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Corning

Steuben County, New York, USA (North America) – February 2019 —  Corning, New York When I tell people I grew up in Corning, most haven’t heard of it. Those that have tell me one of two things – that they think they may have passed through once while on a band trip, or that they have some plates in their cupboard that say “Corningware” at the bottom (today, the famous Corning Glass Works mostly makes higher tech glass products, like fiber optics, but the plates are still produced). The general impression people have as they pass through on the way to somewhere else is that it’s a quaint little tourist town. I grew up there in the 1980s and 1990s, and I can tell you that even if it seems like a nice place to visit, it’s a horrible place to live. I’m told it wasn’t always like this, that from the 1950s to the 1970s it was the place that people came to on the weekends. Maybe the town lost something vital in the flood of 1972, or maybe those elders telling me about how great Corning used to be are just remembering an ideal past but never was. All I know is that when I go back today, the only people left are the people who got stuck there. Everyone I went to high school with lives somewhere else now, but I might run into someone I know who is “temporarily” crashing at his parents’ place after he got out of another stint in rehab. For the most part, anyone who has the means to get out has. The ones who are left – I don’t even know how to describe them. They look like people you might see in an illustrated phrenology textbook from the 1800s. Needless to say, there are Trump signs and bumper stickers all over the place. If you find yourself there, be sure to leave quickly, but without going over the speed limit. The ratio of police-to-citizen in Corning is about double the size it normally is for a town that size, and they’re looking for something to do, so you’re likely to get a speeding ticket. When I was in high school, someone knocked over a couple flower pots on Market Street – it was front page news, as the police launched a major investigation that lasted for weeks. An acquaintance of mine was even interrogated because someone once saw him picking a flower for his girlfriend from one of those flower pots some weeks prior (those who pick flowers from a pot will likely come back to finish taking revenge on those flowers weeks later, obviously). Speaking of Market Street and the police – Corning is one of those towns where they try to maintain a historical feel, so neon signs were illegal at one point. The cops kept themselves busy by visiting businesses and handing out tickets to business owners for using neon. There isn’t much good I can say about Corning, except maybe the pizza – it’s a New York style that I haven’t really seen much in other parts of the country. If you find yourself passing through Corning, New York, have some pizza and leave.

Carmel

Putnam County, New York, USA (North America) – February 2019 —  Growing up in Carmel, NY during the early 2000s was awesome. I was born in late 1995 and I remember growing up in this area very well. it is a small town. It does not have a whole lot of major businesses but it is a home to many small businesses. There are lots of food options but there are no sidewalks where people can walk to wherever they want to go. The high school in the town is located near the center and much of the community focuses on the high school football team and things of that nature. Over the years, it has not changed. It looks the same, feels the same, and all of the people are the same. People get stuck and stay in this town for many years. They do not venture out or go live someone else. I do not know why that is but it is true when people say it sucks individuals in. I do not like how people where I am from are not ambitious and just expect things to be handed to them. However, I like that the town is close and it is very diverse. It is close enough to the major city of Manhattan and it is easily accessible from all directions.

Carmel

Putnam County, New York, USA (North America) – December 2018 — I live in Carmel, New York. I love it. It is a small town about an hour north of New York City. It is diverse in the sense that there are a lot of different ethnicity’s around here. Being from New York, regardless if you’re not from the city, is just a different feeling. I was born in the Bronx and lived there for a few years but I am thankful for my time in Carmel. It has changed a lot over the past couple of years. More people are moving up here from down south as it is cheaper to live here as opposed to closer to NYC. However, the school systems have gotten a little bit worse. I see more undesirables going to Carmel High School than ever before and it is evident when talking to administrators within the school district. The town itself still remains largely unchanged but the demographic of people is changing. But for me, this is home. I love the small downtown area that we have and how close I remain with a lot of my friends from high school. Some of them are not very hard working but they love where they come from. On the other hand, there are some very motivated individuals who come out of this area. I do not judge anyone because being from Carmel, I have seen all different kinds of people from different walks of life. It has allowed me to be able to converse with anyone, from any different background, and I am very thankful for that.

Churchville

Monroe County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — My hometown is Churchville, New York. This is a small town that has a lot of charm, located in Monroe County, in the United States. There is a small town at the center of the area that has a few shops and restaurants. When I grew up here it was the 1980’s. I remember loving the ability to walk on the sidewalks into town, to the gas station to get candy, or to the park. In the park I could walk around, play frisbee or soccer, and have fun with other kids. In the winter, the town would set-up the park for ice skating. I had a lot of fun with my friends ice skating in the winter so close to my home. My family and I would walk to the pizza shop down the street from our house. We loved to have dinner or lunch there, or at the little diner on the corner. One thing I did not like about our town is that it was so close to the railroad tracks. The trains were very noisy and would wake me up at night when I was asleep. That was frustrating as I always had a hard time falling back asleep. I also did not like the fact that everyone knew everyone in this town. Everywhere you went you would see someone you knew. Sometimes this was nice, but other times you didn’t want to be bothered when you just wanted to run to the store to get groceries or get some gas at the gas station.

Edinburg

Saratoga County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — This town is in the Adirondack Mountains near the Great Sacandaga Lake. This town is literally a small town. There is only about 1,400 people in the whole town. The old school house still sits in Edinburg although a new school was built about 25 years ago or so. The class sizes in Edinburg are about 10 kids or so. Some of the big high lights in Edinburg is the annual tree lighting in the 4 corners of town. When I was younger it was so much fun, we decorated wooden ornaments that someone had made for us and then they were put on the tree, Santa came and the tree was lit. It was very simple and nice. Now it is blown up and way bigger than it needs to be, big raffles prizes, big gifts from santa, face painting, all kinds of food, horse drawn carriage rides. I do not go anymore. People bring their kids from other towns just for the gifts it is not just for our town anymore. One of the historical things about Edinburg is there is a store there that has a door for the the underground railroad in it that led to the tunnel. The kids from the school go and get to see it. Usually when they are in 4th grade. The town of Edinburg is named after Edinburgh Scotland, originally there was an H in the name. It was dropped several years ago. Another big get together for the town is the annual Edinburg Fire Department Chicken Bar B Cue. This is a great fundraiser for the fire department. They do not have a company come in and do it, they do it all themselves. Another thing about Edinburg is that it is by the Great Sacandaga Lake. There is boating, fishing, swmiming, all kinds of things to do on the lake. I grew up always at the beach. I do not live there anymore, the reason is that everyone knows everything about everyone and what they don’t know they make up. It is great for a kid. And if you are rich, but people aren’t always nice and they like to make other’s feel bad and talk really bad about other’s. Gossip is huge thing in Edinburg. By the way there are no traffic lights, alot of bars, nearest Walmart is 35-40 mins. away from the center of town. Would I move back, Never..

Lindenhurst

Suffolk County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — I grew up in Lindenhurst during the 2010’s, and though I am not native to it, I do consider it my hometown. A relatively uneventful place on the South Shore of Long Island, the town had a few brushes with notoriety. For example, it once hosted a political rally for a certain presidential candidate and received moderate media coverage. And then there was the time half the town was swept under water by a particularly powerful hurricane – again only to get us moderate media coverage. Still, Lindy remains a fascinating little gem. Like many other Long Island towns, it has an adorable little main street with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. It also has a good handful of beautiful parks, some beach-y, some with playgrounds, and others with relaxing fountains. I have many fond memories of walking the main thoroughfare after school with my friends or biking to town hall and throwing French fries for the seagulls. It’s a relatively small town, with a few elementary schools but only one middle school and one high school. Thus it has a tight-knit feel without feeling too closed in. It’s not a bad place to “be from” – everyone knows someone from Lindenhurst. We are a little bit in the middle of nowhere (if you can call any parts of Long Island “the middle of nowhere”, far-east parts of the island excluded), with most of the major malls and entertainment located in other towns. So with one or two exceptions, it’s fairly quiet. Even in just a few years, Lindenhurst has changed. The shops in the main street are the most noticeable difference. The theater took the place of the hair supply store (or was it the discount clothing store?) The café is no longer there, and the music store is half it’s size. The old pharmacy is still vacant, as are half the stores on the block where the ice cream place used to be. I don’t even know what happened to the comic shop. But there are signs of success there too – a new burger place and a busy new wing place, for example. In many ways Lindenhurst is a lot like any other Long Island town, yet its quiet beauty is home to all of its residents.

Tonawanda

Erie County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — I am writing about the timeframe of the late 1990s. It was good and bad growing up in Tonawanda. It is a small city, 3 by 3 miles wide each way, and about 10,000-18,000 people living in it. Tonawanda is also known as stop sign city because it has so many stop signs through out the city. Growing up here as a kid was really fun. We were able to identify were our friends were based on what bikes were located outside a house. No one had to lock their doors at night, and mostly all the neighbors were friendly, and kids were able to play at their free will. My friends parents would call each other all the time about the things we were doing, or the things they saw us doing that we thought they had no idea about. Small town talk, so we were not able to get away with much. Even the police at the time were generally good people. If they caught us doing something bad, they wouldn’t arrest us, depending on the severity, they would give us a good talking to or take us home to our parents. We never got taken to the police station. Because the city was small, making friends was pretty easy. There were kids everywhere, and if we played sports, they usually divided up the teams based on the area that we lived in. So I was able to make friends that were in walking or bike riding distance from my house. My childhood friends were the best friends I ever had, and a lot of them I still engage with. I coach a couple of their kids in soccer, or some of my friends have kids around my kids age, and now they are friends.

Freeport

Nassau County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — Nassau county Freeport Ny is my hometown. 2018 is the current year of which im living in. Growing up in this city was both good and bad for me. I grew up being bullied for most of my life. i always felt that i was alone and had no one to really bond with. But just like darkness theres always light. Delvison that as the name of the friend i had that actually made me feel like im not alone. he was more outgoing then me but besides that it felt as if i was looking at a mirror. The bond we had as friends was so strong that nothing could ever break our friendship apart. we would go to the nautical mile and have a good time. we would also relax by the jones beach area which was filled with many beautiful people. Freeport is a both small and large city. at the moment i am still living there and still best friends with delvison. FAST FOWARD to my current time where i am now 22 years old and have more ambition and passion in my life. i actually also found a girlfriend that i love with all my heart and someone who also make me feel like im not alone. Freeport may seem intimidating but if theres one thing im certain of is that whereever theres darkness there is always light. Move foward and never look back. thats the path which i strive to follow. This is freeport the town in which i love and hate at the same time.

Southampton

Suffolk County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — I grew up in Southampton New York, having been raised there I learned a lot, the work ethic is high for young kids, most of them want to get out of the town for good. the town has great historical meaning, lots of old buildings, and lots of farms. growing up we spent our summers at the ocean or the bay, walking around the village, or exploring abandoned buildings. in the summer, Theres lots of tourists. this has its pros and its cons, Southampton is known for its night life, also its beaches, and its beauty. sadly, some of these tourists take it for granted. we often find our beaches littered on. I love the town I grew up but sometimes I wish that it wasn’t as materialistic as it is.

Buffalo

Erie County, New York (USA) — August 2018 —Buffalo was an extremely up-and-coming city as I was growing up in the early 2000’s. It certainly went through a revival period as efforts to improve infrastructure and businesses were in full swing. One thing I enjoy about this city is everyone’s Buffalo Pride. Even though we may not have the best sports teams, everyone in Buffalo is more than willing to come out for a Bills game we know we’ll lose, and enjoy every minute of it. Another thing I love about Buffalo is it’s unique traits/history. There are so many different foods and traditions no other city has. Although we are somewhat of a larger city, it is an extremely tight-knit community where everyone cares for the greater good of the city and the people in it. However, this comes with a catch: while Buffalonians love to boast about how amazing our city is, we are typically referring to only certain parts. Buffalo is still a very segregated place, especially downtown, and the need to better ourselves should not be overlooked. Additionally, the tight-knit community comes at a price of everyone knowing “who is who”, making one’s social standing incredibly important to be successful in this city. Reputation is an important aspect of Buffalo, which is why private Catholic schools are so prominent. Nevertheless, I have yet to be in a city that is quite like Buffalo, and I couldn’t be happier to call it my hometown.

White Plains

Westchester County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — I have moved in White Plains, Westchester, NY back in 2003, about fifteen years ago. Its a small, quiet and relatively safe to live. Since 2003 the city of WP has changed dramatically. Back then there wasn’t even a Starbuck shop in the center. Nowdays you can find almost any business shop that are also in Manhattan; such as pret a manger, Chipotle, H and M store and many other shops that gave the main street a pretty much energy that back then it lacked. So much has been done in a positive way, but still beleive there is a room for improvement. It is still a boring city comparing to other neighborhoods as Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn and this is the main issue about it. Besides Mark Zuckerberg, there is no other famous personalities that came out from the city. Hopefully in the future city will get more funds and invest in a right direction. Also, I wish the city of WP will go under gentrification and attract more young people and make it more liveable.

Hawthorne

Westchester County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 —Hawthorne is in Westchester County in the state of New York, located in the United States. I spent the late 80’s, all of the 90’s and early 2000’s in Hawthorne. I lived in Hawthorne with my mom, dad, and younger brother. It was a great place to live, but I’m glad I have moved on. It’s a very small town, so small it’s actually considered a hamlet, where everyone knows everyone. And that means everyone knows everyone’s business. This didn’t affect me as a child, but as an adult I wouldn’t be crazy about the busybodys. Now that I live elsewhere, I am very aware of the things I dislike about Hawthorne. It’s an older area, not many new houses or establishments. It has more hills than flat land. A lot has stayed the same over the past few decades. It’s not very commercialized, which some people may find charming. But it also lacks that small-town quaintness. It’s not really old, and not very new, just a boring in-between. It’s not special to me beyond the fact that it is where I grew up and made some of my most significant memories. There’s a sense of nostalgia when I go back and visit, but not a place I yearn to be.

Buffalo

Erie County, New York, USA (North America) – August 2018 —In the 2000s Buffalo is very similar to other cities in the country. We have access to good schools, employment and public transport. The weather is very sporadic in Buffalo. It can go very quickly from one extreme to the other. In the winter we usually get a lot of snow. Because of this sledding, skiing and snowboarding are popular hobbies for citizens here. Buffalo traffic is usually not too big of a concern. While there may some moderate backup and wait during rush hour for the most part you can usually get where you’re going without much to any delay. Buffalo has an average amount of crime and struggles with the same epidemics that plague other cities such as drug addiction. One of the disadvantages of living in Buffalo is that there is not a lot of unique or cultural business. We have a lot of big box stores and chain type establishments. Buffalo is very close to the Canadian border and a short drive to New York City so you can always travel a short distance to see more cultural things. Housing is affordable in Buffalo. Especially during the summer there are a lot of festivals and carnivals for you to go to. There are also a lot of public parks for children.

Manilus

Onondaga County, New York (USA) — August 2018 —  I live in Manlius, New York. Manlius is considered a suburb, about 15 minutes from the nearest “big” city of Syracuse. Most everyone that lives here is pretty well off. There are a lot of big houses and nice cars. I would consider myself more middle class, my house isn’t nearly as big as most of the houses here and my car isn’t nearly as nice. Sometimes it’s frustrating being surrounded by people who have substantially nicer things than me but our school district is one of the best in CNY. That’s why I moved here, so my kids could get a great education. We have quite a few traffic lights and 10+ shops, a really nice library and a brand new firehouse.

Albany

Albany County, New York (USA) — August 2018 —  I live in Albany, which is in Albany County in the United States. Its the capital of New York, its a big city, alot of people live here. I was born and raised in Albany, lived here my whole life. Theres the nys museum down in the empire state plaza. We also have the Egg, and Palace theater. Downtown is mostly State buildings, good places to eat and bars. Nightlife In albany is fun when you go downtown. The city itself is busy most of the time. I dont like how the crime rate went up in the last ten to fifteen years. It used to be nice, but now most of albany is bad. There has been nine homicides in albany this year already. The crime rate is high. Alot of drug related crime here as well. Growing up here it wasnt always like this though, there was always crime but not as much. Their also were alot nicer neighborhoods back then too. Their are nice parts of albany bar far more bad neighborhoods in albany. In all, Albany is a nice city if you stay in the nice parts of it. Lots to do, lots of historical building, parks, resturaunts, libraries, always something to do.

Lake View

Erie County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 — The town is pretty nice. Small, b ut the neighborhoods are growing. There aren’t many stores or restaurants in town, we need to go elsewhere for that, but it is filled with kind neighbors who are always there with a beer or wine, having fires in the yard, spending time together and helping each other with yard work or projects.

Dolgeville

Herkimer County, New York, USA (North America) — August 2018 – –Dolgeville, NY USA. It’s a small village in the Mohawk Valley. It’s nice that everything you need is within walking distance. There is a grocery store, two gas stations and it’s own school from grades prek to 12. It has it’s own police station. Has a very nice park, with baseball fields and football fields and a soccer field. It’s outside of two major cities. Dolgeville is a country village. A lot of farm land with farmers.

West Hempstead

Long Island, Nassau County, New York, USA (North America) – July 2018 — I live in a small suburb in Long island NY. There are many things to do out here, from horse back riding to playing pool, to archery. We have a decent school district and the crime rates are low. There is a mixed amount of races in the community but still more white people then anything else. We have 4 schools in the district, Malverne, West Hempstead, Hempstead, and Rockville Centre. There is a train that takes you right to NYC and great restaurants. We also have a basketball facility that is historic and known by many New Yorkers called ISLAND GARDENS.

Pawling

Dutchess County, New York, USA (North America) – July 2018 — Pawling is truly small town America. Located in Southern Dutchess County on the border of Putnam. The houses tend to be more spaced out but there is a mix of neighborhoods and farm land. The main road, route 22 has some commercial amenities like Hannofords, KFC, Dollar General, and Mavis. The Village of Pawling offers more local small businesses. It’s a great mix catering to all basic needs. Also it’s very easy to get to larger towns like Poughkeepsi NY or Danbury CT if you want to spend a day shopping in a mall. There is public transportation. The Dutchess County Bus system or Metro North’s Harlem line railroad. If you love being outdoors Pawling is a great place. Home of the great swamp, the Appalachian trail runs through it so much opportunity for great hikes for every skill level. There’s also a few different parks, and a golf course. The parks offer lake swiming, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and great places to picnic. Thunder Ridge Mountain is a small ski resort that is right down the road. If outdoor exercise isn’t your thing there is a Gym available. The crime rate is very low, the public school district has excellent ratings and there is the option of Private School from Prek 8th grade (Mizzentop Day School) and then an all boys private school (Trinity Pawling). There are many community events. Every Saturday in the summer the Village hosts a farmers market. The fire department (there are three) does a parade carnival and firework event. There is often free live music at Lakeside Park. It’s a very close-knit community with a lot of History.

Buffalo

Erie County, New York, USA (North America) – July 2018 — Living in Buffalo, NY can be both enjoyable and challenging. When I first came here, I was a bit culture shocked and didn’t realize the large scale of the city. It takes getting used too, especially driving with so much traffic, construction, and deteriorating roads. There’s quite a lot to like though like the various places to visit and great food. The grocery stores are completely different than what I was used to prior to moving. They are better! There’s a lot of great properties surrounding the city but some less than nice areas within city limits. There’s a lot of crime in certain areas. I feel safe where I am though. We are known as the city of good neighbors because people help each other out. The one thing that is very challenging when living here though is the taxes. They are extremely high in everything from property tax to sales tax. The road conditions are bad and the winters can be brutal sometimes. All in all though, it’s enjoyable to live in Buffalo.

Middletown

Orange County, New York, USA (North America) – July 2018 —  I live in Middletown. It is a small city filled with all kinds of people. The people in my city especially my peers in high school we had so much pride in our sports teams it was unmatched. The adults were a great support also always at the games cheering us on. Enough about school in the city there are some poverty spots here in there but, all in all everyone has some money. There are a lot of familiar faces when you walk around town so its nice to catch up with people now and then. I love my city I was born and raised here, I struggle here, I have family close by I hope to one day make it out of Middletown and credit the city with their participation in my success.

Binghamton

Broome County, New York, USA (North America) – March 2018 — I live in Binghamton, a small town in upstate New York (zip code 13905). Binghamton is in Broome County and is famous for its notoriously unfriendly weather — has broken records for blizzards and snow storms this current Winter — and, of course, Binghamton University, a part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system which brings a lot of young people and activities to town. I love Binghamton. I was born here and grew up here (I am 33 years old) and have seen this city go through its best and worst times in recent memory. Growing up, this was a lively town. Rock and roll bands, important keynote speakers, politicians and even famous celebrities like Bob Dylan were a staple every once in a while. However, a lot has changed since IBM moved its headquarters from the area and resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and the displacement of thousands of working class families.

Binghamton is what I like to think of as a recovering city, a bit like a tiny post-industrial Detroit as far as changes in the city’s culture, demographics and physical outlook that has been brought about by huge economical strains. Nice suburban homes have paved way for apartment projects, industries have been turned into prisons and some banks and schools have simply closed down and remained so for decades with no new businesses to replace them. It is not exactly a ghost town but it comes very close. A friend once told me that many locals here believe that Binghamton has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. While there is no proof for that, a trip here would lend a lot of credence to that belief. The thing that makes me proudest about Binghamton is its residents. Despite all the negative changes that have taken place, this largely remains a folksy suburban/rural American town at heart. The people here are kind, diverse and welcoming. Not to forget, also very hardworking. They give me hope that one day this city will turn things around and rediscover the verve and buoyancy that defined it decades ago. The industries may have left, but at its core, the heritage of Binghamton thrives.

Au Sable Forks

Clinton County, New York, USA (North America) – April 2018 —Au Sable Forks, NY is also known as “The Heart of the Adirondacks” and “The Gateway to the 1980 Olympic Games” Au Sable Forks is a small town that has all the charm of the small towns from the 1950s. The town received its name from the river which runs through it, The Ausable River. There are two branches of this river, and they meet here, in the middle of town right behind the grocery store. This spot is a world famous fly fishing destination. People travel here from all around the world to fish for trout in our river. The town is split between two counties, Essex and Clinton. You have to cross a bridge to get from one county to the other. We have a general store, gas station, bank, grocery store, liquor store, post office, restaurant and bar- so you really don’t ever need to leave. All of the streets are lined in wide sidewalks and while walking you will see many friendly locals. There is one public playground on the Clinton County side of town which was just remodeled last year and now boasts a wooden pirate ship with swings and slides! Another brand new playground was just put in this last summer across the river from our home with a zipline! There is also a walking trail dedicated to a young man who passed away, called Henrys Trail. There are playgrounds all along the quarter mile walking trail along with bear chainsaw sculptures and musical instruments. There are many local small farms as well here in town, and you can get everything from raw goats milk to freshly made pickles grown from cucumbers right here. This town is idyllic for a new family or someone just starting out as well because home prices are relatively low.

Syracuse

Onondaga County, New York, (North America) – March 2018 — Welcome to Syracuse, New York, an American crossroads town right in the middle of the state. We’re located about 5 hours north of New York City in the picturesque upstate region. Our little city offers a well-known collegiate university, mom and pop shops, and a revitalized downtown area with upscale restaurants, theatres, museums, and more. If you like winter sports, Syracuse is the place to be. We continually win the “Golden Snowball” year after year, for the most fallen snow in one season. New York has more mountain and ski resorts than any other state, all within driving distance from Syracuse. If you prefer summer, Syracuse boasts the largest State Fair in the United States that runs for 10 days in August and September. Fall offers gorgeous foliage through our mountainous Adirondack region that’s just a short 2-hour drive from Syracuse. Our city is little engine that could. Our people have changed this town from an industrial hub to a warm, inviting, forward-thinking city of the future.

Yonkers

Westchester County, New York, USA – March 2018 — I live in Yonkers, NY. It’s in Westchester County. I have no affection for this city. It has no character, nothing to brag about, no landmarks. There are too many people (250,000) too many concrete sidewalks and apartment buildings. Despite being just north of New York City, the people are provincial and mostly unimaginative. Too much traffic, too little parking, which is why I never go into the city center. There’s a beautiful library there, but terrible parking, so I use the smaller one closest to me instead. It has some interesting history, as it dates back to 1664, when the area and NYC were both owned by the Dutch. Yonkers is just north of the Bronx. It runs from the Bronx River west to the Hudson River, and is intersected by the Bronx River Parkway, Sprain Brook Parkway and Cross County Parkway. There’s no reason to stop here if you’re heading into Westchester from NYC.

Richmond

Ontario County, New York, USA (North America) – March 2018 — town is richmond, state is NY and country is america. Well for starters NY is a little expensive to live and raise a family you are broke all of the time .Also i do not enjoy traffic. What i like about NY is the convenience of having anything that u need close to your fingertips. Like food stores, clothes stores and schools also restaurants. If you do not know much about NY i suggest you come and visit here. There is alot of energy ,museums, broadway shows and people.You will definately like it. NY is very crowded at times traffic hardly moves getting on tunnels and bridges also the roads are very horrible they need about 3 years of work and so do bridges if you know what i mean. Stuff is way too expensive they have it like everyone is a tourist from the middle east or china. Although if you live in certain areas you will not even need an automobile you can take subways or a cab or buses.

Wantagh (Town of Hempstead)

Nassau County, New York, USA – February 2018 — I grew up in Wantagh , New York. That is located on what is commonly referred to as Mid Island on the Long Island region of New York. Wantagh is on the South Shore of the Island. I was born in 1961. I lived there from 1969 to 1983. My fondest memories of growing up as a teenager in Wantagh was the proximity to the Beach. Wantagh is located only a few miles from the beach. My house was near Wantagh Park. That area had an entrance to a bicycle trail. That trail paralleled the Wantagh State Parkway and provided a safe trail to the beach. I and my friends bicycled to the beach almost every weekend. In addition to bicycle riding, inline skates were becoming popular. We started inline skating to the beach which really was a workout. We often stopped at some of the bridge areas to look at the many people on the boats that were out for fun or fishing. Sometimes there was a concert and we would go at night to the Jones Beach theater. The beach was really long from the boardwalk area to the water. Most weekends all of my friends would find an area on the beach, set out large blankets and towels and spend the day. I was truly lucky to live near the beach.

Henrietta

Monroe County, New York, USA – February 2018 — I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, New York known as Henrietta, during the 1960’s. My family had lived in the area for some time, and [content moderated to remove information that might identify the writer] Our home sat on the banks of the Genesee river on Shore Drive. We swam, water skied, and canoed during the beautiful sunny summers. Dad taught me how to fish. Before the river got too polluted, my dad said you could make three casts, and one of those would yield a fish. You could eat the fish back then, too.

Times were different in the 1960’s. Mom kicked us out of the house in the morning, and we roamed until lunch, then she pushed us out again until dinner. No video games. Us neighborhood kids built forts in the woods, and hung out at the Bi-rite Market on Jefferson Road, penny candy being a popular treat during school vacation.

One summer the river flooded. Dad seethed, because the officials refused to release the water from the Mt. Morris dam. Rumor had it that some barrels of toxic waste got lost, and the officials needed to find them before opening the dam. Who knows? However, our house remained dry, because of our high banks. My aunt lived one street over though, and the officials drove us in the back of a high truck down my aunt’s road so she could retrieve some belongings, the water lapping three quarters up the wheel wells. Her house ended up being fine, because it was slightly elevated, and she kept the basement sump pump running.

The fall colors dazzled, with reds, yellows and oranges. Every fall, dad took a day off from his job as manager of [content moderated to remove information that might identify writer].  We leaf peeped and winery hopped among the Bristol hills to the south. Dad would let me take a little sip of wine when the wine tasting lady wasn’t looking. Winters dragged on my parents, though, with copious amounts of shoveling, until the driveway was nothing but a tunnel through snow eight feet high. Only the top of the lamppost showed. As a kid, I loved it. We donned our snowsuits and played all day. We made snowmen, tunneled forts through drifts, and hurled snowballs at each other, until our hands were numb. Mom forced us kids to come in and warm our hands over a pot of boiling water, shaking them until they were no longer white. In those days, I walked a half mile to the bus stop on the corner of Valley View Drive and Jefferson Road, always thankful when the warm bus finally arrived. I remained in the area until 2016, when I decided to escape the snow for my retirement. However, Henrietta remains vivid in my memory.

Buffalo

Erie County, New York, USA – January 2018 — I grew up in Buffalo, Ny in the 1960’s. I first moved away in 1985 but came back 5 years later as my husband started college there. Growing up in the city was amazing. We had corner stores all over and I remember all the neighborhood bars that my father would go to. Winter was yucky but the summers splendid. When I was younger, we’d play on the porch Barbies or walk around the block where it was a dead end and little traffic to roller skate. My parents were always paranoid about us [content moderated; information that might identify writer removed], so evening was spent indoors, safely. I still have the family home and visit with my children each year. My grand daughter comes as well. Parents have passed but my Aunt lives in the house now where we still stay.

Buffalo has changed so much. It’s up and coming because of the younger people wanting the old again. Old buildings have been revamped into apartment and the home values have finally began to rise. The last few years visiting in the summer have been great. My husband is from California and didn’t like Buffalo in the 90’s when he was going to school. There was nothing to do but now the downtown is really a downtown where there are concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter among other things. So yeah, lots of change but I still wouldn’t pass up the old ways where life in the city was simpler.

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