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

Straight-up country Jam

Sat, 4 Jul 2015 01:03:23 -0400

It was a picture-perfect summer day for the 21st annual Jam in the Valley.... Read More

Tommyrotter Distillery will soon open its doors, offering tastings and tours

Sat, 4 Jul 2015 01:00:37 -0400

Set another place at the bar for the latest spiritmaker to join Buffalo’s burgeoning distillery renaissance. Tommyrotter Distillery, which makes spirits from New York State corn and wheat,... Read More

Sabres give O'Reilly richest contract ever

Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:51:26 -0400

Center's $52.5 million deal eclipses Thomas Vanek's 2007 contract.... Read More

Obama’s globalism would hurt job prospects of minorities

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:12:31 -0400

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the “fight will continue” to negotiate a good deal with 11 other nations in the TransPacific Partnership trade... Read More

Presidential candidates chasing New York’s cash

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:01:13 -0400

It’s tough these days to be a New Yorker and devotee of presidential politics, too.As the State Legislature wound up its session late last week, it appeared headed for an April 19... Read More

Traditional Christians are facing a new threat

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:03:33 -0400

WASHINGTON – When the nation’s Catholic bishops launched their “Fortnight for Freedom” three years ago, their challenges were relatively simple and straightforward,... Read More

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