New York skyline. 

NYC is a whirlwind of activity with famous landmarks at every turn, and this round of our New York trivia will test your knowledge of some of the most iconic monuments

Let’s visit NYC

1: Of what is the Statue of Liberty a world symbol?
2: A record number of tourists visited NYC in 2019; how many tourists were there this year?
66.6 million.
3: The Statue of Liberty was a gift to New York from which country?
4: How many acres in Central Park?
5: Which NYC monument is 381-meter-tall and has 102-stories? 
The Empire State Building.
6: Times Square is one of the most filmed and recognized NYC areas, but what was it known as previous to 1902?
Longacre Square.
7: What is the name of one of the most famous shopping streets in the US, which is home to flagship stores of many top designers?
Fifth Avenue.
8: Which famous NYC street features the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange?
Wall Street.

Movies, Music, and TV Shows in New York Trivia Questions and Answers 

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With such unique locations, it’s no wonder that so many movies and tv shows have been filmed in New York. 

From musicals to rom-coms, thrillers to superheroes, and dramas to sitcoms, New York is a state that works as a backdrop to every genre of film and TV. 

And with the iconic monuments, unique vibe, and adventurous history, it is obvious why NYC is the foundation of so many hit songs. 

Hip-hop, RnB, Blues, and Swing have used New York in songs – from Alicia Keys to Frank Sinatra. 

The City That Never Sleeps is the location for some of the greatest American media exports, and in round 3 of our New York trivia, we will quiz you on just some of them! 

Here we go! 

1: What is the name of the 1961 Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' Romeo and Juliet reboot that was set in NYC's Upper West Side's old Lincoln Square tenement area?
West Side Story.
2: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda were a leading female cast of which New York set long-standing TV series?
Sex and the City.
3: Who released the hit single Autumn in New York in 1951?
Billie Holiday.
4: Name the sequel to the 1990 movie Home Alone?
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
5: A 2014 superhero film is the largest film production in New York State; can you name it? 
The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
6: What was Stings' single about New York?
Englishman in New York.
7: The iconic comedy series F.R.I.E.N.D.S was set in NYC for more than 10 years; where was it actually filmed?
8: Which 2017 acclaimed musical drama movie, which was based on the life of circus owner P.T. Barnum, took place and was filmed in several different locations throughout New York City?
The Greatest Showman.

Famous People From New York Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Presidents, actors, singers, and athletes; there are famous people from New York in all areas of celebrity! 

The New York accent is distinctive and universally recognizable – but do all those famous faces born in New York still harbor it? 

Conversely, are all the notable people with this dialect still deemed New Yorkers today?

Play round 4 of our New York trivia to find out! 

Let’s play! 

1: Which Brooklyn-born athlete is cited as the greatest basketball player of all time on the official NBA website?
Michael Jordan.
2: In what year was the 'Queen of Christmas' Mariah Carey born in Huntington, NYC? Was it 1965, 1969, or 1970?
3: Which Manhattan-born actress was the world's highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019?
Scarlett Johanson.
4: Which Latino singer proudly refers to herself as 'from the block' and was born in the Castle Hill area of the Bronx?
Jennifer Lopez.
5: One of the highest-paid actors of all time, this leading man was born in New York, although you won't hear much of this due to a childhood spent in Ottawa, Canada.
Tom Cruise.
6: Considered one of the most influential actors of the 20th century and one of the few actors to achieve the 'Triple Crown of Acting,' this East-Harlem-born actor was 80-years old in 2020.
Al Pacino.
7: Which late rapper was born Lesane Parish Crooks in 1971 in NYC?
Tupac Shakur.
8: How is Brooklyn-born rapper Shawn Corey Carter better known?
9: Which brave actor was born in Peekskill, New York, but is often considered Australian due to moving there as a child?
Mel Gibson.
10: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in NYC and went on to become the only female artist to achieve 4 singles that sold a minimum of 10 million copies worldwide. What is her stage name?
Lady Gaga. 
11: Out of 45 presidents, how many have been born in New York?

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