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Group chosen to build new Niagara Falls theatre

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Mississauga company Bird Construction is part of the consortium which will build a 5,000-seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The company is among principals known as Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, which beat out four other conglomerates for the right to design, build and maintain the facility.

The winning bidder was announced by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. late Tuesday.

The theatre is expected to replace the 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which has been limited by its size virtually from the day it opened in 2004.

By comparison, the new theatre will be equal in size to the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and will double the 2,500-seat Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino.

New Effort to Spur Niagara Falls Tourism

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

There’s a new effort to spark tourism in Niagara Falls by building more attractions for visitors.

Leaders say this one differs from others because it seeks to target certain types of development in a specific area, and that funding decisions will be made locally.

$3 million in state funds, gleaned the state’s cut of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino, has now been secured to help entrepreneurs build attractions within one mile of the casino, according to NYS Senator Robert Ortt.

Niagara Falls trolley service starts today (this past Friday)

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.

Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.

Water park, luxury hotel part of $70 million plan in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Canadian hotel developer Michael DiCienzo wants to build a $50 million luxury hotel and a $20 million “daredevil-themed” water park on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, but the Niagara Falls mayor sounded less than supportive of the project on Tuesday.

DiCienzo’s company is proposing a 200-room, upscale hotel with “oversized suites” to be added on top of the existing Sheraton at the Falls hotel on Third Street, across from Seneca Niagara Casino. American Niagara Hospitality says it is negotiating “with a recognized, musically themed hotel brand.”

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Just say Yes: Hall of Famers headed to Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Days after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, members of the legendary progressive rock enclave Yes have announced a date at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Though the group performed at the UB Center for the Arts last fall beneath the moniker Anderson Rabin & Wakeman, when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman come back to the area on Oct. 7, they will be trading beneath the banner “Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.”

Officials want feasibility study on new event center in Niagara Falls, NY

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.

New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”

Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.

Niagara Falls businesses voice opposition to Seneca gas station near casino

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls businesses are speaking out against a planned Seneca Gas Station on sovereign territory near the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The Niagara USA Chamber issued a release on Monday saying it cannot support the Seneca Nation’s plan to open a 24–bay gas station on sovereign land within the City of Niagara Falls.

Rainforest Cafe opening in Niagara Falls

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From Buffalo Business First:

The Rainforest Cafe is expanding its local footprint by adding a second location — this time on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.
Canadian Niagara Hotels, owners of the Sheraton at the Falls complex in Niagara Falls, N.Y., are bringing a Rainforest Cafe to their property. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which will overlook Third Street and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Resort property, is expected to open by May.

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Lesson from Falls: Casinos are a gamble

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From the Buffalo News:

Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

Niagara Festival of Lights 2014

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Every year since I was 8,  My family has spent Thanksgiving in upstate NY and then headed over the following Saturday to the Falls.  That means that we were there for the first Winter Festival of Lights in 1983.  This was long before casinos and mega hotels.  This was when the Festival was even celebrated on the American side, people!  We visited Rainbow Center and the Wintergarden.  THAT long ago.  In fact this is a picture of a display inside what WAS the Convention Center on the American side… and is now the Seneca Niagara Casino Resort…

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(I have more if you want to see them!)

Needless to say, we have seen many changes over the years.  We saw the Disney displays arrive, grow, then go.  The kids my parents brought to Niagara every year have grown and gone on to marry.  There is now a third generation discovering the festival of Lights in the form of my niece and nephew who are even younger than we were when we started this Thanksgiving tradition.

Here is what the display looked like in 2011. My niece’s first trip…

Niagara Festival of Lights 2011

There were Disney displays and that little village in front of Queen Victoria Place Gift Shop. That year that was a Carousel there too.  She saw the animals and animated displays at Dufferin island that we always enjoyed.  Noah’s ark was always a favorite.  The dinosaurs didn’t make sense outside of the fact that they appeared around the time Jurassic Park was out.  But I guess they have an appeal for little boys.

Speaking of “appeal”, let’s talk about the new displays at Dufferin (pictures below).  While I appreciate the beauty, concept and engineering of the new displays – my niece started talking about “the banana”.  I didn’t get it at first, but then I realized that the abstract centerpiece did, indeed, look like a banana being peeled.

Moose & banana

Being a graphic designer and having worked in Marketing departments for 20 years, I could both appreciate what was being done here…and question what was being done here.  I’ll expound on that in a later post, but for now, I’ll wrap things up by saying I had a wonderful time with my family during this trip.  As always, Niagara kicked off our Christmas season with style, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

So long until next time, Niagara…..

Family Overlooking Niagara Falls

 

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