1A state in the northeastern US, on the Canadian border and Lake Ontario in the northwest, as well as on the Atlantic coast in the southeast; population 19,490,297 (est. 2008); capital, Albany; statehood, July 26, 1788 (11). Originally settled by the Dutch, it was surrendered to the British in 1664. New York was one of the original thirteen states.
2A major city and port in southeastern New York, situated on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Hudson River; population 8,363,710 (est. 2008). It is situated mainly on islands, linked by bridges, and consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Manhattan is the economic and cultural heart of the city, containing the stock exchange on Wall Street and the headquarters of the United Nations. Former name (until 1664) New Amsterdam.
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