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NY's 145 independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges & universities educate more than 477,000 students and award 54% of the baccalaureate degrees, 73% of the master's degrees, and 79% of the doctoral and first professional degrees earned in the state.
The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843.
A brewer named Matthew Vassar founded Vassar College in Poughkeepsie in 1861.
The 641 (1032 km) mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States.
In 1979 Vassar students were the first from a private college to be granted permission to study in the People's Republic of China.
The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
Union College in Schenectady is regarded as the Mother of Fraternities because Delta Phi is the oldest continually operating fraternity and Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Societies were started on the campus.
Dairying is New York's most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle and or calves farms.
In 1807 The Clermont made its maiden voyage from New York City to Albany making the vessel the first successful steamboat.
Townsend Harris, the first ambassador to Japan, was the founder of the Free Academy of the City of New York now known as The City College of New York.
New York City has 722 (1162 km) miles of subway track.
Power Mill Park situated outside Rochester has a house on Park Road shaped like a group of mushrooms.
Chittenango is the home of is the home of L. Frank Baum, author of the "Wizard of Oz". It features a yellow brick inlaid sidewalks leading to Aunti Em's and other Oz-themed businesses. Chittenango is the location of an annual Munchkins parade.
Oneida has the world's smallest church with the dimensions of 3.5' X 6' (1.07 m X 1.83 m).
The "New York Post" established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 (17.5 km) miles between Albany and Schenectady.
The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States.
The first presentation of 3D films before a paying audience took place at Manhattan's Astor Theater on June 10, 1915.
The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north.
Rochester is known as both the Flour City and the Flower City and home to Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Eastman School of Music.
Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.
New York's largest lake in Oneida measures 79.8 square miles (207 square km).
New York's highest waterfall is the 215 foot (66 m) Taughannock.
The Erie Canal, built across New York State in the 1820s, opened the Midwest to development and helped New York City become a worldwide trading center.
European settlers who brought seeds to New York introduced apples in the 1600s.
The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time.
Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. played against each other in Rochester vs. Pawtucket Red Sox in the longest game in baseball history. The game went a total of 33 innings.
The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island.
Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic Parks combined.
New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.
Niagara Reservation became the first state park in the United States.
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh was the first publicly owned historic site.
New York State is home to 58 species of wild orchids.
New York has over 70,000 miles (112,700 km) of rivers and streams.
The first public brewery in America was established by Peter Minuit at the Market (Marckvelt) field in lower Manhattan.
The 145 independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities in New York State compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university in the United States serving over 480,000 students in degree and non-degree programs.