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Airbnb says home-sharing business is booming in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

The private home-sharing economy is becoming a factor in the Niagara Falls tourism scene, though so far it’s made little dent in the hotel trade in the Cataract City.

Since 2014, the number of Niagara Falls-area residents hosting tourists in their homes has quadrupled, and the number of tourists choosing to stay in homes instead of hotels is six times greater than three years ago.

Airbnb, the leading home-sharing website, issued a report this week citing its success near Niagara Falls and other leading New York State parks.

Niagara Falls development financing falling into place

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From WBFO News:

Across Niagara Falls, there are projects suggesting the tourism boom – and development that feeds off tourists – are here to stay for the long haul. Read More…

City’s Proximity to Canada Finally Does Us Some Good in New Poll!

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Niagara Falls has done it again, coming in at Number One on another list. And this list has nothing to do with the nation’s most dangerous cities, overtaxed municipalities or unwanted teen pregnancies, either!

Last week the readers of USA Today voted the Cataract City as the “Best Kid-Friendly Destination” in the country. The newspaper’s reasoning of the choice was scant, as is typical of USA Today.

“Only a handful of votes separated our winner from the runner up, but in the end, Niagara Falls, N.Y. came out on top,” the entry read. “Families flock to this northeastern city to experience the awe-inducing grandeur of this natural wonder, whether aboard the Maid of the Mist or from the Cave of the Winds. Aside from the cascades, Niagara is packed with other family-centric attractions.”

Cataract City review – a Canadian tale of desperate lives

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From The Guardian:

Canadian writer Craig Davidson is best known for his short-story collection Rust and Bone, which inspired the 2012 film. The inhabitants of his second novel live within earshot of Niagara Falls: a constant roar defines and, in a sense, sustains them. Their lives are hard. They have raw, uneuphonious names. They start out with ambitions and end up working in the biscuit factory. As a result, they never forget someone else’s aspiration fulfilled, which they receive as a slight; and they never let you get away with it. Cataract City narrates itself through the pursuits that entertain them on a Saturday night: wrestling, boxing, dog fights and demolition derbies, all those sweaty, noisy, violent pastimes that exploit, along with animals and human beings, the narratives of luck and skill, of cheating and fairness, of give and take – but mostly take.

With a falls attraction still on hold, Wallenda takes his act to Darien Lake

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From the Buffalo News:

We’re happy to see that Nik Wallenda is returning to this area, even if it’s not back to Niagara Falls, where the wire walker gained fame.

Wallenda has kept a special place in his heart for Niagara Falls since his walk across the Horseshoe Falls in June 2012. Live television allowed 13 million people to watch the feat that tied the Wallenda name to Niagara Falls.

But his desire to return to the American side of the Falls in a deal that would bring his skills permanently to the Cataract City has failed to get off the ground. Blame it on politics. Blame it on inertia. Whatever the reason and finger-pointing, Darien Lake theme park has emerged the winner.

Author Craig Davidson gets gritty again, this time with novel ‘Cataract City’

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From Yahoo! Canada News:

When Toronto-based author Craig Davidson showed up for a recent interview with a mild shiner and stitches above his left eyebrow, it seemed a more fitting than frightening sight.

After all, the 37-year-old is known for writing about brutal bouts in books, including the short story collection “Rust and Bone,” which was made into a 2012 Golden Globe-nominated film starring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, and the novel “The Fighter,” for which he took steroids as part of his research and participated in a promotional boxing match.

With his new novel, “Cataract City,” he cast his imagination to the blood and gore of underground fighting once again as he wrote a compelling and witty coming-of-age tale of two friends who get caught up in the seedy underbelly of Niagara Falls, Ont.

It’d be interesting to read the book and see how Niagara Falls is presented.

NFR exec seen aiding Wallenda in wire-walk bid

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From the Buffalo News:

Nik Wallenda, who hopes to wire-walk across Niagara Falls sometime next summer, has attracted crowds each time he has come to the Cataract City.

He has also attracted the attention of a man whose much-talked-about company has unveiled different plans for this city: Roger Trevino of Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC.

Trevino has been “guiding” Wallenda during his local appearances, according to Wallenda’s manager.

“He’s sort of a friend of the family, so to speak,” manager Winston Simone said Thursday. “He’s able to give us direction, and he knows the lay of land.”

N.F.’s Sheraton welcomes TGIF

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From Buffalo Business First:

What has long been rumored, concerning the primary restaurant and sports bar inside the newly-christened Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, is now official.

Michael DiCienzo, Canadian Niagara Hotels vice president, said the Old Falls Street Sports Bar is being renovated and changed over to a TGIFriday’s restaurant and sports bar. TGIF’s will make its Cataract City debut in late June, DiCienzo said.

“We considered a number of brands, but we think this works the best,” DiCienzo said. “This fits best in terms of families staying at the hotel and those looking for a nice, casual place to eat.”

New downtown Sheraton celebrates official opening

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A family with a long history in Niagara Falls hotels is expanding back into the Cataract City and putting a new face and name on a familiar Third Street fixture.

Under the kind of sunny skies that herald the return of tourist season to the Falls, the DiCienzo family, the owners of Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc., cut the ribbon on their newest New York property, the newly rechristened Sheraton at the Falls.

Also see New Hotel Brings New Life To The Falls from WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo.

WNED wants your stories of Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Wanted: Niagara Falls residents with a video camera to help capture the essence of their community on tape and share it with a large audience of public television viewers across Ontario and Western New York.

No experience necessary.

WNED Buffalo/Toronto has selected the Cataract City as the subject of the next in its series of Our Town documentaries.

The show is intended to be a one-hour “video scrapbook” of the people, places and happenings in Niagara Falls as seen through the eyes of the people who live here.

The station is looking to recruit 20-25 residents who have access to video camcorders to take a lead role in the project — everything from brainstorming topics to shooting video and helping narrate the final, edited product.

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