For the thousands of people who traveled from Upstate New York to New York City over the past 7 decades, the Roscoe Diner was a haven of good food and good memories.

The diner is located about 2 hours north of New York City, and NYS Rt. 17 was one of the two large arteries for which those traveling by car would traverse from the mountains to the city.  The other being the New York State Thruway.

Upstate New York is basically "SUNY-land."  It has a ton of colleges and universities all over the region, and many of the students at these colleges are from "Downstate," or the New York City/Long Island region.  These included places like SUNY Oneonta, Binghamton University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Fredonia, Cornell University, Syracuse University, SUNY Albany, Colgate University, SUNY Cortland, Hartwick College, and many others.  As the students and their families went back and forth in their station wagons over the years, for school breaks, semester changes, moving in days, moving out days, Christmas breaks, etc., Rt. 17 was a busy highway.  And so was the Roscoe Diner.

The diner opened in 1962 in tiny Roscoe, NY.  The village itself is known as "Trout Town, U.S.A." for its fertile rivers and trout-filled creeks which run through the area.  So, the diner was already a busy place with people coming to fish the Willowemoc and the Beaver Kill.  Add in the students, and then add in the general tourist activity and you can see why this diner was so important, popular, and, yes I'll say it, beloved.

We definitely think the Roscoe Diner belongs in the "legendary" category.  So, as the ubiquitous bumper stickers seen around the world reads:  "Meet me at the World Famous Roscoe Diner!"  We hope you enjoy these stories, memories, and photographs.

For more in our series of "Upstate Legends!," paying tribute to people, places, and experiences, keep reading!

Upstate Legends! Roscoe Diner; "New York's Busiest Diner"

For the last 60 or so years, travelers from the greater part of Upstate New York, Central New York, Western New York and all other points, would travel to New York City either by the New York State Thruway or down NYS Rt. 17. For the thousands who made the trek back and forth on Rt. 17, the site of the world famous Roscoe Diner was a welcome and comforting one. Today, we put this iconic diner in our Upstate Legends category. At one point they were serving a million customers a year. Many of these were Upstate New York college kids and their famines who were bouncing back and forth between Upstate and New York City. It is without a doubt one of the most beloved diners in New York. Read the story and enjoy the photos in this latest Upstate Legends gallery on this page.

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Upstate Legends! 24 Year Old Upstate Man Was First Officer to Die in Civil War!

This is the first in a series of amazing and little known factoids I have uncovered in my numerous travels around Upstate New York. This is a poignant story of the first Union casualty of the Civil War. He was from Upstate New York. You will be amazed at his story!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Upstate Legends! Bresee's Department Store in Oneonta!

This is another addition to our series on Upstate Legends! This gallery looks at one of the most famous stores in Central New York. Bresee's Department Store was a retail icon for more than 90 years in Oneonta. It had 745,000 square feet of retail space, one of the first escalators in Central New York, and perhaps the most beloved lunch counter of them all! Look at these great photos!

(Although commonly known as the Oneonta Department Store, we refer to it in this gallery as Bresee's Department Store)

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio