Some think "It's not easy being green." But historic parts of New York State easily pulled it off.

I guess it's easier being green if you're not a talking turtle. Yes, of course, my above reference was about Kermit the Frog. I guess it's not "easy being Cheesy" either.

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New York State Landmarks Lit Up Green

Actress Torrey DeVitto, On Behalf Of The Hope & Grace Initiative, Lights The Empire State Building Green In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness
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Did you notice landmarks across the Hudson Valley and New York State lit up in green? If you did and you knew what day it was, it was probably easy to figure out why.

On Sunday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced many state landmarks would be turn green, including:

  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
  • 1 World Trade Center
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • Lake Placid Olympic Center
  • MTA LIRR - East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal
  • Moynihan Train Hall
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
NYC's One World Trade Illuminated In Green In Support Of Paris Climate Accord
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New York State Landmarks Lit Green To Honor St. Patrick's Day.

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"As the highest-ranking Irish-American elected official in New York State, I am proud to honor the contributions Irish-American New Yorkers have made to our State and to our nation," Governor Hochul said in a press release. "I wish the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers celebrating a very safe and happy St. Patrick's Day.”

The Ultimate Guide to 32 Of the Best Upstate New York Irish Pubs

There is nothing quite like a visit to an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day. Here are 32 of Upstate's "greenest" pubs!

There are all kinds of bars. Lounges, sports bars, dance club bars, etc. But there is something so warm and friendly, so old-timey, so "Cheers-like" about an Irish pub. Back in the day the denizens of these friendly places were usually blue collar working men and women who stopped at their neighborhood Irish bar to chat and visit after getting out of the local factory. On weekends the pub was crowded with happy people, our parents and grandparents, enjoying a sip, Bing Crosby on the jukebox, and a bowl of Irish stew.

Today, you are more than likely to find the demographics of an Irish pub a whole lot younger. And that is a good thing.

This gallery looks at 32 of the best Irish pubs in Upstate New York.

See you at one of them for St. Paddy's Day!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

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