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

Termini seeks Planning Board approval for brewpub on Elmwood

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:54:27 -0400

Developer Rocco Termini is hoping to open yet another brewpub in Buffalo, while separately constructing a new “microapartment” building aimed at downtown medical students, if city... Read More

Celebrating 75 years of love nd looking out for each other

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:33:53 -0400

Jack Kyte whistled at a pretty girl named Ellie a little over three quarters of a century ago, and that started the beginning of a lifelong love story.They are celebrating today 75 years of... Read More

Preschool special education drives increase in Niagara County Health Dept. budget

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:29:32 -0400

LOCKPORT – The ever-increasing demand for preschool special-education services is the primary reason for a $1.68 million increase in the Niagara County Health Department’s proposed... Read More

Cooler days bring warmer politics

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:20:52 -0400

Summer is cooling down, but politics is heating up. Here is a rundown of what’s going on in Buffalo and New York State:• Friday marked another anniversary – three months... Read More

Column: Rubio waiting out 'Trump-mania'

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:15:36 -0400

Marco Rubio will swing by our town Tuesday night for a fundraiser at the Snyder home of Amy Habib, and organizers hope it will raise more than $250,000 for the Florida senator’s presidential ... Read More

Columnist: Trump campaign stoops to new lows

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:15:32 -0400

WASHINGTON – The biggest mistake the Republican Party has made, until last week, was letting Donald Trump get away with impugning the Vietnam War record of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.McCain in ... Read More

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