Date of Entry:
July 26, 1788
|Map of USA. New York outlined in dark ink, shaded &|
with name written on it.
|A close up of New York & its neighbors.|
Canada, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Lake Ontario, Saint Lawrence River, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean, Lake Erie
54,555 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse
Famous Geographical Point:
The Empire State. Legend says that the nickname dates all the way back to George Washington, who referred to the state as being "at present the seat of the Empire."
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Book Set In/About:
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Two mythical creatures meet, and become unlikely companions, in turn-of-the-century NYC. It's the standard immigrant tale with a twist. I absolutely loved this book.
Movie Set In/About:
"Taxi Driver" (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese
An unstable Vietnam Vet, who works as a taxi driver, descends into madness. There were about a billion movies to choose from, many of them set in NYC. I chose this one because it's a very good film, and because it's a great time capsule of the 1970s. If I hadn't chosen The Golem and the Jinni for my book, I likely would've put "Brooklyn" here, another great film (it's an NYC immigrant tale, but without the twist).
Headline of the Day:
"NYS Fair Attendance 26,151 Ahead of Last Year's Attendance" on newyorkupstate.com.