Some Binghamton Area Information
Binghamton University is located in the Town of Vestal, just one mile beyond the Binghamton city limits in the Southern Tier of upstate New York, and three miles from downtown. Binghamton, Endicott, and Johnson City--along with suburban Vestal- (sometimes referred to as "Greater Binghamton") offer cultural life and a lively spectator sports scene along with readily accessible outdoor recreation. Major employers include IBM, United Health Services, Lockheed Martin Corp., and the University itself.
The University is surrounded on three sides by hills, has a nature preserve within the campus boundaries, and has been located on its present site since the late 1950s. When you arrive, you will see some campus construction, since a new field house and two undergraduate residence halls are being built, and some other buildings are being updated.
The city of Binghamton is named for William Bingham, and was settled in the early 1800s. It is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Susquehanna and the Chenango. Native American Indians previously occupied much of what is now known as the Triple Cities.
Several theaters, a professional opera company, symphony and pops orchestras, the Roberson Museum, and the Kopernik Observatory are well supported by the community. The Broome County Arena, home to the Binghamton Senators ice hockey team, also hosts popular rock, country, and pop concerts. The Binghamton Mets play ball in a modern baseball stadium downtown.
The area also offers restaurants, shopping malls, and many urban and wooded parks and picnic areas.
If you have access to the World Wide Web and would like to learn more about the Binghamton area, you may wish to visit the website of our local newspaper, The Press & Sun-Bulletin. Point your browser to: http://www.pressconnects.comBinghamton is 50 miles from Ithaca, 72 miles from Syracuse, and about 200 miles from both New York and Philadelphia.