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

Alfred State hosts STEM event for teachers

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:32:35 -0400

ALFRED — The Alfred State College of Technology is hosting a summer institute next month meant to provide teachers the tools to get elementary, middle school and high school students excited ... Read More

Excelsior to break ground on new surgery center

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:31:36 -0400

Excelsior Orthopaedics will break ground Thursday on a $9.5 million expansion of its ambulatory surgery center on Sheridan Drive in Amherst.Excelsior and Matrix Development plan to construct a one-... Read More

Sports retailers welcome impact Sabres’ Eichel will have on jersey sales

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:28:15 -0400

His jersey is expected to be a big seller.... Read More

House in Canada held family stories, secrets

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 15:59:00 -0400

Being able to say you or a relative had a place in Canada, especially over the Fourth of July, seemed to carry cachet. This was an advantage most people didn’t enjoy. Yet, as in everything,... Read More

During Buffalo stop, Jeb waves away the issues

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 18:02:51 -0400

Jeb Bush dropped into Buffalo for his first-ever visit on Tuesday, and we won’t know at least for a while what he thought of the place.The former Florida governor offered only one hint after ... Read More

Obama’s globalism would hurt job prospects of minorities

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:12:31 -0400

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the “fight will continue” to negotiate a good deal with 11 other nations in the TransPacific Partnership trade... Read More

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