was established by the Dutch West India Company at the
southern tip of Manhattan Island in 1624. Originally
founded to protect Dutch fur trade operations in the
Hudson River Valley, it became New York City in 1664.
New York City in 1969
The Empire State Building
was the world's tallest building when it was completed in
1931 -- 1,250 feet from ground to uppermost ceiling. It
held that title until 1972, when it was surpassed by the
World Trade Center's North Tower.
Statue of Liberty
Properly known as Liberty Enlightening
the World, the Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty
Island (formerly Bedloe's Island) in New York Harbor.
France gave the monument to the United States in 1884 as
a symbol of friendship.