Urbane Haven in the City's Center
Favorite thing: This is Hoyt Lake located in Delaware Park. This park along with many other parks and parkways make up our Olmsted Park System designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Delaware Park which covers 350 acres in the center of the city, is the largest and in my opinion the most significant. My opinion may be colored by the fact that I live about two blocks from the lake. The two mile perimeter is one of my regular walking routes. The lake was the centerpiece of the 1901 Pan American Exposition. The building in the distance is Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The park is the summer venue for Shakespeare In The Park and free Sunday Jazz Festivals and the winter home for (surprise, surprise) Winterfest.
Attention to Detail
Favorite thing: The facade of the Guaranty Building in Buffalo is covered with Louis Sullivan's trade marked patterned terra cotta. The design is incredibly ornate yet very elegant. The natural themes and flowing lines are clearly Art Nouveau. While details may be lost on the upper floors, close examination at street level is a must.
Favorite thing: Never never think of take bus to hang out around buffalo city. If you came out from the airport, please take the Cab. If you are in Amherst, Williamsville or Tonawanda. My advise is, please go to SUNY-Buffalo, South campus (Opposite TOPS) station. Take the MRT to reach downtown, it save you more time and money. Unlike Chicago or NYC, Buffalo's MRT railway is underground for the outer of the city and has a at the ground rail way in the city.
IF you coming from Canada, Niagara falls, probably the only option for you is the NFTA. The NFTA runs a number of buses throughout the city and suburbs.
Fondest memory: First time intend to go shopping mall which is located in Cheektowaga. The destination is Walden Galleria Mall and we hooped in to a bus at Amherst and it takes us almost 2 hours to reach the mall. The worst part is, half a year later when we drove there by car, it takes us only 25 mins to reach there.
Also, there was once we (me and my friends) went to downtown just to catch a movie (Vanilla Sky). It was a huge surprise taht the down town is so dead and nobosy is walking around the streets.
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The people in Buffalo are very...
Favorite thing: The people in Buffalo are very friendly, so if you have a question just stop and ask some one. If they do not have the answer, they will stop some one else and ask them. We may not be a wealth of knowledge, but we can always find the answer.
Fondest memory: Buffalo is a big city with a small town attitude. Chances are you know someone who knows the person you are talking to. When ever you go some where outside of Buffalo you usually find someone who is from there anyway, so it is hard to miss Buffalo
My visit was primarily to...
Favorite thing: My visit was primarily to Niagara Falls area and also to the area east of Buffalo, and due south of Rochester.It was in this region of the Genesee River that I discovered one of the most scenic and beautiful state parks I've ever been to in the entire country. It's called Letchworth State Park and it is approximately 17 miles in length and several miles wide. It also boasts in my opinion some of the most beautiful waterfall settings that you can gain access to without special climbing gear or equiptment.Excellent for exploring, hiking and photography.
A Beach in Buffalo...
Favorite thing: As weird as it may sound, you can catch some rays while visiting Buffalo. On Grand Island, the island in the middle of the Niagara River (the 190 runs right through from Buffalo to Niagara Falls by means of GI) has a small, but decent beach. It’s in Beaver Island State Park on the southern tip of the island, and while I’m not a beach bunny, I am including it in case there is someone who just has to go to the beach or something. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just including it because there’s nothing else of much note on the island I grew up on. There is a cost to get into the park if you’re in a car, but I don’t know how much it is – I always went jogging there, but I don't think it's much. You can get there by taking the I-190 to Grand Island and then take the Beaver Island exit.
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See a sports Event, Either the...
Favorite thing: See a sports Event, Either the Sabres or Bills. I have been t o sporting events all over the country, and there is a special vibe that makes sports in Buffalo something special!
Fondest memory: 1991 AFC Championship game. Bills 51, Raiders 3. I was there, and the Bills made their first trip of many to the Super Bowl!
checking it out
Favorite thing: http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=BFLCH&lid=CNXCCE
Now you can check out the weather in Buffalo while you are on your way there.
If it is winter time, don't bother looking because you know it has to be snowing.
The camera is on the northwest side of the city at 2303 Kenmore Avenue (Applied Tech School) right by the General Motors plant.
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Buffalo is just one of the...
Favorite thing: Buffalo is just one of the greatest all around cities in America. Who cares if it is in an economic decline? Money doesn't make the city. People, history, nature, and resources do. Buffalo has it all. 320,000 may be the actual statistic attributed to Buffalo's population, compared with 500,000+ a few decades ago. The statistic that you don't get is that there is well over 1,000,000 citizens in the metropolitan area. People moved a few miles to the north, south, west, and east. Big deal. These 1,000,000 people are some of the best on earth. They bring the charecter to the region, they are its spine. The quality of life in the Buffalo region is amazing. You may hear about the people that move out because of the economic situation, but you never hear about the die hard people that rather raise there families on good old Buffalo ethics and moral than go elsewhere for a little bit more green. This is the place to LIVE. Buffalo boasts so many amneties for its vistors, so much more for its children. Weather? Hot summers, beautiful autums, pleasent spring, and adventerous and exciting winters. You have every season to the fullest degree. Nothing can shape you like perfect seasons, the way they were meant to be, can. That old cliche about Buffalo and winter is getting tiresome now. Time to know that we're four seasons to the fullest extent and proud of it. So much can be read and heard about Buffalo, but you'll never know the truth untill you experience it for yourself.
Fondest memory: Everyday.
Visit the Albright-Knox...
Favorite thing: Visit the Albright-Knox Gallery. Believe it or not, New York's Museum of Modern Art is now a parter with Albright-Knox. MOMA is offering weekend packages to come to Buffalo and visit the museum(yes its THAT good). It is located on Elmwood Ave. in North Buffalo along the strip not far from the UB campus.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Buffalo is actually in the suburbs. While visiting as a kid we would get snowed in quite often due to Lake Effect snow which plagues the area in winter when Lake Erie isn't frozen over. There were many times we would be snowed in and couldn't go home and it was one giant movie-fest! We would build forts, go sledding, and of course eat great food! But like so many areas with frequest rough winters, we were plowed out soon and life resumed.
Fondest memory: This is a photo of the beautiful Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side) from 3500 feet! The Canadian Falls are bigger than the American Falls, although from the ground both are impressive. From the air, it's an incredible sight to see it all in one view.
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Fondest memory: My grandmother's house. Every Christmas I still come here for the traditional Polish celebration of Wigilia- Christmas Eve. We eat a dinner of Pierogie, Mushroom Soup and Fried Fish and then open presents under the massive tree- always a real tree chopped down in the pine forests of Western New York. The whole place just gives off a warm, family atmosphere that could not be duplicated anywhere else. Throw in the wafting smell of baked goods and Polish food, and this is one nice place to hole in for a week in December.
Take an architectural walking...
Favorite thing: Take an architectural walking tour of downtown. Buffalo, like Chicago, is a city rich in pioneering forms or architecture. See the art deco masterpiece of City Hall, the Victorian mass of the Ellicott Square Building, the soaring neogothic St. Paul's Cathedral, and one of the world's first skyscrapers, the Guaranty Building (Sullivan). You usually have to call ahead for a tour, since they're not that frequent (downtown Buffalo is not exactly a tourist paradise). Check local guides and such for more details.
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Fondest memory: To see the Bills play. This was my first NFL game, so far the best, Bills against the Dolphins. The stadium was sold out and the atmosphere electric, the winners would be top of the conference. I was thrilled to see Dan Marino play, but the Bills QB Doug Flutie stole the honours in a close game that the Bills just held out to win.
Just one thing though, the stadium is in Orchard Park, some way out of town and the traffic is incredible-- allow loads of time to get there.
Having grown up in Buffalo, I...
Favorite thing: Having grown up in Buffalo, I would have to say that no trip to Buffalo is complete without a trip to The Anchor Bar and Grill on Main Street. The Anchor Bar invented the 'Buffalo' wing, that spicy delectable treat that goes so well with ranch or bleu cheese dressing. In addition, the city is actually quite beautiful with Niagara Falls situated just 20 minutes outside of downtown.
Fondest memory: The food and the people. Buffalo clearly has some of the best food on the great lakes or in upstate NY. From Beef on Weck to chicken wings to chicken finger subs, the thought of going home just makes my mouth water. Also, the people are among the friendliest around. Buffalo is a place where people still get to know their neighbors. In fact, Buffalo has been called the 'City of Good Neighbors'.
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