15 Interesting and Mind Blowing Facts About New York State

NYC Skyline

New York state is the fourth largest state in the United States by population. It is one of the most important states in the US and one of the most popular states in the world. New York City is the largest city in the state and famous worldwide for its lifestyle. Times Square is the most visited tourist attraction in the US during the celebration of new years eve. So, let’s read some of the most interesting, weird, fun, mind blowing and important facts about New York state.

15 Interesting and Mind Blowing Facts About New York State

1. First Chess Tournament in the US

The state of New York held the first chess tournament in 1843.

2. First Permanent Settlement in New York

The first permanent settlement was established in 1624 at Fort Orange (now Albany).

3. What is the capital of the state of New York

Albany is the state capital of New York, which is located 135 miles north of the city of New York.

Albany NY
Albany NY Image Source: www.albanycivictheater.org

4. Longest toll road in the United States

Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is 641 mile long transportation network. It is the longest toll road in the United States of America.

Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway
Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

5. First students to study in the People’s Republic of China

Vassar students became the first students in the United States to be granted permission to study in China in 1979. It is one of the unknown facts about New York state and probably in the United States.

6. Interesting degree!

A institute which is located in Manhattan, NYC is offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing. It is the only school in the world which offers this degree.

7. Most important activity in New York state

The state of New York has more than 18,000 cattle and considered as one of the most important farming activities in the state.

8. Subway Track Length

New York City is widely known for its busy subway and it’s track length is 722 miles.

NYC Suburban Subway
NYC Suburban Subway, Image Source: www.nydailynews.com

9. Oldest running newspaper in the US

The New York Post, one of the most popular newspapers in the  United States, was established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton. It is the oldest running newspaper in the United States too.

10. Pet Cemetery – Weird Facts About New York State

Did you know? The state of New York has established pet cemetery in 1896 and containing about 12,000 plots.

11. 9/11 Attack

Terrorists attacked the New York city’s twin towers on September 11, 2001 and killed thousands of innocent people.

12. First state park in the US

Niagara Reservation became the 1st state park in the United States of America.

13. Home of Wild Orchids

The state of New York is the home of about 58 species of wild orchids.

14. Apple introduced in the 1600s

Apple, one of the most consumed fruits in the world, was introduced in the state of New York in the 1600s.

15. First Boy’s Club

The state of New York is widely known for its lifestyle right now. The first Boy’s club was established in 1876 by Edward Henry Harriman in NYC.

Article first published on May 7, 2016.

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