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Binghamton is a city located in the Southern Tier of New Yorkmarker in the United Statesmarker. "The Parlor City" and the "Home of the Square Deal," it is the county seat of Broome Countymarker and the principal city and cultural center of the Greater Binghamton region. The population of the city, according to the 2000 census, is 47,380.

The city of Binghamton is located at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The city is at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 88, as well as New York State Route 17 (also known as The Southern Tier Expressway and the future Interstate 86).

The Binghamton Metropolitan Area includes approximately 252,000 residents in all of Broome and Tioga (NY) counties. Binghamton is part of the "Triple Cities," along with Endicottmarker and Johnson Citymarker (which are actually villages). The region is collectively referred to as Greater Binghamton.

In 2007, Binghamton was named the 9th greenest city in the U.S. by Country Home magazine.

Greater Binghamton is home to Binghamton Universitymarker, a driving force in the community as an academic, athletic, and arts center. Binghamton has the largest public observatory, the Kopernik Space Center, in the northeastern United States. The region is further recognized as the birthplace of the IBM Corporation, Dick's Sporting Goods, Endicott Johnson Corporation, Raymond Corporation and the Link Trainer flight simulator. The city's American Civic Association is the location of the April 3, 2009 shootings, known as the Binghamton shootingsmarker, which left 14 dead.

History

Bird's-eye view c.
1910, looking west down Court Street from county courthouse
The city was named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphian who bought the surrounding land in 1792. Before that, the first known people of European descent to come to the area were the troops of Gen. John Sullivan in 1779, during the American Revolutionary War.

The community was first settled around 1802 and was known as "Chenango Point." Binghamton was first incorporated in 1834 as a village of the Town of Binghamtonmarker. Binghamton became a city in 1867.

Abel Bennett, who made a fortune as owner of the Pennsylvania Coal Company, was the city's first mayor. His farm property on the city's west side (in an area bordered by Riverside Drive on the south, Beethoven Street on the west, Seminary Avenue on the north, and portions of Chestnut Street and St. John Avenue to the east) is known as the Abel Bennett Tract. On Feb. 19, 2008, this historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Later development

An early Link Flight Simulator, invented in Binghamton in 1929
Binghamton was nicknamed the “Parlor City” for its neat streets and attractive homes, including many stately mansions. Strangely enough, many of those stately mansions are now funeral parlors. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, many immigrants moved to the area, finding an abundance of jobs, leading them to call it the “Valley of Opportunity.”

Greater Binghamton is noted as being the birthplace of the Link flight simulator as well as IBM. Until the Cold War ended, the area never experienced an economic downfall, due in part to its defense-heavy industries. The population peaked at around 85,000 in 1950, but the 2000 population is 47,380.

Along with the start of IBM, the original Dick's Sporting Goods started out as a fishing store in the East Side of the City of Binghamton.

Geography



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.6 km² (11.0 sq mi). 27.0 km² (10.4 sq mi) of it is land and 1.6 km² (0.6 sq mi) of it (5.43%) is water.

The north branch of the Susquehanna River passes through downtown Binghamton. This branch rises in eastern New York and receives a number of tributaries above Binghamton, most notably the Chenango, which joins from the north just outside of the business district. Major floods occurred in the city during 1865, 1936 and 2006.

In 1935 the Chenango suffered a flash flood, which was damaging, but less severe once it joined the larger Susquehanna. So much water came from the Chenango, that the Susquehanna flowed backwards for some distance above the confluence. In 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes flooded the entire Susquehanna basin downstream from Binghamton, but the damage in the city was minor.

In 2006, the Susquehanna flooded again in Binghamton causing massive amounts of damage in the city and the entire metropolitan area. The Exchange Street and Washington Street bridges were flooded and the height of the river surpassed the flood walls on North Shore Drive, Court Street, and Conklin Ave. The damage was extensive enough to force large scale evacuations, including that of Lourdes Hospital which was unable to pump water out of its basement fast enough.

Climate

Binghamton has a humid continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and warmer, wet summers. Snowfall is significant, with an annual total of 82.4 inches. Binghamton is not as greatly affected by the lake-effect snows as the cities in the north (Syracusemarker) and closer to the Great Lakesmarker, but persistent snow bands from the lakes do occasionally result in moderate snows. Binghamton receives significant snows at times during the year from Nor'easter storms as well.

Summers in Binghamton are typified by warmer, less humid days with occasional temperature spikes into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Higher temperatures have occurred, but are very uncommon. As with most cities in upstate New York, precipitation in Binghamton is spread evenly throughout the year; there is no "dry season."

Cityscape

Chenango Point's incorporation as a village and eventually as the City of Binghamton, united various communities located on both shores of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers. The majority of the city's population and development lies along the rolling terrain nearest the riverbanks with sparse development in the hills that define the city limits. Currently, Binghamton encompasses seven neighborhoods; Downtown Binghamton, the Westside, the Southside, the Eastside, the Northside, the First Ward and Ely Park.

Binghamton is known for its bicycling and walking clubs, facilities, and trails. The Downtown and Northside River Walk is an urban trail starting at the Confluence and travels up the Chenango river, past Off Track Betting ( a horse betting shop), The Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, Noyes Island with its large power station, and ending at Cheri A. Lindsey Park.

Downtown

Nestled along the north bank of the Susquehanna River, just east of its confluence with the Chenango River one finds Downtown Binghamton. In addition to its river boundaries, the Norfolk Southern rail tracks form its northern boundary with the Northside neighborhood and Brandywine Avenue (NY-7) to the east forms its boundary with the Eastside neighborhood. Also known as "Center City," it serves as the business, entertainment and administrative center of the city, county and region. Every first Friday of the month, a trolley travels around Washington Street at different cafes and shops as artists showcase different pieces and may include auctions.



Westside

The Westside of Binghamton, as the name implies, is a neighborhood in the western section of the New York State city of Binghamton. It lies immediately across the Chenango River, west of Downtown. Its northern boundary is the Norfolk Southern rail tracks and the First Ward, its southern boundary is formed by the Susquehanna River while its western boundary lies along Floral Avenue and Margaret Street adjacent to Johnson City.

The Westside contains the vast majority of Binghamton's residents and its character ranges from urban to suburban. The neighborhood's "main drag" is Main Street which carries NY-17C through the city. Main Street runs from the Court Street Bridge through the Westside into Johnson City. Its stretch is lined with various forms of retail consisting of several large supermarkets, pharmacies, bank branches, pubs, restaurants, auto shops and a few strip malls. Several specialty "Mom and Pop" shops are scattered along the route as well. Other important streets in the neighborhood are Riverside Drive (which follows the Susquehanna River in a roughly east-west fashion along the southern edge of the Westside), Front Street (which runs north and south along the eastern edge of the Westside from the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers to the Court Street Bridge where it then carries US-11 north along part of the Chenango River and eventually runs parallel to I-81), Leroy Street, Grand Boulevard and Floral Avenue.

Apart from commercial Main Street and some industrial buildings one block north, along the Norfolk Southern tracks, the Westside is primarily a residential neighborhood. The housing stock ranges from small to large, detached, single and double-family houses to attached row-houses and large apartment buildings. Generally, the section of the neighborhood south of Seminary Avenue towards Riverside Drive and the Susquehanna River is inhabited by middle to upper-class residents, while the area north of Seminary Avenue towards Main Street and the rail tracks is inhabited by working-class residents and students from the neighboring colleges. It contains West Middle School and Binghamton High School, which is noted for Helen Foley Theater, named by Rod Serling for his drama teacher. A carousel in the middle of Recreation Park once had a carving of Rod Serling's name that has since been painted over. Serling depicts a similar scenario in "The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance," which shows a young child is carving his name into a carousel modeled after the one in Recreation Park.

Southside

The Southside of Binghamton straddles the south bank of the Susquehanna River. It is home to Binghamton General Hospital (an affiliate of United Health Services). It is home to a few strip malls with eateries and convenience stores and the Crowley Food's Corporation.

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, the 5th oldest zoo in the country, is also located on the Southside. The Southside is connected to downtown Binghamton by the State Street Bridge, Exchange Street Bridge, Tompkins Street Bridge and the historic pedestrian and cyclist only South Washington Street Bridge.

Eastside

The Eastside of Binghamton lies east of the downtown area along the north bank of the Susquehanna River. The neighborhood is largely residential with commercial corridors along both Robinson and Court streets. Pockets of industry lie scattered along is western and southern boundaries. The Eastside is also known as home to the Greater Binghamton Health Center which is the region's state administered mental health and hygiene facility.

Northside

The Northside of Binghamton is located just north of downtown across the Norfolk Southern rail tracks. The Village of Port Dickinsonmarker and the Town of Dickinson lie to its north, the town of town of Fenton lies to its east while the Chenango River creates its western boundary.

The Northside is a light commercial, industrial and working-class residential section of the city. It contains portions of the Martin Luther King, Jr.-Chenango River Promenade as Cheri Lindsey Park, which is known for its vert ramps and bowls. Chenango Street serves as the area's "main drag" and runs north-south through the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is characterized by urban blight, apart from the river promenade, a lack of investment in infrastructure and services is evident. Furthermore, it is the only Binghamton neighborhood without convenient or direct access to a traditional supermarket.

First Ward

The First Ward is largely a residential neighborhood best known for the antique shops that line Clinton Street. The neighborhood stretches west from Chenango River to the Johnson City border and lies between the Norfolk Southern tracks to the south and Route 17 to the north.

Ely Park

Ely Park is Binghamton's northern most neighborhood and is best known for its municipal golf course. It lies on portions of Mount Prospect and of the other hills north of the West Side and First Ward. A government subsidized housing project known simply as the Ely Park Apartments is located there. Ely Park houses are a haven for many Eastern European immigrants just arriving in the area.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 47,380 people, 21,089 households, and 10,417 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,752.3/km² (4,539.2/sq mi). There were 23,971 housing units at an average density of 886.5/km² (2,296.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 83.18% White, 8.41% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 3.07% from two or more races. 3.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 21,091 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.6% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The area surrounding Binghamton, referred to in marketing as "Greater Binghamton" - or the Binghamton MSA by the census bureau - is approximately 252,000 people. The Binghamton MSA is composed of all of Broome Countymarker and neighboring Tioga Countymarker. Alternatively defined, the number of people living in an approximately 40-mile radius of the city is approximately 300,000. This count includes Broome, Tioga, and portions of Cortland, Delaware and Chenango Counties in New York and portions of Susquehanna and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,665, and the median income for a family was $36,137. Males had a median income of $28,774 versus $23,014 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,067. About 16.5% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Old Binghamton City Hall (1897), designed by Raymond Francis Almirall


Since its incorporation as a city in 1867, Binghamton has been a municipality with a "strong" mayor-council form of government. The city government, originally housed in the old Municipal Building on Collier Street (now the Grand Royale Hotel), is now located at the Binghamton City Hall which occupies the west-wing of Government Plaza on the corner of State and Hawley streets. The mayor and councilors are elected to four-year terms and are limited to serving only two. The Binghamton City Council is a unicameral body consisting of seven Council members whose districts are defined by geographic population boundaries.

Executive

The current mayor of Binghamton is Matthew T. Ryan (D).The mayor oversees the following city departments:

  • Assessment
  • Building & Construction
  • City Clerk
  • Code Enforcement
  • Dog Control
  • Economic Development
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Fire
  • Legal
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Personnel/Civil Service
  • Planning Housing & Community Development
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Vital Statistics
  • Youth Bureau
  • Water & Sewer


Legislative

The current 7-member City Council comprises:

  • Bobby Weslar (D), 1st District
  • Martin J. Gerchman (D), 2nd District
  • Teri Rennia (D), 3rd District
  • Lea Webb (D), 4th District
  • Sean Massey (D), 5th District
  • Charles Kramer (D), 6th District
  • Edward M. Collins (D), 7th District


The Binghamton City Council meets for business meetings every first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Council Chamber and for work sessions every first and third Wednesday of the month at 6 PM in the Work Room.

Neighborhood Assemblies Program

The Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies Program created nine public forum assemblies in which city residents play a lead role in "restoring the pride" in Binghamton by sharing their concerns, hopes and needs and then working in conjunction with city government and community partners to implement positive change.

Safety

Public safety in Binghamton is the primary responsibility of the 148-officer Binghamton Police Department and the 132-officer Binghamton Fire Department. The Binghamton Fire Department is composed of 134 paid uniformed firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.

2009 Civic Association shootings

Binghamton received worldwide attention on April 3, 2009, when 41-year-old Jiverly Wong killed 13 people and wounded 4 others, before killing himself, in a shooting at the American Civic Association (ACA)at 131 Front Street. The ACA assists immigrants and refugees, according to its website.

Economy

JulyFest, a festival of music, food, and arts, is held annually downtown
Live at Five, a Friday night after-work concert, is held each week Memorial Day to Labor Day downtown
Blues on the Bridge, an annual blues festival held on the antique Washington Street bridge
The nearby suburb of Vestal has many strip malls along a five-mile stretch of the Vestal Parkway (NY 434). Johnson Citymarker has the region’s largest indoor mall, the Oakdale Mallmarker. Other area shopping centers include Boscov's department store (corner of Court St. and Water St.), Court St., Washington St.and State St. all in downtown Binghamton

Binghamton's employment base is skewed towards technology businesses, particularly the defense industry. Education and health care are also significant employers in the region.

Current major employers in the Greater Binghamton area include:

Culture and arts influence

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Parkmarker is the fifth-oldest zoo in the nation.

The area’s Kopernik Space Center observatory is the largest public observatory in the northeast United States.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center, Located at the heart of Binghamton, is home to the Binghamton Visitor's Center, the Link Planetarium, and a number of exhibits detailing the culture and history of the Greater Binghamton Area and the Southern Tier of New York.

The Binghamton area is the home of the regional dish known as the spiedie, celebrated at the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, held at Otsiningo Park.

The region has, in the last several years, developed a growing and pervasive arts scene. These include a large cluster of art galleries and shops centered in the downtown Binghamton area, and has given rise to an event, the First Friday Art Walk, sponsored by a local arts association, the Gorgeous Washington Street Association. These events have been drawing large crowds downtown since 2003. Artists of local prominence that display or have galleries include Anthony Brunelli, a renowned photorealist painter who calls Binghamton home; Orazio Salati, who owns a gallery and exhibits many works; and Marla Olmstead, a local child who achieved fame in the art world for her abstract art. Dov Treiman lives, works, and exhibits at his home in Berkshire, in the Greater Binghamton region.

Education

Primary and secondary education



Higher education

Binghamton University

Binghamton Universitymarker, (formerly known as Harpur Collegemarker, and as State University of New York at Binghamton), part of the SUNY system, is located in nearby Vestalmarker. The University is the top-ranking public school in the Northeast United States and was also ranked number 1 on Kiplinger's best values in education. It offers highly ranked education, significant arts, and Division I athletics.

In 2007, Binghamton University opened a new downtown Binghamton facility for the College of Community and Public Affairs. Additionally, a large number of students reside in the Westside, Downtown and Southside areas of the city.

Binghamton University has a significant impact on the Greater Binghamton area. The University contributes an economic impact of $700 million in Greater Binghamton and $894.5 million in New York State.

Broome Community College

Broome Community College, also a part of the SUNY system, is located in nearby Dickinson.

Upstate Medical University

A clinical campus of Upstate Medical University was established for third and fourth year medical students in 1979. Students spend their first two years of medical school in Syracuse, New Yorkmarker and then complete their training in Binghamton.

Davis College

Davis Collegemarker (formerly Practical Bible College) is located just outside the city limits in the suburb of Johnson Citymarker.

Other Institutions

Binghamton is also home to branches of Ridley Lowell, Elmira Business Institute, and Empire Collegemarker.

Media

The Greater Binghamton metro area is served by the following media outlets:

Sports

The area is home to the Eastern League's Binghamton Mets (AA affiliate of the New York Mets). The B-Mets have sent stars like José Reyes, David Wright, Preston Wilson, Pat Strange, Prentice Redman, Eric Cammack, Jason Tyner, Jason Roach, and Jay Payton to the majors.

Several hockey teams have played in Broome County over the years, most recently the Binghamton Senators, who currently serve as the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. The B-Sens won division titles on 2003 and 2005, reaching the AHL conference finals in 2003. They play their home games at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arenamarker.

Division I College Sports are played at Binghamton Universitymarker (a member of the America East Conference). Division III College Sports are played at Broome Community College. Bobby Gonzalez, head coach of Seton Hall's men's basketball team was born here, and still has family in the area. Alongside Bobby Gonalez, King Rice, a McDonald's All-American, and 2 year starter at UNC, is currently an assistant coach for Vanderbilt's men's basketball team, called Binghamton home.

Binghamton is also home to two semi-pro football teams, the Broome County Dragons (members of the Empire Football League) and the Southern Tier Green Machine (members of the North American Football League).

The area is also home to an annual Professional Tennis Challenger, the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, part of the USTA pro circuit (Known as the Frito-Lay Tennis Challenger in years past). Tennis greats such as Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and more recently Andy Murray found their start with this tournament, using it as a spring board to the U.S.marker Open marker.

The B.C. Open was an official PGA Tour event that was held annually from 1971 to 2006 at Endicott's En-Joie Golf Course. (Note that the 2006 B.C. Open had to be played in Verona, N.Y. due to extensive damage during the June 2006 Flooding of the Susquehanna River.) Beginning in 2007, the area will host a PGA Champion's Tour event, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. The event will replace the B.C. Open and continue to be played at En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott.

Since 1978 a round of the American Motorcyclist Association's Motocross Championship has been held at the nearby Broome-Tioga Sports Center. This round of the series has recently been moved to Texas and is no longer hosted by the Broome-Tioga Sports Center. They also host the New York State Motocross Championships each fall and many other semi-pro events throughout the season.

Two world famous amateur sports tournaments are held in Binghamton. The Stop DWI Holiday Classic - a nationally recognized high school basketball tournament - calls the city home during the Christmas season, amassing about 16 of the nations best teams from places such as Orlando, NYC, Philadelphia, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and other large metropolitan areas. The World Youth Classic is an American Legion youth baseball tournament featuring world-class Legion baseball teams. Held in July, it features teams from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Georgia, and New England. As many as 32 teams may play per year.

Transportation

Airport

The area is served by two airports. A medium-sized regional airport, Greater Binghamton Airportmarker and a general aviation airport, the Tri-Cities Airportmarker. Greater Binghamton Airport serves destinations which include Philadelphiamarker (US Airways), Dulles Airportmarker serving Washington, D.C.marker (United) and Detroitmarker (Northwest Airlines).

Public transit

Intercity bus service is available from downtown Binghamton via Greyhound (with destinations including Buffalomarker, Syracusemarker, Rochestermarker, Scrantonmarker, Torontomarker, Philadelphiamarker, Washington, D.C.marker and New York Citymarker.) Shortline/Coach USA also serves the region, with daily departures to Oleanmarker, Albanymarker, Oneontamarker, Elmiramarker, Waverly, Turning Stone Resort & Casinomarker, Uticamarker, Atlantic Citymarker, Monticellomarker and New York Citymarker. Megabus began service to Buffalo Airportmarker and Toronto in June 2008, but discontinued it in December 2008.

Public transportation in Binghamton and outlying areas is served by B.C. Transit, a service of the Broome County Department of Transportation. Students at Binghamton University are also served by OCCT (Off-Campus College Transport).

Railroads

Binghamton is served by four railroads: Norfolk Southern Railway serves Binghamton with its Southern Tier Main Line (former Erie, Erie-Lackawanna,and Conrail mainline); Canadian Pacific Railway serves Binghamton with its Delaware & Hudson subsidiary Montreal PQ-Harrisburg PA Main Line (former Delaware and Hudson Railway); the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway serves Binghamton as part of its Binghamton to Syracuse and Binghamton to Utica lines and the Central New York Railroad (owned by the NYS&W) serves Binghamton with its Binghamton-Port Jervis NY Main Line (former Erie and Conrail line). Binghamton has no railroad passenger service. The last scheduled service, New York (Hoboken) to Chicago services operated by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, was discontinued in January 1970, by order of the United States Interstate Commerce Commission in order to promote automobile and aviation use.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for passenger rail service between Binghamton and New York City via Scranton and the Lackawanna Cutoff.

River crossings

Two large rivers, the Susquehanna, and its tributary, the Chenango, cut through the city and metropolitan area. This necessitates spans across these rivers to connect the city's various neighborhoods.

Chenango River crossings
Traveling north from the Chenango's confluence with the Susquehanna, are six bridges, these include; the Veteran's Memorial Bridge (Riverside Drive Bridge), Court Street Bridge, Clinton Street Bridge, the Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge, the I-81/NY-7 bridge and the Bevier Street Bridge.

Susquehanna River crossings
Washington St. Bridge (pedestrian only), State St. Bridge (Route 434 connect), Exchange St. Bridge, Tompkins St. Bridge, Railroad Bridge (not sure what rail line)

Important regional highways and roads

Two Interstate Highways run through the area:

Interstate 81
  • I-81 is a north-south route that runs from near Dandridge, Tennessee north to its northern terminus on Wellesley Island (near Fishers Landing, New York) at the Canadian border. Interstate 81 passes through the central and southeastern part of the City of Binghamton.
Interstate 88 (Senator Warren M. Anderson Expressway/Susquehanna Expressway)
  • I-88's western terminus is at I-81 northeast of the city and travels to Albany.
FUTURE Interstate 86
  • I-86 is an upgrade of the existing New York State Route 17. Known as the Southern Tier Expressway and Quickway (split by Interstate 81 at Binghamton, New York), the route will connect Interstate 90 near Erie, Pennsylvania, with Interstate 87 (New York State Thruway) near Harriman, New York.
One US Highway runs through the area:

U.S. Route 11
  • US 11 runs from eastern New Orleans, Louisiana to its northern terminus at the Canadian border in Rouses Point, New York. US 11 is a north-south route through the central and southeastern part of the city.


New York State Routes:

New York State Route 17 (Southern Tier Expressway/Quickway)
  • NY 17 is an important east-west route through the area.
  • FUTURE Interstate 86


New York State Route 17C
  • NY 17C travels west to east into Binghamton from Waverly along Main Street, terminating at U.S. Route 11 where Main Street intersects Front Street.
New York State Route 201
  • NY 201 is a north-south state highway located west of the city of Binghamton in Broome County, New York. The southern terminus of the route is at NY 434 in Vestal while its northern terminus is just passed NY 17 (future Interstate 86) at Harry L. Drive in Johnson City.
New York State Route 363 (North Shore Drive)
  • a north-south limited-access highway in Binghamton that links NY 434 at its southern terminus with New York State Route 7 at its northern terminus.
New York State Route 434 (Vestal Parkway)
  • NY 434 is the former route of NY 17 prior to the construction of the Southern Tier Expressway, which NY 434 parallels.


Points of interest



Notable residents

Downtown at Night (From Observation Lounge of State Office Building)


Famous people who resided in Binghamton include:

Binghamton On The Screen

  • The Twilight Zone - Mentioned and shown in various episodes. Rod Serling's home address in Binghamton was used in the episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar". Serling was famously fond of the city and based the Twilight Zone episode "Walking Distance" on the carousel near his childhood home. A plaque placed in the ground near the carousel commemorates this and there is a plaque commemorating Serling in front of the Binghamton High School on Main Street.
  • Liebestraum - This motion picture was filmed in many locations in and around Binghamton, particular utilizing the Perry Block, a building with a cast-iron facade. Binghamton has one of the last remaining examples of such architecture downtown.
  • Inside Deep Throat
  • Death Wish 3 Paul Kersey's girlfriend's sister is from Binghamton
  • Rounders A poker game is played here, not filmed here.
  • Mystery Alaska At the end of the movie, it is stated by a character, "I'm not going to the New York Rangers right away. They're sending me to Binghamton, which is like the AHL."
  • The Sopranos In season six, Christopher Moltisanti's mistress is from Binghamton.
  • X-Files In season 2, the episode "Colony", Mulder and Scully briefly track a killer through Binghamton, stopping at the fictional "Globe and Mail" local newspaper office. Also, in season 9, Monica Reyes' new Georgetown apartment address of 67 Bennett Avenue was actually Rod Serling's home address in Binghamton.
  • 7th Heaven Binghamton is mentioned by the Reverend when a visitor comes to town. He says "Binghamton...my Binghamton?"
  • Law & Order Mentioned and shown in various episodes of all the Law & Order shows
  • Pardon The Interuption Tony Kornhiser went to Binghamton University and is often heard mentioning their the schools basketball team.
  • A scene in an episode of Seinfield was taken in Downtown Binghamton.
  • The pregame fight in Slapshot is based on a real story that took place on January 16, 1975 in Binghamton, NY when the Syracuse Blazers and Broome Dusters had a 30 minute pregame brawl.


Trivia

  • Binghamton prides itself in a rich history, including the birthplace of IBM, Endicott-Johnson, Dick's Sporting Goods and Link Simulators, home to the fifth oldest zoomarker in the country.
  • Binghamton had the first Asylum for the Chronic Insane in the United States. It was later renamed State Hospital
  • Binghamton had the first farm bureau in the United States
  • "Greater Binghamton" (specifically, Vestal as opposed to Binghamton) is home to Binghamton Universitymarker, the top ranked University in the State University of New York system.
  • With 6 historic wooden carousels, Binghamton boasts itself as the carousel capital of the world.
  • With a rich ethnic history, the greater Binghamton area boasts one of the busiest summers of ethnic festivals in the country.
  • Prides itself as the home of Rod Serling, of Twilight Zone fame.
  • Prides itself as the home of Johnny Hart, cartoonist The Wizard of Id and B.C.
  • Location of the first Dick's Sporting Goods Store.
  • On Christmas Day Yankee's Baseball player, Billy Martin died while under the influence in an automobile accident in front of his home in a Binghamton suburb.
  • Former home of the BC Open a PGA tour event.
  • Actor Alec Baldwin and his brothers attended Binghamton University


Binghamton in Books

  • A History of the Binghamton Slovaks, by Imrich Mazar: A chronicle of one of Binghamton's largest ethnic populations.
  • From Vision to Excellence: A Popular History of Binghamton University, by Karen T. Hammond: Although Hammond's book focuses on the SUNY campus, it also provides interesting information on the city of Binghamton.
  • Binghamton (Images of America), by Ed Aswad and Suzanne M. Meredith: A photographic history. There are several companion books dealing with IBM, Endicottmarker, Johnson City, and baseball and hockey in Broome County.
  • A Mind of Summer, by Erik Grayson: Includes Tales of Three Cities, a short oral history of the greater Binghamton area.
  • Diary of a Binghamton boy in the 1860s, by Morris Treadwell: Early Binghamton through the eyes of a young boy.
  • "Victorian Pride - Forgotten Songs of Central New York", by Diane Janowski, New York History Review Press. Includes 5 songs written in, or about Binghamton.
  • Partners All: A History of Broome County, New York, by Gerald R. Smith.
  • Working Lives, Broome County, New York, 1800-1930: A Social History of People at Work in Our Region, by Ross McGuire.
  • Broome County Heritage: An Illustrated History, by Lawrence Bothwell.
  • Broome County: A Contemporary Portrait, by Karen Hammond, Suzanne M. Meredith, Kirk Van Zandbergen, and Leslie Van Zandbergen.
  • Actual Conversations With Myself, by Jeff Orlick. Includes many chapters based in and around the city of Binghamton and Binghamton University.
  • Reflections On My Dirty Dog Days, by Dene Farrell. Discusses childhood adventures in Binghamton and neighboring Johnson City.
  • A Picture Post-Card History of New York's Broome County Area--Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Owego, and Surrounding Communities, published by the Kiwanis Club of Binghamton
  • "Tastes and Tales of New York's Southern Tier". Profiles of Binghamton area restaurants and other food related businesses by Paul VanSavage, Suzanne M. Meredith and Ed Aswad.
  • "Drunkard's Refuge: The Lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum". Provides a history of the nation's first mental health facility to treat alcoholism as a disease (located on the grounds of the current Binghamton Psychiatric Center). The site of the facility is on the National Endangered Properties List [9373]. Written by John W. Crowley and William L. White.


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References

  1. Top 10 Greenest Cities In The USA
  2. Binghamton Rampage Leaves 14 Dead, Police Don't Know Motive - ABC News
  3. West Side Neighborhood Association of Binghamton, NY
  4. Departments
  5. City Council
  6. Neighborhood Assemblies
  7. Police
  8. Fire Department
  9. City of Binghamton Around Town
  10. "America's Best Colleges 2006: National Universities: Top Schools", U.S. News & World Report, accessed August 8, 2006
  11. News 10 Now
  12. http://biz.stny.com/tennischallenger/history.asp


Further reading

  • A History of the Binghamton Slovaks, by Imrich Mazar: A chronicle of one of Binghamton's largest ethnic populations.
  • From Vision to Excellence: A Popular History of Binghamton University, by Karen T. Hammond: Although Hammond's book focuses on the SUNY campus, it also provides interesting information on the city of Binghamton.
  • Binghamton (Images of America), by Ed Aswad and Suzanne M. Meredith: A photographic history. There are several companion books dealing with IBM, Endicottmarker, Johnson Citymarker, and baseball and hockey in Broome County.
  • A Mind of Summer, by Erik Grayson: Includes Tales of Three Cities, a short oral history of the greater Binghamton area.
  • Diary of a Binghamton boy in the 1860s, by Morris Treadwell: Early Binghamton through the eyes of a young boy.
  • Partners All: A History of Broome County, New York, by Gerald R. Smith.
  • Working Lives, Broome County, New York, 1800-1930: A Social History of People at Work in Our Region, by Ross McGuire.
  • Broome County Heritage: An Illustrated History, by Lawrence Bothwell.
  • Broome County: A Contemporary Portrait, by Karen Hammond, Suzanne M. Meredith, Kirk Van Zandbergen, and Leslie Van Zandbergen.
  • Actual Conversations With Myself, by Jeff Orlick. Includes many chapters based in and around the city of Binghamton and Binghamton University.
  • Reflections On My Dirty Dog Days, by Dene Farrell. Discusses childhood adventures in Binghamton and neighboring Johnson City.
  • A Picture Post-Card History of New York's Broome County Area—Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Owego, and Surrounding Communities, published by the Kiwanis Club of Binghamton
  • "Tastes and Tales of New York's Southern Tier". Profiles of Binghamton area restaurants and other food related businesses by Paul VanSavage, Suzanne M. Meredith and Ed Aswad.
  • "Drunkard's Refuge: The Lessons of the New York State Inebriate Asylum". Provides a history of the nation's first mental health facility to treat alcoholism as a disease (located on the grounds of the current Binghamton Psychiatric Center). Written by John W. Crowley and William L. White.


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