Interesting Facts About New York

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New York Facts

- Niagara Reservation became the first state park in the U.S.

- The world’s smallest church, only 3.5X6 feet, is located in Oneida.

- 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.

- New York's highest waterfall is the 215 foot Taughannock.

- Rochester is known as both the Flour City and the Flower City. The community is home to the first abolitionist group, bloomers, marshmallows, Jell-O, French's Mustard, baby shoes, gold teeth and the mail chute.

- Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.

- On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.

- The Erie Canal, built across New York State in the 1820s, opened the Midwest to development and helped New York City become a worldwide trading center.

- The first international sports hero, boxer Bill Richmond of Staten Island, was born August 5, 1763.

- The "New York Post" established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.

- John Babcock invented both the indoor rowing machine and the sliding seat during the winter of 1869/1870.

- New York's largest lake in Oneida measures 79.8 square miles.

- Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in May 1912, in Oceanside.

- Hartsdale has a pet cemetery established in 1896 and containing 12,000 plots.

- In November for Boy Scouts and in March for Girl Scouts the annual Urban Camp-Outs are hosted at the Empire State Building.

- The Catskills are the home of the legend of Rip Van Winkle, brown trout and flycasting.

- The first women's rights convention met at Seneca Falls in 1848.

- The first daily Yiddish newspaper appeared in 1885 in New York City.

- The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world to flow south to north.

- The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.

- Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy who's caricature Uncle Sam came to personify the United States is buried at Troy's Oakwood Cemetery. During the War of 1812, he stamped "U.S. Beef" on his products which soldiers interpreted the U.S. abbreviation as meaning Uncle Sam.

- The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north.

- The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady.

- The first Boy's Club was established in New York City in 1876.