2/50 New York: “The Empire State”

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The State of New York is situated on the north-eastern seaboard of the United States of America. With the total land area of 54,556 square miles, it is the 27th largest and the 4th most populous state in the U.S.

During the European colonization in the 16th century, it was first colonized by the French, then the Dutch and named it “New Netherland” until it was taken over by the British in 1664 and renamed it in honour of the Duke of York. There were hundreds of American Revolutionary Battles occurred in New York and the Battle at Saratoga in 1777 gave way for their independence against the British. It became the 11th state of the U.S.A. on July 26, 1788. Albany, which is about 220 km north of New York City, is the state capital of New York while New York City is the state’s largest city and its economic hub.

Aerial view of Albany                                                                                                 Photo by Karthikc123/wikipedia

New York got its nickname, “The Empire State”, because of its boundless wealth and natural resources. Also, George Washington conceptualized New York as the “seat of empire”.

During the 19th century, New York started to emerge as a centre for economic growth, most especially in New York City. The city became the port of entry to millions of people from around the world who dreamed to start and have a better life in the United States.

As the state continues to economically grow much faster in the 20th century especially New York City, it started to expand vertically by building skyscrapers  and revolutionize the modern architecture. Today, New York ( New York city in particular) still remains as one of the most important economic hub in the planet.

When we went to United States for Christmas, visiting New York is the highlight of our trip since most of the things I have accomplished in my bucket list is located here, especially in New York City. Let me show you the places we have been to during our short stay here:


 Corning is a city in Stueben County with a population of around 12,000. It is almost 250 miles away from New York City (4 hours drive). The city was named after Erastus Corning, one of the investors of the company that developed the city. One of the popular attraction here is the Corning Museum of Glass.

Corning Museum of Glass New York

The Corning Museum of Glass has a collection of more than 47,000 glass works that exhibit the history, art and information of glass. It was founded by Corning Incorporated in 1951 to celebrate its centennial anniversary.  Some of the glass works here are over thousands of years. One of the great attractions here is the glass making show that demonstrates how to make glass and how to mold it into an art piece.

Here are some of the art pieces displayed in the museum.

Corning Museum of Glass New York 1

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Then we travelled west (215 miles) to Buffalo.


Buffalo City in Erie County is one of the major cities in the state with a population of more than 263,000 making it the 2nd most populous city in New York after NYC. Most of the sceneries we saw was the views from the bus since we only stayed here for a night.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, just right next to Buffalo, is a city in Niagara County with a population of around 50,000. This city is very popular because of the world famous Niagara Falls, which the city was named after for.

To know more about Niagara Falls and our experience there, just click on the link below:

#164 Visit Niagara Falls


Porter New York

Porter is a town located in Niagara County. It is where the Fort Niagara was built in 1678.


The fort, now called “Old Fort Niagara”, was originally built as a barricade by the French to protect New France. For years, the fort was under the French army during the French and Indian War but it was surrendered to the British when the French were defeated during the Battle of Fort Niagara in 1759.

Old Fort Niagara

In the 20th century, it was used to train military armies for wars like the World War I and II. The fort became a National Historical Landmark in 1960.



Lewiston is a town just located on the Niagara River. We went here to see the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant.


New York City

new york city

Who would not know about The Big Apple? Also known as “the City that never sleeps”, New York City is one of most famous and important cities in the world in terms of business, education, entertainment, fashion, culture, arts and finance. It is considered as one of the most visited cities in the world. Most of the world famous landmarks and attractions in the state of New York can actually be found here in this dynamic and vibrant city.

Times Square

times suare new york

It is the hub of New York Theatre District which has been performing musicals and plays since the 18th century. With a daily foot traffic of 330,000, it is the most visited tourist attraction in the world. To know more about Times Square and our experience here, click on the link below :

#153 Stand in the middle of Times Square

Rockefeller Centre

Christmas at rockefeller centre new york city

Rockefeller Centre is a complex of commercial buildings that were built between 1930 to 1939. It is a very popular tourist attraction here in New York especially during the Yuletide season, a very big Christmas tree is placed at the centre and also a small ice skating rink.

Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty new york city

This neoclassical statue designed by Frederick Auguste Bartholdi is a gift by France to the United States. It was given in 1886 as a symbol of their friendship. From then on, the statue became a symbol of freedom and democracy not only for the United States but for the entire planet. For more information about the Statue of Liberty and our experience here, click on the link below.

#126 Stand in the crown of the Statue of Liberty

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations HQ

This is the official headquarters of United Nations.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

With a collection of more than 2 million artifacts of Earth’s history, it is one of the largest museums in the world.

Empire State Building

empire state building (2)

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic building in the world. Located in the heart of New York City, it is one of the tallest building making it one of the top tourist attractions. It has an observation deck located on the 86th floor which has a very magnificent  360 degree-view of the entire New York City skyline.

new york city skyline from top of the empire state building

To know more about the places to get the perfect skyline view of New York City, click on the link below:

#23 Take a helicopter ride around New York City

I would still love to go back to New York City since our stay there was not enough to go around and experience what the city offers.

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