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

Asbestos-removal work ready to begin in transformation of AM&A building

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:24:41 -0400

Contractors for the new owners of the former AM&A’s department store building in downtown Buffalo are getting ready to start asbestos-removal work on the 10-story building, in... Read More

More security sought at Falls welfare office

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:24:10 -0400

LOCKPORT – With clients at the welfare office in Niagara Falls becoming rowdier, two Niagara County Legislature committees approved a request this week to hire a second full-time deputy... Read More

Creek channels being widened in Silver Creek

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:03:03 -0400

SILVER CREEK – Work is underway to widen the creek channels in Silver Creek. At a special meeting held Tuesday in the municipal building, village board members heard about the progress of... Read More

Skepticism over emails still dogging Hillary

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:38:26 -0400

WASHINGTON – Two weeks ago the tangled controversy over the handling of emails in the private account of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hit a sensitive button in an obscure... Read More

Bill Donohue’s novel brings city’s history to life

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:12:22 -0400

Bill Donohue knows how to tell a story.At lunch a few days ago in Gene McCarthy’s Tavern, he regaled the Politics Column with some favorites: his South Buffalo youth, his decade as a... Read More

Obama again turns Constitution on its head

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:34:45 -0400

WASHINGTON – Any reader of high-school level American history should have known that it was a bad idea to let a U.S. president draft a treaty with Iran that threatens a nuclear holocaust in... Read More

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