One of the original 13 colonies, New York is rich in history. The Dutch originally called the region New Netherland. New Amsterdam, which was established on Manhattan Island, later became New York City.
The state is named for the Duke of York and Albany, who later became King James II. It is believed that George Washington nicknamed New York the "Empire State" because he believed it would become the "seat of the empire." New York is also nicknamed the "Excelsior State." "Excelsior" is a Latin word meaning "ever upward." The abbreviation for New York is NY. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thomas Dewey, and Nelson Rockefeller were all governors of the state.
Visitors enjoy climbing to the top of The Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty stands in one of New York's harbors and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States. Some recreate the experience by taking a ferry to Ellis Island, where many immigrants first stepped on American soil. There is also the famous Theatre district, thousands of restaurants for every palate, endless variety of museums to explore, parks and zoos.
And if you need a break from the daily New York City grind nothing beats a good trip out of town. It’s the perfect antidote for all things concrete and crowded. Thankfully, the regions surrounding NYC teem with opportunities to explore, taste and breathe in the fresh air. From beaches in the Hamptons to forests in the Hudson Valley, from wineries on Long Island to historic communities in Pennsylvania, there are tours that make it easy for you to escape for a few hours or the entire day
Top Ten Things to see and do-
1. Times Square & Theatre district
2. Central Park
3. NYC Museums (MOMA, Museum Natural History, Guggenheim, just to name a few)
4. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
5. Lincoln Center
6. Bronx Zoo
7. Brooklyn Bridge
8. 9/11 Memorial
9. Empire State Building
10. Wall Street & Stock Exchange
Baseball: New York Yankees, and New York Mets
Football: NY Giants and NY Jets
Hockey: NY Rangers and NY Islanders
Basketball: NY Knicks