In 2004, when The New York Times last featured Buffalo in their popular 36 Hours travel column, the Queen City of the Great Lakes was a very different place. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House was in the early years of a massive multi-million dollar reconstruction and restoration, the Richardson Olmsted Campus remained entirely unused, only a few craft brewers supplied the city with local beers, the looming grain silos on the Buffalo River sat as vacant husks of Buffalo’s once-great industrial might, and Canalside wasn’t even a glimmer in the waterfront’s eye.
In 2018, you’d be hard-pressed to see all that Buffalo has to offer in just 36 hours. That rings true for the folks at the New York Times, too, who have returned to explore this re-invigorated city in a brand new 36 Hours spotlight.
“Like many small American cities, Buffalo, which had early booms from various industries, including railways, shipyards and steel manufacturing, is shedding its rusty roots and experiencing a bona fide renaissance. No longer merely the portal to nearby Niagara Falls, Buffalo is a modern and multifaceted city, more than ready for its moment,” Amy Thomas writes for the New York Times.
Buffalo is a destination reawakened. The city is once again making a name for itself based on creative reuse and restoration of architectural marvels, an energetic embracing of our place on the water, an exploding food, beer and spirits culture while staying true to our blue-collar culinary roots, and its strong and diverse history with a surge of entrepreneurial immigrants positively shaping the city even further.
We could spend 36 hours talking about Buffalo’s transformation. Or, YOU can come experience it.
Read the entire New York Times 36 Hours feature here: 36 Hours in Buffalo [The New York Times].