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Binghamton is the Birthplace of Virtual Reality? Really? Volunteers Needed!

May 29, 2014 by pegjohnston

(proposed design by Bruce Greig) 
Binghamton? Virtual Reality? Yes! Not just Binghamton but 183-185 Water St., the site of the Parking Ramp by Boscov’s, is where the building blocks of VIRTUAL REALITY were developed:

1. The Bundy Manufacturing Co. (1893-1906) stood at 183-185 Water St., and became the International Time Recording Co (1906-7) and eventually IBM, which, of course, manufactured some of the first computers.
2. The Automatic Musical Co. (1907-14) took over the site to manufacture player pianos, which were robotic innovations.
3. Ed Link, famously, was sitting on the organ bellows at his father’s Link Piano Co. (1914-1933) and got the idea for the Link Flight Simulators (1929, patented 1931) and started Link Aviation and Flying School in that location (1929-34). The Link “blue box” trained WWII pilots.
4. After the devastating floods in 1935 and ’36 the building was not useable and in the late 60’s the Parking Ramp was built in two sections. The American Dance Asylum celebrated the architecture with several performances of the Parking Ramp Dance, which pioneered multi media, video feedback, and dance performances (1978, 1980, 1981, 1984).

Binghamton Pride Coalition Announces Upcoming Events

May 29, 2014 by Anonymous

 The Binghamton Pride Coalition, the organizing group for LGBTQ* Pride Month in the City of Binghamton, is pleased to announce that June is Pride Month and to celebrate we have a variety of events planned to celebrate during the month.
Kick off Pride Month on Saturday, June 7th for the Flag Raising at City Hall in Downtown Binghamton at 11am. Bring your friends and family and show pride in your community.
Wednesday , June 11th. . People of Blessing Interfaith Service. “ The Big Picture” Interfaith service affirming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Temple Concord, Riverside Drive, Binghamton. 7:00pm
Saturday, June 14th from We will be holding our 10th Annual Pride Palooza , a street festival held this year on Court Street from Collier Street to State. Event runs from 12pm to 8pm with Live Music, Street Vendors, Drag Performances, Adult and Kid’s games and Food vendors. We promise to rock downtown Binghamton like it has never been rocked.
Sunday, June 22nd. Adult Pride Picnic- Chenango Valley State Park. Pine Grove Pavlilion- 1pm to 5pm. Food will be available for purchase. Bring your own drinks. Music , Games and Fun in the Sun with Friends.

Look for other various events at our community allies and supporters such as Merlins, Squiggy’s, Tranquil, Lost Dog Café, M4 Project, Identity Youth Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church. Look for all our events listed on BinghamtonPride. Org or follow us on Facebook. Attached is a complete Calendar of all the events in June.
The Binghamton Pride Coalition is an organization of LGBTQ individuals, groups and allies established in 2004. The Coalition works to end oppression based upon sexuality and gender, promotes pride and visibility, and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives, communities, and cultures in the greater Binghamton area.

Mayor David Announces Latest Initiatives To Improve Operations And Save Taxpayer Dollars

May 27, 2014 by artisalive

Article posted from the City of Binghamton Website, image from here

(CITY of BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) Mayor Richard C. David today announced the City of Binghamton is seeking proposals to identify efficiency measures in public infrastructure.

Specifically, firms are asked to develop programs to convert municipal street lights to LED technology and replace the City's aging water meters.

"A central part of my strategy to save taxpayer money is identifying inefficiencies in daily operations," said Mayor David. "The City's energy costs are significant and are on the rise each year. The two sustainable energy projects I am proposing will allow the City to cut annual costs through reduced maintenance and lower energy consumption."

In 2013, the City spent roughly $1.47 million on energy expenses. Of that, $534,751 was spent on street lighting.

Sierra Club Presents History Lesson on Climate Change and Fracking Movements

May 25, 2014 by bingsierra

“A History Lesson: The Climate Change and Fracking Movements in New York”
In the Southern Tier, we are at a rare and powerful political crossroad. Isaac Silberman-Gorn will discuss the history of the climate change movement and give a political history of the fracking movement in New York. Silberman-Gorn works with Citizen Action of NY to fight fracking in the Southern Tier and across the state.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., June 17 at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at:

The Mayor on Blueprint Binghamton

May 21, 2014 by Anonymous

 The Blueprint Binghamton has gone through many changes during the review of Mayor Rich David and Binghamton City Council. The final plan will be up for a vote in July but many provisions have been stripped. Planning Commissioner Mark Bowers advocated "for changing language to 'explore' instead of 'create' for instance, to keep some important initiatives in the plan for the future."

The Mayor's comments (also attached to this article) on the Blueprint are quite revealing of his stands. In general, he is against nearly all restrictions on business and development and he is suspicious of government regulation. That is pro forma conservative Republican.

The first comment calls the 7,449 individuals involved in public input a Low percentage of involvement." Considering he was elected by only 4,470 votes, this seems a little specious. Then he thinks that non-residents who come to Binghamton to work, do business (Binghamton is the county seat), or play are not contributors to our economic, social and cultural well-being and should not be heard.

He is unabashedly pro fracking, proposing that the City sell money to oil drilling companies for instance. He is wed to cars, more parking, and not so eager to embrace other transportation like bikes. "Too much roadway for bikes." He refers to public art but he wonders if "anyone asked businesses if they want public art?"

The 19 pp document, which includes staff responses to his comments show his lack of preparedness and knowledge on many issues, while offering extensive opinions on things that he likes. For instance, he pushes Youth Success, a student program that promotes safer school and security officers in school. Or, promoting the Discover center and Zoo. But his understanding on Brownfield Opportunity areas like the Charles St area or the Brandywine Corridor is not up to speed.

Mayor David uses the Blueprint to pitch some of his ideas like city staff visiting businesses in town to assess needs and offer assistance to expand. He has a number of initiatives like the Binghamton Quick Response Team, Binghamton iNSPIRED (investment in cultural activities, Jumpstart Binghamton (provide investment capital).

All in all, it's a good read and a good Blueprint to the Mayor's priorities.

Obama to Hear from Anti Fracking Activists Thursday

May 20, 2014 by pegjohnston

 Obama is coming to the Baseball Hall of Fame to promote tourism. That's great, and we hold New York's tourism industry very dearly, but we'll also let the President know that fracking would be disastrous for tourism. There's no question fracking would undermine the economy and jobs, which is certainly in Cooperstown, where the town, countless local businesses and so many residents have come out for a ban on fracking.

More broadly, it's critical that we rally because Obama's support for fracking has betrayed Americans across the country. Fracking has caused widespread water contamination, dangerous air pollution, terrible health and community impacts, and is 100% contradictory to the President's promises to act on climate change. Instead, we need to move away from fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy!

So come from near and far to tell President Obama: no fracking way, yes renewables!
WHEN: Thursday, May 22nd, 11:30AM - Afternoon
WHERE: Cooperstown, outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY. Exact location to be determined.
WHO: Concerned New Yorkers and organizations.
CARPOOL: Sign up here to carpool from Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse and elsewhere -

Bring weather appropriate clothing and appropriate footwear! Also, there are lots of great local cafes and restaurants in Cooperstown - so consider enjoying and supporting the local businesses while in town!

Again this is a critical opportunity to tell Obama that he must end his reckless support of fracking, and we need a lot of people there to make the message heard loud and clear.

LOCAL Blogs to Watch

May 18, 2014 by pegjohnston

In our ongoing effort to promote better communication among community groups in the Binghamton area, we wanted to pass along some blogs that caught our attention. If you have suggestions for future Local Blog Watch email us at binghamtonbridge And if you write articles for blog or newsletters, consider cross posting them here so more people can know of your work!

The Challenging Racism Coordinating Committee is a BU based group with a fairly active site at They carry book reviews, videos, local actions and articles about racism. An April article, Confronting Racism through the darkened lens of Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness: Continuing the Black Radical Tradition by Toivo Asheeke gives some history of racism through the life story of Steve Biko, South African leader/activist and examines what it takes to challenge racism.

The Broome Arts Mirror is a publication of the Broome County Arts Council. It features reviews-- actual reviews, a rarity these days in our DIY Press and S-B. And in fact, some of the writers --Lee Shepherd and George Basler-- are former journalists who are good solid writers and good observers of local cultural offerings.

The People's Press is a radical paper and the articles are posted on their blog. Worker's Rights, unemployment, economic articles are likely to get their attention, topics which you are not likely to see anywhere else. The bridge sometimes cross posts their stuff--it's a point of view that doesn't get much play locally.

Let us know if there is a local blog you thing bridge readers would like to know about. Or if you are a writer, cross post!

Divergence Opens at Cooperative Gallery

May 17, 2014 by pegjohnston

 Divergence Opens at Cooperative Gallery 213

“Divergence” features the work of Martha Colgan and Nancy Ryan, both accomplished artists at the Cooperative Gallery. The show opens on June 6 and continues through June 28, 2014.

Colgan continues her exploration of images taken from the natural world. Most are mixed media pieces with combinations of watercolor, pastel, drawing and painting. “The intimacy of looking into trees with layers of branches continues to inspire me,” according to the artist. “Creating layers of color and texture keep pulling me to explore various media in each piece. Each image takes me in a new direction.”

Nancy Ryan’s work is diverse both in terms of imagery and media. Says Ryan, “It represents a cross section of some of my favorite themes such as roots, dolls, and the human figure. The work is recently created and employs a broad range of drawing and printmaking media, pen and ink, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, etching, monotype, mixed media and clay. Many of the smaller drawings are taken directly from my sketchbook.”

The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk,


May 16, 2014 by pegjohnston

 Broome County Arts Council has issued an open call for nominations for 2014 Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This is the 10th year that these community awards will be given to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to and impact on the arts in Broome County. Official forms and instructions for submitting nominations are available for download on BCAC’s website at Hard copies may be requested by calling 723-4620 or by e-mailing The deadline for submitting Heart of the Arts and Lifetime Achievement Award nominations is 5:00pm, Friday June 20th at the Broome County Arts Council, 81 State Street, Suite 501, Binghamton, NY 13901. This is a receipt deadline, NOT a postmark deadline. Nominations must arrive at BCAC by 5:00pm, Friday June 20th to be considered. From nominations submitted by the community, two Heart of the Arts Awards recipients will be chosen by the ballot votes of BCAC’s100+ member organizations and artists. From nominations submitted by the community, one “HOTA” Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be chosen by the ballot votes of BCAC’s Board of Directors. The community has been an essential partner in the “HOTA” selection process since 2005. This year’s awards will be presented September 22nd during the “10th Annual Heart of the Arts Awards Celebration & $10K Challenge” fundraiser to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Binghamton. For more information, call 723-4620 or e-mail

The Bridge at the Binghamton Community Lab on Community Media

May 15, 2014 by pegjohnston

The Binghamton Community Lab which examines local issues and problems on the third Tuesday of every month at the Lost Dog Cafe. This months topic was Community Media and the Binghamton Bridge presented a slide show on its updated website, and encouraged people to post articles as well as event information so that "the community can have a deeper understanding of each other's issues and can broaden their reach." Articles on local issues and politics have recently had several hundred "reads" on the site and is creating a community discussion on topics such as the Blueprint Binghamton comprehensive plan, Mural Arts, and City politics.
To see the video by mainstream WICZ follow this link.

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