New York's state flag displays an
image of the state's Coat-of-Arms centered on a field of
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
"The device of arms of this state,
as adopted March sixteenth, seventeen hundred and
seventy-eight, is hereby declared to be correctly described
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
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."
State Flag, New York
- 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
- Gennaro Lombardi was the owner
of the first pizzeria in the United States. It opened in
New York City in 1895.