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100 Plus Things: Embrace the thrills of Clifton Hill

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From the Buffalo News:

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world — where do you find words for it?

How do you describe Clifton Hill?

On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. “There is no turning back! It will make your blood curdle!”

Passing the 70,000-square-foot Dinosaur Adventure Golf, the largest miniature golf course in Canada, you can’t help but be enthralled by the elaborate, lifelike figures — a ferocious T-Rex, a big, dumb brontosaurus.

Cuomo threatens new casino in Niagara Falls; Senecas call it ‘foolish’

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls.

“They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester.

“I have no doubt that we would get companies from around the world to bid on casino rights in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I have no doubt,’’ Cuomo said. “Look, we could potentially create more jobs with a different operator.’’

“Foolish,” responded the leader of the Senecas.

DEC investigating a new ‘potential discharge’ at Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported Tuesday that it was investigating a — possible, not confirmed — discharge into the Niagara River from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A statement from the DEC Tuesday evening said conservation officers and technical staff went to the main outfall from the treatment plant near the Maid of the Mist boat dock, after receiving a call about discolored water at around 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Despite 8 million tourists, Niagara Falls taxis and liveries fight to survive

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From the Buffalo News:

Driving a taxicab in a city that welcomes more than eight million tourists a year might seem like a lucrative business – and that might have been true at one time.

But today, owners of taxi and livery companies in Niagara Falls are battling over a piece of a shrinking pie.

Most tourists who come to Niagara Falls arrive either by car or in tour buses, studies have long shown, and have no need for a cab. And many of the major hotels operate shuttles for their guests.

State and local governments even fund a hop-on, hop-off shuttle that connects downtown Niagara Falls to Fort Niagara in Youngstown, and that hits all of the major stops along the Niagara River.

And now, since June 29 with the state’s legalization of ride-hailing services, private vehicle owners who sign up with Uber and Lyft have been able to join the competition.

The $205 million Falls hotel that no one wants to talk about

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls Redevelopment has submitted a plan for a $205 million hotel in downtown Niagara Falls.

Normally, city officials said, such a large project would be announced with plenty of hype. But in this case, the plans were simply dropped off at the city planning office on a Friday afternoon.

“Usually, when somebody proposes a $200 million anything, there’s a lot of fanfare,” city Planning Director Thomas DeSantis said. “Read into that what you will. It’s odd. It’s clearly unconventional.”

Shuttle ferries visitors from around the world to Niagara’s attractions

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From the Buffalo News:

Outside the arched windows of the Discover Niagara Shuttle, the sights passed by – the Rainbow Bridge, the quaint shops of Lewiston, the Power Vista, a living quilt stitched together by glimpses of the green water of the Niagara River.

Inside the shuttle were people from all over the world.

They gazed at the passing scene, studied the fold-out maps that outlined each stop on the shuttle route, or watched the screen in the front of the car, which played a video loop about the attractions and business partners.

Since urban renewal ripped out the heart of downtown Niagara Falls in the 1970s, tourism experts have faced the challenge of keeping visitors for longer than the hours it takes to see the falls, ride the Maid of the Mist and maybe see the Cave of the Winds.

Sean Kirst: The soul of Niagara Falls, revealed at dawn

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From the Buffalo News:

They had dreamed of seeing Niagara Falls since they were children in Zimbabwe, on the other side of the Atlantic. Last week, while visiting friends in Ohio, James and Sta Maodzwa decided they would make the trip to Niagara.

Accompanied by their nephew Tongai and their 12-year-old son Ngoni, they booked a room at the Holiday Inn and then walked to the falls in the middle of the day. It was beautiful, but buses rumbled behind them and tourist groups pushed up to the railing. The bustle around the brink, the many visitors bumping around as they stretched and shouldered and did their best to take “selfies,” made it difficult for the couple to really focus on the natural majesty a few feet away.

Niagara Falls Days Inn to unveil new ‘sky suites’

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From the Buffalo News:

A downtown Niagara Falls hotel will unveil the results of a six-month-long makeover of its top floor Thursday.

The Days Inn at the Falls, 443 Main St., will show off four Diamond Sky Suites and 16 premium guest rooms on the eighth floor, in space that previously was a banquet room. The new rooms and suites increase the Days Inn’s room total to 188, said Maggie Barnett, director of e-commerce and marketing.

WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course opens in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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From the Buffalo News:

WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course to Niagara, a new outdoor adventure attraction, opens June 16.

The course will provide visitors with new ways to interpret and experience the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Glen and Whirlpool Rapids, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission. It includes aerial obstacles and ziplines securely suspended above the Gorge and Whirlpool.

Twisted Olives restaurant opens in Niagara Falls hotel

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From the Buffalo News:

A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.

Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building.

Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kristen Clark, managing partner.

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