MCNY Madness Challenge 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Many of us may miss checking NCAA brackets right now, but the Museum has come up with our own competition to keep the madness alive. For the inaugural #MCNYMadnessChallenge, we’ve selected eight contenders in four categories—Landmarks, Architecture, Culture, and Sports—and you can vote to determine what makes New York New York.

Bracket diagram showing the eight contenders for the MCNY Madness Challenge, March 2020

Voting will take place in three rounds from March 23–31, and we'll be updating the progress daily, so follow along to see the results.

How to vote:

  • Follow us @MuseumOfCityNY on Instagram and Twitter.
  • Check our Instagram Story and Twitter weekdays at noon to vote in our social media polls.
  • You'll have 24 hours to make your pick, and you can see live results below.
  • Winners will be posted the next day.


Round 1, Match 1: Landmarks

Two iconic attractions, Central Park and Times Square, kicked things off. 

Images of Central Park and Times Square, two the eight contenders in the MCNY Madness Challenge, March 2020

Winner: Central Park

Landmark Win


Round 1, Match 2: Culture

Two cultural phenomenons, Hip-Hop and Theater, go head to head. 

MCNY Madness Culture Category


Winner: Hip-Hop

MCNY Madness Culture Win



Round 1, Match 3: Sports

Two popular sports teams, The Knicks and The Yankees, compete to win.

MCNY Madness Sports Category


Winner: New York Yankees

MCNY Madness Sports Win


Round 1, Match 4: Architecture

Which of these two classic skyscrapers—the Flatiron Building or the Chrysler Building—is more quintessentially New York?

Images of the Flatiron Building and the Chrysler Building, two the eight contenders in the MCNY Madness Challenge, March 2020

Winner: Chrysler Building

MCNY Madness Architecture Win


Semi-Finals: Central Park vs. New York Yankees

These two New York City icons battle it out in the first match of our second round.

MCNY Madness Landmarks vs Sports

Winner: Central Park

MCNY Madness Central Park Win



Semi-Finals: Chrysler Building vs. Hip-Hop

Culture and architecture face off in this exciting semi-final round. Which one will make it to the end?

MCNY Madness Architecture vs Culture CORRECT

Winner: Chrysler Building

MCNY Madness Finals


Finals: Chrysler Building vs. Central Park

We've made it to the finals with these two NYC icons! Make sure to vote on which one you think makes New York New York. 

MCNY Madness Architecture vs Landmarks

Winner: Central Park

It's official: Central Park is THE iconic landmark that makes New York New York! Thank you to everyone who voted and made this a success. We hope you had fun!

MCNY Madness Central Park Win


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