Why the idea of a single hero saving Niagara is dangerous.
Exterior of the former Jenss building on Main Street. Flock, everyone seems to be over the moon about the future of Main Street, and I'm cautiously agreeing with them. Buffalo-based investment group Blue Cardinal Capital just closed on 38 buildings in Niagara Falls, most of them on Main Street, for the tune of $3.2 million. … Continue reading Why you should be excited (but not too excited) about the Main Street deal
Now that I have your attention with a dramatic headline, let's go over the history of June 7, 1956. On this day, the Schoellkopf Power Station fell into the gorge. If you're interested in the full story on this, there is an excellent write-up of the entire event on NiagaraFrontier.com that I absolutely recommend. Schoellkopf … Continue reading June 7, 1956: The Day Old Niagara Died
With the Johnnie Ryan building officially gone, local architecture buffs and historic preservationists are having a rough time. The pinnacle of Art Moderne in Niagara Falls is gone, and we have nothing left of the style's influence... ...unless you travel up Buffalo Avenue to LaSalle, where an old dairy facility sits in quiet repose. If … Continue reading A brief glimpse at the other Art Moderne building in Niagara Falls.
Flock, it took me way to long to get over to Rock Burger. I've been meaning to try one of their Frankensteinesque creations ever since they opened their first restaurant on Niagara Street (inside Player's Bar). I definitely remembered to put it on my to-do list when they opened their second location on Niagara Falls … Continue reading Rock Burger Fuhgetaboutit Review
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
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
Flock, last week, I went with my friends on an impromptu hike around Artpark in Lewiston. I've never actually hiked through Artpark, so the experience was interesting to say the least. We first went through what my friends called the "Indian Burial Ground", which opened up quite a few questions for me. (These included, but … Continue reading Exploring Artpark (and possible nightmares)
It's Niagara Falls mayoral election season, flock. This year's election is a big one: with current Mayor Paul Dyster not seeking reelection after three terms, the highest position in the city is up for grabs. As of writing, there are three main candidates seeking to be the face of Niagara. These two Democrats and one … Continue reading Let’s Talk About the Niagara Falls Mayoral Candidates, Shall We?