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Deluca: Feel better at the falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

I had forgotten about the negative ions.

I only remembered them when I wrote a story about the new yoga studio on Third Street. The owner, Craig Avery, told me he named his studio ION in honor of the negative ions that are emitted by our giant waterfalls, which are supposed to make people feel better in a lot of ways. Read More…

GUEST VIEW: Is it wrong to want to retire to Niagara Falls?

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From the Niagara Gazette:

My name is Jayne Cuda and I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York during the ‘50s and ‘60s and I loved it. I currently reside in Los Angeles but return to my hometown six weeks each year.

This June, I will be retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District after 30 years of service as a teacher, counselor and an administrator. My current plan is to buy a home in Niagara County… Read More…

CITY DESK: Cuomo called out over Goat Island ‘lodge’

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The “bottom-up,” “community first” approach to development and redevelopment has been all the rage in recent years.

It seems, after decades of essentially telling the people what’s best for them, public officials and entities finally figured out that there are advantages to getting what they like to call “community buy-in” before moving forward with a project.

There’s nothing worse than rolling something out only to face stiff opposition.

Poor early reviews tend to linger and can plague a project through completion and beyond.

That’s why it’s hard to blame people in the Niagara Falls area who have been scratching their heads over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement about plans to build a lodge on Goat Island.

Niagara Falls asked to contribute $100K for Discover Niagara Shuttle operations

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Support from Niagara Falls could keep the Discover Niagara Shuttle service free to riders.

In coming weeks, city lawmakers will consider giving up to $100,000 to the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which during the 2016 tourist season ferried 33,000 visitors and locals from Youngstown to Niagara Falls.

It was free for riders last summer, subsidized entirely by public sector partnerships, and will require another $200,000 to support its second year.

NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Bridges at mighty Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Last week marked the 79th anniversary of the collapse of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (better known as the “Honeymoon” Bridge). Opened in 1898, it was the third of four bridges Read More…

In Niagara Falls visit, Cuomo hails new hotel overlooking rapids

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state’s efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working.

In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to “step up to the plate” in Niagara Falls, carrying out a multi-pronged plan to boost the Cataract City’s economy.

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HIGGS: Before Niagara Falls was a city

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From the Niagara Gazette:

What was life like in the early days of the Niagara area — even before it was a fully fledged city? I hope you are somewhat interested as I am part of the planning committee for the Niagara Falls 125th celebration and will be writing about the early days in Niagara Falls each week.

Mayor Paul Dyster will be holding a press conference this Wednesday to announce some of the plans. We have a long and colorful history and we can always learn from it. There will be various events which will highlight our history throughout the year and I hope you will be a part of them…

Old newspapers are the main source of my research and the Niagara Falls Gazette was publishing during these times and I have online sources to refer to also. Of course, the Local History Department at the Main Street library is also a great source for information. So let’s begin “before” we were a “city.”

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.

Top 10: Shuttle service linking area tourist attractions debuts

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The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016

For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.

It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

Governor announces $3.5M for parkway removal effort

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A $3.5 million payment for the final design phase of the Niagara Gorge Project has been approved by the New York Power Authority.

The project includes the removal of 2 miles of expressway segments of the Niagara Scenic Parkway, and replacing it with a scenic trail network and smaller road for local traffic to enhance access to the waterfront and adjoining neighborhoods in Niagara Falls.“The Niagara Gorge is a natural wonder that, because of the former Robert Moses Parkway, has effectively been walled off to the public for far too long,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “This action brings us one step closer toward finishing this project and increasing access to this scenic gem for Western New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

It seems to take Niagara Falls, NY a very long time to get these sorts of projects approved, funded, and then completed!

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