Located in the Northeastern region of the United States, the state of New York borders six other states as well as Canada.
It is a state famous for natural wonders like Niagara Falls, historical treasures such as the Statue of Liberty, and a bustling financial market. There are so many reasons why there are millions of people who visit this state each year. What many people may not realize it that New York City was actually the capital of the United Sates when George Washington took his oath as president at Federal Hall, in 1789.
New York’s extremely rapid commercial growth may be partly attributed to Gov. De Witt Clinton, who pushed through the construction of the Erie Canal (Buffalo to Albany), which was opened in 1825. Today, the 641-mile Gov.
Thomas E. Dewey Thruway connects New York City with Buffalo and with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania express highways. Two toll-free superhighways, the Adirondack Northway (linking Albany with the Canadian border) and the North-South Expressway (crossing central New York from the Pennsylvania border to the Thousand Islands), have been opened.
Other Key Facts
The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
The 641-mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.
A brewer named Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in Poughkeepsie in 1861.
In 1979 Vassar students were the first from a private college to be granted permission to study in the People’s Republic of China.
The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
Union College in Schenectady is regarded as the Mother of Fraternities because Delta Phi is the oldest continually operating fraternity and Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Societies were started on the campus.
The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair was actually held in Bethel.
Dairying is New York’s most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle and or calves farms.
In 1807 The Clermont made its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany making the vessel the first successful steamboat.
Sam Schapiro began the Kosher wine industry on New York’s Lower East side with their famous extra heavy original concord wine in 1899.
New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
Empire State Building: Skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Statue of Liberty: Sculpture on Liberty Island in New York City, New York.
Central Park: Park in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Broadway: The Theater District and Lincoln Center in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Coney Island: Beach and entertainment destination in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.