A rose is a rose is a rose. Not! A rose is so many things, including the state flower of New York. So here a rose is an emblem. Is New York that romantic? Roses are. And the Empire State, both place and building show up in a lot of romantic movies. So does France, so here we will bring it all together with a French rose for a Big Apple. French roses have gone wild in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/13/13. And thanks to Gertrude Stein for her post-existential quote.