New York Geography
Online Field Trip
Let's begin our online tour of New York Geography with a few quick facts.
New York is bordered by the states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (water border) and Vermont.
Nickname: Empire State
Entered Union (rank): July 26, 1788 (11)
Admission to Statehood: July 26, 1788
State Animal: Beaver (1975)
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Statue of Liberty National Monuments
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
National Historic Sites
Franklin D. Roosevelt home at Hyde Park
Theodore Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay
Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls
Federal Hall in New York City
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
State Flower: Rose (1955)
New York Geography: Cities10 largest cities (2005 est.)
New York, 8,143,197
New Rochelle, 72,967
Mount Vernon, 67,924
State Motto: Excelsior (Ever upward)
State Fish: Brook trout (1975)
GovernmentGovernor: David Paterson (to Jan. 2011)
Acting Lieut. Governor: Dean Skelos (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Charles E. Schumer, D (to Jan. 2011); Hillary Rodham Clinton, D (to Jan. 2013)
U.S. Representatives: 29
Historical biographies of Congressional members
Secy. of State: Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez (apptd. by governor)
Comptroller: Thomas P. DiNapoli
Atty. General: Andrew M. Cuomo, D (to Jan. 2011)
State Bird: Bluebird (1970)
New York Geography: Business
- vegetables and fruits
- industrial machinery
- electronic equipment
- printing and publishing
- foreign trade
- apparel industry
Adirondack Northway (linking Albany with the Canadian border)
North-South Expressway (crossing central New York from
the Pennsylvania border to the Thousand Islands)
State Tree: Sugar maple (1956)
New York Geography: Interesting Facts
- New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
- The Catskills are the home of the legend of Rip Van Winkle, brown trout and flycasting
- Rochester is known as both the Flour City and the Flower City
- New York's highest waterfall is the 215 foot Taughannock.
- Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic Parks combined.
- Chittenago ( home of L. Frank Baum, author of the "Wizard of Oz") features a yellow brick inlaid sidewalks leading to Aunti Em's and other Oz-themed businesses. They have an annual Munchkins parade.
- The Clermont in 1807 made its maiden voyage. It traveled from New York City to Albany. It was the first successful steamboat.
- The first capital of the United States was New York City.
State Insect: ladybug (1989)
New York State Geography: Images
New York State is beautiful!
Adirondacks Bear Mtn. Bridge High Falls
Amsterdam Buffalo MacNaughton Mtn.
New York Geography Challenge: Can you identify this place? It has been an important part
of our nation's history. Answer below.
New York Geography Challenge Answer
Well this challenge was a little too close to the bottom to just put the answer here, so let's make it a little harder.
To find the New York Geography Answer start from the top of the page and look for Red letters. Write them down in order and you will have the answer of the name of the place in the picture. Now can you tell me why it is important?
Share Your Stories with New York Geography visitors.
Do you live in New York? Have you visited New York? Honestly, I can not imagine what it would be like to live in New York City or in Chittenago for that matter. When I look out my window I see guinea hens pecking at my door and occasionally a goat. Help me and other visitors to experience the beauty and wonders of New York. Consider sharing your story of life in New York state or in New York City.
I would really love to see a picture of the Munchkins Parade or of the city streets.
Thanks for visiting my New York Geography page!
New York has so many great places to visit. What is your favorite place or thing to do in New York state?
Tell us about a visit to a favorite place (site/event) that you have been to in New York. We'd love to hear about it. Please share it! Do you have a picture, too? Great! We'd love to see that, too!
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I LOVE NEW YORK
Words and Music by
I LOVE NEW YORK
(repeat 3 times)
There isn't another like it
No matter where you go
And nobody can compare it
It's win and place
New York is special
New York is diff'rent
no place else
Quite like New York
And that's why
I LOVE NEW YORK
(Repeat 3 times)
35 or more rides
Annual hot dog eating contest
Coney Island Museum
New York Aquarium
Beach and Boardwalk
Statue of Liberty
Face is more than 8 ft. tall
Height = 111 feet, 6 inches
(Please share your pictures)
We must never forget.
Twin Towers, 2001
Bridal Veil Falls
Canadian-United States International Border
12 Million tourists
2nd Largest Falls in World
March 29th 1848
Something odd happened
Can you find out what?
315 mile river
Named for Henry Hudson
Once named Mauritius River
(River of the Mountains)
Boundary between New York
and New Jersey
Christopher Swain 1st to
entire length in 2004
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