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Awakenings: New York: Diversity & Contrast

on July 26, 2014

This Day in History: July 26, 1788

New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State


New York is called “The Empire State” because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, “The Empire State” legend returned to New York license plates. It’s nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, “Excelsior.” New York’s motto means “ever upward.” The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. “Knickerbocker” is a German term made up of two words. “Knicker” means box and “bock” is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving’s character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in “Knickerbocker History of New York.”




New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. Aerial America features New York’s Adirondack Park: Covering 20 percent of New York’s total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States and New York: Niagara Falls: Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe through its natural majesty and its raw power.

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5 responses to “Awakenings: New York: Diversity & Contrast

  1. Thank you for sharing this video! I love anything Abraham Hicks. I also love how the guy shared that when he was young he believed more in his dreams. I believe this is what happened to me, but now (more than ever) I’m dreaming again, and I’m happy about it. It’s the only way to live for me. 🙂

  2. Micki Peluso says:

    Very nice piece on NY. I just read somewhere that it is atthe top of the ten most unhappiest states inthe ubion–and her I thought if was just me that hates it here. Upstate is gorgeous but devastatingly poor and NYC is crowded with too much crime, road rage and traffic. One thing I can say after living in many places is that people in New York are both the best in the world and the worst.

  3. Micki Peluso says:

    Forgive the typos–just had cataract surgery and my eyes aren’t working right yet.

  4. They have really ravaged the Adirondacks. Under Regan, “forever wild” became “wild unless someone offers us a couple of bucks.” It’s not even nice development. It’s used cars, junkyards, little tourist traps. Horrible. I remember the Adirondacks before this. It’s awful what we’ve done to it. When is “protected” unprotected? When you have a president who doesn’t care about the environment.

  5. Raani York says:

    Beautiful – description, history and picture! Thanks for sharing and teaching, Sharla!

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