From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.
On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have been settled in our favor, at least for now.
“I am comfortable calling a VICTORY on this,” posted film industry executive and community activist Ken Cosentino on social media late last week, “…there will be no commercialization down in the gorge, and nothing will be constructed that will interfere with the natural environment. All business endeavors will strive to use pre-existing structures; all enterprises will be geared more towards providing equipment rental (such as fishing poles or snowshoes) to tourists in order for them to best enjoy the gorge in its natural state… USA Niagara will respect the resolution passed by our City Council on Monday, July 24th. So, to reiterate, we the people of Niagara Falls, NY have officially preserved the Niagara gorge.”
From the Niagara Falls Review:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t believe a Niagara Falls, N.Y., agency’s claims surrounding wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara’s falls black at the height of a busy tourist weekend.
A day after directing state regulators to investigate, the Democrat told reporters Tuesday he believes there will be a criminal investigation because of the potential seriousness of the situation.
He said he doesn’t believe the Niagara Falls Water Board’s statement the discharge from the local wastewater treatment plant was within permitted limits.
Cuomo said Monday the expulsion of foul-smelling, black water into the Niagara River on Saturday may have violated state water quality standards.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes Saturday afternoon following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant on the U.S. side.
The Niagara Falls Water Board, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., said Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its wastewater sedimentation basins.
Both the Maid of the Mist and Rainbow Air took to social media Saturday to express their concerns, posting a video and photograph of the dark, sludgy-looking water.
“Why the smelly black discharge into Niagara River on very busy tourist weekend?” the Maid of the Mist posted on Twitter and asking the Niagara Falls, N.Y. mayor for answers.
From NewYorkUpstate.com (includes many nice photos):
It would be hard to be disappointed at the views from Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, and that’s probably why more than 8 million people visit every year. The stunning view by day and by night can leave a visitor breathless and struggling for superlatives. You can walk out high over the Niagara River Gorge at the Prospect Point Observation Tower, or you can walk down to feel the spray coming off the Falls.
Hi I am Michelle Siu (@michellewsiu). I’m a documentary photographer and I am sharing a diptych project called “The Forgotten Dream” that I am grateful to have produced with a grant from The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (@economichardship) to document Niagara Falls, New York. Thanks for following along.
There are a series of photos that documents a bit of how Niagara Falls, USA has struggled. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the photos or their captions. I don’t think they shed any light on much of what has happened there.
From the Tennessean (including photos):
My first impression of Canada is that it’s flashy.”
These were the words of my 12-year-old son crossing the bridge from New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario. This impression will prove short-lived for him and his two brothers, but if you make this journey at night, you can’t miss the urgent neon of the town’s casinos and resorts.
No, guys, those aren’t the Northern Lights.
Just as there are two major waterfalls in Niagara Falls (American Falls on the U.S. side and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls), there are two Niagara Falls communities, one on either side of the border.
From the Stillwater New Press:
Spectacular Niagra Falls is a case study on international cooperation and agreement between two nations.
Of course, those two countries are Canada, and our good ol’ U.S. of A.
As the mighty Niagra River flows from the Great Lakes of Erie to Ontario, the incredible falls are created. The title Niagra Falls is actually a collective name for three separate waterfalls in the same general area. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York state on the U.S. side, while massive Horseshoe Falls is located almost entirely in the Canadian province of Ontario. Even with two huge countries involved, both governments have interacted with each other on excellent terms over many, many years, and there is no reason to believe this mutual cooperation will not continue well into the future.