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New York, the "Empire State"
Abbreviation:
NY

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The Dutch were the first settlers in New York, establishing Fort Orange near Albany in 1624 and New Amsterdam on the island of Manhattan a year later. After the English took over in the 1660s, the colony was renamed New York, after the Duke of York. One of the original 13 states to join the Union (it entered in 1788), New York is known as the "Empire State." The state includes everything from skyscrapers in Manhattan to rivers, mountains, and lakes in upstate New York. Niagara Falls is one of the chief attractions. New York is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States. Much of the state's greatness lies in exciting New York City, the largest city in the United States and the fourth largest city in the world; its many theaters, museums, and musical organizations make it one of the cultural centers of the Western Hemisphere. 

Das Gebiet von New York wurde zuerst von Holländern besiedelt, die 1624 das Fort Orange in Albany gründeten und ein Jahr später New Amsterdam auf der Insel Manhattan. Als die Engländer in den 1660er Jahren die Herrschaft übernahmen, wurde die Kolonie nach dem Herzog von York in New York umbenannt. Als eine der ursprünglichen 13 Kolonien, die sich zur Union zusammenschlossen (New York 1788), ist New York auch unter dem Namen "Imperium Staat" bekannt. Der Staat umfasst sowohl Skyscraper in Manhatten wie Flüsse, Berge und Seen im Norden. Eine Hauptattraktion sind die Niagarafälle. New York ist das amerikanische Zentrum der Banken, der Finanzwelt und der Kommunikation. Der Ruhm läßt sich vor allem auf die pulsierende Stadt New Yorkzurückführen. New York City ist die größte Stadt der Vereinigten Staaten, die viertgrößte Stadt der Erde. Mit seinen vielen Theatern, Museen und Musikeinrichtungen ist New York City eines der Kulturzentren der westlichen Hemisphäre.

GOVERNMENT
Capital:
Albany
Governor: David A. Paterson (March 2008 to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Charles E. Schumer, D (to Jan. 2011); Hillary Rodham Clinton, D (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 29 districts |
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STATISTICS
Population (July 2004):
19,255,000; National Rank: 3; Percent change since April 2000: 1.5%
Land Area: 47,224 sq mi. (122,310 sq km); National Rank:
27
10 largest cities (2005 est): New York, 8,143,197; Buffalo, 279,745; Rochester, 211,091; Yonkers, 196,425; Syracuse, 141,683; Albany, 93,523; New Rochelle, 72,967; Mount Vernon, 67,924; Schenectady, 61,280; Utica, 59,336

ECONOMY
Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 963.5
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$40,507; National Rank: 5
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars): 50,492; National Rank: 3
Agriculture:
Dairy products, cattle and other livestock, vegetables, nursery stock, apples.
Industry: Printing and publishing, scientific instruments, electric equipment, machinery, chemical products, tourism.

Government
·
State of New York Official Homepage
· Project Vote Smart
·
State and Local Government on the Internet

Statistics
· New York Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of New York
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: New York

Economy
· New York - Regional Accounts Data

Background
· 50States.com
·
InfoPlease
· Useful Information )
·
Wikipedia: New York
·
Wikipedia: New York City

 

Travel
·
State of New York Tourist Office
Map (MapQuest)
New York State: Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
The Economist City Guide: New York City

For High School Students
· ClassBrain.com: State Report
· Explore the States
New York State: Kids Room
· New York City (PDF) (English Teaching Forum)
· Stately Knowledge

Teacher Resources

· Lesson Plan: New York City (PDF) (English Teaching Forum)
· ProTeacher: Lessons by State: New York


Link Lists
· GovEngine.com: Federal, State & Local Government Site
·
New York (Google)
·
New York (Yahoo)

 
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