Situated in the north-eastern part of the US, New York is nothing less than world-famous. The state is most known for the existence of its lively New York City (NYC), which is the main financial and cultural hub of the country. The New York State is the third most populated state of the nation with the population of 19,651,127 and New York City houses around 40 percent of this population. The State of New York has also been named as the Empire State for its abundance of money, resources, and diversity. The New York City is most-noted for being the biggest gateway for migration to the US. The New York City seems to attract significantly more foreign tourists as compared to the other US cities.
The New York State is bounded by Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the south and by Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to the east. It has some maritime border with the Rhode Island and also shares international boundaries with the Canadian provinces, i.e. Quebec to the north and Ontario to the north and west.
New York Counties
The New York State has 62 counties. Every county is further segregated into towns and cities. Some of the notable counties are the Bronx County, Erie County, Nassau County, New York County, Westchester County, and Suffolk County.
The Bronx County became a part of the New York County only in the late 19th century after annexing from the county of Westchester. Bronx is also the northern most borough of the five boroughs, which constitute the New York City. Though the county is the third most populous in the US, but about one-fourth of the region is open space.
The Bronx Museum built in 1971 has various educational programs and revolving exhibits, especially focused on the children of ages five to eleven along with their families. The Museum offers special performances, film screenings, guide tours, and lot more by the guest artists. It has a collection of over 800 artefacts and photographs.
The New York Botanical Garden spread in 250 acres provides its visitors live exhibits in the 50 gardens along with special exhibits all through the year. The Garden also features special holiday exhibits like concert series, model train displays, and special shopping experiences along with dining in the gardens. The other facilities available in the garden are cooking classes, farmer's market, and an antique show.
The Bronx Zoo is another facility, which attracts visitors from all across the world. The Zoo has a 4-D theater, tropic animal installation, sea lion pool and also exhibits of lemurs, tigers, and reptiles. The Zoo also possesses a separate zoo, especially designed for kids. Its attractions are monorail, monkey and mouse house, and a bug carousel.
Apart from these, Yankee Stadium, Wave Hill, Pelham Bay Park, Hunters Island, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Fort Schuyler, Christ Church, and Derfner Judaica Museum, etc. are the prominent places to visit in the county.
Erie County, with the county seat as Buffalo has been named after the Lake Erie. The county shares border with Ontario, the Canadian province. First Niagara Center, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo Museum and Zoo, Coco-Cola Field, Lafayette Sqaure, Martin's Fantasy Island, Temple Beth Zion, McKinley Monument, Squaw Island, Electric Tower, Glen Falls, and Trinity Episcopal Church, etc. are eye-catching places to visit in the county.
The Nassau County, with the county seat as Mineola, is spread over an area of 287 sq. miles. Aviation Museum, Nassau County Museum, Belmont Park, Sagamore Hill, Adventureland, Lido Beach, Tobay Beach, Inwood Country Club, Gilgo State Park, Bar Beach, Stepping Stones Light, and Massapequa, etc. are the main attractions of the county.
New York County (Manhattan)
Manhattan, most densely populated of boroughs of the NYC, the borough, is coterminous with the New York County. The county is widely known for its vineyard tours, historic villages, famous mansions and battlefields sites. The huge Central Park, which was opened for public in 1858 in Manhattan became the first public park of the nation. It is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the US. The Chrysler Building is the pinnacle of architecture and Manhattan’s eye-popping skyscraper. This stainless steel spire is second only to the Empire State Building in size. The Empire State Building is the tallest building in the state with 103 stories to boast of. The observatories at the 86th floor and 102nd floor are a must visit in the building.
The Lincoln Center is a performing arts complex which hosts wide array of events in music, theater, film, and dance. The center owns more than 30 outdoor and indoor performance facilities and hosts events on a regular basis. The Metropolitan Museum is one of the very few attractions of the area where one can spend days and still see just the fraction of holdings. This biggest museum of the US holds most considerable art collections.
Established in the year 1683, Westchester County is named after the Chester city of England and has the county seat as White Plains. Tarrytown Music Hall, Lyndhurst, Katonah Museum, Hudson River Museum, Croton Point Park, Untermyer Park, Thomas Paine Cottage, and De Wint House are the notable places in the county.
Colleges and Universities
Universities and Colleges of the New York state are famous not only in the US, but all over the world. The State houses several top-notch universities in which people from all across the globe endorse themselves. Some of the leading universities and colleges of the state are Cornell University, University of Rochester, Columbia University, New York University, Binghamton University, Barnard College, Hunter College, and Pratt Institute.
Last Updated on : November 12, 2014
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