If you fly into Buffalo and you want to go downtown from the airport, do not ever take Genesee Street. It is pure getto nastiness.
Be very cautious driving in the snow if you're not used to it. Buffalo is a flat city with thankfully straight roads but don't be fooled. Buffalonians know how to drive in the snow after years of practice, and still you have to have a healthy respect for mother nature. Driving in lake effect snow can be scary.
And don't get lost in Niagara Falls at night. For being the location of one of the most beautiful sights in the world, the actual city is pretty dangerous.
We have been through Buffalo and Niagara Falls area many times, mostly during long weekends. My suggestion is that you should avoid crossing the border during peak rush hours of the long weekends. 4-6 hours of delay due traffic jams before the bridges and queue at the US Immigration is not unheard of. So plan ahead and try crossing the border at a time that could be least time consuming. This could be very early in the mornings or late at nights.
Rainbow Bridge offers the most spectacular view of the Falls. However, high traffic is a major problem here. US Immigration itself encourages drivers to use the other two bridges (Lewiston or Peace) if visiting Niagara Falls is not on the itinerary.
Furthermore, unlike any Canadian city of equal population, Buffalo is more of a US metropolitan city with its typical urban problem of having safe and unsafe neighbourhoods. Exercising caution is what I will advise
I have family members who have moved away from Buffalo in recent years. Crime is
a factor in that decision. The problem is that so many areas which are normally decent bump right up against bad ones. Use judgment at night. Downtown has a few trouble spots as well.
Even the Anchor Bar is in a sort of "grey area," when it comes to crime. Lock your car and remove or hide any valuables when parking.
Buffalo does get its share of snow in the winter, so if you are planning on passing through, be sure you know how to drive in the snow.
The city is very good at cleaning up the streets to make them drivable, but that doesn't mean that you can drive like normal - especially with the wind and snow cutting down on visibility. Slow down, hands on wheel, easy on the brakes and relax.
It is doable, just do it safely.
Watch out for the snow and winds if you travel in the winter. Western NY is famous (or infamous) for the Lake effect snows that sweep across the region. Buffalo this past year got hit by a wild blizzard that stranded motorists all over the city, forcing people to sleep in their cars and stay over in stores around the city. Some people got stuck in liquer stores!
SNOW! Let me just tell you this story. Last time I went home was Christmas 2001. I was there for 1 week, but I couldn't go anywhere because we got 7 1/2 feet of snow in 4 days. It cleared up just in time for me to go back to North Carolina!
Many areas of Buffalo can be hazardous to your health late at night; definitely not a place where tourists should just randomly roam around.
The crime statistics put Buffalo in the "highly risky" category (along with New York City).
There are 325 registered sex offenders in Buffalo (see website below).
To be safe in Buffalo, try to stick to the touristy places during the daytime.
Check with the desk staff at the motel to see which areas should be avoided.
Remember to lock your car doors when you leave it.
Keep valuables locked away (money belt, hotel safe, locked trunk of the car).
Know where the children are and be aware of your surroundings and who is near you.
Be smart and be safe and have a pleasant visit to Buffalo.
There are rough areas of Buffalo like any major city. The south side and east side of Buffalo isn't really good to be in. But take note that Buffalo is a blue-collar city, and the houseing refelcts that. While homes aren't large or even extremely nice like in other wealthier cities, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is a rough area.
I was walking around downtown buffalo close to my hotel & a young african america started talking to me & he was saying something about opium . I had no idea what the hell he was asking for.
He picked up the phone booth & started calling someone & he asked for 10
& i thought he ment 10 cents. So i gave him 10 cents
& he was like NO 10 dollars
So i walked away
& i went back to my hotel to keep an eye on things
Don't take drugs & dont use drugs. If you see someone dealing drugs call the police
alright people, i was born in raised in buffalo. as reading these there were a lot that were actually not true. the whole snow thing is very true! but the dangerous part, not so much. there are rough parts, as there are in any city. don't be scared to come here, it is not that bad. i currently go to a high school in buffalo where the most violence does occur and it's not so terrible to the point where i fear for my life. and what the lady said about the whole opium thing, ignore that. people will not come up to you looking for drugs, obviously that is too risky. people have a specific drug dealer that they go to. and the drug users here in buffalo can detect a pothead or crackhead from a mile away, so don't worry. don't wear flashy things, try to dress in neutral colors, this will help you blend in and look like a local. also don't go in a bar and trash the bills or the sabres. unless you're a fan of either of them, don't even bring it up. and don't mention scott norwood, it truly is a sore subject for a die-hard fan. north buffalo and south buffalo are probably the safest areas. the east and west sides, i would stay away from if you're not from here. downtown is moderately safe, i've never had a problem. i have honestly never been the victim of any type of violence and i am from the blackrock/riverside area which is considered sort of dangerous. there is some crime, like for example a women was help by gunpoint on amherst street a few weeks ago, which is by buffalo state college, but things like this don't happen often. so please, don't hesitate to come and visit our tourist attractions and you will eat a lot. thats a promise! enjoy your stay!
The police force in Tonawanda exist ONLY as a "revenue enhancement" feeder for the court(s). This is true of Tonawanda, Town of; Tonawanda, City of; Tonawanda, North; Kenmore, Village of and Cheektowaga. If you are noticed to be from out-of-town or ride a motorcycle, you will be stopped and cited. Obeying the law means nothing. They have been alleged to plant drugs and weapons and fake breath-a-lizer results. The LOEs lie and the courts will find you guilty and assess the MAXIMUM fine. Beware of Amherst, Clarence, Corfu and Ransomville as well. Best to avoid Western New York altogether. Too bad, it once was very nice...
Unless you know where you are going or have business there, stay out of Buffalo's East Side. It is potentially dangerous.
When Flying into Buffalo, watch out for choppy Air. It always seems to cloud up just before arriving at Buffalo Airport.
well there are some sharks! But they are friendly and are made of plastic|!!haha fun fun fun! You must wear a shirt on the rides or they will not let you on the rides.