Today, we are excited to announce that over 400,000 aerial photos of New York are now available to view online. When I think of New York mainly what comes to mind is all the sights and attractions of New York City itself. The City of New York is one of the main cultural centers of the world with a little over 8 million people speaking over 800 languages. It has the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and Central Park just to name a few of the many attractions. All that the City of New York has to offer is just a small part, roughly 0.6% of the total area of New York. The real story and what keeps New York alive is its agriculture.
New York is a leading agricultural state, worth $6.36 billion in 2015. It is ranked number one in the production of Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Sour Cream as well as number two in Apples, Maple Syrup, and Pumpkins. Dairying is New York’s most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle farms. Milk sales account for 50% of the total agricultural receipts. The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island. About 23% of New York State’s land area, or 7 million acres, is farmland. This Industry has nearly 36,000 family farms producing some of the world’s best food. With over 400,000 images now available we hope to share this untold story of New York through our images and your stories connected to them. We hope you come take a look and experience New York’s rich rural history.