Geeks will rule the night!
The Panorama Challenge will take place at — believe it or not — the Panorama at Queens Museum on Saturday, March 4, at 6 p.m. Teams with as many as 10 members will match their mastery of NYC’s nooks, crannies, and history as they vie for small prizes and enormous bragging rights.
Jonathan Turer, a guide with event sponsor Levy’s Unique New York, will return for his seventh year as Quizmaster. He knows the five boroughs like the back of his hand and he has some new categories, including Seinfeld; Snow; Subway Travel; Mills; and Forts. Plus, Open House New York has joined the fun by contributing clues for a category based on the cultural nonprofit’s upcoming series Getting to Zero: New York + Waste.
There are two divisions: Panorama Challenger and Panorama Pro. Challengers are first‐timers whose questions will be less oblique. Pros are returning contestants and die‐hard NYC trivia buffs. The winning Pro team’s name will be etched on the permanent trophy.
Matt Apter, who, like Turer, is a guide with Levy’s Unique New York, will serve as the master of ceremonies, reading the questions out loud. The teams will use the clues and musical hints to determine the correct answers.
In another new twist, a panel – consisting of Forgotten NY Master Kevin Walsh; Dean of NYC Guides Lee Gelber; author and urban explorer Moses Gates; two-time Panorama Challenge winner Mitch Paluszek; and official Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione — will use laser pointers to highlight clues on the Panorama.
And as a response to the summer’s Brexit and the recently concluded U.S. presidential election, the Halftime Quiz will feature questions based on British NYC and the Trumps. Then while the scores are being tallied at the end, Batala NYC, an all-female percussion troupe, will rock the house with Brazilian rhythms.
General admission tickets are $15 each online, but $20 a pop at the door. (Food and drink will be for sale.)
Though the competition will be fierce, the event has a soft side. Proceeds from admission and concessions will go to Queens Museum and The City Reliquary, a museum and civic organization in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg.
Images courtesy of Levys’ Unique New York