I'm drawn to write about upstate New York in the way in which a dreamer might have recurring dreams. My childhood and girlhood were spent in upstate New York, in the country north of Buffalo and West of Rochester. So this part of New York state is very familiar to me and, with its economic difficulties, has become emblematic of much of American life. Joyce Carol Oates
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Upstate New York is a region of the state of New York. It stretches from the New York City suburbs to the west, through the Finger Lakes Region and Southern Tier Region to the east. It is located north of Buffalo, east of Rochester, and south of Albany. It is commonly referred to as the Upstate or Uptown region. Upstate New York is also known as the "Silk Stocking" region due to its high concentration of wealthy residents in a relatively small area.

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