THE STATE OF NEW YORK
The New York state flag features the state coat of arms on a field of deep blue was adopted in 1901.
The center shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River river (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it. A banner below shows the New York State motto (Excelsior, Latin for Ever Upward).
Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.
The rose was designated as the official state flower of New York in 1955. The rose is a symbol of love and beauty the world over. The rose is also our national flower,
The lovely red, white, and blue Eastern bluebird was designated the official state bird of New York in 1970. The bluebird's song is a rich warbling whistle broken into short phrases or a dry chatter.
The eastern bluebird is a medium sized songbird (small thrush), with a short tail, chunky body, large round head, short black bill, a reddish-orange chest, and blue wings and tail (the female is a drab gray-blue with duller reddish chest, and juveniles have a spotted chest and back). Their diet consists of insects and small fruits.
The sugar maple was designated the state tree of New York in 1956. Sometimes called hard maple or rock maple, sugar maple is one of the largest and more important of the hardwoods. Sap from the trunks of sugar maples is used to make maple syrup. Sugar maple leaves also turn bright colors in autumn, contributing to New York's spectacular fall foliage. Sugar maple trees seldom flower until they are at least 22 years old, but they can also live 300 to 400 years.
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The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic landmarks in a city full of them. The tallest building in New York City has appeared in over 90 movies, and is the key piece of the NYC Skyline. A feat of true American accomplishment, the Empire State Building in New York City stands 1454 feet tall and is currently the 9th tallest building in the world and the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.. This NY monument has 102 stories, and was the first building to every have more than 100 stories. The Empire State Building NYC was also named the 7th wonder of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The 7th world wonder has attracted 120 million people to its New York observatories. That is nearly 3.6 million visitors a year! A cultural landmark as well as a New York landmark, the Empire State Building has been in more than 90 films, including North by Northwest, Annie Hall, and of course, King Kong.
"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.
A new era in the history of the New York Yankees began in 2009 when the team moved from the most famous and historic stadium in the world to their new stadium across East 161st Street. The name, Yankee Stadium, remains the same, and it appears that ghosts of the old Yankee Stadium moved to the new one as the New York Yankees won their 27th World Championship in 2009. For over eight decades the Yankees played at the old Yankee Stadium. When it opened in 1923, it was the largest and most magnificent stadium in baseball and was home to many legendary players and teams.