Some Interesting Facts about New York:

The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.

The 641 mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.

The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair was actually held in Bethel.

Dairying is New York's most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle and or calves farms.

In 1807 The Clermont made its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany making the vessel the first successful steamboat.

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Sam Schapiro began the Kosher wine industry on New York's Lower East side with their famous extra heavy original concord wine in 1899.

New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

Power Mill Park situated outside Rochester has a house on Park Road shaped like a group of mushrooms.

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Chittenago is the home of L. Frank Baum, author of the "Wizard of Oz". It features a yellow brick inlaid sidewalks leading to Aunti Em's and other Oz-themed businesses. Chittenago is the location of an annual Munchkins parade.

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Oneida is home of the world's smallest church with the dimensions of 51" x 81".

The first daily Yiddish newspaper appeared in 1885 in New York City.

The "New York Post" established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.

The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady.

The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.

Hartsdale has a pet cemetery established in 1896 and containing 12,000 plots.

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The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.

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Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy who's caricature Uncle Sam came to personify the United States is buried at Troy's Oakwood Cemetery. During the War of 1812, he stamped "U.S. Beef" on his products which soldiers interpreted the U.S. abbreviation as meaning Uncle Sam.

The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north.

Rochester is known as both the Flour City and the Flower City. The community is home to the first abolitionist group, bloomers, marshmallows, Jell-O, French's Mustard, baby shoes, gold teeth and the mail chute.

Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

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On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.

The Erie Canal, built across New York State in the 1820s, opened the Midwest to development and helped New York City become a worldwide trading center.

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The first Boy's Club was established by Edward Henry Harriman in New York City in 1876.

European settlers who brought seeds to New York introduced apples in the 1600s.

The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time.

Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857.

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Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. played against each other in Rochester vs. Pawtucket Red Sox in the longest game in baseball history. The game went a total of 33 innings. The game was played on April 18/19, 1981.

The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island.
Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic Parks combined.

New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

Niagara Reservation became the first state park in the United States.

New York cityís federal reserve bank has the largest gold storage in the world. There is more than 7.000 tons (about $90 billion) of glittering gold bars, which is equivalent to about 5% of all the worldís gold ever mined.

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The success of the Highline gave rise to the new project and park called the Lowline. This is the first underground park in the world, and itís located on Manhattanís West Side. Itís not yet completed, but the current date for the park to be fully completed is set to 2021.

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There are more than 380,000 millionaires in New York City. New York City is also the home of the most billionaires in the world!

New Yorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do worldwide each year.

The ice cream cone, pasta primavera and eggs Benedict were all invented in New York City.

Albert Einsteinís brain and eyeballs are kept in a safe box in the city.

There are more women than men in NYC.

New York City homeowners can request that a tree gets planted outside their homes for free.

The*Empire State*building gets hit by*lightning*about*23 times per year.

New York City is the largest city in the United States.

There is a birth in NYC every 4.4 minutes.

New York*gets*15 times*as much*snow*as the*South Pole.

Times Square was named after the New York Times newspaper. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904.

New York City doesn't have any Walmarts.

Oysters were so popular in New York in the 19th century that the shells were used to pave Pearl Street. They were also used for lime for the masonry of the Trinity Church.

New York has the dubious distinction of being the state where the most presidents have died. James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Chester Arthur, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon make a total of nine presidents who breathed their last in the Empire State.

Some Strange Laws in New York:

- Honking your horn is illegal, except for an emergency.
- It is illegal in New York State to transport an ice cream cone in oneís pocket*on a Sunday.
- It is illegal to congregate in a group of two or more in any public place while each wearing a mask that disguises identity.
- Though it is legal for a woman to go topless in New York City, itís*illegal if used for business purposes.
- It is illegal in New York to keep more than $10 you find in the street
- In New York state, spittoons must be provided in every business, and they must be cleaned at least once a day.
- A man cannot go in public wearing non-matching pants and jacket.
- In New York, itís illegal to wear your slippers after 10pm.
- While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.

Some Tours You Can Take in New York: (thank you to Lorie [Hulamoon])
- Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum; North Tonawanda, NY
- Madison Square Garden; New York, NY
- Radio City Music Hall; New York, NY
- United Nations; New York, NY
- Steinway & Sons; Long Island City, NY

Sooooo sorry this is sooooo long. I removed a ton of info and yet thereís still lots! But nope youíve enjoyed.