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, you know how much I love the old Rainbow Centre, right? I've spent countless hours scouring its remnants: from elevators to holes in the wall, I've seen it all. This is as abandoned as abandoned gets. Well, Christmas came along, and Santa delivered me something amazing, and I think it's finally time I show … Continue reading Rainbow Centre: The Opening Day Brochure
I'm throwing a curveball at you this week. I was actually going to save this until later (trying to stretch my findings) but I felt it was time to let it loose. I was digging through an antique store, as always, and came across this awesome piece of history. Back in the day, the Niagara … Continue reading 18,000 Bowlers in Niagara Falls?!
Take a look back at a lost piece of architectural history in Niagara Falls, NY.
Urban Renewal was in full swing in 1975. The Convention Center was the sparkly new thing in the city, and the rest of Downtown was being rebuilt. This advertisement ran in 1975 in a program for Miss USA (which was held in the Convention Center: don't tell me all of Urban Renewal was a failure). Look at … Continue reading Building a convention city
Niagara Falls has had not one, but TWO malls not built! Real talk, flock: what I told you that the wonderful Fashion Outlets currently sitting in Town of Niagara was supposed to be built downtown? What if I told you the Mall of America was almost built downtown? What if I told you that I wasn't … Continue reading The two best malls of Niagara Falls (That never actually existed)
Former Niagara Falls Mayor E. Dent Lackey died on February 18, 1977
For this week's edition of Mailing Niagara, I've decided to dive into (pun intended) the legend of the Niagara Hilton. This week's post is a word-of-mouth story, so of course, take it with a grain of salt. I once had a teacher that used to work at a hotel in Buffalo. To prove a point, … Continue reading Mailing Niagara: The Curious Case of the Niagara Hilton
To start out our month of Niagara Falls postcards, I felt there would be no better option than this vintage piece from the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. The city of Niagara Falls, NY started off the Festival of Lights in 1980. That makes it older than the Canadian version, so yes, we are the … Continue reading Mailing Niagara: A Festival of Lights