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    Niagara Falls is Working with Review Site ‘Yelp’ to Promote City

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Destination Niagara USA recognizes the power of social media and says by connecting with the popular review site ‘Yelp,’ it will help local businesses and tourism in Niagara Falls. Destination Niagara USA is the marketing organization for Niagara Falls and Niagara County that promotes tourism.

    Free WIFI could be coming to Niagara Falls

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) has asked the city of Niagara Falls for $50,000 to create three blocks of public WIFI between the Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park on Old Falls Street.

    The purpose of the WIFI is to help tourists avoid the “roaming” charges that sometimes happen with phones that are close to Canada, and to also encourage tourists to expand their trip outside of the State Park.

    Group wants ‘World Weather Center’ in Niagara Falls

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    From the Lockport Journal:

    A group pushing for a “World Weather Center” has decided it wants it to be located in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls City Council members may not be too hot on the idea. They’ve been asked to consider contributing $100,000 to the project with a well-known local meteorologist at its helm.

    When the group first appeared before the city council earlier this year, it was uncertain of the ultimate location of its weather center. On Monday, Don Paul, a meteorologist at WKBW Channel 7 news, and his colleagues said they want to see the World Weather Center in the city of Niagara Falls.

    ‘Live! With Kelly and Ryan’ coming to Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Kelly’s coming back, and she’s bringing Ryan with her.

    Kelly Ripa and newly minted co-host Ryan Seacrest will be in Niagara Falls on June 5 to tape a pair of episodes of Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

    “It’s great news,” Mayor Jim Diodati said. “We’ve been working on it for quite a long time. We had hoped to have them in 2016.”

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    Cuomo has big plans for Niagara Falls tourism

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo (includes video):

    Governor Andrew Cuomo is now proposing a second phase of the Buffalo Billion initiative. A key focus is increasing tourism in places like Niagara Falls.

    The governor would like to construct a new state-operated tourism visitor center on Grand Island, reclaim 135,000 acres of the Niagara Gorge corridor to be restored for more green space activities, and turn Goat Island into a year-round destination complete with a world-class lodge.

    Nature gives Niagara Falls an icy new look

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    If you thought it felt icy out there Friday, take a look at some of these stone-cold shots we took up in Niagara Falls!

    Trees, view finders and street lamps located near one of the most breath-taking sites in all of Western New York are covered in ice! Temperatures have remained below freezing over the past few days, allowing water droplets from the falls to accumulate and freeze on to objects such as trees, cars, railings, sidewalks etc…

    World’s smallest sculptures on display in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    One of the mainstays of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is currently presenting the world’s smallest sculptures.

    At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the works of Willard Wigan can be viewed by visitors, but not with the naked eye. The incredibly small sculptures can only be seen with a microscope.

    Niagara University lays out plans for tourism institute

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Niagara University’s Global Tourism Institute will include building space in downtown Niagara Falls and dedicated research efforts that seek new tourism opportunities, university officials said this week.

    It will aim to attract international students interested in studying tourism and also establish partnerships with other educational entities and businesses.

    Parking tickets draw Wallenda’s ire

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    So, last week WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo had an article about how the City of Niagara Falls (New York) was preparing for Nik Wallenda’s walk:

    People are already lining the streets to see the Great Wallenda practice at the Seneca Niagara Casino for his June 15th trek across the gorge.

    Mayor Paul Dyster said there are many things to consider for the city and the Niagara Falls Parks Department.

    Their competitor, WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo had a different take on what the city was doing:

    As daredevil Nik Wallenda works on his high-wire walk, it seems the City of Niagara Falls is cashing in on those watching him practice.

    Parking tickets are being issued while Wallenda walks at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

    “It is upsetting to me that people are coming form all over the place to see me rehearse and they’ve been getting tickets on the road as they’re watching me. That is upsetting to me,” Wallenda said.

    Anita made her third trip from Buffalo to Niagara Falls to watch Wallenda practice on Tuesday. When she heard parking tickets were being given out, she was outraged.

    “I think sometimes laws have to be tempered with brains,” she noted. “Instead of trying to capitalize on people trying to see this once in a lifetime event, in Niagara Falls, on the U.S. side, which is obviously depressed, they should be very happy people are here and treat them with respect so people want to come back and spend money with the local merchants.”

    Plans call for section of Robert Moses to be removed

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    One section of the Robert Moses Parkway will soon be no more.

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, announced Monday that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has confirmed that it will release a plan in June to remove the southern section of the controversial roadway and replace it with an at-grade road. The removal would involve all four lanes of the southern section of the roadway which runs between John B. Daly Boulevard and Niagara Falls State Park. As part of the project, it would be replaced with a two-lane road that would be designed to allow for a more pedestrian-friendly crossing and improved access to the waterfront.

    Also see:

    • WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo – Schumer Reveals Plan to Demolish Portion of Robert Moses Parkway
    • Buffalo News – Plan to remove portion of Parkway advances
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