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    State of New York
    Nickname The Empire State
    Capital Albany
    Largest city New York City
    Population 19.8M (Rank:4)
    Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)

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    Fourth most populous state
    From 1805 until California surpassed it in 1962, New York state was the most populous state in the United States. Currently, New York state is the fourth most populous state in the United States.

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    Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls, New York is the oldest state-promoted tourist attraction in the United States. In 1885, New York State acquired property around Niagara Falls and established the first state park in the United States calling it 'Niagara Reservation'. Contrary to the popular belief, Niagara Falls is not the highest waterfall in the USA. It is not even the highest waterfall in New York State! Taughannock Falls is the tallest single-drop waterfall in the state of New York. Yet, Niagara Falls is the most visited waterfall in the world.

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    New Netherland
    New York harbor was visited by Giovanni Verrazano in 1524, and the Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1624, the Dutch settled in the area that is now called 'New York State' and ruled it for 40 years as 'New Netherland'. It was conquered by the English in 1664 and was then named New York in honor of the Duke of York (who later became King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII)

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    America's Battleground
    New York State was the principal battleground of many battles of the Revolutionary War. British troops were driven out of New York City on November 25, 1783. On December 4, 1783, at Fraunces Tavern in New York City, General George Washington bade farewell to his officers, officially ending the Revolutionary War.

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    American Heritage River
    The Hudson River, named an American Heritage River by the U.S. government, is the longest river that flows entirely through New York State. The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609. Dutch explorers first named it Mauritius River, in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau. The Dutch called the river the North River (Noortrivier)

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    Biggest gold storage
    The largest gold storage in the world is in the basement of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. About 60 countries use the facility to store their gold.

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    From France...with love
    The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people commemorating the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolution and 100 years of American independence. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates aboard the French naval vessel Isère and it reached New York harbor on June 17, 1885. The assembled statue on the Bedloe's Island (now named Liberty Island) was dedicated on October 28, 1886 by President Grover Cleveland

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      Longest toll road in USA

      The 641 mile (1032 km) long Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.

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      United States Capital
      New York City served as the capital of United States from January 11, 1785 to August 12, 1790. In 1785, the assembly of the Congress of the Confederation made New York the national capital shortly after the war. New York was the last capital of the U.S. under the Articles of Confederation and the first capital under the Constitution of the United States. In 1789, the first President of the United States, George Washington, was inaugurated; the first United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States each assembled for the first time, and the United States Bill of Rights was drafted, all at Federal Hall on Wall Street.

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      First steamboat
      Built in 1807, the North River Steamboat, world's first commercially successful steamboat, operated on the Hudson River (at that time known as the North River) between New York and Albany. Built by the wealthy investor and politician Robert Livingston and inventor and entrepreneur Robert Fulton, it was the first vessel to demonstrate the viability of using steam propulsion for commercial river transportation.

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      License plates
      In 1901, New York was the first state to require license plates on automobiles. The license plates were not issued by the state. Automobile owners are required to make them with their initials printed on them

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      Winter Olympics
      Lake Placid, New York is the only American city to host Winter Olympics twice. It hosted the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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      Birth place of Governors
      New York State Produced Most state Governors. 116 New York State born Americans have become Governors of other states. Virginia is second in the nation with 78 of its native born sons became governors of other states (one among them even became the president of another country - Sam Houston served as the president of the Republic of Texas)
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      First golf game in USA
      A small group of hearty golfers staged the first recorded exhibition of golf in the United States – over three holes laid out by John Reid and John Upham in a cow pasture in Yonkers, N.Y. On Nov. 14, 1888, these golfers formally established The Saint Andrew's Golf Club, which remains the oldest continuously existing golf club in the United States.

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        How did New York get its name
        In 1664, the English took the territory of New Amsterdam from the Dutch settlers living there. King Charles II named the territory 'New York' after his brother, the Duke of York (future King James II of England) and gave it to him as a gift.

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        Oldest chartered city
        Albany, capital of the state of New York, is the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. Dutch incorporated it as the village of Beverwijck (meaning 'Beaver District') in 1652. When New Netherland was captured by the English in 1664, they changed the name Beverwijck to Albany, in honor of the Duke of Albany (later James II of England and James VII of Scotland). Duke of Albany was a Scottish title given since 1398, generally to a younger son of the King of Scots. The name is ultimately derived from Alba, the Gaelic name for Scotland

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        Capital cities
        In 1777, Kingston became the first capital of New York State. after British burned down Kingston, Hurley became the State Capital on October 16, 1777. The capital was then moved to Poughkeepsie. Albany became the capital of the State in January 1797.

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        Colossal park
        The 6-million-acre Adirondack Park in New York State is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States (it is neither state park nor national park) Of the Adirondack Park's 6 million acres, 2.6 million acres are owned by New York State and the remaining 3.4 million acres are privately owned.

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        Oldest running daily newspaper

        The New York Post, established on November 16, 1801 as New-York Evening Post by Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States.

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        NYSE

        The New York Stock Exchange is the largest exchange in the world by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of 2017.

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        Woodstock

        The Woodstock Music Festival was actually held on a dairy farm in Bethel, NY, after the towns of Woodstock and Wallkill refused to host it. The festival took place for three days in August 1969 with 400,000 people attending

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        Nickname The Empire State List
        Capital Albany List
        Motto Excelsior (Ever upward) List
        Largest city New York City List
        Largest metro New York-Newark-Jersey City (rank: 1) List
        Abbreviation NY List
        Population 19.8 million (rank: 4) List
        Population density 416 per mile2 (rank: 7) List
        Life expectancy 80.5 (rank: 6) List
        Median age 38.3 years (rank: 28) List
        Area 54,555 mile2 (rank: 27) List
        Median household income $58,005 (rank: 22) List
        Statehood July 26, 1788 (11st state) List
        Mean elevation 1,000 ft. (300 m) List
        Highest point Mount Marcy 5,344 ft (1,629 m) List
        Coastline 127 miles List
        International border 445 miles List
        Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)
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