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

AirAsia flight bound for Singapore from Indonesia goes missing

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:09:04 -0500

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - An AirAsia plane with 161 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and search and rescue operations... Read More

Sabres erase three-goal deficit to beat Islanders

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:38:11 -0500

Enroth is perfect in shootout as Buffalo wins 4-3.... Read More

Buffalo fans breathe a sigh of relief

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:26:25 -0500

The past 12 months of news have given us many things to cheer, marvel, scream and cry about. From the new ownership of the Buffalo Bills and crazy snowstorms to the leadership turmoil afflicting... Read More

Cuba decision is win-win for Obama

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:45:45 -0500

WASHINGTON – Christmas surprises: President Obama is super-clever. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is less so.Obama’s decision to extend diplomatic recognition to Cuba sent super-patriot Sens.... Read More

And visions of politics danced through their heads

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:38:21 -0500

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the stateNot a Republican was stirring; Dem victories their fate.For Cuomo had won, and dispatched them with easeAstorino it seems, proved... Read More

Congress won’t act to curb dark money

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:33:30 -0500

WASHINGTON – Of the final spending votes in Congress last week, economics professor Ted P. Schmidt of SUNY Buffalo State put it best: “Boy, if these changes happen under the current... Read More

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