12.12.2005

75 Reasons to live in Upstate NY

A short post here. A fellow named John Cleary from the Star Gazette in Elmira has made a list of his 75 Reasons to live in Upstate NY. They're a little Elmira specific, but I think we can all sympathize with some of them. Here are my favorites:

12 Route 352 on a sunny fall morning... 13 Route 549 on a sunny spring morning... 32 The quiet on Cayuta Creek any old day... 34 Early frosts that kill off the mosquitoes, just when you can't stand them another day... 35 Early thaws that have you itching to get into the garden... 38 Just five miles from any Main Street in the Twin Tiers is a forest or country field where you can be all alone... 61 Great place names: Horseheads, Big Flats, Checkerville, Painted Post, Gang Mills, Slabtown, Frenchman's Flats... 65 Carrot Top at the Clemens Center almost every year... 74 The melodic voice of Gregory Keeler on WSKG Radio as he reads his long, long list of school closings [for snow days]...

What are your reasons?

Posted by Jesse

8 comments:

Natalie said...

Carrot Top as a reason to love upstate?
I can NOT sympathize with that one.

thisbiochemicallife said...

Thanks for the link to this article!! This was fun to read, and I will be mentioning the article and your website in a post in a few days, if that's okay with you. I'm 29, and I've lived all my life in Syracuse and parts north (born and raised near Watertown). I know how wonderful this area is, and it's always great to hear about others who love it too! I look forward to reading along!

Jesse said...

thisbiochemicallife, thanks for visiting and posting. Hope to hear more from you. Feel free to link to us all you want.

Alia said...

Here's a reason: The bizarre, beautiful town of Aurora, NY with its emphasis on women's education. The picturesque village and Wells College are almost out of an American Girl Doll book...

Andrew B. Arthur said...

See about 70 of those reasons seem foreign to me, but that because I'm an Albanian who is temporarly hiding out in the North Country for a few more days.

Joe said...

I can't really think of any off the top of my heads but I can think of a few for others interested in why they should live in southern New York state.

1. Boscov's has a fancy restaurant
2. Hot depressed babes galore
3. Richard Bucci isn't mayor anymore
4. Harry Lewis will always be mayor.
and 5. Cuz russ is gay.

Coop said...

two words BROZ'S PIZZERIA, and I have to agree with Natalie, I think that an annual visit from Carrot Top is more of a knock on the area than a positive attribute we can claim.

Jesse said...

I was wondering if anyone actually read the post, so I slipped in Carrot Top. I guess for me, some of the big reasons include: the close proximity of our forests, the rolling hills (and low mountains in some locales), how close together everything is compared to places out west and of course, because this is where I grew up, where my family and my friends live. I suppose if I was born 20 miles to the south, I'd be writing about Pennsylvania, which I hope somebody else is. Oh yeah, and Broz Pizza.