5 Reasons We Love Binghamton
If you take a second- actually stop and take a second- to look around Binghamton, you’ll see positive transformations happening all over our town.
For so many years, Binghamton has been hated on. The local business industry went into decline, and our neighborhoods followed. Add to that devastation from floods and it's easy to understand why people have had a sour taste in their mouth, but things are changing in Binghamton and in a big way.
Binghamton neighborhoods are rebuilding and downtown is beautifying. We may not be the industrial hub we once were, but we are emerging as a healthcare and education focused city and the negative mentality about this area is starting to change. People are slowing starting to realize that living in and around Binghamton isn't so bad after-all!
There are so many reasons we love our town, and these are five of them.
One word: “spiedie.” Can I just tell you how many times I see the spiedie on national lists of ”must-try foods?” No kidding. People visit from all over the country for a taste of the iconic food that was born right here. That’s something to be proud of. The spiedie isn’t the only thing we have though. The Binghamton area has killer Italian food. I’ve lived all over the country, from coast to coast, and Binghamton has some of the most delicious Italian food that I’ve had anywhere.
Do you realize how central Binghamton is to pretty much everywhere? We're far enough away from the chaos of NYC, Philly, Washington DC and Pittsburg, but close enough that we can get to each of those cities in six hours or less. Also, Binghamton is literally just down the road from wine country and not far from New York’s beautiful lake region. Mountain lovers will be stoked to know the Adirondack and Catskills are also just a short trip down the road.
Binghamton is steeped in incredible history. At one time, we were the second-largest manufacturer of cigars in the United States.The Endicott Johnson Corporation was a huge shoe manufacturer and was responsible for almost all of the shoe and footwear for the United States Army during World War I and World War II. IBM was born here and so was the flight simulator. The first Dick’s Sporting Goods store was opened in Binghamton in 1948 and DSG is now the largest sporting goods chain store in the country. And we can't leave out the incredible people who've called the Binghamton area home: Johnny Hart, the creator of the B.C. comic strip hailed from this area as did screenwriter, playwright, producer, and narrator Rod Serling, best known for “The Twilight Zone.’ The Jones brothers (Arthur, Chandler, and Jon) also called this area home. Arthur played for the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. Chandler played for the New England Patriots, and is now with the Arizona Cardinals. Jon is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Speaking of sports, if you’re a sports lover who wants to enjoy the game without paying the big city prices, Binghamton is your town. We’ve got the Binghamton Ruble Ponies who are the AA affiliate to the New York Mets and the Binghamton Devils who are the AHL affiliate to the New Jersey Devils. We also host the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, one of the biggest events in the world of golf, as well as the Tennis Challenger, which is a USTA Pro Circuit Event. And did you know Binghamton also has a semi-pro soccer team? They’re called the GBFC Thunder. Rumors say Binghamton will be getting a semi-pro basketball team, and we can’t forget Binghamton University sports, which is division one as a member of the America East Conference. Division III College Sports are played at Broome Community College.
The Binghamton area is home to some incredible festivals. We host Spiedie Fest, which draws hundreds of thousand of food and hot air balloon enthusiasts each summer. In March, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the most epic of ways with a massive street party and parade. There’s also July Fest, Strawberry Fest and so many, many other festivals.