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New Yorkers get wrong answers on NY “Pass-or-Fail” survey. So did the pollsters.


Prominent DC Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway has released the results of a phone poll (commissioned by tourism promoter and prominent former city employee Cristyne Nicholas, nee Lategano) of 300 New Yorkers with landlines who got a bunch of general knowledge questions about New York wrong. Unfortunately, whoever wrote the questions got a few of the answers wrong too.


Question: The Top of the Rock observation deck give visitors a 360 degree panoramic view of New York City, and is located in what famous skyscraper?

The answer they’re looking for, according to the press release from Ms. Conway’s the polling company, is the GE Building. Unfortunately, there are two GE buildings, and the one they’re referring to has only been called the GE Building since 1988. Previously, it was known as the RCA Building. It’s also known as 30 Rockefeller Plaza, as the Tina Fey sitcom, the home page of Top of the Rock, and most New Yorkers would have it.

Question: Which museums face each other across Central Park?

The answer they’re looking for is the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural HIstory, which are roughly across the park from each other in the eighties (although the Met faces east). Oddly, the survey counts as wrong the 10% of people surveyed who answered the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the wrong order. The press release also refers to the Met as “MOMA,” which we around here recognize as the acronym for the Museum of Modern Art.

Question: Decker Farm, the last working farm in New York City, is located in Historic Richmond Town in what borough?

Decker Farm, which the press release identifies as the last place in the city to “pick a pumpkin or enjoy a hayride,” is indeed located on Staten Island. Unfortunately, it it’s not the only working farm in New York City. The Queens Farm Museum, which also offers both pumpkin picking and hayrides, shares that distinction.

The press release also identifies the Statue of Liberty as “Ellis Island’s tallest inhabitant.”

The conclusion the polling company extrapolates from their three hundred New Yorkers to the other eight million or so of us is that we really don’t know our city well at all, but we’re loathe to admit it. “The one thing that’s worse to a New Yorker than not offering an answer,” Conway told the Times, “is offering an incorrect one.”

Clearly not a trait we share with our sistren in DC.

Note: the attractions which were offered as choices for the destinations we recommend most to out-of-town visitors are all available to users of Ms. Nicholas’ New York Pass, which sponsored the poll.

That, at least, I suspect we understand.

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