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Quiz about LittleKnown NonScandinavian New York
Quiz about LittleKnown NonScandinavian New York

Little-Known Non-Scandinavian New York Quiz


New York City, long known for its desolate mountains, icy fjords and "midnight sun", is of course a major Scandinavian outpost, but Nordic influence has not extended to all parts of the Apple. Use 26-letter alphabet for your answers!

A multiple-choice quiz by coolupway. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
coolupway
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
98,708
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Although noted Finnish architect Eero Saarinen did design one of the most famous terminals at Idlewild/JFK airport, its home situs, Jamaica, Queens, is a decidedly poor place to find good gravlax or a movie about a kid whose mother is dying of tuberculosis. What non-Scandinavian ethnic group, which is decidedly more concerned with cricket than with ice hockey or speed skating, has flocked to Jamaica, Queens en masse in the last 20 or so years? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Though the Boro Park neighborhood in Brooklyn is inhabited to a great extent by persons of European descent who speak a Germanic-derived language and use an alphabet somewhat unusual to many native English-speakers, much of the Scandinavian diet would presumably be forbidden to these people, and a Lutheran Church would be the last place one would try to find them. Who are they? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Though Greenpoint, at the northern end of Brooklyn, is inhabited almost entirely by blond, blue-eyed Northern Europeans, the Greenpointers are noted for their high cheekbones, their love of such dishes as bigos, kielbasa and pierogies, and their use of a Slavic language which occasionally has slashes through the letter "L" but not through the letter "O". Who are these ubiquitous and successful non-descendants of the Vikings? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Another one of the rare non-Scandinavian parts of New York City is on the East Side of Manhattan, north of 96th Street. Often known as "el barrio", and distinguished by its numerous bodegas-- and its notorious lack of good skiing facilities-- this neighborhood is known for its often fast and happy music, rather than for mournful folk tunes in minor keys. Its inhabitants speak a common Romance language rather than an obscure Finno-Ugric one. What is the name of this neighborhood? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. A gorgeous row of brownstones on W. 139th St. in the Harlem section of Manhattan was built by Non-Scandinavian architect Stanford White... and NOT by such Finnish masters as Eliel Saarinen or Alvar Aalto. Famous exponents of such non-Scandinavian art forms as "blues" and "ragtime" (such as W.C. Handy and Eubie Blake) lived there. What is the nickname of this famously non-Norwegian block? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This well-beloved park, which is surrounded by New York University, is famous not only for its felafel peddlers and "poor man's Arc De Triomphe", but also for its southwestern corner, where chess wizards abound. While many compelling chess games have taken place here, none of them(so far as I know) have ever been contested against Death. What is the name of this decidedly non-Bergmanesque piece of Greenwich Village? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Very few if any Scandinavians can be found residing on or near Hazen St. in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, a remote spot near LaGuardia Airport. Although Hazen Street itself is-- somewhat like Helsinki-- rather orderly and quiet, even dull, and is, like many places in Scandinavia, on an island, it is not now and has never been under the jurisdiction of Denmark or Sweden. Where more specifically is Hazen Street located? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Thought by many to have been New York's greatest mayor, this pugnacious and notoriously incorruptible little man was in no way descended from the people of the Danelaw, but rather was of decidedly non-Nordic Italian-Jewish ancestry. He was famous for reading the funny papers (and NOT Karen Blixen books about farms at the foot of the Ngong Hills) on the radio. A wonderful statue of him can be found just north of Bleecker St., near NYU. Who was this much-beloved non-Swedish civil servant? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Although the organization housed in this gigantic building on New York's East Side has been derided by some as a collecting ground for finger-wagging, bleeding-heart, anti-capitalist hand-wringers (somewhat like certain Scandinavian countries), and in fact was presided over in its early days by the admittedly Swedish Dag Hammarskjold, its modern Secretary-Generals have not been from anywhere near Uppsala. What is this organization? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Although this famous beach does have a boardwalk on one side and a body of water on the other, to my knowledge no famous painting of it depicts a screaming figure against a sickly orange-red sky, and indeed Edvard Munch is not known ever to have visited the place. Indeed many of the people who stroll the Boardwalk now are from the decidedly un-Swedish city of Odessa, which is on the Black rather than the North Sea. What is the name of this beach? Hint



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1. Although noted Finnish architect Eero Saarinen did design one of the most famous terminals at Idlewild/JFK airport, its home situs, Jamaica, Queens, is a decidedly poor place to find good gravlax or a movie about a kid whose mother is dying of tuberculosis. What non-Scandinavian ethnic group, which is decidedly more concerned with cricket than with ice hockey or speed skating, has flocked to Jamaica, Queens en masse in the last 20 or so years?

Answer: Guyanese

While Guyana is somewhat ruefully associated with a popular drink, this drink is Kool-Aid (courtesy of the late loony Rev. Jim Jones) and NOT Aquavit. The Guyanese, a handsome people, are nontheless notable for their obvious non-blondness and, in general, have not made themselves greatly heard about the musical or artistic merits of Bjork or Abba.
2. Though the Boro Park neighborhood in Brooklyn is inhabited to a great extent by persons of European descent who speak a Germanic-derived language and use an alphabet somewhat unusual to many native English-speakers, much of the Scandinavian diet would presumably be forbidden to these people, and a Lutheran Church would be the last place one would try to find them. Who are they?

Answer: Hasidic Jews

They both wear heavy clothing, but for somewhat different reasons. The ritual celebration of the High Holy Days in Boro Park, (and Williamsburg) Brooklyn can be relied upon to draw a low Scandinavian turnout; similarly one does not often see men with fur hats and pais walking around reading from volumes of Henrik Ibsen or (worse yet)Knut Hamsun. [Nonetheless, these countries do have Jewish communities, and Scandinavia's treatment of its Jewish minority during the Holocaust (especially Denmark's, which is legendary) stands as a shining example of human idealism and bravery].
3. Though Greenpoint, at the northern end of Brooklyn, is inhabited almost entirely by blond, blue-eyed Northern Europeans, the Greenpointers are noted for their high cheekbones, their love of such dishes as bigos, kielbasa and pierogies, and their use of a Slavic language which occasionally has slashes through the letter "L" but not through the letter "O". Who are these ubiquitous and successful non-descendants of the Vikings?

Answer: The Poles

Copernicus, Pope John Paul II, Chopin, Kazimierz the Great, Pilsudski, Conrad and even Martha Stewart were or are all noted members of this demonstrably non-Scandinavian people. Poland, like Finland, has suffered greatly from its geographic proximity to Russia, but the Finns are probably better hockey players. Sibelius, it should be pointed out, did NOT compose The "Minute Waltz."
4. Another one of the rare non-Scandinavian parts of New York City is on the East Side of Manhattan, north of 96th Street. Often known as "el barrio", and distinguished by its numerous bodegas-- and its notorious lack of good skiing facilities-- this neighborhood is known for its often fast and happy music, rather than for mournful folk tunes in minor keys. Its inhabitants speak a common Romance language rather than an obscure Finno-Ugric one. What is the name of this neighborhood?

Answer: Spanish Harlem

In the wonderful film "Carlito's Way", part of which takes place here, the protagonist is a worldly-wise ex-con, Carlo Brigante, and NOT a medieval knight returning from the Crusades or an old guy who likes strawberries. (Brigante is played by Al Pacino; Max Von Sydow would obviously have been miscast in the role).
5. A gorgeous row of brownstones on W. 139th St. in the Harlem section of Manhattan was built by Non-Scandinavian architect Stanford White... and NOT by such Finnish masters as Eliel Saarinen or Alvar Aalto. Famous exponents of such non-Scandinavian art forms as "blues" and "ragtime" (such as W.C. Handy and Eubie Blake) lived there. What is the nickname of this famously non-Norwegian block?

Answer: Strivers' Row

Much of New York's black elite has lived (or does live) on this legendary block, which is notable for, among other things, its extremely insignificant percentage of tall, melancholy, long-headed blond people named Sigurd or Harald. Strivers' Row actually encompasses the city block bounded by W. 138th St. Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. The architectural firm responsible for the 139th St. brownstones was the legendary McKim, Mead & White (of New York, and NOT of Oslo!)
6. This well-beloved park, which is surrounded by New York University, is famous not only for its felafel peddlers and "poor man's Arc De Triomphe", but also for its southwestern corner, where chess wizards abound. While many compelling chess games have taken place here, none of them(so far as I know) have ever been contested against Death. What is the name of this decidedly non-Bergmanesque piece of Greenwich Village?

Answer: Washington Square Park

Almost none of the chess players wear capes, the otherwise cheerful urban landscape is generally unmarred by stark processions of religious nuts carrying crosses against the backdrop of a darkling sky, and the chatter in the park can be understood without subtitles.

Indeed, most of the people milling about the park are comparatively healthy college kids worrying about whether to take Soc. 101 pass-fail, rather than about bubonic plague or the existence of a benevolent god.
7. Very few if any Scandinavians can be found residing on or near Hazen St. in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, a remote spot near LaGuardia Airport. Although Hazen Street itself is-- somewhat like Helsinki-- rather orderly and quiet, even dull, and is, like many places in Scandinavia, on an island, it is not now and has never been under the jurisdiction of Denmark or Sweden. Where more specifically is Hazen Street located?

Answer: Riker's Island

Riker's is home to one of the largest pretrial detention facilities in the world, and also serves as a jail for some inmates doing "local" time, i.e., a year or less. It is connected to the Borough of Queens by a bridge named after one Francis Buono, rather than Thor Heyerdahl or King Haakon of Norway. For some strange reason it is considered part of the Bronx... and NOT of Iceland. If the Vikings ever invaded, they would doubtless be taken out in short order by NYCDOCS Correction Officers-- known as "New York's Boldest".
8. Thought by many to have been New York's greatest mayor, this pugnacious and notoriously incorruptible little man was in no way descended from the people of the Danelaw, but rather was of decidedly non-Nordic Italian-Jewish ancestry. He was famous for reading the funny papers (and NOT Karen Blixen books about farms at the foot of the Ngong Hills) on the radio. A wonderful statue of him can be found just north of Bleecker St., near NYU. Who was this much-beloved non-Swedish civil servant?

Answer: Fiorello LaGuardia

In accordance with the translation (Italian, not Danish!) of his first name, he was called The Little Flower. The statue is on LaGuardia Place, two blocks south of Washington Square Park. It emphasizes, among other things his short stature, and ebullient nature, two markedly un-Scandinavian traits.
9. Although the organization housed in this gigantic building on New York's East Side has been derided by some as a collecting ground for finger-wagging, bleeding-heart, anti-capitalist hand-wringers (somewhat like certain Scandinavian countries), and in fact was presided over in its early days by the admittedly Swedish Dag Hammarskjold, its modern Secretary-Generals have not been from anywhere near Uppsala. What is this organization?

Answer: The United Nations

The UN -- suspciously like Sweden-- is big and rich, provides generous benefits to workers, has a beautiful waterfront view and tends to stay out of wars. If you go on to point out that much of both the UN and Sweden have been out on sick leave for too long, you are a nasty and cynical person who should be publicly censured, although I will be happy to buy you a drink should you ever turn up in New York.
10. Although this famous beach does have a boardwalk on one side and a body of water on the other, to my knowledge no famous painting of it depicts a screaming figure against a sickly orange-red sky, and indeed Edvard Munch is not known ever to have visited the place. Indeed many of the people who stroll the Boardwalk now are from the decidedly un-Swedish city of Odessa, which is on the Black rather than the North Sea. What is the name of this beach?

Answer: Coney Island

It's a set piece in a number of films about New York life, (see Woody Allen and Neil Simon), but unfortunately this rather festive locale, long famous for its amusement park and roller coaster, appears to have been totally unexploited by the many melancholy artists of the northern lands.

There is much wildlife on (and under) the boardwalk, but apart from the occasional Rattus Norvegicus, Scandinavian fauna (moose,reindeer, et al.) generally cannot be found in the region.
Source: Author coolupway

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