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    NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: ‘A. Lincoln and Family’ visited Niagara Falls

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    From the Lockport Journal:

    Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. We know that our 16th president visited the Niagara Frontier at least twice, and possibly three times, before he took his first oath of office in March, 1861. Read More…

    Explore New York State: Spots that will take your breath away

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    From Newsday:

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Long Island and New York City make up only a tiny fraction of the state we call home.

    Sure, the city has impressive views and lovely parks and Long Island’s got some great beaches, but its the rest of New York that will take your breath away.

    Head north for incredible mountain ranges; west for spectacular waterfalls and gorges; east for bluffs overlooking the ocean…

    Straddling the border between the U.S. and Canada, Niagara Falls actually consists of three waterfalls: Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil. While not quite as tall as some other falls around the world, it’s the volume of water that make these drops so spectacular. More than 6 million cubic feet of water per minute flow over the crests at peak time.Take advantage of the trip way up here (about 400 miles from Manhattan) and explore nearby Buffalo.

    A visit to Niagara Falls USA

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    From the Norwalk Reflector:

    My wife, Jodie, and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary.

    We were married Aug. 3, 1996 and honeymooned in early October of that year, taking an East Coast cruise that included stops in Rhode Island, Maine and Nova Scotia before returning to New York City.

    So to celebrate our 20th, we decided to take another early October trip that would include water, beautiful scenery and the onset of fall foliage. We went to Niagara Falls.

    Driving to Niagara Falls from New York City

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    Someone wrote into the Kiama Independent (in Australia) and asked about driving from New York City to Niagara Falls and back. It is a short response, but mentions what is probably a very scenic route.

    NYC Developer Agrees To Meet With Falls Mayor About Undeveloped Properties

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    From WIVB Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    If you drive around downtown Niagara Falls you see constantly see vacant pieces of land with “Niagara Falls Redevelopment” signs on them.

    The properties, totaling 140 acres in all, are owned by New York City billionaire developer Howard Milstein.

    Milstein has done nothing with the properties since he bought them back in the late 1990s and that has been a major impediment to development in the Falls.

    Niagara Falls Attraction TD RINK at the Brink Prepares to Open for Third Season

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    From a PR Web press release:

    One of the cornerstones of the Niagara-in-winter experience – the TD RINK at the Brink – opens to the public for its third season on Thursday, December 1.

    The TD RINK – Niagara’s answer to the iconic outdoor ice skating rinks at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto and Rockefeller Centre in New York City – is located just a snowball’s throw from the brink of the world-famous Horseshoe Falls.

    The signature Niagara Falls attraction of the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, the TD RINK offers public skating, skate and locker rentals and free helmets for those who need them, as well as a skate sharpening service and group rates for holiday outings, parties, school trips and corporate team-building exercises. RINK adds yet another unique and fun family experience to the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, which is already one of the most iconic festivals in Ontario.

    TD, the title sponsor of the TD RINK, has generously agreed to provide six ‘TD Free Skate Days’. ‘TD Free Skate Days’ allow members of the public to experience the TD RINK at the Brink complements of TD. Additionally, the TD Comfort Crew will be in attendance at each ‘TD Free Skate Day’ providing complementary hot chocolate and a souvenir photo.

    Fallsview Casino celebrates Chinese New Year

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    From CANOE Travel:

    When he gets back to Australia, Daniel Whin will be able to tell all his friends about how the Chinese celebrate the new year.

    He was sitting in the restaurant at the Fallsview Casino on Thursday afternoon when he heard some loud drums and decided to see what all the excitement was about.

    In the lobby, five lions and 16 performers were taking part in the traditional Lion Dance parade in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit.

    “This was really nice and I got some great photos,” said Whin, who spent two days in Canada and was heading to New York City later in the day.

    Gumball 300 car rally coming to Niagara Falls

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    This comes from a press release I received from the Skylon Tower:

    Look out…. ‘the world’s most rock ‘n roll car rally ever staged’ is coming to the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls, Canada!

    On Saturday, May 1 the flag will drop at Waterloo Place on the Pall Mall in London following a day of celebrity entertainment, celebrations and skateboard demo by legend Tony Hawk and his skate team. From London the 3000 mile route begins… [with] stopovers in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm. From Sweden all 120 vehicles and participants are flown to North America to continue their journey stopping in Boston, Quebec and Toronto, before a pit stop and lunch at the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls. From Niagara Falls they’ll head directly to the finish line in Times Square, New York City.

    You can read the full press release here.

    Also, here are some helpful links:

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it down. My wife is out of town and I’ll have 3 small children with me. I’d end up losing one of them in the crowd!

    Hard Rock Cafe to ring in New Year with guitar drop

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    From AuburnPub.com:

    New York City drops a crystal ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. In Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2010 will be ushered in with the dropping of a big guitar.

    A 10-foot fiberglass guitar will be dropped at midnight at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Niagara Falls. The model of a Gibson electric guitar was raised atop an 80-foot-high scaffold on the restaurant earlier this week.

    Rink at the Brink anchors 27th Winter Festival of Lights

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    You’ll need to lace up more than just your boots for this year’s Winter Festival of Lights.

    An outdoor skating rink is the big addition to the festival’s 27th year, which opens Nov. 7. Located next to Table Rock along the Niagara Parkway, the 18-by- 36-metre rink will open in late November and operate daily until Feb. 28.

    “It’ll offer public skating in an iconic setting, similar to the rink in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City,” said Jim Diodati, the festival’s acting chairman.

    “Yet this will be more dramatic. The rink will be situated at the brink -a stone’s throw from the falls.”

    Diodati called it the “most significant event” the festival has ever undertaken. In addition to a steel and glass canvas roof, ‘The Rink at the Brink’ will offer clear span windows to combat mist conditions without blocking the scenery of the falls.

    “It’ll be a great view of the falls in all conditions,” said Diodati.

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