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

The 'paralyzing paradox' of too many choices

We love having options, but when we're actually forced to choose, the process goes south, UB psychology researchers say.

Smashing stress with a shuttlecock

For several UB faculty members, competitive badminton is a great way to stay in shape — and relieve some frustration.

Showing girls math’s fun side

GSE faculty member Ji-Won Son is again conducting the Summer Math Program for 5th- through 8th-grade girls.

Study underscores role of menthol cigarettes in smoking cessation

Researchers cite Big Tobacco's marketing stronghold on African American smokers among reasons why this group is 12% less likely to quit.

Finding the right balance of cloud computing resources

Researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Management have developed a solution to manage cloud computing resources more cost-effectively.

Youth drug use trends will compel primary care physicians to keep up

Improving our understanding of adolescent substance use will help physicians better address the health needs and risk factors in this vulnerable population.

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