Niagara Falls, New York: Top 5 Things to Do
Of course a visit to Niagara Falls New York starts with a look at the powerful falls and a boat ride in Maid of the Mist. But there is plenty to see beyond this natural wonder. We head to both a charming French Bistro and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute for some good eats. Plus, for some more cultural and history come along as we visit Old Fort Niagara and then head on a Lockport Locks Boat Cruise along the hand dug Erie Canal.
Watkins Glen State Park
Recorded September 8, 2016
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the town of Watkins Glen, New York. The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream, Glen Creek. In this video I explore the beginning of the Gorge Trail along the stream which runs over, under and along the park's 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and more than 800 stone steps. Unfortunately the 800+ steps were more than my arthritic feet could handle, but I explored as much of the trail as I was able.
Driving Downtown - Buffalo 4K - New York USA
Driving Downtown Streets - Main Street - Buffalo New York USA - Episode 74.
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Buffalo is a city in Western New York and the seat of Erie County, on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River. As of 2014, Buffalo is the state's second most populous city after New York City with 258,703 residents, and with a population of 1.13 million, the metropolitan area is the 50th largest in the United States.
Buffalo grew significantly in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of the Erie Canal, railroads and Lake Erie, providing an abundance of fresh water and an ample trade route to the Midwestern United States, while grooming its economy for the grain, steel and automobile industries during the 20th century. After an economic downturn in the latter half of the 20th century, Buffalo's economy has transitioned to sectors that include financial services, technology, biomedical and education.
Residents of Buffalo are called Buffalonians. The city's nicknames include The Queen City, The Nickel City, and The City of Good Neighbors.
Buffalo's economic sectors include industrial, light manufacturing, high technology and services.
The State of New York, with over 15,000 employees, is the city's largest employer. Other major employers include the United States government, Kaleida Health, M&T Bank, the University at Buffalo, General Motors, Time Warner Cable, and Tops Friendly Markets. In banking, Buffalo is the headquarters of M&T Bank and First Niagara Bank.
Buffalo is home to Rich Products, Canadian brewer Labatt, cheese company Sorrento Lactalis, Delaware North Companies and New Era Cap Company.
The loss of traditional jobs in manufacturing, rapid suburbanization and high labor costs have led to economic decline and made Buffalo one of the poorest U.S. cities with populations of more than 250,000 people. An estimated 28.7–29.9% of Buffalo residents live below the poverty line, behind either only Detroit, or only Detroit and Cleveland. Buffalo's median household income of $27,850 is third-lowest among large cities, behind only Miami and Cleveland; however the metropolitan area's median household income is $57,000. This, in part, has led to the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area having the most affordable housing market in the U.S. The quarterly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) noted nearly 90% of the new and existing homes sold in the metropolitan area during the second quarter were affordable to families making the area's median income of $57,000. As of 2014, the median home price in the city was $95,000.
Buffalo's economy has begun to see significant improvements since the early 2010s. Money from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo through a program known locally as Buffalo Billion has brought new construction, increased economic development, and hundreds of new jobs to the area. As of March 2015, Buffalo's unemployment rate was 5.9%, slightly above the national average of 5.5%. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis valued the Buffalo area's economy at $54.9 billion.
Buffalo and the surrounding region is home to two major league professional sports teams. The NHL's Buffalo Sabres play in the City of Buffalo, and the NFL's Buffalo Bills play in suburban Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo is also home to several minor sports teams, including the Buffalo Bisons (baseball; an affiliate of the MLB's Toronto Blue Jays), Buffalo Bandits (indoor lacrosse) and FC Buffalo (soccer) as well as a professional women's team the Buffalo Beauts (Hockey). The Buffalo Bulls are a Division I college team representing the State University of New York at Buffalo, and several other Buffalo-area colleges and universities are also active in college athletics.
Exploring the Finger Lakes: Watkins Glen State Park
Back in July, Heath and I spent a couple weeks hanging out in the Finger Lakes. We'd heard it was beautiful, but we weren't really sure what to expect. It totally over-delivered and quickly became a I can't wait to go back! destination.
In this vlog, we explore Watkins Glen State Park and goodness gracious was it beautiful! You can read more about our adventures in the Finger Lakes on the blog:
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A Trip to the Thousand Islands, NY for a day of Fun, Wine, and Boats.
Took a day trip up to the Thousand Islands to escape the heat and humidity of the city. The Breeze was great, the temps were awesome, and the scenery spectacular ! Make the trip !
MNC Outdoors - Clarksville Cave - New York
Photos from a recent trip to Clarksville Cave
Buffalo to Niagara Falls, and into Canada Drivelapse DashCam
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This drive begins in downtown Buffalo, New York, and heads north on Interstate 190, through some heavy traffic, across the South and North Grand Island Bridges, over the Robert Moses Parkway, and into Niagara Falls State Park on Goat Island. The drive continues through downtown Niagara Falls, New York, then across the Rainbow Bridge, through Canadian Customs, and down Niagara Parkway. Don't worry, it's not always that crowded -- I made the mistake of visiting on Canada Day, July 1, 2011.
I live in Buffalo.
We love living in Buffalo, and feel no need to sugarcoat what it is... or apologize for what it's not. This is our perspective of what Buffalo is really all about for the people who choose to live, work, and play here.
Louis Comfort Tiffany
The Morse Museum in Winter Park Florida is home to the worlds largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany Art. Since many of the large works were commissioned, each piece at the museum has its own story.Tiffany Chapel
Park City 03.21.2009
My trip to Park City, Utah.
Park City is a town in Summit and Wasatch counties in the U.S. state of Utah. It is one of two major resort towns in Utah, the other being Moab. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back and a part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The city is 32 miles (48 km) east of downtown Salt Lake City and 15 miles (24km) from Salt Lake City's east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 7,371 at the 2000 census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.
After a population decline following the shutdown of the area's mining industry, the city rebounded during the 1980s and 1990s through an expansion of its tourism business. The city has three major ski resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and The Canyons Resort. The Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts were the major locations for ski and snowboarding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Although they receive less snow and have a shorter ski season than do their counterparts in Salt Lake County, such as Snowbird resort, they are much easier to access.
Additionally the city is the main location of the United States' largest independent film festival, the Sundance Film Festival, home of the United States Ski Team, training center for members of the Australian Freestyle Ski Team, the largest collection of factory outlet stores in northern Utah, the 2002 Olympic bobsled/skeleton/luge track at the Utah Olympic Park, and golf courses. Some scenes from 1994's Dumb and Dumber were shot in the city. Outdoor-oriented businesses such as backcountry.com and Rossignol have their headquarters based in Park City. The city has many upscale luxury national retailers, clubs, bars, and restaurants, and has nearby reservoirs, hot springs, forests, and hiking and biking trails. Park City is also the original home of the Mrs. Fields Cookies chain.
The annual Sundance Film Festival, held each January in Park City, Utah, is widely recognized as the premier showcase for American and international independent film. Inclusive and eclectic in its programming approach, the festival has grown to include film culture events, panel discussions, youth programs, online exhibition, and live music. Attended by more than 45,000 people from around the world each year and with an online audience exceeding 1,000,000 users, the Sundance Film Festival creates a vibrant, unique community of artists and audiences that extends well beyond the mountains of Park City, Utah.
Built in 1926 shortly after the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, the Egyptian Theater is a replica of Wamer's Egyptian Theater in Pasadena, California and is one of only two Egyptian-revival buildings in Utah. The theater was originally designed to accommodate talkies and traveling vaudeville shows.
Each season, Egyptian Theater Company's four show Main stage Season and two show Family Season are enjoyed by 30,000 patrons. Additionally, ETC's Youth theater program offers theatrical training for preschool through high school age students. In June of 2000, ETC signed an agreement with Actor's Equity Association, becoming one of only four fully professional theater companies in Utah.
In the summertime many valley residents of the Wasatch Front visit the town to escape high temperatures. Park City is usually 11°F (6°C) cooler than Salt Lake City, as it lies mostly above 7,000 feet above sea level, while Salt Lake City is situated at an altitude of about 4,000 feet. It is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and is notable for having a large number of Northern and Central European immigrants. It is also generally thought to be the most liberal city in Utah, with supermajorities usually supporting Democratic Party candidates and issues.
Park City History
Long before Park City became a world class mountain resort and venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, it was famous as a silver mining town, and boasts a lively and colorful past. Founded by prospectors in the late 1860's, Park City continued to mine silver until the early 1970's. The mining company, Park City Consolidated Mines, started the ski business in 1963, when they built the first lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountain. The Park City area now has three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort.
For more about Park City's past, please visit the Park City Historical Society and Museum website at parkcityhistory.org.