The Greater Binghamton area’s undulating history mirrors that of its terrain. The area has evolved from a transportation center to a hub of manufacturing and technology and, with the expansion of Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Community College, a growing center of erudition.
First, canal boats and trains dominated the landscape, then, cigars were produced in abundance, followed by shoes, simulators, and computers. Now, with Binghamton University expanding into downtown, student housing, breweries, and eateries fill Binghamton’s streets.
The area has earned monikers such as “The Parlor City” and “The Carousel Capital of the World,” as well as “Sports Mecca” and the “City of Festivals.” The area’s cultural legacy is a rich one; besides being the home of professional baseball, bicycling, golf, hockey, running, and tennis, Binghamton’s celebrations have included Mural Fest, July Fest, Spiedie Fest, and Luma Fest.
About Jim Maggiore (Oneonta, New York Author)
JIm currently focuses on writing about both minor and major league baseball. He resides in Binghamton, N.Y., which has been affiliated with the Yankees or the Mets for 60 years (and counting). His current project is "From Binghamton to the Big Apple," which documents the players who have played for Binghamton and gone on to play baseball for the Yankees, Mets, Giants, or Dodgers.
Jim was born in Brentwood, Long Island, and was graduated from Binghamton University. After completing his college studies, Jim stayed in the Binghamton area and worked for IBM in a variety of professional positions for 33 years.
Since his retirement from IBM, Jim has written seven books, including "Spring Training with the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie," "Celebrating 100 Years of Baseball in Greater Binghamton: Tales from the Binghamton Baseball Shrine," and "Spring Training with the Washington Nationals."