Entered the Union: July 26, 1788
As the: 11th state
Motto: Excelsior (Ever Upward)
Nickname: Empire State
Song: I Love New York
Sports Teams: New York Knicks (Basketball), Buffalo Bills (Football), New York Jets (Football), New York Giants (Football), New York Yankees (Baseball), New York Mets (Baseball), New York Rangers (Hockey), New York Islanders (Hockey), and Buffalo Sabres (Hockey)
Origin of Name: In honor of the English Duke of York
Major Industries: Manufacturing, foreign trade, commercial and financial transactions, book and magazine publishing, and theatrical productions; cattle, corn, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and wine
Historical Sites: Castle Clinton, Fort Stanwix, Franklin D. Roosevelt's House in Hyde Park and Theodore
Points of Interest: Statue of Liberty National Monuments, Niagara Falls, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the United Nations, as well as many world famous museums and parks.
Bordering States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.