Monday!! Continuing our journey across America (in alpha order) today we visit the great state of:
The state was named in the 1660s for
The Duke of York and there was no recourse.
Nicknamed the Empire State by George Washington
For its wealth and variety of resource.
The residents are called New Yorkers
The state motto is “Ever Upward.”
In reviewing the events of 9-11 it should be
“Ever Upward and Always Forward!”
The bluebird is the state bird
The state flower is the rose.
The ladybug is the official insect
And the apple is the fruit they chose.
At the beginning New York City was
Chosen the capital of our government.
In 1789 on the balcony at Federal Hall
George Washington took the oath as President.
For vast wilderness and beauty in the
Adirondack State park you’ll find
It’s larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand
Canyon, Glacier and the Olympic park combined!
In 1807 is the first successful steamboat
Maiden voyage from NYC to Albany.
And in 1861 Matthew Vassar founded
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
In Rochester Wade Bogs and Carl Ripken Jr.
Played the longest ballgame in its history.
And Rochester is also known as the Flour
City and the Flower City!
The New York Post established in 1803 is
The oldest running newspaper in the United States.
And Gennaro Lombardi opened the fist
Pizzeria in NYC selling pizza cakes.
The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians
Meaning to play the big time, musical mix.
And Hartsdale has a pet cemetery with 12,000
Pets, established in 1896.
Time again for famous names as we near the end
Norman Rockwell, Michael Jordan and Mel Gibson,
Mariah Carey, Franklin Roosevelt and George Gershwin.
Susan B Anthony, Vince Lombardi and Denzal Washington,
Statehood, July 26th, 1788 the 11th state.
The capital is Albany.
The only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance is The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
Dairy farming is this state most important with over 18,000 cattle farms
The Catskill are home to the legend of Rip Van Winkle
The state song is love New York,
In the 1600?s, European settlers brought to NYC the apple seed.
In 1857 in New York City, Joseph C Gayette invented toilet paper.
The official state tree is the sugar maple.
The Woodstock festival actually in the city of Bethel
The Big Apple is a termed coined by famous musicians meaning big time.
Wade Boggs and Carl Ripken Jr. on opposite teams played the longest game in baseball history of 33 innings in Rochester.
The name Canandaigua (pronounced Can-an-DAY-gwa) is derived from a Native American word meaning the chosen spot.
On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.
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.