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A quiz for our resident NY DLer's

What does the following names have in common: Cyrus the Great, Augustus, Nerva, Charlemagne, Louis XI, Cardinal Richelieu, Pierre D'Almeras, Franz von Thurn and Thaxis, Andrew Hamilton, Thomas Witherings, Sir Roland Hill, Heinrich von Stephan?

Without googling it.

by Anonymousreply 52October 21, 2021 12:50 AM


by Anonymousreply 1October 4, 2021 5:16 AM

Former gay bars.

by Anonymousreply 2October 4, 2021 5:18 AM

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.

DL New Yorkers don't know the history and architecture of their city.


by Anonymousreply 3October 6, 2021 5:37 AM

[quote] What does the following names have in common

What's wire hangers doing in this closet when I told you no wire hangers ever!?

by Anonymousreply 4October 6, 2021 5:41 AM

"Franz von Thurn and Thaxis"


by Anonymousreply 5October 6, 2021 5:57 AM

Do you mean Sir Roland Hill or Sir Rowland Hill?

by Anonymousreply 6October 6, 2021 6:02 AM

[quote] What does the following names have in common

Are you asking about those words used as names?

Or are you asking about the people with those names?

by Anonymousreply 7October 6, 2021 6:04 AM

They all have local NY statues honouring them.

by Anonymousreply 8October 6, 2021 6:05 AM

Close about the statues, but nope.

by Anonymousreply 9October 6, 2021 6:31 AM

OP, can we have a clue?

by Anonymousreply 10October 6, 2021 6:32 AM

They all have a bust, a painting, a library or a building honouring them.

by Anonymousreply 11October 6, 2021 6:35 AM

Nope to bust, painting, library. Close to the building, but not exactly.

Shame, shame, shame.

by Anonymousreply 12October 6, 2021 6:39 AM


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by Anonymousreply 13October 6, 2021 7:14 AM

[quote] Shame, shame, shame.

Dear OP, I will start googling if you don't give us a clue today.

by Anonymousreply 14October 6, 2021 11:32 PM

[quote] And on the West 33rd Street facade, there are Thomas Witherings, Andrew Hamilton, Sir Rowland Hill and Heinrich von Stephan, postal legends ...

That's all I could get from Google from an old NY Times story. But the story is paywalled. So take it as a clue.

by Anonymousreply 15October 6, 2021 11:46 PM

Ah ha, I guessed about the postman back at R6.

So you say they are 'close to the building' but not a bust or painting.

Are they inscriptions such as the names of these great painters on the wall of an art gallery?

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by Anonymousreply 16October 6, 2021 11:52 PM

[quote] I guessed about the postman back at R6.

Huh? Where in your past do you guess that? You just asked about a name.

by Anonymousreply 17October 6, 2021 11:58 PM

Farley Post Office

by Anonymousreply 18October 7, 2021 12:12 AM

They were all members of the Velvet Underground.

by Anonymousreply 19October 7, 2021 12:16 AM

The names of Queen Elizabeth's corgis?

by Anonymousreply 20October 7, 2021 12:16 AM

Aren't they all characters conjured up by mistake by Aunt Clara and Esmeralda?

by Anonymousreply 21October 7, 2021 12:19 AM

A physical relic of all that motel crew of people is currently housed in NY.

by Anonymousreply 22October 7, 2021 12:20 AM

"Farley Post Office"

Ding, ding, ding.

We have a winner!!!!

But where exactly?

by Anonymousreply 23October 7, 2021 1:20 AM

On the parapet!

by Anonymousreply 24October 7, 2021 1:26 AM

Yes!!!! Finally!!!!

Shame to ther rest!!!!

by Anonymousreply 25October 7, 2021 2:52 AM

Have to admit, that was a pretty good quiz, OP.

by Anonymousreply 26October 7, 2021 3:00 AM

I enjoyed it, OP.

Some enterprising Dataloungers should make more quizzes to stretch our brains.

by Anonymousreply 27October 7, 2021 3:03 AM

I can hardly read the parapet.

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by Anonymousreply 28October 7, 2021 3:05 AM

It was easy, OP. I pass through the new train hall twice a week. And everybody knows that the Thurn and Taxis ran the postal service in Old Germany. That's why Gloria is so rich.

by Anonymousreply 29October 7, 2021 4:14 AM

Quiz #2:

This building in Manhattan is named after a town in France, in the Loire Atlantique department to be exact.

Clue #1 It has a stunning architectural feature high up.

by Anonymousreply 30October 14, 2021 8:25 AM


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by Anonymousreply 31October 14, 2021 8:30 AM

R30 Is it 'Arleston' which refers to the town of Arles?

by Anonymousreply 32October 14, 2021 8:53 AM

#32. Nope

Tomorrow another clue.

by Anonymousreply 33October 14, 2021 8:55 AM

Re Quiz #1, I know Moynihan Train Hall isn't a masterpiece, but I do like the way they connected it with what's left of the public part of the post office.

by Anonymousreply 34October 14, 2021 11:41 AM

Clue #2: The stunning architectural element ismade from the same material, thus the same color, of the Statue of Liberty,

by Anonymousreply 35October 15, 2021 3:36 AM


by Anonymousreply 36October 15, 2021 5:10 PM

OP, don't you mean Alexander Hamilton?

by Anonymousreply 37October 15, 2021 7:29 PM

Clue #3: It's located south of the Empire State Building.

by Anonymousreply 38October 16, 2021 8:24 PM

Is it down in that section when Manhattan was colony for Dutch creating a 'New Amsterdam'?

by Anonymousreply 39October 17, 2021 3:20 AM

Yes North section.

by Anonymousreply 40October 17, 2021 3:28 AM

Oh, are you saying it's the North section but south of the Empire State Building?

by Anonymousreply 41October 17, 2021 3:33 AM

South of the Empire State but North of Washington Square.

by Anonymousreply 42October 17, 2021 6:49 AM

This sounds very obscure.

by Anonymousreply 43October 17, 2021 9:56 PM

From the NYT

Special Deliverers

Q. On the far right side of the Eighth Avenue facade of the main post office building, up near the parapet, the name of Cardinal de Richelieu is carved into the stone, along with other names and dates. Why?

Sign up for the New York Today Newsletter Each morning, get the latest on New York businesses, arts, sports, dining, style and more. Get it sent to your inbox. A. The chief designer of the James A. Farley Post Office, William Mitchell Kendall of McKim, Mead & White, inscribed the names of pivotal figures in Western postal history at the corners of each of the three principal facades. Taken together, the names provide a terse tutorial in mail delivery through the ages, ranging from emperors, kings, and cardinals to otherwise obscure bureaucrats.

The first, starting at the western corner of the 31st Street facade, is that of the Persian Emperor Cyrus, who established a system of mounted relay messengers in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., followed by the Roman Emperor Augustus, who developed a series of post roads with relay stations between Rome and its provinces. These names are followed by Nerva, the emperor who canceled the postal tax in the first century A.D., and Charlemagne, who centuries later extended the postal network of the Romans into Italy, Germany and France.

This list continues on the Eighth Avenue facade: Louis XI of France, who created what was arguably Europe's first national postal system, in 1477; Franz von Taxis, who in 1490 organized a permanent postal link between nations; Cardinal de Richelieu, whose policies made the French postal service more available to the public in the early 17th century, and Pierre d'Almeras, who established fixed delivery fees in 1627.

And on the West 33rd Street facade, there are Thomas Witherings, Andrew Hamilton, Sir Rowland Hill and Heinrich von Stephan, postal legends all.

by Anonymousreply 44October 17, 2021 10:05 PM

Clue #4. South of Empire State Building, North of Washington Square, West of Madison Square, East of Penn Station.

by Anonymousreply 45October 17, 2021 11:45 PM

Is it something on the Flatiron Building?

by Anonymousreply 46October 18, 2021 12:03 AM

Is it Bella Abzug Park. She sounds European.

by Anonymousreply 47October 18, 2021 12:10 AM

All men who've been hit on by Kevin Spacey

by Anonymousreply 48October 18, 2021 12:11 AM

A more detailed explanation:

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by Anonymousreply 49October 18, 2021 12:28 AM

Nope to the Flatiron Building, but close!!!!

by Anonymousreply 50October 18, 2021 2:38 AM

So Quiz#2 the clues so far: Building named after a French town, located specifically in Brittany; has a stunning architectural feature high up, the same material (thus the same rich colour) of the Statue of Liberty; located below or south of the Empire State Building; and in the area west of Madison Square, north of Washington Squard and east of Penn Station.

Clue #5: the french town it's named after is a Breton town located on the coast and it's location is specifically on 5th avenue.

by Anonymousreply 51October 20, 2021 8:32 PM

I am stumped.

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