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New York State Flag
State Bird: Bluebird
State Animal: The
State Fish: The
State Flower: Rose
State Tree: Sugar
State Muffin: The Apple Muffin
State Fossil: The
State Gem: The garnet
State Shell: The
"I Love New York" written by Steve Karmen
Motto: Excelsior--which means "Ever Upward."
Origin of State
state was named in the 1660s for the
duke of York, later King James II of England.
Empire State. The nickname,
attributed to George Washington, refers to the state's wealth and
variety of resources.
Nickname for residents: New Yorkers