New York Facts


New York Location In The US New York State Map

New York is known for:

  • Statue of Liberty
  • Wall Street
  • Time Square
  • Broadway Shows
  • Central Park
  • Tall Skyscrappers
  • Famous performance venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation NY
State Capital Albany
State Size Total (Land + Water): 54,556 sq miles; Land Only: 47,214 sq miles
Number of Counties 62
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (water border), Vermont
Highest PointMount Marcy, 5,343 feet
Tallest Building One World Trade Center in New York City, 1,776 feet
Largest StadiumHighmark Stadium in Orchard Park, capacity 71,608
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)20,201,249
State Population Density427.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 212, 315, 332, 347, 516, 518, 585, 607, 631, 646, 680, 716, 718, 838, 845, 914, 917, 929, 934
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) New York (8,253,213)
Buffalo (254,479)
Rochester (205,225)
Yonkers (200,040)
Syracuse (141,229)

Government & Legislature

Statehood July 26, 1788
Electoral Votes28
State Flag New York State Flag
GovernorOfficial New York Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From New York
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From New York
State SenatorsList of New York State Senators
State Assembly MembersList of New York State Assembly Members
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionNew York State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJuly 24, 2011
Road ConditionsNew York Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 2, 2001

State Symbols

State AnimalBeaver
State BeverageMilk
State Bird Bluebird
State BushLilac
State Flower Rose
State FossilEurypterus remipes
State Fresh Water FishBrook trout
State FruitApple
State GemGarnet
State InsectLadybug
State Marine or Saltwater FishStriped bass
State Motto Excelsior (Ever upward)
State MuffinApple muffin
State Nickname Empire State
State ShellBay scallop
State TurtleSnapping turtle
State Tree Sugar maple

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: New York Mets, New York Yankees
NFL: Buffalo Bills
NBA: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets
NHL: New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres
MLS: New York City FC
NCAA Division I Schools University at Albany, SUNY (America East)
Binghamton University (America East)
University at Buffalo (Mid-American)
Canisius College (Metro Atlantic Atheletic)
Colgate University (Patriot)
Columbia University (Ivy)
Cornell University (Ivy)
Fordham University (Atlantic 10)
Hofstra University (Colonial Athletic Association)
Iona College (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Long Island University-Brooklyn (Northeast)
Manhattan College (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Marist College (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Niagara University (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
St. Bonaventure University (Atlantic 10)
St. Francis College (Northeast)
St. John's University (Big East)
Siena College (Metro Atlantic Athletic)
Stony Brook University (America East)
Syracuse University (ACC)
United States Military Academy (Army) (Patriot)
Wagner College (Northeast)

Table Tennis Clubs in New York

City Table Tennis Club
BrooklynBrooklyn Table Tennis Club
College PointNew York Indoor Sports Club
FlushingNew York Table Tennis
HoltsvilleThe Bohemia Table Tennis Club
Little NeckOrigin Table Tennis Academy
New YorkPingPod
New YorkSpin New York 23
New YorkSpin New York 54
PlainviewSameh Awadallah Table Tennis Academy
PleasantvilleWestchester Table Tennis Center
Port WashingtonGold Coast Table Tennis Club
Upper Wet SideWang Chen Table Tennis Club
UticaNohawk Valley Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in New York. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Rochester Lilac Festival May Rochester
Coney Island Mermaid Parade June Coney Island, New York City
Governors Ball Music Festival June Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York City
Finger Lakes Wine Festival July Watkins Glen
Great Wellsville Balloon Rally July Island Park, Wellsville
Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally August Otsiningo Park, Binghamton
New York Renaissance Faire Late August to October Tuxedo Park
Adirondack Balloon Festival September Queensbury
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival September Saugerties
Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival September Tymor Park, Union Vale
New York City Wine & Food Festival September Buffalo
Woodstock Film Festival October Woodstock
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thanksgiving Day, November Manhattan, New York City

Popular Iconic New York Foods

New York is famous for the following foods:

  • Black-and-White Cookie
  • New York Style Pizza
  • New York Style Bagel
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Pastrami
  • Hot Dog
  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
  • General Tso's Chicken
  • Manhattan Clam Chowder
  • Knish

Three-Star Michelin Restaurants

New York has 5 three-star Michelin restaurants:

Restaurant City Cuisine
Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare New York Contemporary
Eleven Madison Park New York Contemporary, Innovative
Le Bernardin New York Seafood
Mesa New York Japanese, Sushi
Per Se New York Contemporary, French

Two-Star Michelin Restaurants

New York has 13 two-star Michelin restaurants:

Restaurant City Cuisine
Al Coro New York Italian
Aquavit New York Scandinavian, Contemporary
Aska New York Scandinavian, Contemporary
Atera New York Contemporary
Atomix New York Korean, Contemporary
Daniel New York French
Gabriel Kreuther New York Contemporary, Alsatian
Jean-Georges New York Contermporary, French
Jungsik New York Korean, Contemporary
Ko New York Contemporary
Saga New York Contemporary
The Modern New York Contemporary
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Tarrytown American

Famous People Born In New York

Nobel Prize Winners

United States Presidents

  • Martin Van Buren (8th President)
  • Millard Fillmore (13th President)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th President)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President)
  • Donald J. Trump (45th President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Tim Mara (Team Owner, Team Founder. Inducted in 1963)
  • Dan Fortmann (Offensive Lineman. Inducted in 1965)
  • Sid Luckman (Quarterback. Inducted in 1965)
  • Bob Waterfield (Quarterback. Inducted in 1965)
  • Dan Reeves (Team Owner. Inducted in 1967)
  • Art Donovan (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1968)
  • Vince Lombardi (Coach, General Manager. Inducted in 1971)
  • John Mackey (Tight End. Inducted in 1992)
  • Wellington Mara (Team Owner, Team Administrator. Inducted in 1997)
  • Art Monk (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 2008)
  • Bill Polian (General Manager, Team President. Inducted in 2015)
  • Kevin Greene (Linebacker. Inducted in 2016)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Lou Gehrig (First Baseman. Inducted in 1939)
  • Eddie Collins (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1939)
  • Charles Radbourn (Pitcher. Inducted in 1939)
  • Willie Keeler (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1939)
  • Dan Brouthers (First Baseman. Inducted in 1945)
  • Jimmy Collins (Third Baseman. Inducted in 1945)
  • King Kelly (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1945)
  • Johnny Evers (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1946)
  • Frankie Frisch (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1947)
  • Hank Greenberg (First Baseman. Inducted in 1956)
  • Waite Hoyt (Pitcher. Inducted in 1969)
  • Sandy Koufax (Pitcher. Inducted in 1972)
  • Warren Spahn (Pitcher. Inducted in 1973)
  • Mickey Welch (Pitcher. Inducted in 1973)
  • Whitey Ford (Pitcher. Inducted in 1974)
  • Carl Yastrzemski (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1989)
  • Jim Palmer (Pitcher. Inducted in 1990)
  • Phil Rizzuto (Shortstop. Inducted in 1994)
  • George Davis (Shortstop. Inducted in 1998)
  • Bid McPhee (Second Baseman. Inducted in 2000)
  • Deacon White (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2013)
  • Craig Biggio (Second Baseman. Inducted in 2015)
  • Edgar Martinez (Designated Hitter. Inducted in 2019)
  • Marvin Miller (Executive. Inducted in 2020)
  • Bud Fowler (Executive. Inducted in 2022)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Chuck Hyatt (Guard. Inducted in 1959)
  • Ed Wachter (Center. Inducted in 1961)
  • Barney Sedran (Guard. Inducted in 1962)
  • Nat Holman (Guard. Inducted in 1964)
  • John Russell (Guard. Inducted in 1964)
  • Joe Lapchick (Center. Inducted in 1966)
  • Dutch Dehnert (Forward. Inducted in 1969)
  • Bob Cousy (Guard. Inducted in 1971)
  • Marty Friedman (Guard. Inducted in 1972)
  • John Beckman (Guard. Inducted in 1973)
  • Dolph Schayes (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1973)
  • Joseph Brennan (Guard. Inducted in 1975)
  • Al Cervi (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 1985)
  • Billy Cunningham (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1986)
  • Bobby Wanzer (Guard. Inducted in 1987)
  • Bobby McDermott (Guard. Inducted in 1988)
  • Lenny Wilkens (Guard. Inducted in 1989)
  • Nate Archibald (Guard. Inducted in 1991)
  • Connie Hawkins (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1992)
  • Bob Lanier (Center. Inducted in 1992)
  • Julius Erving (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 1993)
  • Dick McGuire (Guard. Inducted in 1993)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Center. Inducted in 1995)
  • Nancy Lieberman (Guard. Inducted in 1996)
  • Michael Jordan (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2009)
  • Chris Mullin (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2011)
  • Roger Brown (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 2013)
  • Richie Guerin (Guard. Inducted in 2013)
  • Bernard King (Forward. Inducted in 2013)
  • Charlie Scott (Guard. Inducted in 2018)
  • Carl Braun (Guard. Inducted in 2019)
  • Howard Garfinkel (Contributor. Inducted in 2021)
  • Clarence Jenkins (Guard. Inducted in 2021)
  • Larry Costello (Contributor. Inducted in 2022)
  • Jim Valvano (Contributor. Inducted in 2023)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Billy Burch (Center, Defense. Inducted in 1974)
  • Joe Mullen (Right Wing. Inducted in 2000)
  • Jeremy Jacobs (Builder. Inducted in 2017)
  • Gary Bettman (Builder. Inducted in 2018)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Armand Assante
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Shirley Booth
  • Adrien Brody
  • James Cagney
  • Art Carney
  • Tom Cruise
  • Robert De Niro
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Jane Fonda
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Susan Hayward
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Judy Holliday
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Lee Marvin
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Al Pacino
  • Rhea Perlman
  • Adam Sandler
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Melanie Sloan
  • Rod Steiger
  • Ben Stiller
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Jon Voight
  • Denzel Washington
  • Kristen Wiig

Famous Singers

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Fiona Apple
  • Pat Benatar
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Laura Branigan
  • Danielle Brisebois
  • Mariah Carey
  • Neil Diamond
  • Dion DiMucci
  • Lady Gaga
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Sophie B. Hawkins
  • L. L. Cool J.
  • Billy Joel
  • Norah Jones
  • Alicia Keys
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Huey Lewis
  • Barry Manilow
  • Lou Reed
  • Jennifer Rush
  • Carly Simon
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Keith Sweat
  • Steven Tyler
  • Luther Vandross
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Jay Z

New York Fun Facts

  • New York was named by the British in honor of the Duke of York, who later became King James II of England.
  • New York City served as the capital of United States from January 11, 1785 to December 5, 1790.
  • The 641-mile long Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.
  • On April 25, 1901, New York became the first state to require license plates on automobiles.
  • Lake Placid, New York is the only American city to host Winter Olympics twice. It hosted the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics.
  • New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the United States.
  • One World Trade Center in New York City is the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.
  • The first documented American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
  • The New York City Subway has the largest annual ridership of all subway systems in the United States. It is also the longest subway system in the United States.
  • The New York City Subway has 422 stations, making it the subway system with the most number of stations in the world.
  • The borough of Brooklyn would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also be the fourth largest nationally.
  • Through 2015, 64 Nobel Prize winners were born in the state of New York, the most among all states. New York City alone has produced 45 Nobel Prize winners.

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