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Moving to New York
"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York." If your vagabond shoes are longing to make a brand new start of it in old New York, you are not alone. State population is nearly 19 million with good reason. New York has much to offer! Besides the excitement of New York City, the state of New York boasts the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and Niagara Falls. Beauty abounds and the list of activities is endless.
New York, nicknamed The Empire State, became the 11th state in 1788. It covers nearly 50,000 square miles and is surrounded by Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Rhode Island. New York also borders Canada and has coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Whether your pleasure is outdoor activities: hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, golf, skiing; or city life: Broadway musicals, fine dining, world class museums, art galleries, and sophisticated shopping, New York has it all. From waterfalls and wineries to theatre and nightclubs to family friendly fun, New York is a state you will be delighted to call home. With its strong allure, be prepared for plenty of visitors!
New York fun facts to fascinate your family and friends:
State capital is Albany.
Seneca Falls, New York was the inspiration for Bedford Falls - the setting of the holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
State bird is the Bluebird.
New York City has 578 miles of waterfront.
Popular opinion sings Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," but the state song is "I Love New York" written by Steve Karmen.
New York City is nicknamed The Big Apple.
The state fruit is the Apple.
The state muffin (yes, there is a state muffin) is the Apple Muffin.
The state flower is the apple blossom. Just kidding. It�s the Rose.
Macy's in New York City is the world�s largest store at over 2.1 million square feet.
The nation�s largest public Halloween parade is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
The Statue of Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds. Lady Liberty has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger.
The first ticker-tape parade was in honor of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
Babe Ruth hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium in the first game ever played there.
Over 4 million people travel on the New York City subway each day.
The 102-story Empire State Building was the first building to have more than 100 floors. It is currently the second tallest building in the U.S. at 1454 feet, including broadcast antenna. (The Sears Tower in Chicago is #1.)
The infamous Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 was actually held 40 miles from Woodstock at a 600-acre dairy farm in rural Bethel, NY.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The famous editorial ran in the New York Sun in 1897 in response to a letter from an 8-year-old girl asking the newspaper if there was a Santa.
Enjoy your new home New York!