7 Warnings About Traveling in Upstate N.Y.

Pack a lot of Claritin.

As a native of western N.Y. - that's west of Buffalo, a.k.a the 10th "worst place to live in New York State" - I recognize both its majestic beauty and the dark evil lurking underneath. For all of its wondrous nature, lively ecosystems, and fresh air, it's a minefield of allergens, driving there is dangerous, and a lot of it is haunted (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, mind you).

But as popular a destination as upstate is for weary city-dwellers and New England travelers, preparing for the downsides can greatly enhance your trip. Read on, and the next time you venture to upstate N.Y. be sure to pack plenty of Claritin, drive carefully, and beware of vandals.

"Scary Lucy"

For a brief, shining moment in 2016, western N.Y. held the national spotlight—because of a hideously bad statue of beloved comedic icon Lucille Ball. Dubbed "Scary Lucy" by the Internet, the Celoron statue was soon replaced with a more masterful and flattering version.

But because we can't have nice things for long, somebody recently vandalized the statue with blue paint on Lucy's eyes and chest. And because we have so little in life to look forward to, we're deeply upset. According to my hometown's barely literate newspaper, The Post Journal,the culprit was a 42-year-old local man who must've been crying out for help. Det. Kevin Pierce of the Elliott Police Department said, "This type of crime just doesn't make sense to us. Vandalism of this nature is usually something a young child or teenager would do, but to have an adult do something like this just baffles me. The village of Celoron puts a lot of hard work into the maintenance of the park, and people from all over the world come to visit the Lucy statues. We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior."


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