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

Black Friday fizzle

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:48:59 -0500

Thanksgiving Day shoppers gobbled up savings Thursday, but it’s not yet clear whether that will put retailers in the black.Doorbuster lineups were more tame than years past. Hundreds of... Read More

Ohio Street, under $11 million redesign, reopens

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:05:41 -0500

Ohio Street, the former industrial road being redesigned with $11 million as an attractive link between Canalside and the Outer Harbor, has reopened to traffic.In addition, progress is along being... Read More

Wheatfield board decides on more environmental study for proposed subdivision

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:36:55 -0500

WHEATFIELD – The Town Board decided this week that the proposed Cobblestone Creek subdivision needs more environmental study and called a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the issues... Read More

Shipping via pipeline is much safer than rail

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:24:32 -0500

WASHINGTON – New York’s congressional Democrats in recent days have shown how willing they are to walk the plank for President Obama, even after their party and the president suffered ... 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

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