1A state in the north-eastern US; population 19,490,297 (est. 2008); capital, Albany. It stretches from the Canadian border and Lake Ontario in the north-west to the Atlantic in the east. Originally settled by the Dutch, it was surrendered to the British in 1664 and was one of the original thirteen states of the Union (1788).
2A major city and port in the south-east of New York State, situated on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Hudson River; population 8,363,710 (est. 2008). The city is situated mainly on islands, linked by bridges, and comprises five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Manhattan is the economic and cultural heart of the city, containing the Stock Exchange in Wall Street and the headquarters of the United Nations. Former name (until 1664) New Amsterdam.
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