The rivalry between two small schools in Upstate New York is the best in America. The 'Cortaca' game occurs annually between the State University of New York at Cortland and neighboring Ithaca College. This is why it's the best rivalry in the nation.
Twice each year, the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library swing open the doors to their warehouse on Esty Street in Ithaca for Upstate New York (and, no exaggeration, possibly the world's) largest used book sale.
We were walking near the Erie Canal in Utica this past weekend and encountered the domicile of a homeless man - a tent under an overpass, and it got me thinking about homeless people in Upstate New York. In Ithaca, the homeless have taken a part of town as their own and called it the Jungle.