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

Add 'nano golf' to Larkinville leisure activities

Tue, 26 May 2015 00:18:15 -0400

Mini golf is so 1995.Get your fine-motor skills in shape for Larkin Links, Buffalo’s first “nano golf” course, a lighthearted fusion of public art and recreation dreamed up by... Read More

Spanning generations, heartfeld salute to fallen

Tue, 26 May 2015 00:17:39 -0400

John E. Albanese Jr. of Medina. Maxwell S. Frantz of East Aurora. Kenneth A. Pavan of Niagara Falls. Ronald W. Zydel of Buffalo.From A through Z, you could read the names of the hundreds of Western ... Read More

Saturday forum to focus on health-care disparity in black community

Mon, 25 May 2015 22:10:24 -0400

A community forum to discuss “Health Care Disparity in the African American Community” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in Ephesus Ministries Church, 341 Grider St.... Read More

Ailing infrastructure gets little attention

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:26:27 -0400

WASHINGTON – Many conservatives considered President Dwight D. Eisenhower a free-spending liberal for embracing the Democrats’ postwar dream of knitting the country together with a... Read More

Steve Pigeon remains a key figure in politics

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:32:39 -0400

It’s been almost 13 years since Steve Pigeon ruled the roost at Erie County Democratic Headquarters, but he remains one of his party’s central figures in this part of the world.So it... Read More

President’s comments on Christianity vexing

Fri, 15 May 2015 14:50:47 -0400

WASHINGTON – Because most of you live by hand-held devices, hashtags – labels, to my generation – take on new importance.For example, “black lives matter.” Or,... Read More

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