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New York (sometimes called "New York State" to distinguish it from New York City), is a state in the northeastern United States.
Most of the state's population is concentrated in the southeastern portion of the state around New York City, which is sometimes known as "Downstate", with the other part of the state referred to as "Upstate".
The largest city in the state is, of course, New York city, and the state capital is Albany. Other important cities in New York include Binghamton, Buffalo, Corning, Elmira, Glens Falls, Jamestown, Middletown, Newburgh, Niagara Falls, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Rome, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Syracuse, Troy and Utica.
It is difficult to know where to begin when talking about tourist attractions in New York - there is simply so much to see. In New York City, must-see attractions include Broadway Theatre, Central Park, Chinatown, the Empire State Building, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Little Italy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations Headquarters. You're also sure to want to see Niagara Falls (in Niagara Falls) - which is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. Students of American history should be sure to visit Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, and the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. And, if you're looking something for a little bit more active, there is some excellent skiing in New York (the state has twice hosted the Winter Olympics), as well as excellent amusement/water parks such as Six Flags Darien Lake (in Darien), and The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom (in Queensbury near Lake George).
Important education institutions in New York include Adelphi University (in Garden City), Binghamton University (in Vestal), City University of New York (in New York City), Columbia University (in New York City), Cornell University (in Ithaca), New York University (in New York City), Niagara University (in Lewiston), Pace University (in New York City), Syracuse University (in Syracuse), the University of Rochester (in Rochester) and the Upstate Medical University (in Syracuse).
Most, but not all, of the state's major companies are based in New York City, while is of course one of the country's and indeed the world's, leading business, financial and media-industry centers. Some of the major companies with their headquarters in New York are IBM (in Armonk), Accenture (in New York City), Alcoa (in New York City), Altria Group (in New York City), American Express (in New York City), American International Group (in New York City), Bristol-Myers Squibb (in New York City), Bunge (in White Plains), CBS (in New York City), Cendant (in New York City), Citigroup (in New York City), Computer Associates (in Islandia), Eastman Kodak (in Rochester), Fox Entertainment Group (in New York City), Goldman Sachs (in New York City), Hess (in New York City), JPMorgan Chase (in New York City), Lehman Brothers (in New York City), Loews (in New York City), MasterCard (in Purchase), Merill Lynch (in New York City), Morgan Stanley (in New York City), News Corporation (in New York City), New York Life Insurance (in New York City), PepsiCo (in Purchase), Pfizer (in New York City), Schlumberger (in New York City), TIAA-CREF (in New York City), Time Warner (in New York City), Verizon Communications (in New York City), Viacom (in New York City) and Wells Fargo (in New York City).
Professional sports teams in New York include the Albany River Rats (ice hockey in the AHL) in Albany, the Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn League baseball) in Auburn, the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League baseball) in Batavia, the Binghamton Mets (Eastern League baseball) in Binghamton, the Binghamton Senators (ice hockey in the AHL) in Binghamton, the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League baseball) in New York City, the Buffalo Bills (American football in the NFL) in Orchard Park, the Buffalo Bisons (International League baseball) in Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres (ice hockey in the NHL) in Buffalo, the Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League baseball) in Wappingers Falls, the Jamestown Jammers (New York-Penn League baseball) in Jamestown, the New York Islanders (ice hockey in the NHL) in Uniondale, the New York Knicks (National Basketball Association) in New York City, the New York Mets (Major League Baseball) in New York City, the New York Rangers (ice hockey in the NHL) in New York City, the New York Yankees (Major League Baseball) in New York City, the Oneonta Tigers (New York-Penn League baseball) in Oneonta, the Rochester Americans (ice hockey in the AHL) in Rochester, Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL-1 soccer) in Rochester, the Rochester Red Wings (International League baseball) in Rochester, the Staten Island Yankees (New York-Penn League baseball) in New York City, the Syracuse Chiefs (International League baseball) in Syracuse, the Syracuse Crunch (ice hockey in the AHL) in Syracuse, and the Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League baseball) in Troy.
Major airports serving New York include Albany International Airport in Albany, Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, and LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
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