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The 13th Annual Panorama Challenge

Congrats to the Winners!!

Congrats to winning Pro team GANYC Panic and Challenger team New Yorkians Going Places! Out of 27 teams, they come out on top of their respective categories. GANYC Panic’s team name will be added to the roster of past Panorama Challenge winners that grace the Panorama Challenge trophy.

Coming up in second place (for the third time in a row!) were Panorama Pros Flatlanders and Challengers The Early Onsets. Third place was taken by Pro team Pomonok You Out! and New AmsterDAMN.

Thanks to all the teams who played a great game and to everyone who came out for the return of this incredible New York event. And thanks to our partners at The Municipal Art Society of New York and the Queens Museum, and our sponsors Brooklyn Brewery and Two Boots.

Didn’t get to join us this year, or want to relive the moment? Check out the event photo album on Flicker.

See you next year for Panorama Challenge 14!

Friday, April 12, 6-9:30 pm at the Queens Museum

General Admission: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Members of the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, or MAS: $15

Doors 6 PM, Game 7 PM (free shuttle between the Queens Museum and the Mets‐Willets Point 7 stop from 5:30-7pm and 9-10 pm)

Update 2: Waitlist now full! No further spots will be offered.

If you didn’t get your Panorama Challenge tickets in time for this year, we hope to see you in 2025!

Update: Panorama Challenge SOLD OUT!

Panorama Challenge 2024 is SOLD OUT!!

We wish we could fit everyone, but for the safety of our audience and the historic artifacts at the Queens Museum, we’ve had to limit admissions.

ALL tickets are now sold–NO further tickets will be available at the door.

HOWEVER, a WAITLIST will be made in case any of our advance ticket holders do not arrive on time to the event.

If you wish to be put on the waitlist:

Email [email protected] with your name and the number of tickets requested. We’ll offer tickets to people on the waitlist starting at 7:00 PM THIS FRIDAY. Please be at Queens Museum at this time. Please also note that game play is scheduled to begin at this time. If you are admitted after 7:00 pm, you are welcome to watch the game and cheer on teams, but we can’t guarantee that you will be able to participate as a team player—but we’ll do our best to make it happen!

If you are requesting tickets for you and your team members, all team members must be present to purchase their ticket. We will not sell more than one ticket to each waitlisted guest.

We’re thrilled by the enthusiasm for the return of this signature City Reliquary event. Huge thanks to our co-sponsors MAS for all their help in organizing and to the Queens Museum for welcoming us into their space.

After a four-year hiatus, the City Reliquary Museum returns to the Queens Museum to host the 13th Annual Panorama Challenge. The event, the largest NYC-themed trivia game, will take place at The Panorama of the City of New York, a scale model of the five boroughs.

The event will be co-hosted with the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), the organization that teamed up with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to save Grand Central Terminal from being demolished. MAS advocates for the preservation of New York City’s historic public art and architecture while fighting for livable and equitable urban planning and design today.

Ticketing is open now! Buy online in advance for a discount ($20 vs. $25 at the door). Members of the City Reliquary, Queens Museum, or MAS get an even deeper discounted admission of $15.

City Reliquary members will be able to purchase $15 tickets after logging into their Withfriends account.

This unique evening of trivia puts the whole city at your feet. Teams of Panorama Pros and Panorama Challengers get quizzed on all things NYC using the Panorama as a massive game board. After two rounds and the classic Halftime Quiz, the winning Pro team will join the ranks of past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy housed at the Queens Museum.

Emcee Gary Dennis will preside over the evening. Jonathan Turer, long-time tour guide and founder of, returns for his tenth year as Quizmaster with a new batch of mind-bending questions. This year’s trivia topics include “Awkwafina,” “SNL & Staten Island,” “Fame,” and more NYC-centric minutiae.

This marks a triumphant return for the City Reliquary, which first launched the Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum in 2007 and last presented it in 2019. This year’s event will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where the Panorama debuted as an exhibit celebrating New York’s municipal infrastructure and built environment

Think you have deep NYC knowledge? Register your team now and show us what you’ve got!

The Judges’ Chambers

The Panorama Challenge judges represent a veritable Who’s Who of New York City experts. This year’s panel includes notable New Yorkers Kevin Walsh, webmaster of the acclaimed Forgotten New York blog; Michael Miscione, former Manhattan Borough Historian and expert on sewer gator lore; Michelle Myles, owner of Daredevil Tattoo and local tattoo history tour guide; DeeAnne Gorman from the board of the Greater Astoria Historical Society; former municipal employees Mitch Paluszek and Steve Scofield; and Moses Gates, Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning with the Regional Plan Association.

The Evening’s Entertainment

Guests will enjoy a special halftime performance from the City Reliquary’s 2023 Miss Subways and 7 line lover, Harmony Hardcore!

DJ Frankie Teardrop will play 64 Fair-era doo-wop, soul, girl group, and British Invasion tunes throughout the night. Frankie Teardrop was the resident DJ at NYC’s Wierd Records party. In addition to DJing, he plays bass and synth with dream pop band The Harrow, serves as a writer at Systems of Romance and, and most recently has been working with Cherry Red Records for a series of box sets.

Pizza (including a vegan option) by Two Boots and beer from Brooklyn Brewery will be available for purchase.

About the City Reliquary Museum

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. Established in 2002 as an apartment window display at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburg, it relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city. Learn more at Follow us at @cityreliquary.

About the Municipal Art Society of New York

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and leads the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. For over 130 years our advocacy efforts have led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, and the lights of Times Square; the conservation of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Waterfront Alliance. Learn more at Follow us on Instagram at @mas_nyc on Instagram and on Facebook at @masnyc.

About the Queens Museum 

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park presents contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with school children, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit Follow us at @queensmuseum.


The 9th Annual Panorama Challenge!

Panorama of the City of the New at the Queens Museum

Panorama Challenge 2016
A Unique Evening of Trivia from The City Reliquary Museum, Queens Museum, & The Levys’ Unique New York!

Where: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
When: Friday, March 4th, 7 – 10PM (doors @ 6PM)

Tickets available through or our Facebook event!

SEEKING KNOW-IT-ALL NEW YORKERS! LOOKING FOR LOVERS OF NYC!  Meet us at the world’s largest architectural scale model – The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum – for a most unusual evening of trivia with the whole city at your feet!  Proceeds support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

The Panorama Challenge quizzes participants about our city while laser-wielding tour guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! point out clues on the Panorama. The evening’s MC Mike Morgenthal will read aloud the question and teams of 10 (or so) will use those clues as well as musical hints to determine the correct answer.

Teams may be organized as either a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro. Challenger teams are first-timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Their questions will be easier! Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners – and must answer double the number of questions each round (60 total!)

Identify the most locations and your Pro team will join the ranks of legendary past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy at the Queens Museum!

Jonathan Turer, Quizmaster for the last five years, has again returned with all new questions!  This year contestants will be challenged on ‘saintly’ locations, tv theme songs, NY novels and famous speeches.  And in today’s charged political climate, the Panorama Challenge Halftime Quiz will involve NYC PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA.  Because you can’t ever escape this race, even at the Queens Museum!

A panel of All-Star Judges will deliberate and announce the winners.  This year’s estimable crew include award-winning Dean of NYC Guides Lee Gelber; author and award-winning webmaster of Forgotten NY Kevin Walsh; as well as author and Urban Explorer (of every NYC census tract) Moses Gates.

While scores are being tallied, there will be an electrifying performance by Batala NYC – New York’s ONLY all-woman Brazilian drum corps!

Admission is $15 per person, with discounted admission available through City Reliquary or Queens Museum membership purchase (member tickets available only on site.) Advance tickets available online. Beer will be provided by our wonderful friends at the Rockaway Brewing Company.  Substantial sandwiches and assorted snacks will be sold. Proceeds from admission and concessions support the City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

A free shuttle will be traveling between the Museum and underneath the Mets-Willets Point 7 stop, both before and after the event (6:30-10:30pm.)

About the Queens Museum: The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.

About The Levys’ Unique New York!: The Levys’ Unique New York! (LUNY!) provides step-on, group and private tour guides for sightseeing in New York City. Passionate and expertly trained guides provide visitors with an engaging, entertaining, energetic and educational tour experience. New Yorkers who are proud to share colorful stories about our city’s culture, diversity, energy and strength.


Panorama Challenge VIII

Friday, March 6 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Join Levy’s Unique New York to participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night at the world’s largest panorama – The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum! Plus a special performance by Batala!

Admission: $15 per person, or $7 for members of Queens Museum or City Reliquary Museum (member tickets available only on site).
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Proceeds from admission and concessions support the City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

The Panorama Challenge poses a variety of questions about city landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. Each location will be pinpointed by one of the Levy’s Unique New York team (NYC’s First Family of Tour Guides) who will be wielding laser pointers. Teams of 10 (or so) will play either as a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro team. Challenger teams are first-timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners – and must answer an extra question each round (60 questions total!). Identify the most locations and your team will have their name etched on the trophy at the Queens Museum!

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The 6th Annual Panorama Challenge!

Presented by The Levys’ Unique New York! The Queens Museum of Art, & The City Reliquary present

Friday March 1st, 2013
Doors at 6pm / Panorama Challenge from 7-9pm
At the Queens Museum of Art: Flushing-Meadows Corona Park

$10 suggested donation
Brooklyn Brewery beer available for donation.
All proceeds go to support the City Reliquary Museum

RSVP your team with [email protected]
Don’t have a team? Sign up for one at the event!

CALLING ALL NYC KNOW-IT-ALLS and GEOGRAPHICAL GEEKS! Come to world’s only geographical trivia-based game night involving the world’s largest panorama – The Panorama of the City of New York! Participants will compete in teams of 10 (more or less ok!) to test their knowledge of New York City geography.

The Panorama Challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. Its your team’s job to identify all 30 locations. Laser-wielding tour guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! will make sure all present can see the location as the audio clue is explained out loud.

This year, Quizmaster Jonathan Turer has devised two levels of all new questions! Teams will be divided up into New York Novices and Panorama Pros, and every single geographical query with have two answers – one for the newbies and one for the seasoned aces. Which means that each team will have 2 chances to win.

There will be Essay Questions! Last year the creative answers in this category made the difference between winners and runners-up. This year the essay challenges should prove to be just as fun and just as crucial as last year. This year will also have song clues for those steeped in NYC’s musicology.

Our panel of All-Star Judges include the Dean of NYC Tour Guides Lee Gelber; NYC Know-It-All Andy Sydor & Webmaster and Author of Forgotten-NY Kevin Walsh. All three will be on hand to call the too-close-to-call answers as well as adjucate any quibbling (remember our critical rule #1: NO QUIBBLING!)

Victors will be crowned in each division; Novices and Pros. The triumphant Pros will see their team name join those of legendary past winners when it is added to the Museum’s Champions Trophy.

Whats more, our wonderful friends at the Brooklyn Brewery will be providing tasty beers, available by donation, samples of whiskey from Kings County Distillery, the first distillery in NYC since Prohibition for donations, plus sandwiches for sale from Hope Deli, on Havemeyer and Hope streets.

There will be a free shuttle travelling between the QMA and the Mets-Willets Point 7 stop.