Thursday, May 31, 2007

Did You Know ?

(from the www.census.gov/ronyc/www/facts.html and other resources)

New York was 2nd among states in money spent per student for elementary and secondary education.

New York State had the largest Black Alone population, and Kings County, NY ranked 4th of all counties in the country.

New York City has the longest travel time to work with an average of 38.4 minutes.

The foreign-born population in the New York Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5.1 million.

Both New York (4th) and New Jersey (7th) were among the seven states in the country with at least a million Hispanics.

Both Bronx County, NY and Hudson County, NJ ranked 6th with 56.2% of people who speak a language other than English at home.
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The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - THE BIG APPLE.

New York was the first state to 1) preserve an historic site (Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh); 2) establish a state park (Niagara Reservation); and 3) declare land "forever wild" (the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves) in the State Constitution.

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

After the adoption of the Federal Constitution, New York City was chosen to be the nation's first capital and was the site of the inauguration of George Washington as President on April 30, 1789.

New York has a state muffin! The Apple Muffin was created for the Bear Road Elementary School children in North Syracuse, who were instrumental in getting the Governor to sign a bill making it the official State muffin.
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To be continued...






1 comment:

Roger Green said...

I DID know that the state had a state muffin. I had to write a JEOPARDY!-like quiz for work just last month and that was one of the questions.