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Binghamton, New York
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    (1867- )
    U.S. City in upstate New York
    Named for financier/U.S. Senator William Bingham
    Nicknamed 'The Parlor City' by the Scranton Times (1877)
    Sits at the crossroads of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers
    Home of Binghamton University
    Home to PGA Tour event the B.C. Open
    Its economy has dropped consistently for almost 15 years.
    The crime rate is going up sharply because it is one of the first stops on the bus route from New York City, and drug dealers are able to find cheap housing.
    IBM is under a microscope due to a severe chemical spill that occurred in the area in 1979.
    Its flagship university is actually located in the neighboring town of Vestal.
    When Tiger Woods came to the B.C. Open in 1996, he was asked what he thought of the area, and responded with 'It's a slum town ... you couldn't pay me all the money in the world to come back to this hell hole.'
    It was nicknamed 'The Parlor City' in 1877 when a Scranton newspaper editor stated that 'the people of Binghamton have nothing better to do than just sit in their parlors.'
    Its downtown district is one city block.
    Despite a poor economy and growing crime rate, it is home to a world class symphony orchestra, professional baseball (Binghamton Mets) and hockey, six fully restored 19th century carousels, and a world class space observatory.
    It is the home city to 'Twilight Zone' creator Rod Serling. co-founder, Marc, went to Binghamton University.
    Due to a high Italian immigrant population, it is the home to a lot of highly rated Italian restaurants.

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