Bowery Boys

Prepare for the next Bowery Boys trivia night — with these trivia questions:

Next Wednesday (December 14)  we are teaming with the Tenement Museum to present TRIVIA NIGHT WITH THE BOWERY BOYS! Details are below.

Our last trivia night at Fraunces Tavern was a huge success. And the ultimate in New York City history geeks came out that evening to celebrate. Here’s a sampling of some of the questions that were posed to the teams that evening.

HINT: You’re gonna do really well if you’ve listened to our prior podcasts!  Answers are at the bottom of this email:

1 Taking an extraordinarily liberal interpretation of his charter to dig a small tunnel in the city, Alfred Ely Beach instead built the city’s first subway in 1870 ­­ along Broadway for one block. It was a publicity coup, and locals and tourists lined up to give it a ride. How was it powered?

2 In 1927, what famous musician and his orchestra made their floor debut at the Cotton Club, a Harlem nightclub with an exclusionary door policy against black patrons, despite employing African ­Americans as talent?

3 The Frank Campbell Funeral Chapel has been a safe haven for celebrated deceased New Yorkers since it opened in 1898, and pretty much invented the idea of the “funeral chapel.” On August 24, 1926, once such celebrity funeral caused a riot, with hysterical mourners stormed the streets and even smashed the funeral chapel’s windows. Who were these mourners in grief over?

4 A pear tree stood at Third Avenue and 13th Street from the mid­17th century until a horse­drawn truck accident knocked it down in 1867. It was located at the corner where Keihl’s is today. Upon whose land did this pear tree once famously stand?

5 On August 23, 1775, the British warship Asia appeared in New York harbor as an ominous sign of aggression between the sea power and her colonists. Alexander Hamilton and other Kings College students rescued the city’s cannons by dragging them from the Battery to the Commons. The Asia did eventually begin firing into the city, sending a cannonball through the rooftop of which famous New York structure?

6 What is the name of the disco song and the artist who performed it ­­ that featured the lyrics: “You grew up riding the subways, running with people/Up in Harlem/Down on Broadway.”?


As for our upcoming trivia event:

Admission is $10, and comes with two drink coupons. Teams of no more than six and no smaller than four will compete over five rounds of trivia. If you don’t come with a team, we’ll be happy to add you to one. Doors and the bar open at 6 p.m. 

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place teams. Our book, The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters will be for sale with a 15% discount.

Tickets: $10
Venue: Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York, NY
(corner of Delancey Street)


If you have any questions, contact Laura Lee at or (646) 518-3032.













    1. Pneumatic power or wind power
    2. Duke Ellington
    3. Rudolph Valentino
    4. Peter Stuyvesant
    5. Fraunces Tavern
    6. “Native New Yorker” by Odyssey

1 reply on “Prepare for the next Bowery Boys trivia night — with these trivia questions:”

Hello guys!!!
Congratulation on your book. We are huge fans of your work! we live in the South of Brazil and we really enjoy New York City. We will arrive in NY on the 21th of Dec, so sorry to miss the trivia event. I really would like to come next time.
Have a great week!

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