Yesterday, we took a look at the Johnnie Ryan Building demolition fight that's been going on for the last 3 months. Of course, those that have a thorough understanding of Niagara Falls may realize that the fight was less about this: and more about this: So, let's break down some Niagara Falls political history with … Continue reading Why It Was Never Really About the Johnnie Ryan Building
Look at the above building. This tan brick, glass blocked, asbestos wonder of an office structure has been the center of a months-long fight over historic preservation and the right to demolish. This series of events began in February, when local residents noticed construction crews gutting the vacant structure. The construction workers openly admitted that … Continue reading A Breakdown of the Johnnie Ryan Building Debacle
Since I picked apart the Eastern Hills and Boulevard malls, I feel it only right to take a look at my current favorite mall, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA (or as we call it here: The Outlets). I have put in enough steps at the mall to walk across the State. The Outlets … Continue reading What Even Is the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls?
Last week, we asked "what even is the Eastern Hills Mall?" Continuing on this trend, we're taking a look at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The Boulevard Mall has come a long way since it was built in 1962 (it was Buffalo's first indoor shopping mall). It was recently purchased by Sinatra & Co. at … Continue reading What even is the Boulevard Mall?
"What Even Is" is a multi-post series taking a look at some local malls in Western New York. For our inaugural article, we're taking a look at my favorite 80s dead mall: the Eastern Hills. In case you haven't heard, this mall is about to be redeveloped into a "Town Center", but before that long … Continue reading What Even Is the Eastern Hills Mall?
Flock, unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware of the buzz surrounding crime and Pine Avenue. It's become such a large PR issue that the City Council just approved $50k of dwindling Casino Cash to restart "Safe Shopping" (increased police presence in shopping districts). This all comes after repeated high profile incidents … Continue reading The Pain of Pine Avenue