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

Staffers work to make Cooke-Hochstetter space more student-friendly

The once-vacant hallways are now teeming with student activity, thanks to the work of five biological sciences staffers.

Faculty to fight for their lives in annual Life Raft Debate

The annual Life Raft Debate offers faculty the chance to make the case that their discipline is the most critical to society.

Chemical cluster could transform energy storage for large grids

Scientists at the University of Rochester and UB believe they've found a promising compound that could transform the energy storage landscape.

Media Advisory: Chinese New Year celebration at UB combines traditional and contemporary performing arts

More than 250 performers and volunteers will mark the arrival of the Chinese New Year with an afternoon-long celebration on Feb. 17 at the UB’s Center for the Arts.

UB English department adopts plan to strengthen doctoral program

As part of an ongoing review of graduate programs, the UB College of Arts and Sciences has announced a plan to strengthen the English department’s doctoral program and improve the program’s long-term competitiveness.

Chinese New Year celebration at UB combines traditional and contemporary performing arts

The UB Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York will mark the arrival of the Chinese New Year with a diverse program celebrating Chinese culture on Feb. 17 at UB’s Center for the Arts.

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