What – or, better yet, where – is upstate New York?
The New York Times recently took a crack at the divisive topic, with an article billed as "A Quest to Define 'Upstate.' "
The author reached out to the governor's office, dug through state law and read the Associated Press Stylebook, none of which provided a concrete answer.
Is it anything north of New York City? North of Westchester County? Is it where public transit into the city ends?
The Times wisely consulted Jon Campbell, a reporter for Gannett in Albany who leads the #WhereIsUpstate discussion on Twitter. "Upstate is where you feel it is in your heart," Campbell said.
Among those who commented was Buffalo's Alan Oberst, better known by his Twitter handle, @HeyRaChaCha.
But when Oberst told the Times he lived on the Lower West Side, this is how he was identified: Alan Oberst, 40, Lower Manhattan.
Truly a treat to be quoted in the NY Times today re: #WhereIsUpstate. But when I gave my neighborhood as "Lower West Side" perhaps I should have specified #Buffalo, not Manhattan 😬 pic.twitter.com/5vm09Kq9d4
— Ra Cha Cha (@HeyRaChaCha) November 29, 2017
We're still working on that definition of upstate, it seems.