Exhibit B: Adirondack Park.
You're pretty much not allowed to have a city here. Or you'll go to jail. The Indians should have thought that one over years ago. Just think how nice Long Island could be. Alas.
Exhibit C: Letchworth State Park.
Made the list of Top 100 Places to Camp in the Whole of America. Also known as The Grand Canyon of The East. Super sweet. And you can actually take a ride in a hot air balloon over the Gorge. If you're into That Sort Of Thing. And also, not in The City.
Exhibit D: The New York State Thruway.
If you need to go to the city, you can hop on this road. And drive east until you die. Because that's how long it takes to get to New York City from Where I Live. Especially if you are driving with any number of children that is greater than one (1) infant.
Exhibit E: The Farmland is the Best On The Planet.
Exhibit F: The Finger Lakes Region.
It's lovely. There is a winery on every corner.
And that is why Upstate New York is better than The City.