Facts about the state of New York

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Sugar Maple


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Ever upward

  • Albany is the capital of New York.
  • New York, commonly known as New York City , is the largest city.
  • If you were to take a Taxi cab from New York City to Los Angeles it would cost you $8,325   
  • New York cities administrative code still requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall so that reporters can tie their horses
  • The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.
  • In New York State, it is illegal to but any alcohol on Sundays before noon.
  • Queen Anne had a transvestite cousin, Lord Cornbury, whom she assigned to be governor of New York and New Jersey. The colonists were not amused.
  • With the help of a 1000 member marching band, the mayor of New York City, Rudolph Guiliani kicked off the 1000 day countdown to the new millennium on Sunday April 6th. Times Square is often called the soul of any New Yearıs Eve celebration
  • The state fruit of New York is the apple.
  • The apple was adopted as the State fruit in 1976.
  • There were 240 pedestrian fatalities in New York City in 1994.
  • In 1976 Sarah Caldwell became the first woman to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in New York City
  • The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
  • The Citibank building in New York City had a structural flaw, and had the potential to fall down. There was a misunderstanding between the Engineer and the Contractor and the building was not built right. When the flaw was caught in 1978 (a year after completion) it was found that there was a 50% chance of collapse during winds over 78 mph. (typical in a hurricane). At the same time there was a hurricane heading up the East Coast heading straight for NYC. The Engineer and building owner secretly had the flaw corrected in the middle of the night (some of the bracings were bolted instead of being welded). There were rumors about the 'glowing Citibank building' because the welding could be seen across the skyline. It was estimated that 156 blocks would have been demilished due to the domino effect the building would start had it fallen over
  • The largest stained-glass window in the world is at Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It can be seen on the American Airlines terminal building and measures 300 feet long by 23 feet high
  • Coney Island the amusement park has had three of its rides designated as New York City historical landmarks
  • 'The Roosevelt Bears' is the only comic strip to ever run in the New York Times  
  • On the 25th anneversary of the New York City marathon, the worlds longest urinal (290ft) was installed at the beginning of the race.
  • Customers who bought the first Kodak cameras had to mail them back to Rochester, New York for reloading.
  • 90% of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants
  • All the dirt from the foundation to build the World Trade Center in New York City was dumped into the Hudson River to form the community now known as Battery City Park
  • Ogdensburg, New York is the only city in the United States situated on the St. Lawrence River
  • The Catholic Church is the largest land owner in New York City.       
  • Ogdensbiurg, New York is the only City in the United States situated on the St. Lawrence River.
  • On a clear day you can see five states from the top of the Empire State Building (New York, New Jersey,Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania).
  • The statue of Liberty's mouth is three feet wide, it weighs 450,000 lbs (225 tons). It was origanally called "Liberty Enlightening the World".
  • Its illegal to buy alcohol on a sunday before noon in New York State

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