New York State Symbols

New York State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

New York Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Known as the "Empire State,"New York offers students outstanding opportunities to experience a world-class city, scenic coastlines, rural landscapes, and more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. Students in New York can visit Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, Baseball Hall of Fame, and New York City's Wall Street, Times Square, and the Broadway Theatre District.

The Dutch West India Company established the first settlement at Fort Orange near present day Albany in 1624 and another in New Amsterdam on the site of present day Manhanttan a year later. After the English took over in the 1660s, the colony was renamed New York, after the Duke of York. New York was one of the original 13 states to join the Union (it entered in 1788). The state includes everything from skyscrapers in Manhattan to rivers, mountains, and lakes in upstate New York. Today, New York has the third largest population (after California and Texas), and remains the financial center of the country. The state shell is the bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) , and the capital is Albany.

New York State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of New York state facts such as New York state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over New York, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

New York State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Animal Beaver
(Castor canadensis)
Arms Arms of New York State
Beverage Milk
Bird Bluebird
Bush Lilac bush
(Syringa vulgaris)
Dog Service Dog - December 22, 2015
Freshwater Fish Brook or Speckled Trout
(Salvelinus fontinalis)
Flag State Flag
Flower Rose
Fossil Sea Scorpion
(Eurypterus remipes)
Fruit Apple 
(Genus Malus)
Gem Garnet
Insect Ladybug
(Coccinella novemnotata)
Motto Excelsior (Higher)
Muffin Apple Muffin
Nicknames Empire State
Quarter New York State Quarter
Reptile Common snapping turtle
(Chelydra serpentina)
Saltwater Fish Striped Bass
(Morone saxatilis)
Seal Great Seal
(Ever Upward)
Shell Bay Scallop
(Argopecten irradians)
Slogan "I Love New York"
Song "I Love New York"
Tree Sugar Maple
(Acer Saccharum M.)
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