Niagara Falls City Council Election: Tompkins wins second term, second seat too close to call.

Niagara Falls’ City Council election showed a strong show of support for incumbent Kenneth Tompkins. Tompkins secured (unofficial) 5,442 votes, more than any candidate in the city election (even mayor elect Robert Restaino). John Spanbauer secured 4,366 votes, with Alicia Kenyon close behind with 4,337. Donta Myles received 3,071. There were also 42 write-ins. The … Continue reading Niagara Falls City Council Election: Tompkins wins second term, second seat too close to call.

Why you should be excited (but not too excited) about the Main Street deal

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

June 7, 1956: The Day Old Niagara Died

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

A brief glimpse at the other Art Moderne building in Niagara Falls.

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.