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    Cuomo announces $10M for revitalization of Niagara Falls’ Bridge District

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The effort to revive Niagara Falls’ Main Street received a $10 million boost from the state Wednesday.

    In an appearance in the Conference Center Niagara Falls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Falls is this year’s recipient of funds from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Western New York.

    “The state has never done more for upstate New York than it has during my administration,” Cuomo said. “It’s not even close.”

    Anchor Bar coming to downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Those who could not point out Western New York on a map may still be familiar with what are among its chief cultural exports – chicken wings and Niagara Falls.

    The two will be within blocks of each other by Nov. 10, when the Merani Hotel Group will open an Anchor Bar franchise inside its Holiday Inn on Buffalo Avenue.

    The development was first announced by Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti during a Gazette-sponsored debate at the Main Street public library on Monday. It was confirmed Tuesday by Merani Hotel Group’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Marsh.

    GUEST VIEW: Treat Niagara Falls as a whole, not separate business districts

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    This will come off as negative but is truly not meant to be. I appreciate our city council and the PARP’s efforts to bring life back into the Pine Avenue businesses district. I was lost though at the mention of a new Main Street. Pine Avenue will never replace the area I and many other residents of the city knew and loved.

    …I must reiterate that resurgence in one part of Niagara Falls does not make for a healthy city, in my humble opinion it does the opposite. We don’t need any further separation, we can rebuild together.

    Falls will get ‘family-friendly’ park

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Next year, the city will have a new a pocket park that’s being dubbed “Niagara Falls Adventure Park.”

    The “family friendly” park will be constructed at 730 Cedar Ave., between Main Street and Portage Road, on the site of an already demolished home about a block behind City Hall.

    The park will consist of a natural play area and will include features named for people and places from the Falls’ history. It has been designed to mimic the natural landscape of Niagara Falls.

    Break in water main closes Falls Incline Railway

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    Again, old news, but I still wanted to post it…

    From the Buffalo News:

    The Falls Incline Railway, which connects the Table Rock tourist area next to the Horseshoe Falls and the hilltop hotels, has been closed indefinitely because of a major water main break at Main Street and Stanley Avenue, the Niagara Parks Commission reported Wednesday.

    Falls hotel plan funded

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A multimillion-dollar plan to convert a 1960s Niagara Falls hotel into upscale lodging has received $1.5 million from the USA Niagara Development Corp.

    The project to rehabilitate the 135,000-square-foot Days Inn Hotel on Main Street into a Courtyard by Marriott will cost $10.9 million. NFNY Hotel Managament owns the property, which is prominently located near the Rainbow Bridge.

    Schumer Puts Shoulder Behind Wheel To Remove Robert Moses parkway

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The Robert Moses Parkway has long been viewed by some as a “concrete moat” between the city and its riverfront, and thus an impediment to potential economic development.

    But for just as long, its proposed removal has been mired in red tape according Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

    “Sometimes people call it the ‘Peace Bridge’ of Niagara Falls,” Dyster remarked, in reference to the now decade long debate over building a new international border crossing between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ont.

    On Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to Niagara Falls to announce his support for the effort to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, improving pedestrian access between the city’s South End tourist district and the waterfront, in hopes of sparking economic growth.

    Holiday Lights Shine in Hyde Park

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    WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo has a report (with video) of the Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail:

    Families can now visit the Holiday Lights of the Niagara Trail. The first lighting took place Wednesday night.

    There are 50 displays located throughout Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. There are an additional 10 displays on Pine Avenue, Main Street and the new Holiday Market.

    The Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail is free and open to the public every night from 5-10 p.m. through December 31st.

    Ceremony set Nov. 23 to open Holiday Lights

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail, which has raised more than $120,000 for the United Way of Niagara since 2004, will open for this year’s season with a ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in Sal Maglie Stadium.

    Sponsors said there will be more than 50 lighting displays in Hyde Park, with 10 others along Pine Avenue, Main Street and Third Street to the planned Holiday Market on Old Falls Street. Individual businesses are being encouraged to decorate their storefronts in keeping with the holiday lighting theme.

    FIXING THE FALLS: Inspiration is right across the border

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Credit the idea for this week’s Sunday centerpiece to Frank Croisdale, founder of the group Niagara Rises.

    I was chatting with him about our plans for the ongoing series on economic development when he mentioned Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Frank described it as a street not unlike, say, Main Street, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The strip had lost a lot of its luster and had more empty storefronts than filled ones.

    As Frank told it, some people came along with an idea to rebuild Queen Street’s vitality by, well, basically giving away some of the empty space.

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