July 21, 2009

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Maxian’s Lunch room 122 Clinton St Binghamton NY circa 1909, to the left, Harry Warner in center.
Downtown Binghamton NY in 2008, old brown decayed building is the Stone Opera House on Chenango St above, bricks have been falling into the street below.
Binghamton is the seat of justice for Broome County. Situated at the junction of the Susquehanna and the Chenango rivers, it was for a long time known simply as Chenango Point. The site of Binghamton presents one of the most picturesque and beautiful landscapes that can easily be imagined. It is a slightly undulating plain, cut by the Susquehanna, running from east to west, and the Chenango, running from north to south, and almost completely surrounded by high hills, which add greatly to the general attractiveness of the scene.
Binghamton NY nothing has changed (other than unemployment) or been upgraded since 1909, a City in decay with no way out.  The current Binghamton administration of Mayor Matt Ryan and his executive aid Tarik Abdelazim have turned the city into a ghetto.
The Executive Assistant to the Mayor is named Tarik Abdelazim. And who’s responsible is issuing permits for public events in the city of Binghamton? Here’s what it says at City Hall’s FAQ page: How do I go about arranging a public event at City Hall or in the Community? Contact Tarik Abdelazim, Executive Assistant to the Mayor Matt Ryan, at (607) 772-7001.
 Until the end of the American Revolution, the area that is today Binghamton was inhabited by Native Americans. Upon the very site of our town — so says tradition — a brigade of troops, under General James Clinton, father of our own DE WITT CLINTON, on their way to join General Sullivan, encamped two nights. As part of the Iroquois Confederacy, and considered a threat to the revolutionists’ efforts, the Sullivan-Clinton campaign was used to remove the Native American population.

Tarik AbdelazimBinghamton, N.Y. So here we have a prominent unelected official in the Binghamton city government who says, in effect, that the beheading of hostages to make terrorist videos is morally and esthetically equivalent to the war against Muslim terrorists. Is it any wonder, then, that Mr. Tarik Abdelazim is also the person responsible for inviting the members (cop killers) of Jamaat ul-Fuqra to parade through the downtown streets of his fair city?

With the opening of the Erie Canal, this area, like many, sought their own canal to connect to the Erie to aid development. Finally in 1834, work began on the Chenango Canal, a 97-mile long engineering marvel which connected Binghamton in the south with Utica and the Erie Canal in the north. The first packet boat arrived in 1837 and new development followed the route of the canal. Despite the economic failure of the canal (it never made a profit), the area benefited from the arrival of new settlers and merchandise, as well as providing a means of shipping finished goods in and out of the area. Mills sprang up along the southern end of the canal, and department stores and hotels rose along the retail corridor.
In 1848, the Erie railroad arrived, and the coming of the “iron horse” spelled the end for the canal. Within two decades the area had become a transportation hub, with north-south and east-west railroad lines and the canal. But by 1874, the Chenango Canal route was closed in Binghamton, the only remnants being a proposed expansion along the Susquehanna River that would later become part of the Vestal Parkway.
By far, however, the area was truly changed with the arrival of the first cigar manufacturing company in the 1870’s. By 1890 over fifty factories were operating with five thousand people involved in the manufacture of over 100 million cigars each year. Binghamton ranked only behind New York City as the top cigar-making city in the country.
 Immigrants from Eastern Europe and other countries poured into the area to work in this industry, or one of the many other companies producing over two hundred different types of products in Binghamton by the turn of the century.
Binghamton’s population began to increase — doubling every ten to fifteen years. It reached its height of 85,000 by the mid-1950s. Despite the largeness of the cigar making industry, it had all but disappeared by 1930 due to the rise in popularity of the cigarette, automation, and labor unrest. Many of the former cigar workers took solace in finding employment in the factories of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corporation. Begun as Lester Brothers Boot and Shoe Company in Binghamton in 1854, it moved to create its own company town, Lestershire, to the west of Binghamton.
Binghamton’s effort at “Urban Renewal” in the 1960s only led to large empty lots and empty storefronts. But a resurgence based on diversity of business and slower growth has helped to bring the city moving back toward its former levels of employment and industrial strength (not hardly). Source – NY-Chapter Y GWRRA,

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July 2009….Nothing has been upgraded….Downtown area of Binghamton NY is in complete decay, the old office buildings from the early 1900’s are actually falling into the streets below, funding to even demolish these decrepit buildings is lacking from the City or even the State of NY.
Mr. Tarik Abdelazim is also the person responsible for inviting the members (cop killers) of Jamaat ul-Fuqra to parade through the downtown streets of his fair city?  Tarik Abdelazim, also known as “the deputy mayor”, is the go-to guy if you want to organize a parade in Binghamton for friends of a cop killer, Ramadan Abdullah.