Everyone knows about New York City, also known as “The Big Apple,” but New York State boasts an interesting history filled with facts that make it one of the most interesting in the country. Without further ado, here are some fun facts about New York from us here at Babylon Honda!
- Education is a strong point of New York. In fact, Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology is the only school to offer a major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
- A throwback to New York’s “melting pot” status, the first daily Yiddish newspaper began circulating in New York City in 1885.
- As for more modern news, the New York Post is the country’s oldest running newspaper. It was originally established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton himself!
- George Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. The city was also the first capital of the United States.
- New York City wasn’t always a global center of trade. The Erie Canal was built across New York in the 1820s and provided access to what’s now known as the Midwest. That development made New York City a center of commerce.
- Farming and livestock have their home in New York. The nation’s oldest cattle ranch was established on Long Island in 1747. Dairy farms served as the state’s most important farming activity. In all, there are more than 18,000 cattle and calves farms throughout New York.