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If you think you've done everything there is to do in Western New York, think again!

It's time to discover Buffalo, a city that combines the sophistication of the Northeast with the affability of the Midwest. From world-class modern art to the world's best chicken wings, Buffalo offers visitors a rich banquet of intriguing history, iconic architecture, abundant recreation, lush scenery, fun food, and relentless nightlife.

Since the time of the Civil War, baseball has played an important role in Buffalo, New York. Though most of the area's baseball pioneers, including Ollie Carnegie and Luke Easter, are gone, they live on in the memories of fans, and some of their names have even graced the facades of facilities, like Offermann Stadium. In this book, Paul Langendorfer and the Buffalo History Museum have included each inning of the Queen City's rich baseball heritage, from the 19th-century Niagaras and the 1913-1915 Federal League to the Buffalo Bisons.

By 1832, when Buffalo was incorporated as a city, the East Side represented a vast forested area and farmland cut with the beginnings of the major arterials of Genesee, Sycamore, Broadway, William, Clinton, and Seneca. These streets were laid out in 1826 and represented the seeds of the East Side's explosive growth. Along these radial thoroughfares, the development of railroads and the Buffalo Belt Line, constructed in 1883, created a semicircle pattern that outlined the East Side. Industries began sprouting up, eager to use their proximity to the belt line to transport wares all over the country. Immigrants from Germany, Poland, and Ireland, along with African Americans from northern and southern states, began establishing their lives around these industries. Access to land, water, roads, and rail lines and eager immigrants and natives looking for work led to the development of Buffalo's East Side industry, an immensely diverse industrial base and workforce.

The Blizzard of 1977 is still remembered in Western New York, especially in Buffalo, which received the brunt of the storm. The blizzard occurred during the most extreme cold the area had ever seen, accompanied by some of the largest winter snowfalls on record. The blizzard struck with little warning on Friday morning, January 28, 1977, and the blowing snow and extreme cold paralyzed the Buffalo area until the first week of February. The storm made travel impossible and stranded thousands of people across the region, while snowdrifts buried houses up to the second story. This is a story not only of survival, but also of community. Neighbors helped neighbors, radio stations relayed messages and provided crucial information, and countless individuals donated their time and equipment to bring needed medicine or food to shut-ins across the region.

Spotlight on: The Elemental Conflict Between Fire and Water

Canalside. Buffalo's rediscovered waterfront, now a place for relaxation and play. But through the years, the Buffalo Harbor and surrounding waterfront have been the site for terrifying and deadly conflagrations. Fire and Water tells the tales of more than 45 catastrophic and near-catastrophic events and fires on the Buffalo shore, including mill fires that hit General Mills and Pillsbury, The Gale of 1921, and the 1900 Minnesota Ore Dock Disaster.

Buffalo once was a shopper's paradise, and those fond memories live on today for generational of locals. Well-recognized national chains, like the A&P, and local department stores like AM&A's and Sattler's were among the great retailers that dotted the main streets of the Queen City. In this updated version, Buffalo native Michael Rizzo revisits the days when the city's streets were lined with stores, and its sidewalks crowded with shoppers.

Buffalo and the surrounding area was the turf run by a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Maggadino. Beginning in the 1920s, Maggadino and his Mafiosi maintained a stranglehold on the city until his death in 1974. Local mob historian Michael Rizzo leads you through everything from these brutal gangsters' favorite hangouts to secret underground tunnels to murder.

During the construction of the Erie Canal in the early 1820s, the population of Western New York increased 145 percent. Many of these pioneers were European immigrants, with a high concentration hailing from the German-speaking states. In Lutherans in Western New York, you'll learn about the people who brought their Lutheran ideals to their new homeland.

There has never been a book about Western New York's sports history quite like this one. Today In Buffalo Sports History covers the region's rich legacy ... one day a time! Based on the popular Buffalo News feature, the book reviews the biggest sports events ever to take place in the area. It covers everything from a world record back in 1862 to all the milestones involving the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, Bandits and Braves.

New neighborhood books available through Western New York Wares:
Grand Island | Wellsville | Legendary Locals of East Aurora | Town of Tonawanda | Love Canal | Depew
Springville | Tonawanda and North Tonawanda | Route 20 | Holland Int'l Speedway | Lackawanna

Other Popular Regional Books

Gimme Jimmy!

Spirits of the
Niagara Wine Trail

Buffalo Bizarre

Crystal Beach
in Color

The Hotel Lafayette

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