New York Geography and Famous Natives

New York geography

New York is dominated by mountains, the entire portion of the Appalachian mountain system that extends into Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Canada.

Much of southwestern New York is covered by the lower ranges of the Allegheny Plateau, while the Adirondack and Catskills cover the eastern third of the state. The massive Adirondack Mountains are the main landforms of New York City. In this heavily forested area, the highest point is located, Mt. Marcy at 5,344 feet. New York City has many significant lakes including the Finger Lakes chain ; Lake Champlain, forming its natural border with Vermont ; and Lake George and Oneida.The state has almost 300 miles of combined frontage along the Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario. Besides, the St. Lawrence River (fairway), is part of the natural border with Canada. Niagara Falls is a series of waterfalls located on the border between the United States and Canada. The system includes three separate falls: Horseshoe Falls ( or Canadian Falls), American Falls, and the smaller, adjacent Wedding Veil Falls. The Hudson, Genesee and Mohawk are the most significant, the rivers claim. The Delaware River forms part of its southern border with Pennsylvania. Artificial Erie Canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. An engineering marvel when it was built, some then called it the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.

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New York Famous Locals

A

  • Alia singer
  • George Abbott Producer
  • Basketball player for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Neil Abercrombie politician
  • George Abernethy first governor of Oregon
  • Bella Abzug women’s rights leader, politician
  • Cornelius Rea Agnew physician, surgeon
  • Eliza Agnew Missionary
  • Christina Aguilera singer
  • Actor Danny Aiello
  • Marv Albert Television, radio sportscaster
  • Ira Aldridge actor
  • Major General William Alexander Revolutionary War
  • Jazz drummer for Charles “Don” Alias
  • Steven “Steve” Allen broadcaster, actor, comedian
  • Woody Allen actor, director
  • Illustrator Alexander Anderson
  • Brad Anderson cartoonist, comic book creator Marmaduke
  • Michael Anderson Columbia astronaut
  • Basketball player Carmelo Anthony
  • Photographer Diane Arbus
  • Economist Kenneth Arrow
  • Ashanti singer, songwriter
  • Red Auerbach basketball coach
  • Actress Phyllis Avery
  • Hank Azaria actor

B

  • Inventor of George Babcock
  • William Bliss Baker artist
  • Actress Lucille Ball, comedian
  • Actress Anne Bancroft
  • Actress Christine Baranski
  • John Barry songwriter, singer
  • Actor Noah Beery Jr.
  • Harry Belafonte actor, singer
  • Singer Pat Benatara
  • Moe Berg baseball player
  • Bonnie Blair Olympic gold medalist
  • Actress Yasmine Bleeth
  • Humphrey Bogart actor
  • Photographer Margaret Bourke-White
  • Clara Bow actress
  • Boxer Riddick Bowe
  • Barbara Boxer politician
  • James Walter Braddock boxer
  • Actor Matthew Broderick
  • Mel Brooks actor, director, producer
  • William F. Buckley Jr. author, commentator
  • Actor Steve Buscemi

C

  • James Caan actor
  • James Cagney actor
  • Maria Callas opera singer
  • Gangster Al Capone
  • Lawyer Benjamin N. Cardozo
  • Singer Marian Carey
  • George Carlin comedian
  • Art _
  • Inventor of the Willis Haviland Carrier
  • John Cassavetes actor, screenwriter, director
  • Jeff Chandler actor
  • Frank Chanfro actor
  • Paddy Cheyefsky playwright, screenwriter
  • News anchor Julie Chen, television host
  • Politician Shirley Chisholm
  • Dick Clark TV presenter
  • Schuyler Colfax us Vice President
  • Sean Combs actor, rapper
  • Anderson Cooper television journalist
  • Peter Cooper inventor, industrialist
  • Aaron Copland composer
  • Bob Costas television sportscaster
  • Author Ann Coulter, political commentator
  • Bob Cosey basketball player
  • Jim Creaton baseball player
  • Hymn writer Fanny Crosby
  • Tom Cruise actor
  • Directed by George Cukor
  • Politician Mario Cuomo
  • Tony Curtis actor

D

  • Actress Claire Danes
  • Bobby Darin singer, actor
  • Actress Marion Davis
  • Sammy Davis Jr. singer, dancer, musician
  • Rosario Dawson actress, singer
  • Al D’Amato politician
  • Choreographer Agnes de Mille
  • Robert De Niro actor
  • Prime Minister Eamon de Valera of Ireland
  • Samuel Delaney author
  • Don DeLillo author
  • Baseball player Jerry Denny
  • Neil Diamond singer, songwriter
  • Vin Diesel actor
  • Richard Dreyfus actor

E

  • George Eastman inventor
  • Gertrud Ederl is the first woman to swim the English Channel
  • Inventor Gertrude Bell Elion

F

  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr actor
  • Head of Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam
  • Composer Morton Feldman
  • Richard Feynman physicist
  • Harvey Fierstein actor
  • Millard Fillmore President of the United States
  • Hamilton Fish politician
  • Henry M. Flagler Estate, railroad developer
  • Jane Fonda actress, activist
  • Peter Fonda actor
  • Malcolm Forbes publisher
  • Davey Force baseball player
  • Anthony Franciosa actor
  • Al Frankena comedian, actor
  • Milton Friedman economist
  • John Frusciante musician

G

  • John Garfield actor
  • Art Garfunkel songwriter
  • Baseball player Lou Gehrig
  • Actress Sarah Gellar
  • Stephanie Germanotta (Lady Gaga) singer, songwriter
  • George Gershwin composer
  • Lyricist Ira Gershwin
  • Vitas Gyarulaitis tennis player
  • Mel Gibson actor
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani III politician
  • Jackie Gleason actor, comedian
  • Whoopi Goldberg comedian, actress
  • Daniel Goldin NASA administrator
  • Cuba Gooding, actor
  • Author Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian
  • Elliot Gould actor
  • Boxer Rocky Graciano
  • Hank Greenberg baseball player
  • Alan Greenspan economist, Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Actress Melanie Griffith
  • Bob Guccione publisher
  • Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal

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