History UsefulNotes / NewYorkState

17th May '17 7:31:32 PM nombretomado
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* '''Capital District:''' As the name suggests, this area is home to Albany, the capital of the state of New York and a name that is often spoken in angry tones, accompanied by profanity, and likely in the pages of the ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers Post]]'' or the ''Daily News'' (as in "those f--kers in Albany are wasting my tax dollars"). Nearby Schenectady is the old home of General Electric, the part-owners (and former full owners) of Creator/{{NBC}} and [[{{Universal}} Universal Studios]]; they've since moved their headquarters to Connecticut, but they still have a ton of facilities in Schenectady and along the Hudson River, some of which are the reason why the Hudson has its reputation for being an extension of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]]. (They're gonna clean it up sometime. We swear.) It's also home to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRGB one of the world's first television stations]] (where TV cooking-show host Creator/RachaelRay started her career) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGY_(AM) America's second commercial radio station]], which should be handy for trivia night. Less than an hour to the north at the foothills of the Adirondacks is Saratoga Springs, site of the Battles of Saratoga, a major turning point in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It was once a prosperous resort town famed for its mineral springs (one of its restaurants is held by popular tradition to be the original home of the potato chip), and while it's since transitioned to high-tech manufacturing, it still has its famous racetrack, the third-oldest extant racetrack in the US (Freehold Raceway in New Jersey and Pleasanton Fairgrounds in California are older).\\

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* '''Capital District:''' As the name suggests, this area is home to Albany, the capital of the state of New York and a name that is often spoken in angry tones, accompanied by profanity, and likely in the pages of the ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers Post]]'' or the ''Daily News'' (as in "those f--kers in Albany are wasting my tax dollars"). Nearby Schenectady is the old home of General Electric, the part-owners (and former full owners) of Creator/{{NBC}} and [[{{Universal}} [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Studios]]; they've since moved their headquarters to Connecticut, but they still have a ton of facilities in Schenectady and along the Hudson River, some of which are the reason why the Hudson has its reputation for being an extension of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]]. (They're gonna clean it up sometime. We swear.) It's also home to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRGB one of the world's first television stations]] (where TV cooking-show host Creator/RachaelRay started her career) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGY_(AM) America's second commercial radio station]], which should be handy for trivia night. Less than an hour to the north at the foothills of the Adirondacks is Saratoga Springs, site of the Battles of Saratoga, a major turning point in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It was once a prosperous resort town famed for its mineral springs (one of its restaurants is held by popular tradition to be the original home of the potato chip), and while it's since transitioned to high-tech manufacturing, it still has its famous racetrack, the third-oldest extant racetrack in the US (Freehold Raceway in New Jersey and Pleasanton Fairgrounds in California are older).\\
5th May '17 6:02:33 PM Madrugada
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** '''The Palisades:''' A long line of scenic cliffs on the west bank of the Hudson River, running from Bergen County, UsefulNotes/NewJersey in the south to Rockland County in the north. The Tappan Zee Bridge (the only Hudson River crossing between The City and Bear Mountain) has its western terminus at Nyack, a town known for being home to a) a lot of rich Jews, and b) the Palisades Center, one of the largest shopping malls in America. (The fact that it's not the largest, or even second largest, ''in the state of New York''[[note]]Number one is Destiny USA in Syracuse, and number two is Roosevelt Field in Garden City on Long Island. The Palisades Center is number three in the state.[[/note]] probably says something, but we don't know what.)

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** '''The Palisades:''' A long line of scenic cliffs on the west bank of the Hudson River, running from Bergen County, UsefulNotes/NewJersey in the south to Rockland County in the north. The Tappan Zee Bridge (the only Hudson River crossing between The City and Bear Mountain) has its western terminus at Nyack, a town known for being home to a) a lot of rich Jews, and b) the Palisades Center, one of the largest eighth-largest shopping malls mall in America. America.[[labelnote:Note]]Eighth by total square footage. It's the sixth largest by total leasable space.[[/labelnote]] (The fact that it's not the largest, or even second largest, ''in the state of New York''[[note]]Number one is Destiny USA in Syracuse, and number two is Roosevelt Field in Garden City on Long Island. The Palisades Center is number three in the state.[[/note]] probably says something, but we don't know what.)
5th May '17 5:46:06 PM Madrugada
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New York isn't called the Empire ''State'' for nothing. Of the state's estimated 19.5 million people, only about 8.3 million live in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, leaving over eleven million to be accounted for. The state is well and truly vast, being the fifth-largest by area east of the Mississippi,[[note]]After Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Illinois; if you exclude water area--which we aren't--New York admittedly drops down to eighth (with Arkansas, Alabama, and North Carolina nudging ahead).[[/note]] and the second-largest by area of the original 13 states, behind only the state of Georgia.[[note]]Prior to about 1800, New York was larger than Georgia, but smaller than Virginia. Georgia gained a bunch of territory in about 1800 after some legal disputes were tidied up, and Virginia lost a bunch of territory when West Virginia [[RebelliousRebel seceded from Virginia when Virginia seceded from the Union]] during the Civil War.[[/note]] While the NYC suburbs within the state reach well up the Hudson River and nearly all the way down Long Island, the other 90% of the state (often known as "upstate") is culturally and geographically distinct from the city, and often resents the association. There have been several attempts to split the upstate off into the 51st state, and just as many attempts by downstaters (the city and its suburbs) to do likewise; such attempts usually flounder on who gets to keep the name "New York". Or even where "upstate" begins - people throughout the Hudson Valley especially tend to place the boundary one Thruway exit north of where they live. The state officially treats the counties from Dutchess southwards as part of the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District; basically upstate begins with the Adirondacks and Catskills.

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New York isn't called the Empire ''State'' for nothing. Of the state's estimated 19.5 million people, only about 8.3 million live in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, leaving over eleven million to be accounted for. The state is well and truly vast, being the fifth-largest by area east of the Mississippi,[[note]]After Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Illinois; if you exclude water area--which we aren't--New York admittedly drops down to eighth seventh (with Arkansas, Alabama, Alabama and North Carolina nudging ahead).[[/note]] and the second-largest by area of the original 13 states, behind only the state of Georgia.[[note]]Prior to about 1800, New York was larger than Georgia, but smaller than Virginia. Georgia gained a bunch of territory in about 1800 after some legal disputes were tidied up, and Virginia lost a bunch of territory when West Virginia [[RebelliousRebel seceded from Virginia when Virginia seceded from the Union]] during the Civil War.[[/note]] While the NYC suburbs within the state reach well up the Hudson River and nearly all the way down Long Island, the other 90% of the state (often known as "upstate") is culturally and geographically distinct from the city, and often resents the association. There have been several attempts to split the upstate off into the 51st state, and just as many attempts by downstaters (the city and its suburbs) to do likewise; such attempts usually flounder on who gets to keep the name "New York". Or even where "upstate" begins - people throughout the Hudson Valley especially tend to place the boundary one Thruway exit north of where they live. The state officially treats the counties from Dutchess southwards as part of the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District; basically upstate begins with the Adirondacks and Catskills.
27th Mar '17 8:32:17 PM Willbyr
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25th Mar '17 5:49:53 PM Madrugada
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* While Literature/NeroWolfe lives in New York City, and despite his avowed disinclination to leave his home for any reason, many of the stories are set or at least partially take place in other parts of New York state: White Plains comes up quite often, as do locations in Westchester County and on Long Island; in ''Immune To Murder'', the setting is a fishing lodge in the Adirondacks; and in the novelette ''Too Many Detectives'' he and Archie have been summoned to Albany for a licensing board hearing concerning wiretapping.

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* While Literature/NeroWolfe lives in New York City, and despite his avowed disinclination to leave his home for any reason, many of the stories are set or at least partially take place in other parts of New York state: Archie (and occasionally Nero) have to go to White Plains comes up to talk to a client or suspect quite often, as do often; the same holds true for locations in Westchester County and on Long Island; in ''Immune To Murder'', the setting is a fishing lodge in the Adirondacks; and in the novelette ''Too Many Detectives'' he and Archie have been summoned to Albany for a licensing board hearing concerning wiretapping.
25th Mar '17 9:24:47 AM Madrugada
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* While Literature/NeroWolfe lives in New York City, and despite his avowed disinclination to leave his home for any reason, many of the stories are set or at least partially take place in other parts of New York state: White Plains comes up quite often, as do locations in Westchester County and on Long Island, and in ''Immune To Murder'', the setting is a fishing lodge in the Adirondacks.

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* While Literature/NeroWolfe lives in New York City, and despite his avowed disinclination to leave his home for any reason, many of the stories are set or at least partially take place in other parts of New York state: White Plains comes up quite often, as do locations in Westchester County and on Long Island, and Island; in ''Immune To Murder'', the setting is a fishing lodge in the Adirondacks.Adirondacks; and in the novelette ''Too Many Detectives'' he and Archie have been summoned to Albany for a licensing board hearing concerning wiretapping.




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* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'': This 2004 one-season series was set on the American side of Niagara Falls. (The series was actually filmed on the Canadian side, though.) Jaye, the main character, works as a clerk in a souvenir/gift shop.
25th Mar '17 9:16:35 AM Madrugada
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* Aside from Dolly herself, all of the main cast members of Theatre/HelloDolly live in Yonkers.

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* Aside from Dolly herself, all of the main cast members of Theatre/HelloDolly ''Theatre/HelloDolly'' live in Yonkers.
25th Mar '17 9:15:48 AM Madrugada
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* Aside from Dolly herself, all of the main cast members of Theatre/HelloDolly live in Yonkers.
25th Mar '17 9:13:17 AM Madrugada
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* While Literature/NeroWolfe lives in New York City, and despite his avowed disinclination to leave his home for any reason, many of the stories are set or at least partially take place in other parts of New York state: White Plains comes up quite often, as do locations in Westchester County and on Long Island, and in ''Immune To Murder'', the setting is a fishing lodge in the Adirondacks.
25th Mar '17 8:53:25 AM Madrugada
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** '''Yonkers:''' The fourth-largest city in the state. Known for Music/LadyGaga, pro wrestling's Wrestling/TommyDreamer, and a long and sordid history of racial tensions that lasted well into TheNineties (they even made a racially-tinged fight over affordable housing in Yonkers into a Creator/DavidSimon-helmed Creator/{{HBO}} miniseries, ''Series/ShowMeAHero''). It followed the trend of many old industrial cities, though it never fell apart like they did. In addition to the usual Irish/Italian mix of the New York City area, it also has large Arab Christian and Eastern European communities.

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** '''Yonkers:''' The fourth-largest city in the state. Known for Music/LadyGaga, pro wrestling's Wrestling/TommyDreamer, Theatre/HelloDolly, and a long and sordid history of racial tensions that lasted well into TheNineties (they even made a racially-tinged fight over affordable housing in Yonkers into a Creator/DavidSimon-helmed Creator/{{HBO}} miniseries, ''Series/ShowMeAHero''). It followed the trend of many old industrial cities, though it never fell apart like they did. In addition to the usual Irish/Italian mix of the New York City area, it also has large Arab Christian and Eastern European communities.
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