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New York City, NY // Middle Atlantic Region // Eastern Time // [NYC clock]
(The Big Apple)

New York City, commonly abbreviated as NYC,
was founded by Dutch immigrants.
Timeline of NYC evolution:
1624 Dutch immigrants settled first on present-day Govenor Island located in NYC harbor area and then spread to other areas in the region.
1626 On May 4, Peter Minuit (* 1580, † 1638) arrived with other Dutch settlers on Manna-Hata Island, present-day Manhattan borough of NYC. He bought the island together with present-day Staten Island borough of NYC from the local Lenni Lenape Indian tribe for the ludicrous price of 60 gilders worth of goods. The Dutch immigrants established on the south tip of Manna-Hata Island a fortified settlement which became known as Nieuw Amsterdam.
1653 On February 2, the Dutch colony Nieuw Nederland granted Nieuw Amsterdam self government and incorporated it as the colony's capital.
1664 Peter Stuyvesant (* c. 1612, † 1672), the last Director-General (since 1647) of the Colony of Nieuw Nederland surrendered to the English troops. The new owner of the colony renamed Nieuw Amsterdam to New York in honor of the English Duke of York and Albany (James Stuart, * 1633, † 1701).
1785 The assembly of the »Congress of the Confederation« made New York City the national capital two years after the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). By 1790 the US capital was moved to Philadelphia, PA.
1789 Inauguration of the first President of the United States, George Washington (* 1732, in office (1789/1797, † 1799), took place on the balcony of the »Old City Hall« (Federal Hall) on 26, Wall Street, NYC. The building was demolished in 1812.
1898 Consolidation of the five bouroughs of NYC.
The five boroughs of Greater New York are
Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Each of the five NYC's boroughs is also a county of the State of New York:
New York County, Bronx County, Queens County, Kings County, and Richmond County.
[View map of NYC boroughs]

Land/Water Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
303 [784]
166 [430]
(census 2010)
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
27,514 [10.634]

#2346 // July 26, 1988 // Albany, NY
New York Statehood
The stamp depicts Archibald Robertson's
(Scottish born painter, * 1765, † 1835)
»View up Wall Street«
with City (Federal) Hall and Trinity Church
in New York City from around 1789
From 1785 until 1790 New York City served as the national capital. The first US President George Washington was inaugurated in 1789 at »Federal Hall« on 26, Wall Street, the seat of the Congress.

#1003 // December 10, 1951 // Brooklyn, NYC
175th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn
The stamp pictures General George Washington
(* 1731jul./1732greg., † 1799)
evacuating his troops near the Fulton Ferry House
The »Battle of Brooklyn« on August 27, 1776 (also known as the »Battle of Long Island«), which the Americans lost, marked the first fighting between the Continental and British armies of the Revolutionary War. It was also the largest battle of the war. British soldiers occupied Brooklyn until 1783.

#1027 // November 20, 1953 // New York, NY
300th Anniversary of New York City

Dutch sailing ship in the harbor
of Nieuw Amsterdam, 1653
(Dutch painting 17th century by V. Vichter),

Nieuw Amsterdam settlement and an outline
of modern New York skyline in the background
#C38 // July 31, 1948 // New York, NY
Air Mail Stamp
50th Anniversary of the consolidation
of the five boroughs of New York City

Map of the Boroughs,
Circular Band and Aeroplanes

#C35 // August 20, 1947 // New York City, NY
Air Mail Stamp
New York Skyline

Statue of Liberty,
Steam tugboat on Hudson River
and Manhattan skyline,
Lockheed Constellation (1943, "Connie")

#853 // April 1, 1939 // New York, NY
New York World's Fair
"Dawn of a New Day - The World of Tomorrow"
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NYC
April 30 - October 31, 1939
May 11 - October 27, 1940

Trylon and Perisphere

The Trylon was a 700-foot-tall spire that was
connected to the Perisphere - a sphere with a
diameter of 180 feet. The Perisphere housed a
"World of Tomorrow" model city that could be
viewed by visitors on a moving walkway.
#1244 // April 22, 1964 // New York, NY
New York World's Fair
"Peace Through Understanding"
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NYC
April 22 - October 18, 1964
April 21 - October 17, 1965

Mall with Unisphere and "Rocket Thrower"

The Unisphere is a 12-story stainless-steel
model of the earth. The bronze sculpture
"Rocket Thrower" was created by
Donald de Lue (* 1897, † 1988).

#1258 // November 21, 1964 // Staten Island, NYC
Opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge,
double-decked suspension bridge,
constructed 1959 - 1964

Spanning the "The Narrows" (Upper/Lower New York Bay)
and connecting the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn,
it was the longest (4,260 feet [1.298 m]) suspension bridge
in the world at the time of its completion in 1964.

Named after Giovanni da Verrazano (* 1485, † 1528),
an Italian explorer, who discovered New York Bay
on April 17, 1524.

Gateway to NYC Harbor, all ships must pass under the bridge.

#1076 // April 30, 1956 // New York, NY
Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition

New York Coliseum opened on April 28, 1956
(the complex was demolished in 2000),

Columbus Monument in Barcelona, Spain
(depicted at the left)
#2630 // May 17, 1992 // New York, NY
New York Stock Exchange

NYSE front view and trading floor
on an emblematic share

NYSE, originally called the Buttonwood Agreement,
was founded in 1792 by a group of brokers and
dealers in stocks and bonds who met regularly
under a tree in Manhattan to conduct business.


Brooklyn Bridge

The suspension bridge, built in neo-Gothic architectural style, spans in a total length of 5,989 feet (1.825 m) the East River linking the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The beginning of the construction was on January 3, 1870 and it took 14 years to complete at a cost of US$ 15 million (present-day US$ 320 million).

The bridge was initially designed by German-American civil engineer John Augustus Roebling (* 1806, † 1869). After his sudden death his son Washington August Roebling (* 1837, † 1926) continued the bridge project. When he suffered from the "caisson-disease" as a result of the works on the pillars of the bridge his wife Emily Warren Roebling (* 1843, † 1903) supervised the construction work and forced the completion of the project.

On inauguration day, May 24, 1883, about 150,000 people
and 1,800 vehicles crossed the bridge.

Prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge was the Kettenbrücke [chain bridge] which spanned the Regnitz River (1829 - 1891) on four chains in the Franconian city of Bamberg. In 1830, Johann August Röbling, a graduate of the "Königlich polytechnisches Institut" in Berlin, Prussia, travelled to Bamberg to study the construction and to gain experience of that new suspension bridge.

#2041 // May 17, 1983 // Brooklyn, NYC
Opening of Brooklyn Bridge
on May 24, 1883

National Historic Landmark (1964),
National Historic Civil Engineering
Landmark (1972)
Mi #2544 // June 8, 2006 // Deutsche Post AG
Birthday of Johann August Röbling
(* June 12, 1806, Mühlheim, Thuringa, Germany
† July 22, 1869, New York City, NY, USA)

Brooklyn Bridge spanning East River
and Manhattan Skyline

#2041 // May 17, 1983 // Brooklyn, NYC
First Day Cover
Brooklyn Bridge Centennial on cachet addressed cover
more ...


Statue of Liberty

The colossal sculpture in neoclassical style "Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World", a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States of America in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution War. In 1875 the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (* 1834, † 1904) started to design the monument in cooperation with Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (* 1832, † 1923) who was responsible for the massive iron pylon and the skeletal framework. The statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and arrived in New York City's harbor in June, 1885 on board the French frigate "Isere", reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. The statue was re-assembled and placed upon a granite pedestal in four months time, inside the courtyard of the star-shaped walls of Fort Wood on Bedloe's Island located in New York City's harbor. In 1956, the island's name was changed to Liberty Island.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and designated as a National Monument in 1924. In 1984, the United Nations designated the Statue of Liberty as a World Heritage Site. Between 1984 and 1986 "Lady Liberty" was closed to the public and restored for her centennial in 1986.

"Lady Liberty", made of 31 tons of copper and 125 tons of steel, has a height of 151 feet and one inch (46 m), the height from ground to torch is 305 feet and one inch (93 m).

#2147 // July 18, 1985 // New York City, NY
Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi
(* 1834, † 1904),
French sculptor of the
Statue of Liberty

Portrait of the sculptor,
Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island
in New York City harbor
#2224 // July 4, 1986 // New York City, NY
Statue of Liberty
National Monument

Head of the sculpture

#1075 // April 28, 1956 // New York City, NY
Souvenir Sheet
Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition
New York Coliseum,
April 28 - May 6, 1956

Statue of Liberty

Over the years numerous postage stamps in panes, coils, and booklets with different
perfs and gums have been produced depicting various images of "Lady Liberty".

Contemporary government poster using the
Statue of Liberty
to promote the sale of Liberty Bonds*.
( *War bond that was sold to support the allied cause in World War I)


Stamped Cards

#UX137 // November 8, 1989 // New York City, NY
Stamped Postal Card
America the Beautiful Series

59th Street Bridge and Manhattan Skyline, NYC

#UX154 // April 1, 1991 // New York City, NY
Stamped Postal Card
Carnegie Hall in Midtown Manhattan, NYC

Front side and main entrance
of one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world
for both classical and popular music.

Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill (* 1855 , † 1929)
in Italian renaissance architectural style and built by
philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (* 1835 , † 1919) in 1891.

#UX165 // May 11, 1992 // Ellis Island, NYC
Stamped Postal Card
Ellis Island
National monument

Ellis Island Immigration Museum (since 1990)

Ellis Island, located in Upper New York Bay just off the New Jersey coast,
was the site of the first federal immigration station and the gateway for
over twelve million immigrants to the United States from 1892 to 1954.


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