New York

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Abbreviation NY
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Albany
Population 19,378,102
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Democrat, to January, 2015)
Entered the Union July 26, 1788
as the 11th state
Motto Excelsior (Ever Upward)
Nickname The Empire State
Flower Rose
Bird Bluebird
Song I Love New York
Professional Sports Teams Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks (Men's Basketball); New York Liberty (Women's Basketball); Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, New York Giants (Football); New York Yankees, New York Mets (Baseball); New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Hockey); Red Bulls (Soccer). Note: The New York Jets and the New York Giants football teams' home stadium is in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name In honor of the English Duke of York
Historical Sites Castle Clinton, Fort Stanwix, Franklin D. Roosevelt's House in Hyde Park, Theodore Roosevelt's Houses in Oyster Bay and New York City, Grant's Tomb, Federal Hall in New York City, Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga Battlefield
Points of Interest Statue of Liberty National Monument, Niagara Falls, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the United Nations, and many world famous museums and parks
Bordering States New York borders New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island (water border).
Flag New York's flag

Follow these links to read articles about New York from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: New York
    http://www.50states.com/newyork.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about New York. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in New York
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/NY/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about New York's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: New York Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ny
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Welcome to the UN: It's Your World
    http://www.un.org/
    Here is the official website of the United Nations.
  • Clara Barton in Dansville
    http://dansville.lib.ny.us/clara.html
    Read about Clara Barton's work during her years in Dansville, recognized as the site of the first local Red Cross Society of the United States.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: New York
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/36000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in New York.
  • The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - THE BIG APPLE.
  • New York was the first state to 1) preserve an historic site (Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh); 2) establish a state park (Niagara Reservation); and 3) declare land "forever wild" (the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves) in the State Constitution.
  • The first railroad in America ran between Albany and Schenectady, a distance of 11 miles.
  • New York is a world capital with headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.
  • After the adoption of the Federal Constitution, New York City was chosen to be the nation's first capital and was the site of the inauguration of George Washington as President on April 30, 1789.
  • New York has a state muffin! The Apple Muffin was created for the Bear Road Elementary School children in North Syracuse, who were instrumental in getting the Governor to sign a bill making it the official State muffin.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Presidents from New York with links to ipl2's POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
  • Michael Jordan, professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls.
  • Aaron Copland, composer.
  • George Eastman, inventor of roll film and founder of Eastman Kodak Company.
  • Norman Rockwell, painter and illustrator.
  • Walt Whitman, poet.
  • Lou Gehrig, baseball player.