In a followup to his recent piece about college football in New York City, Kevin Clark polled various alumni associations to determine which school has the most alumni in the New York City metropolitan area.
Which is fine, but the article only includes figures from a few traditional power schools, along with a few recent upstarts like Utah and West Virginia. Among schools not mentioned at all are Rutgers-New Brunswick, which has more enrolled undergraduates than any other school in metropolitan NYC (NYU is bigger when you take into account their extensive graduate and professional programs.)
According to publicly available data, Rutgers has 216,855 alumni living in the state of New Jersey. 20,231 live in New York, and 3,990 in Connecticut. While all of them do not necessarily live in the NYC metro area, there is absolutely no doubt that the total figure dwarfs any program on that list. Any contention that New York City has affinity for Penn State, based on this article at least, is total bupkis.