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Lake Placid (lake) seen from the top of Whiteface Mountain
Lake Placid lake seen from the top of Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.
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About New York State

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Where in the United States is New York state? Location map of New York state in the US.

The State of New York is situated in the northeastern USA, between the Canadian provinces of Québec and Ontario and Lake Ontario in the northwest, and the Atlantic coast in the southeast, it is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and shares an international border with Canada.

Originally settled by the Dutch, it was surrendered to the British in 1664. The area of New York was part of the original territory of the United States. When chartered in 1664, it included a much larger area. A portion was sold to create New Jersey in 1664, and title claims were ceded in 1682 to Delaware and Pennsylvania; it was the 11th of the original 13 states to join the Union on 26th July 1788.

New York State topographic regions map Topographic Regions Map of New York State. (click map to enlarge)

The "The Empire State" (its nickname) occupies an area of 141,299 km² (54,556 sq mi) [1] , compared it is somewhat larger than Greece (131,957 km²).

New York State Landforms and Recreational Areas

Upstate New York
Upstate New York is the rural hinterland of New York metropolitan area, comprising all of New York State but the primate city itself. It is the backyard and orchard of the city of New York providing the metropolis with milk and dairy products, fruits (especially apples), wine, water, electricity and a good deal of recreational areas.

Touristic Highlights
Chimney Bluffs at Lake Ontario
Land and water clash at Chimney Bluffs, sculpting the most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore near Wolcott, Wayne County, NY.
Image: Rich Engelbrecht

Touristic highlights in New York State's mountainous landscapes are the Adirondack Mountains; the source of the Hudson and the Mohawk Rivers, are situated in the north eastern corner of the state, between Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in east, the Lake Plains (Great Lakes Lowlands) of Lake Ontario in west, separated from the Appalachian Mountain chain by the Mohawk Valley in south. Popular destinations are the Mirror Lake (Lake Placid), Tupper Lake and The Wild Center in Adirondack Park. New in the list of Adirondack's tourist attractions is the Wild Walk, a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest.

Within the Adirondacks rises the highest point in the state, Mount Marcy at 1,628 m (5,344 ft), the mountain is situated approximately 20 km (13 mi) south of Lake Placid.

Niagara Falls
The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls of the Niagara Falls in the US
The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls of the Niagara Falls in the USA, it is by far the most famous waterfall in North America.
Image: Robert F. Tobler

The amazing falling waters of the Niagara River are separated by Goat Island: the Horseshoe Falls adjacent to the western (Canadian) bank and fall 47 m (158 feet); the American Falls adjoin the eastern (US) bank and fall for 50 m (167 feet ).

The southwestern portion of NY State, south of Lake Ontario and the Mohawk Valley, is occupied by the large dissected Allegheny Plateau (aka Appalachian Highlands), a series of rugged high plains, which are part of the larger Appalachian system. In the eastern part of the plateau, just two hours north of New York City, rise the hilly Catskill Mountains, known for its rich wildlife in forested areas, its hiking trails and ski resorts.

Lakes and Rivers
Blackhead Range, New York Catskill Mountains in autumn
Catskill Mountains in autumn. View towards the Blackhead Range in New York's Catskill Mountains from Buck Ridge Lookout.
Image: Daniel Case

New York State has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs, as well as portions of two of the five Great Lakes and over 70,000 miles (113,000 km) of rivers and streams [2].
Major rivers in the state are St. Lawrence River, Hudson River, Black River, Susquehanna River, and the Delaware River.
Major Lakes in New York State
The state has shorelines at Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, two of the five Great Lakes. Largest lake within the state is Lake Oneida; to the west of Oneida lake are the Finger Lakes, a group of 11 long, narrow, loch-like lakes. Lake George (the Queen of American Lakes) in the Adirondack region is since the late 19th century a popular tourist destination.

New York City and its environs
View of Times Square, New York at night
The most famous place in the most famous US city, Times Square, New York.
Image: Andrae Ricketts

New York City, a major port and the largest city in the USA is situated on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Hudson River. The city is an international hub for trade, finance, the arts and culture. The metropolis boasts to be the World's Capital City. Anyway, it ranks first place on The Economist's Global City Competitiveness Index [3].
New York City comprises over two-fifths of New York State's entire population [4]. The city is split up into five county-level administrative divisions called boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island; the city is distributed on three major islands: Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island, just one borough, The Bronx, is situated on the United States mainland.

Long Island, the southeastern most part of New York state, the island expands eastward from New York City for 190 km (119 mi), south of Long Island Sound and more or less parallel to the southern coast of Connecticut. Situated on its western tip are New York City's boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

World Heritage Site
Statue of Liberty souvenirs
Statue of Liberty souvenirs. The Statue of Liberty remains a beacon of the US souvenir industry. It is pictured in hundreds of variations as replicas, snow globes, skyline models, Christmas ornaments, on magnets, t-shits, clocks, bags, etc, you name it. [5]
Image: Rohan Vijay

New York has one amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-famous Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York City. The Statue of Liberty UNESCO official website is since 1984 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The statue was made in Paris by the French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel (best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, who was responsible for the statue's steel framework).

The artwork also known as "Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence.

Liberty was inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbor and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since.

New York State Population
New York State Capitol in Albany
Rendered image of New York State Capitol in Albany. The renaissance-revival capitol building is part of the Empire State Plaza complex which houses several departments of the New York State administration.
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The 3rd-most populous state in the US has a population of 19.8 million people (est. in 2018) [6].
Capital is Albany, largest city is New York City, largest metro area is New York City Metropolitan Area with a population of 22.2 million. Other major cities in New York State are Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.

Largest airports in the state are New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA code: JFK), LaGuardia Airport (IATA code: LGA), and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (IATA code: BUF) in Buffalo.

Cities and Towns in New York State

The map shows the location of following cities and towns in New York State:

New York City Downtown with Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center
New York City Downtown and Statue of Liberty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Freedom Tower, or One World Trade Center, in the middle of the photo, is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Image: John Cunniff

Most populous cities are:
New York, Buffalo (261,000), Rochester (210,000), Syracuse (145,000), and Albany (98,000).

Other cities depicted on the map:
Amsterdam, Auburn, Bath, Binghamton, Catskill, Cheektowaga, Corning, Cortland, Dansville, Dunkirk, Elmira, Endicott, Fredonia, Fulton, Geneseo, Geneva, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Hempstead, Hornell, Hudson, Ilion, Irondequoit, Ithaca, Jamestown, Johnstown, Kingston, Lake Placid, Levittown, Lockport, Long Lake, Malone, Massena, Middletown, Montauk, Monticello, New York, Newark, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Norwich, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oneida, Oneonta, Oswego, Ottawa, Peekskill, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Poughkeepsie, Rome, Saranac Lake, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Seneca Falls, Sidney, Troy, Tupper Lake, Utica, Watertown, Wellsville, White Plains, and Yonkers.

Downtown Brooklyn, view across the East River from Lower Manhattan Downtown Brooklyn skyline at the western end of Long Island, the Manhattan Bridge (far left), and the Brooklyn Bridge (near left), seen across the East River from Lower Manhattan.
Image: Nick Amoscato

The detailed map below is showing the US state of New York with boundaries, the location of the state capital Albany, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.

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