‘What is the Upper East Side?’ See the UES Featured on Jeopardy!

Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!
Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!/Sony Pictures Television

MANHATTAN – The best neighborhood in New York City, the Upper East Side, has made it to prime time television once again. This time around, the UES wasn’t just the background in an episode of Gossip Girl or the Undoing— our beloved neighborhood was the answer to one of five NYC-focused questions on the Wednesday, March 16th Episode of Jeopardy!

Host Ken Jennings revealed the category ‘NYC Neighborhoods’ in the first round on Wednesday night’s episode. Just minutes later, the questions would start the $200 spot and quickly get to the all-important $600 question.

UESThings was first to share the neighborhood’s Jeopardy! cameo on Instagram.

Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!
Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!/Sony Pictures Television

“In 2017,” Jennings begins the question, “Phase One of expanding the Second Avenue subway included new stops at 96th, 86th and 72nd on the UES, or this?”

Immediately, the contestant named Evan buzzes in with the answer.

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“What is the Upper East Side?” Evan says, getting the answer correct and growing his score by $600— though, he’d finish the game in second place.

Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!
Question about the Upper East Side on Jeopardy!/Sony Pictures Television

January 1st marked five years since the Second Avenue subway opened on the Upper East Side, which at the time transformed transportation in the neighborhood with the completion of the long delayed project.

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The Second Avenue Subway is also home to New York State’s largest permanent public art installation— hosting an impressive, vivid collection of glass, porcelain and ceramic tile mosaics created by renowned contemporary artists. 

‘Blueprint for a Landscape’ by Sarah Sze inside the East 96th St.-Second Ave. Subway Station/Upper East Site
‘Blueprint for a Landscape’ by Sarah Sze inside the East 96th St.-Second Ave. Subway Station/Upper East Site

Phase Two of the Second Avenue subway, connecting the Second Avenue line to Metro North at East 125th Street, has also been been progressing slowly. The planned expansion got the green light from the US Department of Transportation earlier this year to move forward on the engineering phase of the project. 

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Right now, there is no timeline for the completion of Phase Two.

Second Avenue subway expansion to utilize existing unused tunnels in East Harlem
Second Avenue subway expansion to utilize existing unused tunnels in East Harlem/Kevin P. Coughlin, Office of Governor Kathy Hochul

The other four neighborhoods mentioned as answers in the Jeopardy! episode were Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, Astoria in Queens, Riverdale in the Bronx and Little Odessa in Brooklyn.

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