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

Red Cross prepares for Buffalo area floods

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:55:50 -0500

The American Red Cross is posting volunteers in shelters and on standby following the National Weather Service’s flood watch warning today.Residents are urged to put together emergency kits... Read More

Red Cross prepares for Buffalo area floods

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:54:22 -0500

The American Red Cross is posting volunteers in shelters and on standby following the National Weather Service’s flood watch warning today.Residents are urged to put together emergency kits... Read More

Multiple communities remain under travel bans

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:48:20 -0500

According to NITTEC, travel bans remain in place in the following municipalities:• City of Buffalo south of Seneca Street.• City of Lackawanna.• Town of Collins.• Town... Read More

Philae landing is a rare bright spot

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:26:05 -0500

WASHINGTON – In the midst of one of the most dispiriting and desultory periods in American political history – in American life – comes the good-news story of the year.In... Read More

Speaking from experience, Lundine has some advice for Hochul

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:21:20 -0500

When Democrats were floating possible running mates for Gov. Hugh Carey back in 1978, the name of Ray Schuler often entered the mix.But friends remember that the late state transportation... Read More

Panepinto wins a 34% ‘mandate’

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:42:23 -0500

Things are returning to “normal” as Marc Panepinto prepares to reclaim the 60th Senate District for the Democrats and Republican Mark Grisanti leaves a Senate seat he won in 2010 when ... Read More

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