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Aug 30, 2011 10:45 AM

Does Anyone Ever Wish Chowhound Would Bring Back the "Tri-State Area" Board?

I for one miss the old "Tri-State Area" forum. It encompassed all of the in which areas I worked and ate.

Now if I want to see what is going on in Bergen, Rockland, Westchester or Fairfield counties I have to go to 3 different boards, none of which really focuses on the region I want. In general, I do not need information on Rhode Island, Far North/West NY, or Southern New Jersey; though I have no way to avoid it.

After having all this time to reflect, I feel removing the Tri-State board was a mistake.

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    1. Chowhounds in New Jersey are mostly very happy having their own board, separate from the rest of the Tri-State area. They would almost certainly object to being lumped back in with other areas.

      The problem with the way the boards were restructured is that the NYC suburbs in New York State were lumped in with the rest of New York State, and Fairfield County CT was lumped in with most of New England. It would make sense to create separate boards for the NYC suburbs - a "Metro North" board containing Westchester and Fairfield Counties, and a "Long Island" board for Nassau and Suffolk. This idea is not new, and has been discussed numerous times since the boards were restructured. Perhaps it will be considered the next time the boards are restructured.

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        That is a very thoughtful response. I think we agree on almost all of the points. A few considerations:

        1. New Jersey (specifically Bergen and Hudson Counties) should be within the scope of any board discussing the NYC suburbs.

        2. I am not sure it makes sense to structure the boards more specifically than "Suburbs" or "Tri-State". I live on the NY, NJ border; about 25 minutes from Greenwich; it would be a shame to have to jump boards just to keep abreast of what amounts to local conversation.

        3. There was always a New Jersey board, even when there was a Tri-State board. The only thing that changed with regard to that board was the classification (changed to "Mid-Atlantic"), and obviously there is now discussion on the Tri-State region. I see no reason to make changes to that board.

        1. re: rifkind81

          Breaking off Jersey seems to have worked very well and permitted more focussed discussion there. no point in recurtting that one. The treatment of Fairfield,Westchester and LI did not work out so well - there could definitely be an improvement - there is a whole thread on this topic. - maybe North Metro Suburbs (NY and CT) and Long Island as two new boards.

          Tristate is just too big an area to combine.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Philadelphia is able to make Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties work.. we have fleeting discussions about Delaware, and bordering areas of NJ such as Lambertville and Cherry Hill. Mind you the population density isnt as great as NYC.

            Seems to me a Hudson Valley Board would make sense.. Maybe everything south of Kingston, and you could encompass southern CT that way as well. And Long Island is a board unto itself.

            But the real question is whether the goal is to foster easy of use (ie one stop shopping) the complaint the original poster began this thread with, or whether you want to foster focused discussion by smaller groups of people. There are pros and cons to both.