Monday, 8 October 2018

State of the Month: New York




Here is the next instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of the United States in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.  New York is a whole lot more than the city.


Location – One of the original 13 colonies, New York State is 4th largest in terms of population but only 27th largest state in area.  New York has a border with Canada and also borders New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.
 
Origin of name – Named for the Duke of York who became King James II


Nicknames – Empire State, Excelsior State


Flag


Capital – Albany (less than 100 thousand population).  Albany is 150 miles north of NY City.


Unusual town names – Neversink (now inundated by a reservoir!), Poughkeepsie


Bird – Eastern Bluebird


State Tree – Sugar Maple


Signature foods – Pastrami sandwich, New York cheesecake, Buffalo wings


Famous places to visit – Statue of Liberty (duh!), Central Park, Times Square,  Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes, Letchworth State Park

Famous businesses/brands – Fisher-Price, American Express, Barnes & Noble, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Revlon


Famous people from New York include: Carole King, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Donald Trump, both President Roosevelts, Barbara Bush, Jacqui Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Whoopi Goldberg, Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Don McLean, Arthur Ashe, Carl Sagan

Go to this Pinboard to see the States of the Month so far.

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