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The state of New York joined the union in 1788, making it the 11th state of America. 

In fact, New York is one of the original 13 colonies! 

Located in the Northeastern part of the United States, New York is the only state that touches the great lakes (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario) and an ocean (the Atlantic). 


Fun Facts About New York

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Fun Facts About New York

Many People Live in New York

With more than 19 million residents, New York is the 4th most populated state in America. 

New York City (NYC) alone has just over 8 million people living there. 

That’s almost half of the state’s entire population! 

With so many residents, it’s no wonder that NYC is also the world’s most diverse city with regard to language. 

Did you know that there are over 800 languages spoken in NYC? 

That’s amazing!

New York is Home to Lady Liberty

In 1886, the Statue of Liberty (Lady Liberty) was given to the United States from France as a gift of friendship. 

This symbol of hope and optimism came to the States in a total of 350 pieces and 214 crates. 

In fact, her right arm that holds the torch was the first to arrive almost ten years earlier. 

Until the rest of Lady Liberty arrived, her arm was proudly displayed in Philadelphia. 

Once, Lady Liberty was in America in her entirety, it took 4 months to assemble her on Ellis Island, where she has been standing proudly ever since. 

Back in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was the tallest iron structure that was ever built.  

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The Empire State Building is in New York

In 1921, the Empire State Building (ESB) was constructed to be the tallest building in the world! 

And, for 40 years it held that title. 

Standing at 1,454 feet tall from base to tip, the ESB is now the 4th tallest building in NYC and the 6th tallest in the country. 

With 102 stories, this historic skyscraper has two incredible observation decks with views for miles.

Something else that is interesting about the ESB, is that it has its very own zip code: 10118.  Woah!

New York has the Largest Subway System in the World

The largest subway system in the world is in New York. 

There are 472 subway stations in operation across several New York boroughs. 

It would take almost an entire day to go along all of the routes in the subway system of New York. 

In fact, New York City is home to the largest railway station in the world, Grand Central Station. 

Built in 1913, this one terminal takes up 48 acres of land, and has a total of 44 platforms on two underground levels! 

Now that is big!

New York has a Whispering Gallery

Found in Grand Central Terminal (the world’s largest railway station) is something known as a whispering gallery. 

Because of the incredibly arched architecture of the terminal, people standing at opposite corners of the station can whisper to each other and be heard. 


Fun Facts About New York

Interesting New York Facts

New York is quite the state. 

With the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the world’s largest terminal and subway system, the many people of New York state sure have something to brag about.  

Do you have any other fun facts you can share about the state of New York?

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