What's so great about the state of New York?

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When mentioning those two words, “New York,” the first thing that usually pops to mind is New York City, and right after that are all the attributes those three words bring to mind: The Big Apple, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, cabs, crowded streets, crime, shopping, Grand Central Station, Penn Station, the Statue of Liberty, political shenanigans, 50 million annual visitors, and more.

 

But would it surprise any non-New Yorkers to know that the New York City area makes up less than ½ of 1% of New York’s land mass? That means that the first thoughts that pop into one’s head when thinking of New York zoom to an extremely small part of the state. And the rest of the state is as different as possible from “the city”, and is a wonderful change from many other states as well.

 

What's so great about the state of New York?

 

Landscape.


Let’s start with water! New York is home to the Finger Lakes, and also borders Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. Lake George is here; a popular vacation destination, and on the southern end of the state, the Long Island sound and Atlantic Ocean touch her shores. In addition, in the Hudson Valley area, you can find the Hudson River where West Point Academy resides, and where it’s possible to use the water alone as a way to get from Albany to NY City.

Typical Country Road in New York State

 

And then there are the mountains! In addition to the beautiful waterways found in the state, mountains, and mountain ranges offer a wide array of climbing, walking, skiing and camping opportunities. The Adirondacks, Catskills and Appalachian mountains can all be found within New York. Two of the highest peaks, Mount Marcy and Algonquin Peak are over 5,000 feet in height, and many of the smaller mountains also provide beautiful views.

 

In fact, the beauty of nature is so prevalent, that just a ride through any road can sometimes make you pull over and pop a picture.

 

Seasons

Many other states experience the four seasons as well, but New York has always been a place where all of a sudden, a new season just arrives with gusto.

 

Sometime around April, the air changes as Spring arrives. One evening you walk into your home shaking with cold, and the next morning, you can feel the promise of warmth in the air; the sun is hotter, and the ground gives off a freshly dug smell even when you aren’t digging in it. Bulbs start poking up from the ground, and birds start singing. Aaaah.

 

Then the same thing happens in June or July when all of a sudden Summer arrives with a bang, and the hazy hot and humid days appear. It's days of sweating, and swimming, of ice cream and italian ices.

 

In September or October, Autumn shows itself as the leaves begin to change to gorgeous colors, the air smells crisp and there’s energy in the atmosphere that’s been missing for months.

 

And then of course, there are the first wispy Winter snowflakes in late November or December that soon dump snow and ice that seems to sit on the ground forever, until the process starts all over again.

 

You just can’t beat the four seasons.

 

Activities

There are simply no activities I can think of that are not available somewhere in New York state. Boating, parasailing, fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, hiking, walking, jogging, climbing, camping, hunting, bird watching, bicycling, snow mobile riding, mountain biking, horseback riding, hot air balloon riding, cave exploring, zoo visiting, snowshoeing, dogsled riding, bobsledding, luging, train riding, apple picking, and the list goes ON! If you want it, here it is!

 

Other

This list doesn’t even begin to address the historical sites, which can be found around almost every corner. And it also doesn’t really address New York City (which is definitely cool!) or all the wonderful bed & breakfasts, and dude ranches, and…

 

So what’s so great about the state of New York?

 

Everything.

 

Originally published in Kat's Homes.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

* still supporting Monroe NY, Orange & Rockland counties.

 

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Kathy Stoltman
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Kat, I am guilty as charged. When I hear New York, I immediately think of New York City, forgetting as you point out that there is a whole other part of New York that should be discovered. 

Oct 11, 2013 01:20 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
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Kathy - You're not alone!  I'll bet 95% of people who hear NY think first of the city.  Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 11, 2013 01:33 AM #2
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Beth and Richard Witt
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Hi Kat... We love New York but we truly hate the TAXES... and I agree most folks do think about NYC, which is my least favorite area, we live on the island and we love all that it has to offer, but property taxes of $26,000.00 - getting sick of it!!!

Oct 11, 2013 05:35 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Richard/Beth - YIKES; $26K is huge. 

I agree, county/town/city/school/village property taxes all add up and can definitely be high, although they are a lot lower in different parts of New York - Areas around me can range from $4K/year to $14 or 15K or even higher.  That's why a lot of retirees move elsewhere; they might be able to afford their mortgage, but not their taxes.  It's too bad since much of New York is so beautiful.

Oct 11, 2013 05:44 AM #4
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Kat - You captured the essence of New York state so well.  You are right, It is a diverse state indeed.

Oct 11, 2013 06:38 AM #5
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Scott Larson
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Hi Kat, great post.  I spent the first 18 years of my life in Buffalo so I am well aware of all that New York State has to offer, I hope everyone gets a chance to visit and see the whole state, not just the 1/2 of 1%.

Oct 11, 2013 06:40 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Debbie -  Unfortunately, being as busy as we are, we don't always have time to experience it all, but it's there!

Scott - Even just taking a ride an hour north of the city will be enlightening!

Oct 12, 2013 01:08 AM #7
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Bette Gottwald
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Kat, I love your State, almost as much as mine!  I was born and raised not far from Binghamton, and continue to vacation in NY a few times a year, and go into the City to see Broadway plays often from October through March (it's only 3 hrs).  We love the climate and 4 seasons.  Great post!

Oct 15, 2013 11:35 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Bette - Thanks for your comments!  You're not far away at all, so you get to share in the same seasons. 

We may have passed each other on Broadway since I've been there around the same time.  :-)

Have a great day.

Oct 15, 2013 07:43 PM #9
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