West Side, Binghamton
|City of Binghamton neighborhood|
Looking east along Main Street on its course through the West Side, May 2007
|Country||United States of America|
|• City Council Members||Martin J. Gerchman (D) 2nd District, Teri Rennia (D) 3rd District|
|• County Council Members||Timothy P. Cleary (D) 2nd District, Joseph S. Sanfilippo (D) 4th District|
|United States ZIP Code||13905|
The West Side, as the name implies, is a neighborhood in the western section of the New York State city of Binghamton. It is primarily an urban residential neighborhood with retail along Main Street and pockets of industrial buildings along the train tracks.
The West Side, can be defined as encompassing the area north of the Susquehanna River, east of the neighboring village of Johnson City along Margaret Street and Floral Avenue, west of the Chenango River and south of the Norfolk Southern tracks.
The area's "main drag" is Main Street which carries NY-17C. It runs from the foot of the Court Street Bridge west and into Johnson City. It is lined with retail, consisting of several large supermarkets, churches, pharmacies, bank branches, a few bars and restaurants as well as a few mom and pop shops. Other important streets in the neighborhood are Riverside Drive, Front Street which carries US-11, Leroy Street, Grand Boulevard and Floral Avenue.
Apart from commercial Main Street and some industrial buildings one block north of it along the Norfolk Southern tracks, the Westside of Binghamton is primarily an urban residential neighborhood. The housing stock ranges from small to large, detached, single and double-family houses to attached row-houses and larger apartment buildings. Generally, the southern section of the neighborhood south of Seminary Avenue towards Riverside Drive and the Susquehanna River is inhabited mainly by people of middle to upper-class. The area north of Seminary Avenue north passed Main Street and to the rail tracks is inhabited mainly by students from the neighboring colleges and by people of lower income classes.
Notable West Side residents include:
Richard Deacon, actor
Jeff Lake, Regional President of NBT Bank
Quincy Sands, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Binghamton University
Darlanne Fluegel, actress