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

26-year-old dies in Wyoming County jail

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:34:28 -0400

The death is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming County Coroner Michael Smith. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office will handle the autopsy. ... Read More

Three escape fire that destroys Sardinia home

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:07:26 -0400

Three people made it safely out of a burning house in Sardinia early Saturday, but the home, its contents and two cars were destroyed.The fire, which appeared to begin in the front of the home at... Read More

BN Chronicles: Broadway or Walden for new market?

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:43:22 -0400

1883: 'How are they going to get to Walden Ave? It's out of the way, and the streets are not paved.'... Read More

Minimum wage stance could cost Bush votes

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:59:23 -0400

WASHINGTON – Inherited wealth would be only a moderate problem for Republican John Ellis Bush if he runs for president. The Bush family ranks somewhere in the middle of the ranks of monied... Read More

Mychajliw, Jacobs engaged in a staring contest

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:58:16 -0400

County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw never shies away from recalling his days as a TV reporter – back when he was chasing stories and aiming microphones at pols in the aggressive style of... Read More

Real treaty with Iran would be smarter bet

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:35:43 -0400

WASHINGTON – When doing diplomacy with Iran, this country’s sworn, slippery and lethal enemy of 36 years, maybe it would have been better to stick with the U.S. Constitution.Article... Read More

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