Empire State's natural beauty

Boating in the Empire State

New York City is less than one percent of the state's total landmass of almost 55,000 square miles. There is more to New York than New York City.

Markets of New York City : a guide to the best artisan, farmer, food, and flea markets
Karen E. Seiger.
New York : Little Bookroom, c2010.
This is the comprehensive guide to the rich and diverse markets of New York City: antique and flea markets, artisan markets, farmers’ markets, seasonal markets, and more. Some markets are traditional, like Old World street-market experiences such as Bleecker Street and the Chelsea Market, where you’ll find some of the most sophisticated food in the city; others are hip and edgy, like the young-designer markets where buyers from Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys find the fashion and designers of tomorrow. Seasonal markets include holiday gift markets and craft markets. The guide has excellent recommendations for die-hard shoppers who are interested in bargains or flea-market finds, as well as collectors, gift shoppers, and craft aficionados. Markets of New York City also includes recommendations for great food in and around the markets and suggested routes for full or half-day excursions.
New York : the Big City and its little neighborhoods
written and produced by Naomi Fertitta ; photography by Paul Aresu.
New York, NY : Universe ; c2009.
Both an official NYC guide and a celebration of the city, this book is the ideal travel companion for both tourists and resident tourists. Complete "how-to" information shows where to eat and shop, as well as how to get there. More than 20 neighborhoods are covered in full detail, including Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Odessa, Little Senegal, Little India, Little Poland, and Koreatown, among others. A comprehensive travel guide to the worlds within New York City, this book includes photographs, maps, and a historical background of the ethnic neighborhoods within the five boroughs.
Inside the Apple : a streetwise history of New York City
Michelle Nevius and James Nevius.
New York : Free Press, 2009.
This lively, comprehensive history of New York City brings to life the city's fascinating and dramatic past for locals, tourists, and anyone eager to know the greatest city in the world. Includes 14 walking tours. b #38;w photos throughout.
Off the beaten (subway) track : New York City's best unusual attractions
Suzanne Reisman.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House, c2008.
Travel writer Reisman (Columbia U., New York) lets tourists--and perhaps locals--in New York City in on approximately 100 small museums and other unusual sites worth visiting that tend to be overlooked by tour guides and travel books. She provides information on the nearest subway stop to each site, which are listed by the borough they are found in (Manhattan is divided into three sections). Among the attractions readers can visit are: historical monies on display at Lower Manhattan's American Numismatic Society, the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame in Upper Manhattan, the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage in the Bronx, Queens' Socrates Sculpture Park, the City Reliquary in Brooklyn, Staten Island's Noble Maritime Collection. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The New York state park system, with 169 state parks, offers recreation fun for the whole family, year round.  From hiking, camping and snow sports in the rugged mountains to fresh water fishing and boating in the lakes and ponds to swimming off the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

New York was the first state to preserve an historic site, establish a state park and declared in the State Constitution that land should "be forever kept as wild forest lands." Further, the land could not be sold or leased.

New York is called "The Empire State" because of its wealth of resources. The state has a variety of natural beauty:

  • Over 150 kinds of trees grow in the four million acres of state owned forests including maple, oak and southern species such as the tulip tree and sweet gum.
  • New York was named by the British to honor the Duke of York and Albany, the brother of England's King Charles II, when New Amsterdam was taken from the Dutch in 1664. New York became the name of the state and the city.

    2,000 miles of foot trails in the Adirondacs. Adirondack Park is about the size of Vermont and is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic Parks combined.
  • More than 90 species of fish that swim in the 70,000 miles of rivers and streams and 4,000 lakes and ponds. Species that include perch, trout and salmon.
  • 52 campgrounds to experience camping in a tent, trailer or cabin with picnic tables and grills.
  • 123 miles of white-sanded beaches.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff