The Empire State

New York State Nickname

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The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building in New York City; photo by Wally Gobetz on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

The Empire State

New York is nicknamed "The Empire State" for its national and global significance. The origin of the nickname is unknown - some sources credit George Washington, who referred to New York state in December 1784 as "at present the seat of the Empire."

Other nicknames for New York include The Excelsior State (Excelsior is the state motto) and The Knickerbocker State (from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers).

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Images

State of New York USA (public domain image).

State of New York USA

Southern Manhattan from the Empire State Building at dusk; photo by Rubén Moreno Montolíu on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

View from Empire State Building

Videos

Top of the Empire State Building - Best View in Full HD