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.

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Poised to fulfill Wilson's philanthropic vision

Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:12:28 -0400

Ralph Wilson put his trust in foundation’s trustees to disburse $1.2 billion for Buffalo, Detroit.... Read More

Police identify woman killed on Riley Street

Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:35:32 -0400

Glendyln M. “Ree” Kinnitt Angel has been identified as the woman who was killed by shotgun blast on July 24, authorities said.Kinnitt Angel, 54, was shot at about 4:30 a.m. on 400... Read More

Bills suspend Kromer for first six games

Mon, 3 Aug 2015 09:22:12 -0400

Team worked with NFL on the matter, Russ Brandon says.... Read More

Kasich is a member of a rare GOP breed

Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:20:40 -0400

WASHINGTON – Just when we thought the breed – a species known as Midwestern Republican pragmatist – was extinct, one appears at the edge of a crowded stage of GOP presidential... Read More

State Senate leader Flanagan faces a daunting task

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:33:32 -0400

A theory guiding New York State politics these days suggests the inevitability that Democrats will, in the not too distant future, claim the Senate just as they rule the Assembly.The... 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

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