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

New restaurant coming to the waterfront

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:18:14 -0400

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Armed Forces Week set to begin May 3 at Canalside

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:17:31 -0400

Opening ceremonies for the 55th Western New York Armed Forces Week are set for 12:45 p.m. May 3 at Canalside, adjacent to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.At the ceremony,... Read More

Bettman sees tanking as media-driven issue

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:51:03 -0400

NEW YORK – Tanking? What tanking?Gary Bettman doesn’t see any tanking.The NHL commissioner insisted Friday morning at the league’s Manhattan offices that nobody lost on purpose ... Read More

Despite populist rhetoric, Clinton clings to secrecy

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:01:38 -0400

WASHINGTON – The conservative-oriented Rasmussen poll found last week that 57 percent of its respondents believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton has already won the Democratic presidential... Read More

Jockeying under way for 2016 election

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:17:26 -0400

Election Day 2016 still dwells deep into the next calendar and most New Yorkers are paying more attention to their rosebush than Jeb Bush. But make no mistake – the race is on.Indeed, the... Read More

Poor funding, leaders are destroying Amtrak

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:44:02 -0400

WASHINGTON – “Bypass traffic and highway congestion,” reads the ad in Amtrak’s in-house magazine. “Our road never runs into traffic.” “No stress... Read More

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