- George Washington was sworn in as president on the balcony at Federal Hall in New York City, which was the U.S. Capital from 04 March 1789 to 05 December 1790 when it moved to Congress Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal linked the Hudson River and New York City to Lake Erie. The new canal launched waves of settlers seeking an easier way to travel to the West, and provided a means by which these settlers could in turn ship goods back East.
- Of the 5.4 million people who arrived in the U.S. between 1820 and 1860, more than two-thirds entered at New York. By the 1850s, New York was receiving more than three-quarters of the national total of immigrants, and by the 1890s, more than four-fifths.
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