The Best of Buffalo

Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York. Buffalo itself has a population of 261,310 (2010 Census) and the Buffalo–Niagara–Cattaraugus Combined Statistical Area is home to 1,215,826 residents.

Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the eponymous Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, with the city as its western terminus. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country. The latter part of the 20th century saw a reversal of fortunes: Great Lakes shipping was rerouted by the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and steel mills and other heavy industry relocated to places such as China. With the start of Amtrak in the 1970s, Buffalo Central Terminal was also abandoned, and trains were rerouted to nearby Depew, New York (Buffalo-Depew) and Exchange Street Station. By 1990 the city had fallen back below its 1900 population levels.

Right Now in Buffalo

North Tonawanda anticipating windfall of casino cash over the next two years

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:38:54 -0500

NORTH TONAWANDA – Under a new agreement, casino cash will now be flowing into the city of North Tonawanda’s coffers this year and next.The Common Council has been told to expect up to ... Read More

Route 400 closed near route 20A in East Aurora due to accident

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:57:38 -0500

The northbound lane of Route 400 was temporarily closed for about two miles between Olean Road and the entrance to Route 20A because of an accident there at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to... Read More

Medicare payments surge for limb stents

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:33:36 -0500

NEW YORK – At a time of increasing scrutiny of procedures to open blocked heart arteries, cardiologists are turning to – and reaping huge payments from – controversial... Read More

Sharpton’s legacy is nothing to be proud of

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:59:24 -0500

WASHINGTON – Does anyone here remember Tawana Brawley? A generation ago, Brawley, then a Dutchess County teenager, authored a slander that catapulted Al Sharpton to notoriety and national... Read More

Albany is Cuomo’s town now

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:05:11 -0500

ALBANY – This is Andrew Cuomo’s town these days. It’s evident in all the trappings of state government around the Capitol – not just his name on all of the official... Read More

President’s response to terrorism is puzzling

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:54:14 -0500

WASHINGTON – The world of Islam has this nation in a puzzlement. Muslims are estimated to be less than 1 percent of our population. Yet the murderous behavior of those here and overseas who... Read More

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