61 Facts About New York State


New York, officially known as the State of New York, is a state in the Northeastern United States.

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New York includes several ranges of the wider Appalachian Mountains.

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Western New York is part of the Great Lakes region and borders the Great Lakes of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, as well as Niagara Falls.

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Between the central and western parts of the state, New York is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular vacation and tourist destination.

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New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies forming the United States.

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The area of present-day New York had been inhabited by tribes of the Algonquians and the Iroquois confederacy Native Americans for several thousand years by the time the earliest Europeans arrived.

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Many landmarks in New York are well known, including four of the world's ten most-visited tourist attractions in 2013: Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls, and Grand Central Terminal.

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New York is home to the Statue of Liberty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Several universities in New York have been ranked among the top 100 in the nation and world.

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In 1540, French traders from New York State France built a chateau on Castle Island, within present-day Albany; it was abandoned the following year due to flooding.

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The city of New York was recaptured by the Dutch in 1673 during the Third Anglo-Dutch War and renamed New Orange.

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New York was the only colony not to vote for independence, as the delegates were not authorized to do so.

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New York City was the national capital under the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the first national government.

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New York City in New York remained the national capital under the new constitution until 1790, and was the site of the inauguration of President George Washington, the drafting of the United States Bill of Rights, and the first session of the United States Supreme Court.

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Transportation in Western New York was by expensive wagons on muddy roads before canals opened up the rich farmlands to long-distance traffic.

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New York City was a major ocean port and had extensive traffic importing cotton from the South and exporting manufacturing goods.

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New York State had overstayed his shore leave and left on the 10:15a.

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The state of New York contains a part of the Marcellus shale, which extends into Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Unofficial and loosely defined regions of Upstate New York include from the Southern Tier, which includes many of the counties along the border with Pennsylvania, to the North Country region, above or sometimes including parts of the Adirondack region.

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New York is the only state that includes within its borders parts of the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

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In general, New York has a humid continental climate, though under the Koppen climate classification, New York City has a humid subtropical climate.

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Weather in New York is heavily influenced by two continental air masses: a warm, humid one from the southwest and a cold, dry one from the northwest.

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Species of mammals that are part of New York are white-footed mouse, North American least shrew, little brown bat, muskrat, eastern gray squirrel, eastern cottontail, American ermine, groundhog, striped skunk, fisher, North American river otter, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, red fox, white-tailed deer, moose, and American black bear.

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Some species of birds in New York are the ring-necked pheasant, northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, blue jay, eastern bluebird, American robin, and black-capped chickadee.

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Maritime or shore birds of New York are great blue heron, killdeers, northern cardinals, American herring gulls, and common terns.

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Reptiles species that can be seen in land areas of New York are queen snake, massasauga, hellbender, diamondback terrapin, spotted turtle, and Blanding's turtle.

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New York has many state parks and two major forest preserves.

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Hither Hills New York State Park, on the South Fork of Long Island, offers camping and is a popular destination with surfcasting sport fishermen.

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New York City is divided into five boroughs, each coterminous with a county.

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Downstate New York can be considered to form the central core of the Northeast megalopolis, an urbanized region stretching from New Hampshire to Virginia.

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New York City is home to more than two-fifths of the state's population.

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New York contains 13 metropolitan areas, as defined by the U S Census Bureau.

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New York City gained more residents between April 2010 and July 2018 than any other U S city.

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In 2008 New York had the second-largest international immigrant population in the country among U S states, at 4.

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New York is home to the second-largest Asian American population and the fourth-largest Black or African American population in the United States.

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The Black or African American population is in a state of flux, as New York is the largest recipient of immigrants from Africa, while established Blacks and African Americans are migrating out of New York to the southern United States.

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Americans of English ancestry are present throughout all of upstate New York, reflecting early colonial and later immigrants.

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LGBT travel guide Queer in the World states, "The fabulosity of Gay New York is unrivaled on Earth, and queer culture seeps into every corner of its five boroughs"; LGBT advocate and entertainer Madonna stated metaphorically, “Anyways, not only is New York City the best place in the world because of the queer people here.

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New York is home to the oldest Zoroastrian fire temple in the United States.

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New York City remains the largest global center for trading in public equity and debt capital markets, driven in part by the size and financial development of the U S economy.

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New York leads in private equity and the monetary volume of mergers and acquisitions.

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New York is the principal commercial banking center of the United States.

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In December 2014, the State of New York announced a $50million venture-capital fund to encourage enterprises working in biotechnology and advanced materials; according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the seed money would facilitate entrepreneurs in bringing their research into the marketplace.

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The filmed entertainment industry has been growing in New York, contributing nearly $9billion to the New York City economy alone as of 2015.

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New York agriculture industry is a major producer overall, ranking among the top five states for agricultural products including maple syrup, apples, cherries, cabbage, dairy products, onions, and potatoes.

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New York is home to what are widely regarded as the best performing arts schools in the world.

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New York has one of the most extensive and one of the oldest transportation infrastructures in the country.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a joint venture between the states of New York and New Jersey and authorized by the U S Congress, established in 1921 through an interstate compact, that oversees much of the regional transportation infrastructure, including bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports, within the geographical jurisdiction of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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All gasoline-powered vehicles registered in the State of New York are required to have an emissions inspection every 12 months, in order to ensure that environmental quality controls are working to prevent air pollution.

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New York is represented by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in the United States Senate.

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New York has 29 electoral votes in national presidential elections, a drop from its peak of 47 votes from 1933 to 1953.

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New York State has a strong imbalance of payments with the federal government.

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Since the second half of the 20th century, New York has generally supported candidates belonging to the Democratic Party in national elections.

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Rural portions of upstate New York are generally more conservative than the cities and tend to favor Republicans.

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New York City is the most important source of political fundraising in the United States for both major parties.

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State of New York has the distinction of being the home state for both major-party nominees in three presidential elections.

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New York City is an important center for international diplomacy.

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State of New York is geographically home to one National Football League team, the Buffalo Bills, based in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.

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Minor league baseball teams play in the State of New York, including the Long Island Ducks, and the Brooklyn Cyclones, downstate, and the Rochester Red Wings, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Syracuse Mets, the Auburn Doubledays, the Batavia Muckdogs, the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Buffalo Bisons upstate.

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New York hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.

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State of New York is home to many intercollegiate division1 sports programs.

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