10 Things Someone From Binghamton Would NEVER Say
I love that the Greater Binghamton area is such a melting pot. The Binghamton area is saturated with people from all over the United States, and even the world, to live in this town. If there's one thing we are not lacking in this area, it would be diversity and that's a beautiful thing. You can tell a lot about a person and where they're from just by chatting for a few minutes and I promise you that if anyone says any of these ten things to you, they're definitely not from Binghamton. Enjoy!
Binghamton is notorious for having cloudy days. As a matter of fact, most people from around here know to keep an umbrella handy because rain has a way of showing up out of nowhere. Even when it isn't forecasted.
Construction around here is literally never-ending. Seriously, work on the Prospect Mountain Project has been underway for over six years and even though we know about it, we still manage to get stuck in it. Every single day.
Spiedies are marinated hunks of meat and are native to Binghamton. If you've never had one...you're definitely not a Binghamtonian. Also, if you've never had a spiedie, you need to get one right away!
The Mummers come to Binghamton every year from Philadelphia to perform in Parade Day. They dress in elaborate, over the top costumes and are so much fun! We love the Mummers so much that we set the date for our parade around their availability.
The downtown traffic circle is the bain of most people's existence, especially if you drive a larger vehicle. If you don't understand, take a drive around it- it's located on Court Street in downtown Binghamton.
There's a little ditty that I like to sing when I have to travel down 88 to get to my parent's place in Albany. It goes something like this: "88 is the road that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started driving it, not knowing what it is and they'll continue driving it forever just because it is the road that never ends..." No, seriously. One drive down 88 and you'll totally get it.
Binghamton is home to Spiedie Fest (see #3) and part of the festival is a hot air balloon launch which fills the sky above Binghamton with hot air balloons every summer. It's impossible to walk outside and not see one floating above your head
At one time, Clinton Street was known for having the most bars but State Street was apparently feeling left out and so it crammed as many bars as it could into a two-block section.
According to Press Connects, in 2016, "The Binghamton area last year led the nation in the amount of property taxes that homeowners pay compared to property values." So that's super fun.
At one time, the Arena in downtown Binghamton was known for their concerts. Big names, little names, and every name in between performed in Binghamton. Now, not so much. BUT- we're holding out how that will change.