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

Continuing vital work in Puerto Rico

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul helped send off law students who were traveling to the island to help residents still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

Public workshop phase kicks off for Imagine LaSalle

UB’s Regional Institute and School of Architecture and Planning are leading the public engagement process in the redesign of Buffalo’s LaSalle Park.

On the front lines at the border

UB law students in the U.S.–Mexico Border Clinic are in Texas this week volunteering their legal expertise to immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

Static electricity could charge our electronics

While common in everyday life, the science behind this phenomenon is not well understood.

Media Advisory: Liberty Seneca building, the subject of student business pitches for UB course on revitalizing WNY

University at Buffalo students in the Western New York Prosperity Fellows Program will work to reimagine South Buffalo’s Liberty Seneca building during a weeklong seminar that transforms the region into a learning lab.

Alzheimer’s disease: It may be possible to restore memory function, preclinical study finds

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Research published today (Jan. 22) in the journal Brain reveals a new approach to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that may eventually make it possible to reverse memory loss, a hallmark of the disease in its late stages.

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