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About Buffalo NY
Buffalo is the 2nd biggest city in the state of New York. It is currently the principal city in the Buffalo – Niagara Falls Metropolitan region, and serves as the seat of Erie County. Buffalo is situated on the east shore of Lake Erie, right at the head of the Niagara River, and within a close distance to the fabled Niagara Falls (16 miles). The site of the city was initially inhabited by the fierce Amerindian tribe; the Iroquois, and later on by French settlers. Buffalo grew a lot during the 19th and 20th centuries due to a number of factors. This included the building of the Erie Canal, the railroad and its close proximity to Lake Erie. This phenomenon growth created an excellent trade route to the American Midwest. Even as we speak, Buffalo is recognized as a key gateway for commerce and travel at the Canadian – US border. The city has the distinction of being an early adopter of electric power, and this went on to earn it the nickname of the ‘City of Lights.’
Traditionally, the City of Buffalo’s economy might arose from grain, steel and automobile industries. This was particularly the case during the 20th century. However, it was hard hit during the deindustrialization era, and had to diversify its threatened economy. Nowadays, Buffalo is noted as being a hub for light manufacturing, high tech and services sectors. The biggest employer in the city is the New York state government, which accounts for more than 15,000 of the local workforce. Other notable employers are the US federal government, M & T Bank, General Motors, Kaleida Health, University of Buffalo, Top Friendly Markets and Time Warner Cable.
Buffalo is a major arts and culture center in the upstate New York. At the moment, the city is home to more than 50 private and public art galleries. While, the nationally acclaimed Buffalo Theater District boasts of more than 20 professional companies. Buffalo is a top tourist destination too, and its tourism industry is fueled by numerous historic attractions along with outdoor recreation activities. It is also home to 2 Major League Professional teams. `These are the Buffalo Sabres that plays in the National Hockey League and the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.
This New York state city, like it was earlier noted, is situated very close to the famous Niagara Falls, which straddle the boundaries of the US and Canada. This impressive waterfall is one of the biggest in the planet, and even one of the most awe inspiring. The Niagara Falls drops its water over the cliff face at speeds of between 20 to 65 mph, and is crowned at its midsection by the powerful Horseshoe Falls. There are several ways of viewing this one of a kind waterfall including taking the legendary Maiden of the Mist boat tour that sails on the Niagara River to the base of the cliffs. On the other hand, you can settle for the Walk Behind the Falls tour.
Kleinhans Music Hall
The Kleinhans Music Hall was the very last wish of Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans, who met their demise at a space of only 3 months from each other. This Buffalo couple had accrued a small fortune from the earnings of their high end clothing store. Before dying, they made a bequest in their wills for funds to build a music hall for the utilization and benefit of the inhabitants of the city. A short while later, 6 years to be more specific, the Kleinhans Music Hall was opened to the public. The very first concert performed at this venue was by the Buffalo Philharmonic. Ever since then, its 3 auditoriums have hosted numerous concerts by nationally renowned acts such as Yo-Yo Ma together with Ben Folds.
Darwin D Martin House Complex
Here is yet another top City of Buffalo attraction that was the brain child of the famous architect Frank Lloyd, and was designed for the New York business magnate; Darwin D Martin. It is a splendid instance of the Prairie House architectural style, and has been appropriately restored to its former glory. The Darwin D Martin House Complex continues to fascinate visitors thanks to its exceptional organic architecture. It consists of the main house, a carriage house, a conservatory, a pergola and a Wisteria Museum store.
Shea Performing Arts Center
The Shea Performing Arts Center was initially opened to the public in 1926, and was at first a silent movies theater. Nowadays, it is a very popular venue for touring Broadway troupes along with hosting other entertainment events. Some decades back, local Buffalo community leaders saved this structure from destruction by managing to get it listed on the National Historic Landmarks registry.
Buffalo City Hall
This impressive building was built immediately after the 1st Great War, and is universally regarded as one of the finest examples of the art deco architectural style. The Buffalo City Hall comes complete with an exquisite stained glass ceiling together with mesmerizing, intricate geometric detailing. It is a big building as well, and has 32 stories. While 1,520 of its windows overlook the bustling downtown area of the city. Besides its remarkable architecture, the Buffalo City Hall is highly renowned for the scenic views it provides, and has an observation deck, which overlooks Lake Erie and the Buffalo River.
First Niagara Center
The First Niagara Center is the home field for Buffalo’s National Hockey League side; the Buffalo Sabres. During the off season, this venue is a trendy performing arts venue. During the Sabres games, the First Niagara Center can accommodate a maximum of 19,070 spectators, but can hold more when it is re-arranged for concerts.
This iconic zoo was first opened to the public in 1875, and has the distinction of being the 3rd oldest of its kind in the entire country. It is home to a variety of wildlife species that have been sourced from all over the globe. This includes mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles. The Buffalo zoo has a number of different exhibits for animals such as grey wolves, Japanese macaques, Siberian tigers, tamarins, snow leopards, venomous snakes, gorillas to name but a few. Nevertheless, its star attractions at the moment are 2 polar bear cubs, which are known as Luna and Kali.
Ralph Wilson Stadium
The Ralph Wilson Stadium is the home field of the Buffalo Bills, who, as it was previously stated, play in the National Football League. The Bills have made it to 4 different Super Bowls since their inception into the Major League. Still, they have not yet managed to clinch any title.
Albright - Knox Art Gallery
Albright – Knox Art Gallery is touted as one of the very finest contemporary visual arts gallery in the country. It was established in 1862 under the name; the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. This makes it one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. Its big and varied works of art collection showcases key masterpieces of various renowned artists of both the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of the most prominent of these are Van Gogh, Gaugin, Henri Matisse and Picasso.
Canalside Buffalo District
The Canalside District of Buffalo City is located at the edge of Lake Erie, and is an urban area for entertainment, arts and socializing. Locals flock here in droves during the summer months to engage in numerous recreational activities. This includes strolling on the boardwalks, kayaking and playing in the sand pits. Conversely, at winter, the canals freeze and converted into ice rinks for skaters and ice hockey games are even held on them.