Buffalo possesses some of the nation’s most treasured architectural icons, starting with Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building that was among the world’s first steel-framed skyscrapers. The Art Deco City Hall is one of the largest municipal buildings ever constructed and still stands out in the Buffalo skyline. The Buffalo Central Terminal, the city’s historic railroad station, is another Art Deco landmark. Architecture students often head out to study the designs of the 93-acre Richardson Olmsted Complex.
You can still see the Edward M. Cotter, the world’s oldest fireboat and a national historic landmark, doing her job on the waters of Lake Erie. Niagara Square once hosted a World’s Fair and now contains a monument to President William McKinley, assassinated in Buffalo. But the city has derived even more notoriety from a three-story brick building on Main Street called the Anchor Bar – that is where the world was first introduced to spicy Buffalo chicken wings.
Single family homes number 37,999 in Buffalo. There also 2,186 row houses, 29,740 multi-family properties and 2,352 apartments. Another 672 residential options are included in the real estate market mix. Investors can choose from 1,982 commercial properties, 1,550 industrial sites, and 167 mixed-use structures. Buffalo’s Division of Real Estate maintains a list of 17,175 vacant lots for acquisition, lease, or management.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority sends 322 buses across 61 routes in Buffalo and surrounding counties. Buffalo Metro Rail operates a 13-station single line down Main Street for over six miles. Buffalo’s Reddy Bikeshare launched in the summer of 2016 with 200 “smart” bikes and 35 stations. Within 15 weeks the city was proud to announce that the nearly 12,000 trips taken had burned the calorie equivalent of 7,500 chicken wings.
Buffalo Public Schools manages 78 schools, including many charter schools and a popular magnet school system. The University of Buffalo, a nationally ranked research school, is the largest public university in New York state.
Buffalo residents have access to 3 public hospitals and 8 hospitals operated by private healthcare systems. Buffalo General Medical Center is rated a high performing hospital in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, knee replacement and hip replacement. Downtown, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute is nationally recognized for its work in researching cures for the disease.
The chances of encountering violent crime in Buffalo are 1 in 88 and 1 in 22 for property crime. Comparatively, the rates for New York State are 1 in 263 and 1 in 62.
Buffalo chicken wings are now American staples, but foodies will want to become acquainted with all the local delicacies: Beef on Weck, a rare roast beef sandwich in a special German bun; sponge candy, a puffed toffee coated in milk chocolate; and haddock fish fries among them. Whatever you eat in Buffalo, it often gets washed down with a glass of signature Western New York loganberry juice. Half-a century before Buffalo wings, Theodore Spiro Liaros was selling hot dogs from a push cart. Today, Buffalonians enjoy Ted’s Hot Dogs at ten locations. You can sample everything at Taste of Buffalo, considered the largest two-day food festival in the country.
The historic western terminus of the Erie Canal has been redeveloped into an entertainment and recreation destination called Canalside. Shea’s Buffalo Theatre was one of the largest movie palaces ever constructed, with over 4,000 seats, and it is now a performing arts center. Albright-Knox Art Gallery is another cultural pillar of the city.
Buffalo sports fans cheer passionately and unrequitedly for their Bills in football and Sabres in hockey, although neither team has won a Super Bowl or a Stanley Cup. Buffalo is a haven for outdoor recreation, especially in the winter when the city breaks out its skates and skis.