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

Jay Skurski’s scouting report: Defense has to bring the heat while offense must warm to task

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:25:24 -0500

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An afternoon tour through the story of modernity, all within in city limits

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:54 -0500

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Cooking up some candles in Lockport at the Candle Nook Cafe

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:58:54 -0500

LOCKPORT – The smells in the Candle Nook Cafe, a unique mix of baked goods, coffee and scented homemade candles, is enough to make your mouth water.Owner Mark McDaniel, 51, started making... Read More

Some post-Thanksgiving food for thought

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:50:38 -0500

What else but leftovers on this Thanksgiving weekend?• The Ben Carson presidential campaign has been placing automated phone calls throughout Erie County in recent days, and... Read More

Widening dangers and rising fears

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:05:59 -0500

“Th’ whole world’s in a terrible state of chassis [crisis],” the drunk cried out from his spot on the floor in Sean O’Casey’s play, “Juno and the... Read More

Byron Brown’s on the minimum-wage hot seat

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:55:56 -0500

It was one of those typical Andrew Cuomo affairs Wednesday at Buffalo’s Father Belle Community Center, when the governor gathers together a few hundred of his closest friends to announce a... Read More

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