Buffalo a gem in western New York

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World-class architecture, a vibrant arts scene, thriving neighborhoods and a resurgent waterfront: it’s all in Buffalo, New York, a classic American city undergoing a 21st century renaissance. Buffalo has all the excitement and offerings of a major city at a fraction of the price; in 2014, Forbes Magazine named the Queen City the most affordable in the United States.

 

Buffalo New York Skyline

Buffalo New York Skyline


Situated on Lake Erie, less than 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, Buffalo was once the “Gateway to the West,” the eighth largest city in the United States with the most millionaires per capita. The city’s extraordinary architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson and other American visionaries reflects that wealth. Buffalo’s prominence also led to an incredible collection of modern art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, including masterworks by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

 

Albright Knox Art Gallery
Albright Knox Art Gallery

There are many ways to experience Buffalo’s rich history. Walk where President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office at an interactive museum operated by the National Park Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. See a touring Broadway show at the palatial, restored Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the anchor of Buffalo’s Theater District.

Tour the former home of an American industrial magnate at Frank Lloyd Wright’s sprawling Martin House Complex. Step back in time to the golden age of jazz at the Colored Musician’s Club and Museum, take a Buffalo River History Cruise to see one of the world’s largest collections of grain elevators up close or learn the story of a great American city at the Buffalo History Museum.

 

Franklin Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House
Franklin Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House

In recent years, Buffalo’s story has entered a new chapter: The city has experienced over $1 billion in new development, including over $300 million on its waterfront. Whole neighborhoods have been revitalized, and former industrial areas like Larkin Square have been repurposed as parks, craft breweries and spaces for food truck rodeos and weekly concerts.

 

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