New York is a state in United States, situated in the country’s mid-Atlantic and northeastern regions. It stands bordered by Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, apart from sharing a water border with Rhode Island and an international border with Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. New York City is its largest city, while its capital is Albany. Spread over 54,556 sq miles (141,299 sq km), New York ranks as the 27th
largest state in United States, in term of size. If you want to know more about the state of New York, make use of the fun and interesting facts given below.
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Fun & Interesting Facts about New York
- New York is situated in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States.
- New York has been named after England's Duke of York.
- The largest cities in New York are New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers and Syracuse.
- The capital city of New York is Albany.
- New York is the third most populous state in the United States.
- New York became an independent state in 1776 and enacted its own constitution in 1777.
- New York ratified the United States Constitution in 1788, to become the 11th state.
- The ‘Fashion Institute of Technology’ in Manhattan is the only school in the world that offers a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
- Dairying is most important farming activity in New York.
- The ‘New York Post’, set up in 1803, is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
- New York City was the first capital of the United States.
- The first presentation of 3D films, before a paying audience, took place in 1915, at the Astor Theater in Manhattan.
- Genesee River of New York is one of the few rivers in the world that flow from south to north.
- The first pizzeria in United States was opened in New York City, in 1895, by Gennaro Lombardi.
- The largest lake in New York is Oneida, while the largest waterfall is Taughannock (215 feet).
- Toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty, of New York City, in the year 1857.
- New York was the first state in United States to require license plates on cars.
- New York’s Niagara Reservation was the first state park in the United States.
- The first public brewery in America was set up in lower Manhattan, by Peter Minuit.
- Horseheads, in New York, is the first and only village in the United States that is dedicated to the service of the American military horses.