Category: Niagara Falls New York

    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.

    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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    Seal with amputated flipper headed to Niagara Falls aquarium

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    From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to an upstate New York aquarium…

    The injuries make it nearly impossible for the seal to survive in the wild, so center staff arranged to send the animal to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls on Friday.

    HAMILTON: Political structure is why Clifton Hill rises, Niagara falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…

    Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.

    HIGGS: Niagara Falls hotels through the ages

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Never let it be said that you could not get a room when visiting Niagara Falls during its early years before it was a city. There were 70 hotels and saloons listed in the Town of Niagara alone. This was before Niagara Falls was a city. Names we probably never heard of, such as the American Hotel at Niagara and Fourth streets, which was razed in 1929. The American Hotel in Suspension Bridge Village was removed May 18, 1887 and another American Hotel during 1878 was in Lewiston, built in the 1830s and burned in 1893 and rebuilt as Cornell House in 1894. I am not listing them all – only the ones I was able to find some items of interest on them.

    Editorial: Niagara Falls has to seize the moment

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Lockport’s good news is a reminder of what Niagara Falls should be doing and isn’t. At least, not enough of it. It’s crazy that both Lockport and Niagara Falls, Ont., are able to move ahead on tourism development, but that on this bank of the international river, things can’t seem to happen very quickly.

    Audit: Niagara Falls will run out of cash reserves by year’s end due to casino dispute

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The City of Niagara Falls will run out of its fund balance by the end of the year because of a dispute over Seneca casino revenue, according to an audit issued Tuesday by the state Comptroller’s Office.

    The city, caught in the middle of a dispute over the sharing of casino revenue between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians, also has failed to maintain an updated multi-year financial plan, according to the audit.

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    State taking look at properties in downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Underused or vacant properties are not exactly new in downtown Niagara Falls.

    In fact, some of the parcels now being eyed by the state as part of an acquisition plan referenced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January have been out of public circulation for quite some time now.

    Under Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program the state has targeted several dozen properties near Niagara Falls State Park for redevelopment.

    The idea is to reactive what officials have described as key parcels on the outskirts of Niagara Falls State Park.

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