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

Two Buffalonians reportedly killed in plane crash

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:52:18 -0500

Two passengers who were killed when a small plane crashed early Wednesday morning in Virginia are from Buffalo, The Virginian-Pilot reported on its website.The names of the victims were not... Read More

Site plan, building permit OK’d for new Batavia cancer facility

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:34:12 -0500

BATAVIA – The City of Batavia Planning & Development Committee on Tuesday night approved the site plan and building permit for a $6.5 million cancer treatment center at United Memorial... Read More

Water for freeze-dry Falls residents available at city fire halls

Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:30:20 -0500

NIAGARA FALLS - City residents who are without running water in their homes because of frozen services may obtain water at fire halls, the city announced Wednesday.The following firehouses are open ... Read More

FCC ruling on Net is anything but neutral

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:59:23 -0500

WASHINGTON – Rummaging through the innards of our house, my daughter, Molly, recently found what seemed to her something not just old, but archeological: A 1923 Underwood typewriter. In that ... Read More

Train 64 provides a bleak view of upstate

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:55:04 -0500

ALBANY – Amtrak Train 64, which ferried the Politics Column to this capital city a few days ago, cuts right through the heart of that vast swath of New York dubbed “upstate.... Read More

Proposed trade deal will cost us more jobs

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:21:28 -0500

WASHINGTON – The massive “free trade” bill being cranked up by the Obama administration and the Republican Congress shapes up as the perfect storm, really the perfect nightmare ... Read More

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