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

After collapse under weight of snow, Alden couple find they ‘don’t have a house’

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:12:03 -0500

Tami Diestler wasn’t asleep for more than an hour Thursday morning when a thunderous boom woke her and her husband, sending them racing to the basement as their Alden home cracked and sagged ... Read More

Toughing it out as concerns shift

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:11:55 -0500

Today is about aftermath.In the wake of an epic storm – one that we will remember for decades – that moment takes different forms.For some, there are concerns about flooding.Others... Read More

Buffalo schools hope to reopen Tuesday; others remain closed all week

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:35:13 -0500

Despite Sunday’s thawing conditions, most snow-affected school districts will remain closed today, though several are re-opening.Four of the hardest hit districts have called off classes for ... 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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