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

Christmas comes early with mother-daughter reunion

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:39:41 -0500

The one song Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians did not play at their annual Swingin’ Holiday Pops concert Saturday night was “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” They... Read More

At Grabiarz School of Excellence in Buffalo, high expectations and rigor breed success

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:11:52 -0500

Principal Gregory D. Mott apologizes as he escorts a visitor through the Grabiarz School of Excellence. ¶ The students are a “little hyper” today. It’s Halloween, and a... Read More

Raiders now have battered reputation

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:08:15 -0500

By Tim Graham // News Sports ReporterOAKLAND, Calif. – This can be a ruthless town. ¶ Unlike the tourist attractions, chic shimmer and sophistication across San Francisco Bay, Oakland ... Read More

And visions of politics danced through their heads

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:38:21 -0500

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the stateNot a Republican was stirring; Dem victories their fate.For Cuomo had won, and dispatched them with easeAstorino it seems, proved... Read More

Congress won’t act to curb dark money

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:33:30 -0500

WASHINGTON – Of the final spending votes in Congress last week, economics professor Ted P. Schmidt of SUNY Buffalo State put it best: “Boy, if these changes happen under the current... Read More

Attorney general is carving out his own territory

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:46:41 -0500

For those who actually keep in their files lists of New York attorneys general (such as certain grizzled scribes with nothing better to do), the long procession of 63 names provides interesting... Read More

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