Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum of Art March 11th, 2011

A view of NYC from the sky showing the the bridges connecting Manhattan and Queens at the Queens Museum of Art

Full disclosure: we've somehow never been to the extremely cool-looking, much loved and lauded Panorama of the City of New York, the world's largest architectural model, a vast three-dimensional map, done entirely to scale, depicting every single building in the entire city. Yes: Every. Single. Building. From the world famous (Empire State, Chrysler, Rock Center) to the locally iconic (Williamsburgh Bank, the Beresford) to the interesting only to you (where you grew up, where you live now, where that amazing party in Brooklyn was ten years ago)… they're all* included in the Panorama of the City of New York, more than 850,000 individual structures covering 9,335 square feet of space within the Queens Museum, right near the 7 train (and the Mets' Citi Field) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


Two men point smiling at the Panorama at the Queens Museum in New York

Anyway, the Panorama of the City of New York has long been on our to-do list, because it sounds amazing, and we've seen tons of pictures, and we've heard from lots of people who normally can be trusted with this sort of thing that it's worth the trip. AND, given that we can be insanely competitive (in a good way), an event going on tomorrow night ONLY–that's Friday, March 11–might be just the push we've waiting for. Namely: the 4th Annual Panorama Challenge with Levy's Unique New York! Of note to past contestants in this New York City-themed architectural / geographic trivia contest, the folks at Levy's Unique New York promise all new questions this year. Plus: free trolley service to the museum from the 7 train Willets Point stop. Plus: snacks. Plus: BEER.      

A panorama view of the city showing buildings along the hudson river at the Queen Museum of Art

The NYC Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum is, of course, all about having fun, and enthusiasts of all ages and levels of expertise are encouraged to form a team, RSVP, and come on out and play. That said, the winning team will receive mountains of glory, Queens Museum memberships, a year's worth of bragging rights AND their name engraved on the coveted Panorama Challenge Trophy.   

A panorama view of New York City showing almost all of Manhattan on display at Queens Museum of Art

The NYC Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum Details

The NYC Panorama Challenge happens TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday, March 11, from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The Queens Museum is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and is accessible by car and public transportation via the 7 train. For directions to the Queens Museum and more information about the Panorama Challenge, please see the Museum's website.    

*Every building constructed prior to 1992, that is. Plus some 60,000 buildings that have been added or changed since then.   

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