New York State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
New York Symbols, New York Emblems, and New York Mascots
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
New York Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Animal||Beaver (Castor canadensis) 1975|
|Arms||Arms of New York State, 1778.
The center shows a ship and sloop on a river bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range with the sun rising behind it. Liberty and Justice stand on either side, under an American eagle.
Liberty holds a staff topped with a Phrygian cap, symbolic of the cap given to a Roman slave upon the formal act of emancipation and freedom. This cap was adopted by French revolutionists as a symbol of liberty, especially in the U.S. before 1800.
The figure of Justice is blindfolded and carries a sword in one hand and scales in the other. These symbols represent the impartiality and fairness required for the assignment of a merited reward or punishment.
The banner shows the State motto--Excelsior--which means "Ever Upward."
|Fish||Brook or Speckled Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1975
Found in hundreds of lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Mountains and scattered in cool, clear streams throughout the State, the native brook trout, called brookies or speckles, provide fine angling and the best of eating.
|Flag||State Flag, 1975|
|Fossil||Sea Scorpion (Eurypterus remipes) 1984
Extinct relative of the modern king crab and sea scorpion, was adopted as the State fossil in 1984.
During the Silurian Age (over 400 million years ago), Eurypterus Remipes crawled along the bottom of the shallow, brackish sea that covered much of New York, extending from Buffalo to Schenectady and south to Poughkeepsie, roughly along the route of the New York Thruway.
Apples were introduced in the 1600s by European settlers who brought seeds to New York. Dried apples were a staple for colonists and hard apple cider was a popular drink.
|Insect||Ladybug (Coccinella novemnotata) 1989|
|Muffin||Apple Muffin, 1987|
|Seal||Great Seal (Ever Upward)1882|
|Shell||Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) 1988|
|Slogan||"I Love New York" (Tourism - Unofficial)
The "I love NY" slogan and logo was developed to promote tourism in New York State. Created by graphic artist Milton Glaser, it was first used in 1977. The use of a heart as a symbol for the word "love" has been widely imitated since then.
|Song||"I Love New York" (Unofficial)
Written by Steve Karmen
Composed by Steve Karmen
|Tree||Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum M.) 1956|
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