Another proposal for more hotels

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I saw this sign the other day beside the parking lot on Clifton Hill. It is regarding all of the greenspace between that parking lot and Robinson St.

You can see the the details on the City of Niagara Falls website, or here

Public pianos are out in Niagara Falls

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Shakespeare once said that when words fail, music speaks. Rosie Lorenti, a Niagara Falls native and musician, couldn’t agree more. Rosie shared with News 4, “Music is a very important part of my life. Brought up on it. My mom played piano, my dad played instruments. It’s always been something I’ve done.”

It’s always been something she hoped she could incorporate into others’ lives too. She’s doing that now by introducing the Niagara Falls public piano initiative.

HIGGS: More about hotels and a tourist home

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Visitors to the city of Niagara Falls usually came by train in the early years when railroads were the main conveyance for tourists. However, you could not be in a hurry to reach your destination as travel by rail during 1800 for example was very slow. It probably took at least 10 days to get from New York City to Niagara Falls but this was almost cut in half by 1830. Imagine stepping off the train at the depot on Falls Street during the late 1800s and met by transport to your hotel , probably one of the notable hotels of the day. Ladies dresses of the day had a bustle and usually three of four underskirts. And her shoes would be what we now refer to as “high button shoes.” Gentlemen wore a frock coat and a top hat to look his best.

Niagara Falls artist grabbing local, national buzz

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Taramarie Mitravich’s first artistic memories come from when she was in first grade.

Whether it was one of her favorite cartoons, a flower she saw outside, or sketching out pages of Peter Rabbit. The most important thing for her, she said—even at a young age—was to mimic…

Perhaps one of the most vivid examples she can point to is found in the Art Alley of downtown Niagara Falls; at 25, Mitravich was recruited as one of 16 artists to put up her own unique mural.

As the one-year anniversary of the Art Alley approaches, Mitravich is also preparing to have her work featured at Buffalo Comicon from September 30th-October 1st.

Festival moves to world stage

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

As the Winter Festival of Lights prepares for its 35th anniversary, organizers envision a future where the seasonal attraction rivals other world-class showcases.

“It is extremely important to continue to grow as a festival, so that we can keep people coming to the destination and staying longer,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

“We want to make Niagara Falls a four-season destination. The Winter Festival of Lights has always been a huge contributor to bringing people in the off-season, but we want to take it to that next level. We want to make it like the Vivid Sydneys of the world, or the Montreal Lumiere festival, or the Calgary Stampede, where we’re bringing in millions (of people) a week, as opposed to a million over the course of 75 days.”

Imperial Hotel now the Vittoria Hotel

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The Imperial Hotel & Suites on Victoria Avenue has changed its name to the Vittoria Hotel & Suites. When you visit the old Imperial Hotel web site, you see the following:

Hotel Renovation Notice

Dear Valued Guest,
Please be advised that the Imperial Hotel & Suites is under new ownership and management.
As part of our continued commitment to enhance our property and service we are thrilled to announce that our highly anticipated full interior renovation has begun, with the expected completion date of July 31, 2017.

During the renovation period our hotel will remain open as we have planned to renovate the rooms one floor at a time.

While our hotel remains a preferred choice of many families, businesses and independent travellers, these extensive and state of the art renovations will allow us to provide the very best hotel experience to our valued clients.

During the renovation period, we apologize for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support.

Yours in hospitality
Fred Alam
Chief Operating Officer

Funding approved for water park, Niagara Street project

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A pair of projects in Niagara Falls will receive $400,000 in funding through the city’s economic development corporation.

Mayor Paul Dyster announced Tuesday that the Niagara Falls Development Corp. will issue $300,000 to NFNY Hotel Management, an affiliate company of bi-national hotelier Michael DiCienzo. The funds will be used in as part of a bid by the affiliated company, American Niagara Hospitality, LLC, to build a “Daredevil Water Park” on Third Street.

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