2) The official motto of the state is "Ever upward".
4) New York is bordered by Lake Champlain, Canada, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and St. Lawrence River.
5) The territory of NY achieved the status of a state on July 26, 1788 and became the 11th state of the U.S.
6) The official bird is the Eastern Bluebird.
7) Famous natives of New York State include Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Tom Cruise, Lucille Ball, Washington Irving, Michael Jordan, Herman Melville, Rosie O'Donnell, John D. Rockefeller, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, Mae West, and Walt Whitman.
8) New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester are the three biggest cities in the state of NY
. 9) The official fish of the state is the Brook Trout.
10) Chinatown in NYC is the biggest Chinese society in the Western Hemisphere.
11) The oldest museum in the world built particularly for children is the Brooklyn Children's Museum.
12) Previously, the New York City was known as New Amsterdam.
13) In 1931, the Empire State Building became the highest skyscraper in the world. It is a 102-storied structure. The length of the whole building is 1,250 feet.
15) Macy's in NY is the biggest shop in the world.
16) With over 8.2 million inhabitants, the city of NY is the most densely populated city in the country.
17) The official tree is the Sugar Maple.
18) The official reptile of the state is the Common Snapping Turtle.
19) With an altitude of 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy is the tallest point in the state of NY.
20) The official slogan is "I Love New York". It is also the state song and the composer/lyricist of the song is Steve Karmen.
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