AWESOME FACTS about NEW YORK: State Motto: Ever Upward Capitol: Albany Statehood: 1788 Interesting Facts: New York tops the list of the states with the biggest per capita tax burden followed by Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Illinois. On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the president of the United States at Federal Hall in New York City, New York. The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ both call the city their home; these are the world’s two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization of their listed companies. New York City also houses the world’s largest railway station – the Grand Central Terminal. Did you know that the Hudson River flows two ways? The river flows for 315 miles and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the low and hide tides, which the river usually experiences twice every 24 hours, the direction of its flow reverses. Almost all of the state north of the New York City is referred to as “Upstate New York” by the local residents. 4,000 farms have been lost to real estate development in the state since the 1980s.
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