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Old September 29th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #3261
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:05 AM   #3262
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Here's something cool for you guys for the new year. I discovered over the summer that if you stand on the sand dune at Sherkston at night, you can see the airplane warning lights of some of the tallest buildings in Buffalo. Either that, or it's Lackawanna or somewhere. In any case, it's pretty cool.


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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:24 PM   #3263
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Did you guys know about the condo project proposed in Crystal Beach? It looks like it's located on Erie Road on the site of a parking lot, in between Beechwood and Eastwood Roads. It's apparently going to be 12 stories high. I haven't gone past the site to see if construction started or anything.

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Old January 5th, 2014, 12:27 AM   #3264
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Buffalo gets great press from the Toronto Star

On December 17, 2013 the Toronto Star published 6 articles on Buffalo!

Let’s raise a glass to Buffalo: A city of great hospitality
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Donn Esmonde of the The Buffalo News agrees to tour us around. Donn and I have traded a few warm-hearted slaps in print, but you wouldn’t know it. He’s like everyone in Buffalo: so upbeat and outgoing he atomizes all our smug Canadian notions of decency. We’re not particularly nice. We’re cordial. It’s not the same thing. In Buffalo, they’re nice.
(post author's note: It's true, in my travels across North America, Buffalonians are truly genuine, "give you the shirt of their back" salt of the earth type people, moreso than anywhere else I've experienced)
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...spitality.html

Buffalo: What to eat, where to go
Star’s beer columnist knows where to find a real taste of Buffalo
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...re_to_go.html#

Buffalo awaits with open arms
A storied city of genuine spirit and warm hearts burns brightly over the frozen lake, writes veteran newspaper columnist
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...open_arms.html

Buffalo: Behind the caricatures, lies a great city
A skeptic finds himself charmed by reality of a town he’d cartooned in his mind
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...reat_city.html

Buffalo: Myths and misconceptions
The Queen City of the Great Lakes is full of surprises
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...nceptions.html

and finally, Toronto Star's architecture critic and urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume gives Buffalo praise (considering the NY Times' Ada Louise Huxtable gave Buffalo praise in downtrodden 1977, it's about freakin' time!)

Buffalo, architecture: One of the great cities on the continent for landmark buildings
One of the exceptional cities in North America for architecture, Buffalo is home to dramatic buildings that reflect a storied past
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...buildings.html
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I really hope this means people from the GTA and all over Southern Ontario will now visit more than just First Niagara Center, the Ralph, Walden Galleria and outlet malls. Time to start flooding downtown, Allentown, Elmwood and North Buffalo
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Old January 15th, 2014, 04:53 AM   #3265
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These yellow-front blue-back Sabres jerseys are terrible.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 05:08 AM   #3266
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On December 17, 2013 the Toronto Star published 6 articles on Buffalo!

Let’s raise a glass to Buffalo: A city of great hospitality
(post author's note: It's true, in my travels across North America, Buffalonians are truly genuine, "give you the shirt of their back" salt of the earth type people, moreso than anywhere else I've experienced)
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...spitality.html

Buffalo: What to eat, where to go
Star’s beer columnist knows where to find a real taste of Buffalo
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...re_to_go.html#

Buffalo awaits with open arms
A storied city of genuine spirit and warm hearts burns brightly over the frozen lake, writes veteran newspaper columnist
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...open_arms.html

Buffalo: Behind the caricatures, lies a great city
A skeptic finds himself charmed by reality of a town he’d cartooned in his mind
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...reat_city.html

Buffalo: Myths and misconceptions
The Queen City of the Great Lakes is full of surprises
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...nceptions.html

and finally, Toronto Star's architecture critic and urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume gives Buffalo praise (considering the NY Times' Ada Louise Huxtable gave Buffalo praise in downtrodden 1977, it's about freakin' time!)

Buffalo, architecture: One of the great cities on the continent for landmark buildings
One of the exceptional cities in North America for architecture, Buffalo is home to dramatic buildings that reflect a storied past
http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2...buildings.html
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I really hope this means people from the GTA and all over Southern Ontario will now visit more than just First Niagara Center, the Ralph, Walden Galleria and outlet malls. Time to start flooding downtown, Allentown, Elmwood and North Buffalo
I know I have been flooding away from the FNC and experienced Elmwood Village, Allentown, the Darwin Martin House and Delaware Park, North Buffalo and Hertel Avenue (for the Sorrento Buffalo Italian Festival in 2012). I'm planning a trip to the Buffalo Zoo possibly in the summer of this year.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 05:14 AM   #3267
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These yellow-front blue-back Sabres jerseys are terrible.
Yeah, they're about as bad as Nashville's. It also cost them tonight's game...
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 03:43 AM   #3268
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Yeah, they're about as bad as Nashville's. It also cost them tonight's game...
I never thought of it like that. You're right, they do look like Nashville's jerseys.

The Sabres should make throwback jerseys that look like the old Bisons hockey jerseys (because there was also a Bisons baseball team, Bisons football team, and Bisons basketball team... ) with the soda cap with the "Buffalo" script. Maybe that can be a Winter Classic jersey when they play in it again.
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 04:16 AM   #3269
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One thing I like doing once in a while is looking up historic hockey arenas. There aren't many around, and they are less documented, unlike historic baseball stadiums.

One old hockey arena in the area was the Peace Bridge Arena in Fort Erie. It was built in 1928, and was demolished after a 1936 roof collapse. I wanted to know the exact location, and Wikipedia's page links it to the site of the Duty Free Shop. However, I remembered that Google Earth has 1934 aerials, so you can see where it was. Accounting for error in lining up aerials with the current road system, you can see that the arena was at the northwest corner of Douglas Street and Queensbury Road. Some back entrance form Duty Free to a storage garage is now there.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 05:23 AM   #3270
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There's a condo going up in Welland:

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Old March 12th, 2014, 03:58 AM   #3271
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I want to take my grandfather to a museum the next time I'm up in the area. My grandfather is in his 90s and doesn't leave his house much anymore, other than things that are his daily routine. He keeps his mind stimulated through reading, though.

Are there any museums or other activities that could be seen in a couple hours that are cheap or free? Local museums that offer a way to do something different and pass the time are good enough. Do any of the famous places like the art museum or the Theodore Roosevelt site meet this criteria? Are there local history museums that are worth seeing?

My grandfather lives in Tonawanda, so places closer to there would be better. Driving to Lackawanna or Lewiston might drain him too much.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 04:44 AM   #3272
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^ There's the carrousel museum in N.Tonawanda.

EDIT: Scratch that. Looks like they're closed January through March...
http://carrouselmuseum.org/site/plan...t/museum-hours



How about the Pierce Arrow automobile museum near downtown?

http://www.pierce-arrow.com/
General Admission $10 Adults; $8 Seniors
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11AM-4PM.



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Old March 17th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #3273
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I want to take my grandfather to a museum the next time I'm up in the area. My grandfather is in his 90s and doesn't leave his house much anymore, other than things that are his daily routine. He keeps his mind stimulated through reading, though.

Are there any museums or other activities that could be seen in a couple hours that are cheap or free? Local museums that offer a way to do something different and pass the time are good enough. Do any of the famous places like the art museum or the Theodore Roosevelt site meet this criteria? Are there local history museums that are worth seeing?

My grandfather lives in Tonawanda, so places closer to there would be better. Driving to Lackawanna or Lewiston might drain him too much.
We took my 88 year old Father in law to the TR inaugural site last year - HE LOVED IT ! It is very well done, not a lot of walking and only tke a couple of hours. the exhibits were redone a few years ago. It was very reminiscent of the US exhibit at EPCOT only on a smaller scale - but more authentic.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #3274
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Thanks! Both museums sound good. I haven't been to the Roosevelt site since I was a kid. I'd like to go back myself. The Pierce Arrow museum sounds nice as well.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 02:57 AM   #3275
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There's a condo going up in Welland:

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Welland, Ontario--my hometown!
The condo will be built on the old site of the Welland Club c.1911 (Welland's "elite" club for doctors, lawyers, accountants, business professionals, etc.) which closed in 2007 and was a victim of arson in 2011.

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for my old rust belt city this is actually pretty decent looking

source: St. Catharines Standard

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It will be the tallest building in the city when complete — a title currently held by the 10-storey-tall Jubillee Apartments on King St.

Hamilton-based developer Ray Khanna was pleased with council’s decision allowing him to build the $20-million, 70-unit condominium tower.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2...ondo-tower-okd

for those curious about Welland, flar on skyscraperpage did a good photo tour of "The Rose City" in 2009 http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=163056
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Old March 28th, 2014, 04:26 AM   #3276
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I'm in Rochester coaching at a meet right now. This is the first time spending any kind of real time here. I was only here another time for an hour to do a photothread.

~ There's some nice neighborhoods here. Some of the names are strange/unique. Neighborhoods named after a person (Susan B. Anthony), a zip code (14621), and some other ones that I wouldn't expect (Josana, El Camino, Northland Lyceum).
~ What's the new building near the east part of the Inner Loop that looks like a big set of wings?
~ Webster reminds me of some of the areas on Transit Road near Lockport. It seems similar to the towns in southern Niagara County, like Wheatfield, Pendleton, etc.
~ I like the views from the high bridges. We have used NY 104 and gone over the gorge and Irondequoit Bay. It's crazy how Irondequoit Bay is frozen over still. Maybe it's crazy because I'm not from here and we are entering spring at this time of year. Incidentally, I've always wondered what Irondequoit Bay looked like, since it seems like an interesting anomaly on paper.
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Here's some more thoughts and questions about Rochester, after my weekend up there:

~ What is going on with the renovation of construction at Broad & Clinton Streets in Downtown? Is it a re-cladding?
~ Rochester seems like Buffalo, in that both cities have a wealth of great buildings. It seemed like every neighborhood had something really nice. For instance, driving on I-490, the back of a Renaissance-style YMCA on Monroe Street is visible. Little places of rich architecture like that are great.
~ It that an actual old canal lock on I-490 near Darwin Street? You can see it here: http://binged.it/1gYGWgc
~ What are locals' thoughts of tearing down the Inner Loop? You already have I-490 to provide access to Downtown. Even if part of it was torn down, and you had two spurs to provide quicker access to northern neighborhoods, it would be an improvement over so much highway. It strikes me as odd that an expressway was built almost directly on top of a waterfall. (Something would have to be done about the railroad tracks too.)
~ On the note of an expressway built almost on top of a waterfall, Rochester's Downtown has to have the most underutilized waterfront in the country. I stayed at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (a dump that should be imploded, by the way), and the park behind it is terrible. The concrete is breaking up, the pink pastel colors look hideous in a bleak extended winter, and the park doesn't connect to anything. Rochester could have a wonderful collection of waterfront parks connected by trails or walkways that go from High Falls to I-490 and beyond.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 06:36 AM   #3278
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It's crazy how Irondequoit Bay is frozen over still. Maybe it's crazy because I'm not from here and we are entering spring at this time of year. Incidentally, I've always wondered what Irondequoit Bay looked like, since it seems like an interesting anomaly on paper.
You should see lake Erie. It's still been frozen what looks like shore to shore, south of the city at least. In April. It should start thawing pretty rapidly I'd think, but this has to be a record.

I'd like to get to Roch to do a tour sometime. I really know nothing about the place.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #3279
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Crazy.

Now that I've spent a decent amount of time in Rochester, it will be easy to go back and explore more. With me, I need a few days in a place to really get my foot in the door and start to understand a place, and absorb the way of life there.
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Science Museum writeup in Toronto Star Sunday paper

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