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New York's state flag displays an image of the state's Coat-of-Arms centered on a field of dark blue.

  • MOTTO: "Ever Upward"
  • ENTERED UNION: July 26, 1788
  • FLAG ADOPTED: July 26, 1788, (Revised to current flag in 1901)
  • COMMENTS: New York was the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, the same day it adopted its original state flag.


The New York flag dates back to Revolutionary War times, while the current flag (with the state's shield centered and the dark blue background) was officially adopted in 1901. The original flag had a background of buff (a brownish-yellow color). The state's Coat-of-Arms was officially adopted in 1778. The official legislative description of The Coat-of-Arms reads as follows:

"The device of arms of this state, as adopted March sixteenth, seventeen hundred and seventy-eight, is hereby declared to be correctly described as follows:
Charge. Azure, in a landscape, the sun in fess, rising in splendor or, behind a range of three mountains, the middle one the highest; in base a ship and sloop under sail, passing and about to meet on a river, bordered below by a grassy shore fringed with shrubs, all proper.
Crest. On a wreath azure and or, an American eagle proper, rising to the dexter from a two-thirds of a globe terrestrial, showing the north Atlantic ocean with outlines of its shores."


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  • New York is the only state that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.
  • The Finger Lakes, a series of glacially carved lakes in upstate New York, bear the names of various Native American tribes, including the Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua. The region is second only to California in the production of grapes.
  • Adirondack State Park is the largest state park in the country. It is almost as big as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and the Olympic National Parks combined.
  • 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
  • The first railroad in America linked Albany and Schenectady running a distance of 11 miles.
  • Gennaro Lombardi was the owner of the first pizzeria in the United States. It opened in New York City in 1895.


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