New York

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Nickname: The Empire State

Location: Western United States

Bordering Countries/States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont

Capital City: Albany

Other Cities and Sites: New York City, Manhattan, Lake George, Harlem, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, The Big Apple, Times Square, Lake Placid, Central Park, Finger Lakes, Letchworth State Park, Watkins Glen State Park, The Empire State Building, Thousand Islands, The Adirondacks, Triphammer Falls, Bannerman Castle, Zoar Valley, Stonecrop Gardens, Whiteface Mountain steps, Blue Mountain Lake, Eternal Flame Falls

State Animal: Beaver

Language(s): English (69.6%), Spanish (15.1%), Chinese (3.1%), Indic (1.9%), French (1.6%), Russian (1.2%), Italian (0.9%), Yiddish (0.7%), Arabic (0.7%), Korean (0.5%)

Population: 19 million +

Religion: Christianity (74%), Non-Religios (17%), Islam (6%), Judaism (1%), Buddhism (1%), Other (1%)

Known for: New York City, landscape, waterfalls, national parks, The Big Apple, Times Square, Coney Island, Statue of Liberty, Knicks, jazz, Wall Street, music, skyline, wealth, economy, Yankees, M’n’M World, Rockefeller Centre, entertainment, Park Avenue, Saks Fifth, Bloomingdales, shopping, Broadway, Macy’s, yellow cabs, subway, Italian food, bagels, NYPD, bars, restaurants, a city that never sleeps, movie locations, Twin Towers

Fun Facts:

  • The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843
  • 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
  • Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City
  • New York was the first state to require license plates on cars
  • Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park in New York City used to be cemeteries

  • It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park
  • There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes
  • New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia
  • Women may go topless in public, providing it is not being used as a business
  • More than 47 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak another language other than English at home
  • New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world