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    The Height of Art Deco

    by tpal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    City Hall is a majestic Art Deco building standing at the geographic and political center of Buffalo. New York. Designed by architects Dietel, Wade, and Jones and built in 1932, City Hall is one of the country's best examples of set-back Art Deco architecture. It is located on Niagara Square. The obelisk monument in front is in honor of President William Mckinley who was assassinated in Buffalo at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

    The building has special significance for me as my grandfather, an Italian immigrant laborer, helped build this wonderful structure carrying bricks up the scaffolding to the masons.

    City Hall with window washer! City Hall Lobby Mural over front door Leaded Glass Ceiling in Council Chambers View of Buffalo Harbor from Observation Deck Soaring Art deco
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    By the Sea, by the Shore, the Buffalo Seashore!

    by tpal Written Sep 10, 2004

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    From May through September, the place to be in Buffalo is the waterfront. Buffalo is located at the eastern end of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. The area offers extensive access to the water and is one of the most active public spots. Erie Basin Marina, pictured here, offers sunbathers shoreline views, numerous boat slips, and a variety of waterfront condos. In the distance you can see the Art Deco Buffalo City Hall. Walk along the promenade and enjoy the extensive floral displays and experimental gardens. The area offers daily harbor cruises as well as tours of several permanently moored Naval ships. On a hot summer day it's the coolest place to be!

    Erie Basin Marina

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    Sullivan Teaches America to Look Upward

    by tpal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Louis Sullivan is considered by many to be the father of the American skyscraper. With the Guaranty Building in Buffalo along with the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Sullivan showed the world how to "go vertical". The building clad in distinctive, Sullivan designed terra cotta with its ornate patterns continuing all the way to the top (the fact that most of the designs were not visible from ground level seemed to be merely a minor detail to Sullivan). As spectacular as is the exterior, the interior details must not be missed.

    Note: Check my General Tips for a detail of the terra cotta tile facade.

    The Guaranty Building
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    Magnificent Twin Towers

    by tpal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Buffalo Psychiatric Center was designed by America's premier 19th Century architect H. H. Richardson. Completed in 1895, the building is constructed of Medina sandstone, a favorite building material of this era throughout Buffalo. The twin towers are clad in copper and stand 185 feet high. The building is no longer in use, however, the State of New York has recently committed $80,000,000 for its restoration and adaptive reuse.

    Administration Building
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    Glorious Buffalo Sunset

    by tpal Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    We love Key West, Florida. While there, Carol and I and about 10,000 of our closest friends went to Mallory Square to see the famous sunset. Nice, but guess what . . . we think Buffalo wins hands down! We go sailboat racing twice a week during the summer (some folks do sail ... ice sail that is ... during the winter - not us!) and have seen breath taking sunsets, mostly when the camera is not around.

    Not Key West...Buffalo!

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    Albright-Knox Art Gallery

    by sissah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While I'd say the best works they have here are from the abstract expressionists (Rothco, Pollack, deKooning), this museum has a diverse and amazing collection. There's van Gogh, Kahlo, Modigliani, Warhol, Monet, Lichtenstein, Dali, Matisse and so much more. The oldest piece in the museum is from 3,000 B.C., and the works carry you through the years. The collection is wonderful, and I would say this is definately a must for all art lovers. The museum is closed Mondays, but is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. You can get in to the permanent collection free on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Otherwise, the admission costs are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and 13 and under are free.

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  • Take a drive around Buffalo

    by ajt141 Written Sep 18, 2003

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    Start on Delaware Avenue from downtown going north. You'll pass Buffalo's breathtaking City Hall, an art deco masterpiece. Enjoy the sights of this quaint avenue through Delaware park. History buffs will be intrigued to learn more about the 1901 Pan American Exposition fairgrounds where William McKinley was assassinated (Buffalo's very first notorious claim to fame-more to follow). Feel free to get lost artound Delaware park. It's a nice area. Make your way up to Hertel and turn right. Drive up and down Hertel to experience the ever growing Italian District. Backtrack down Hertel to Elmwood and make a left. You'll pass the Historical Society and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Turn right on forest. See that creepy looking building on your left? It's the old Psychiatric Center, and it's like something out of a Bram Stoker novel. Turn left on Richmond and get lost in the sidestreets packed with old Victorian mansions; a reminder of Buffalo's wealthy legacy. Make your way eventually up to Elmwood to see the trendy Elmwood strip. Take Elmwood back to downtown.

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    Forest lawn Cemetary

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 12, 2008

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    Forest Lawn cemetery is a historic cemetery located in the center of Buffalo. It contains more than 269 acres of beautifully landscaped land with more than 10,000 trees. It is the resting place for more than 152,000 people, including Millard Fillmore, the country's 13th president.

    While most people wouldn't think of a cemetery as a place to visit and sight-see, Forest lawn might just change your mind. Historically speaking, you can visit the final resting place of many people who made a difference in forming the country we currently live in. There is also art, lakes and a certain tranquility that is hard to describe.. If you find yourself with some extra time, consider a visit to Forest Lawn Cemetery.

    Main St entrance to Forest lawn Signage Memorial to Red Hat Memory Lake
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    Niagara Falls

    by Darlingace Written Mar 13, 2006

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    The best and the first thing you wanna do when you arrive Buffalo is to vist the Niagara falls,
    the border between US and Canada (In fact, 1/3 of the falls lies on Ontario). Just not to be mistaken, the NIagara falls is a township. It was named as the Town of Niagara with a combination of 3 major falls- the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canada site's Horseshoe Falls. For those who hold a valid passport to enter US and Canada without visa, it will be advisable for you to enter both countries to have a complete view for the falls.

    Besides that, remember to be loaded with cash as both countries has a casino located nearby the falls. For those people who wanted to have a more lively trip, will advise you to enter Canada and stay there for a night. The town of Niagara, Canada has various things to offer to you. There are Casino, Skylon Tower, HardRock Cafe, and a fantastic main street which located with bars, restaurant and parks. Once you get accross the Rainbow Bridge, you will reach the casino and the main street. Then, you will see a major difference between the Niagara in US and Canada. The town in Canada is much lively and interesting.

    The skylon Tower will provide you a complete view of the falls. After that you might wanna try your luck in the casino. No matter if you skip it or not, the next place you definitely wanna go is to hang out the main street. Get to the rain forest cafe for lunch or dinner then you can have a relaxing night in the bars. Of course there is some monument, bird observatory and national reserve park, but i dont really encourage you to do outdoors over here.

    My first time to American Falls, the Niagara Falls Pic taken during night time

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    In Letchworth St. Park there...

    by ferdnbean Written Feb 25, 2003

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    In Letchworth St. Park there are three beautiful waterfalls, all set in different land area positions that make for great photos ( to be included at a later date)During most of the year there is an inn in the park that has a resteraunt near one of the falls where visitors can stay and/or eat. One great photo area is a train tressle bridge that passes almost directly over the tallest of the waterfalls in the park(as I recall).Within the confines of the park is also some Native Seneca (Indian)history exhibits, and recreation of a Seneca tribe style log cabin ( that's right, they didn't live in teepees or lean to's).
    If you are traveling anywhere near this area on your way from the east coast regions of NY,NJ,PA,etc. you won't be dissappointed if you stop for a 1/2day to several day visit.The Best part of the Park may be the beautiful canyons that have been etched into to hills here, some over 700 feet deep, twisting and turning with their maker, the Genesee river that flows at the bottom.Several of the canyon areas are very colorful, with several layers of strata quite visable.

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    Enjoy the waterfront

    by Herkbert Written Aug 25, 2008

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    Buffalo's waterfront has a little bit of everything. There are beaches, boat launches, restaurants, windmills and sunsets to die for. Whatever your choice, you can find it. Our waterfront is made up of the Lake Erie Shoreline and the Niagara River.

    Take a drive or take a stroll, but don't miss the beauty and allure of the water.

    Windmill farm along the lake Peace Bridge across the Niagara river
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    Albright-Know Art Gallery

    by Rabbityama Written Aug 13, 2006

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    The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a great museum for anyone interested in modern art. The gallery does carry a few older works from artists such as Claude Monet, Picasso, and Paul Gauguin's "Yellow Christ", but these types works are not the focus of this particular art museum. Most of the art displayed has been created after the 1950s. Some of the artwork is only a few years old! There are certain works that are located around the outside of the museum, too. This museum shows what art is today and what future art may look like.

    Adult admission is $10, college students and senior citizens $8, and ages 13 and under are free.

    (for information on specific events, tour schedules, times open, etc. please visit the website I've provided below)

    The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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    Niagara Falls State Park Attraction #1, Calm River

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    When you are driving on Robert Moses Parkway, entering from 190 North from Buffalo, you will find Niagara River flowing side by side. The waters are much calmer here. The river then enters the Niagara Falls State Park requiring you to enter the park too. This you can do by taking 1st left on to Buffalo Avenue and then 2nd left on 1st street. I suggest that you drive to Parking lot 2, which is closest to the American Falls.

    Calmer waters?
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    Buffalo on a Sunday

    by johngayton Updated Apr 27, 2013

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    Not a lot happens Downtown on a chilly Sunday lunchtime here in Buffalo. In fact most of the bars and restaurants don't even bother opening. Wandering down to the waterfront I passed the Buffalo Naval Park and though it's not usually my thing I decided to take the self-guided tour of the ships on display.

    This is how I managed to (with a little poetic license) add a submarine to my modes of transport - it didn't actually go anywhere, but hey, who's counting?

    For $8 you can walk around inside the two ships and the submarine and get an idea of what it must have been like to serve aboard them, 24/7 for months on end in cramped awkward conditions especially aboard the submarine which is a lot smaller than I would have thought.

    This makes for an interesting afternoon out, as you await the bars' evening openings, and if naval things are your thing then maybe it's a "must do".

    For me the only naval I thing I like is the old joke - "She was an admiral's daughter but she did enjoy her encouters with naval seamen." - HA!

    The ships are closed Dec-March, open at weekends in November (and the Friday after Thanksgiving) and open 10-5 the rest of the year, tours for groups of 10 or over can be arranged by prior appointment.

    If you don't want to do the tour the park itself is free to wander around.

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    USS Croaker The Sullivans Little Rock Inside Croaker Croaker - Driver's Seats
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    Nature!

    by Laumas Written May 3, 2005

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    Go to Chestnut Ridge Park, especially in the Fall for a walk. It is owned by the county, so it's free entry, but it is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Fall foilage galore, and great picnic facilties.

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