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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Motto Mens sana in corpore sano (Latin: "Sound Mind in a Sound Body")
Established 1846
Type Public
Endowment US $410.5 million (2009)[1]
President John B. Simpson
Provost Satish Tripathi
Faculty 2,667[1]
Students 28,192[1]
Undergraduates 19,022[1]
Postgraduates 9,170[1]
Location Buffalo, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
1346 acres (5.45 km²)
Colors Blue and White            
Mascot Victor E. Bull
Victoria S. Bull
Affiliations State University of New York, AAU, Mid-American Conference
Logo of the University at Buffalo

State University of New York at Buffalo, commonly known as the University at Buffalo or UB, is a public research university which has multiple campuses located in Buffalo and Amherst, New York, USA. Offering 84 bachelor's, 184 master's and 78 doctoral degrees, it is the largest of the four comprehensive university centers within the State University of New York (SUNY) system.[2] From its inception in 1846 until 1962, the private school was known as the University of Buffalo. Once it became a state university, the name was changed, but many alumni still refer to it by the former name.

According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University at Buffalo is a Research University with Very High Research Activity (RU/VH). In 1989, UB was elected to the Association of American Universities, which represents sixty-two leading research universities in the United States and Canada. UB's alumni and faculty have produced a U.S. President, astronauts, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and other notable individuals in their fields. The University houses the largest state-operated medical school and features the only state law school,[3] architecture and urban planning school, and pharmacy school in the state of New York.




Initial years

The University of Buffalo was founded in May 1846 as a private medical school to train the doctors for the communities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and surrounding villages. Dr. James Platt White was instrumental in obtaining a charter for the University of Buffalo from the state legislature in 1846. He also taught the first class of 89 men in obstetrics.

The doors first opened to students in 1847 and after associating with a hospital for teaching purposes, the first class of students graduated the medical school in July 1847. The first chancellor of the University was future President of the United States Millard Fillmore. Upon his ascension to the presidency after President Taylor's death, Fillmore stayed on as part-time chancellor. Fillmore's name now graces the evening and continuing education school Millard Fillmore College located on the South Campus as well as the Millard Fillmore Academic Center, an academic and administrative services building at the core of the residential Ellicott Complex, located on the North Campus.

Early development

After many expansions to the college medical programs, including the addition of a pharmacy division, UB acquired the Buffalo Law School from Niagara University in 1891 and formed the University of Buffalo Law School.

In 1909 the University acquired property (the "Erie County Almshouse") from the county of Erie, which became the first building on what would later become UB's initial comprehensive campus. Although the South Campus (also called the "Main Street" campus) is often referred to as the "original campus", the South (Main Street) Campus is not actually the University's oldest property. UB was originally housed in a leased building, the First Baptist Church which had also served as a post office from 1836-1846.

In 1915, the then University of Buffalo formed the College of Arts and Sciences, formally departing from its tradition of teaching only for licensed professional fields. During the late 1960s, the College of Arts and Sciences was divided into three separate schools: arts and letters, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. During the 1998-1999 academic year, the three schools were reunited to re-create the existing College of Arts and Sciences.

In 1950, the Industrial Engineering department branched off from the Mechanical Engineering department. In 1956, a Civil Engineering Department was formed under Lehigh University graduate Dr. Robert L. Ketter, who went on to become Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and later President of the University.

In 1959, WBFO was launched as an AM radio station by UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and run by UB's students. The station has since become the launching pad of two modern National Public Radio personalities: Terri Gross and Ira Flatow.

In the early 1960s, the private University of Buffalo was purchased by and incorporated into the SUNY system, and became known as the University at Buffalo or SUNY at Buffalo.

The nuclear reactor on the South Campus

In 1961, the Western New York nuclear research program was created. This little known program installed a miniature, active nuclear fission reactor on the University's South (Main Street) Campus. This program was not particularly active, nor could it compete with government-run research labs operated by rival UC Berkeley. Consequently, the programs performed in this facility were abandoned somewhat shortly after its inception. This reactor was formally decommissioned in 2005 with little fanfare due to material security concerns.

In 1964, UB acquired property in the northern Town of Amherst for future development of a second campus catering to most non-medical disciplines at UB. This would later become the North Campus, and the center of most non-medical UB activity.

UB 2020

Started in 2004 under President John B. Simpson, UB 2020 is a massive strategic planning initiative to develop and implement a vision for the university over the next 15 years.[4] The centerpiece of UB 2020 is to add about 10,000 more students, 750 faculty members and 600 staff, increasing the size of the University by about 40 percent. UB 2020 also recognizes the university's contribution to the surrounding region. The most recent estimates of UB's impact on the local and regional economies of Western New York report approximately $1.50 billion are brought into the local economy from the presence of UB, whose annual budget is currently $96 million. Both of these figures are also expected to rise by 40 percent, corresponding with UB’s institutional growth.

The five major principles that guide UB 2020 are promoting academic excellence (i.e.: the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and the development of vital intellectual communities); promoting a united and accessible university campus that features three strong, distinctive and seamlessly interconnected centers and facilitates social interaction; reflecting the university’s responsibility to the community by respecting public plans and policies; providing the basis for long-range capital programming and stewardship of university resources; and establishing UB as a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

The four main components of UB 2020 are "Excelling in Academics," "Strategic Strengths," "Building UB: The Comprehensive Physical Plan," and "Achieving Growth".

One of the keys to helping UB achieve the goals of the UB 2020 plan is the passage of S2020 and A2020 by the New York State Legislature. The bill is known as the UB 2020 flexibility and economic growth act. On June 3, 2009 the State Senate passed S2020 and sent the bill to the Assembly for their consideration.[5]

The Comprehensive Physical Plan

The University at Buffalo has accumulated 27,700 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 14,000 employees, across three campuses in the last 160 years. In order to accommodate both students and faculty, the university is currently implementing a $4.5 million Comprehensive Physical Plan to help in growth as well as to best utilize and enhance current facilities. Connecting all three campuses, as well as the facilities UB uses, is also a major element of the project. The firm granted the contract to lead the project is Beyer Blinder Belle.

The comprehensive physical planning process is broken into four phases. Currently, UB is implementing "phase one" by seeking input from the local and university communities to pinpoint issues, opportunities, and concerns related to this expansion. The project recognizes UB’s potential for excellence, in regard to the university's physical environment, by highlighting and evaluating various positive and negative attributes of the three campuses, including housing, circulation, functionality, landscape, and community interface [6].


The University at Buffalo is the state’s largest and most comprehensive public university and is spread across three campuses: North Campus, South Campus, and Downtown Campus.[7][8]

North Campus

Construction of this campus began in the 1970s.[9] Many academic programs, including the entirety of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University at Buffalo Law School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the Graduate School of Education, as well as Lockwood Memorial Library, Capen Library, and many administrative offices, are located on UB's North Campus in Amherst, NY.

The North Campus is home to administrative offices and the academic "spine" that includes most of UB's academic buildings. It covers 1,192 acres (5 km2) with 146 buildings containing 6,715,492 sq ft (623,890 m2), 10 residence halls and 5 apartment complexes.[7] Its immense size also necessitated the creation of a shuttle system circling the academic sector and surrounding areas including the administrative complex, located nearly a quarter mile from the central academic area.

UB's North Campus.

The North Campus offers a variety of entertainment programming and activity for students. It contains the Student Union, which houses offices for the Student Association and student-interest clubs; Slee Hall, which presents contemporary and classical music concerts; Alumni Arena, the home-court for University Athletics; the UB Center for the Arts, a non-profit presenter of a wide variety of professional entertainment and UB Stadium, the 30,000 seat Football Stadium.

South Campus

Abbott Hall on South Campus

The South Campus is located on the former grounds of the Erie County Almshouse and Insane Asylum, of which four buildings still remain (Hayes Hall, the former insane asylum; Wende Hall, a former maternity hospital; Hayes D; and Townsend Hall, a former nurses' quarters).[10] The college was designed by architect E.B. Green in 1910, and was intended to resemble Trinity College, Dublin. The South Campus, also the initial campus, is located on 154 acres (0.62 km2) in northeastern Buffalo. Its 53 buildings contain (3,045,198 sq ft (282,908 m2)) and include six resident halls.[7] This campus is served by the northernmost subway station on Buffalo's Niagara Frontier Metro Rail system. Today, it is the home of some of the University's specialized academic programs including the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Related Professions, the School of Nursing, the School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. UB is currently in the planning and design phase of relocating the School of Pharmacy to Acheson Hall on the South Campus with 2010 as the target year. In addition, the University at Buffalo South Campus is the home of the WBFO radio station, the University's biomedical science research complex, the Health Sciences Library and certain administrative offices. Additionally, 20 percent of UB's resident population continues to live in the original residential complexes located on the South (Main Street) Campus. Adjacent to the UB South Campus is the UB Anderson Art Gallery,[11] a former elementary school converted with an all-glass atrium exhibit space.

Downtown Campus

In 2002, UB commissioned Boston firm Chan Krieger to create a third campus center.[9] The downtown campus is the site UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science, which partners in research with UB's Ira G. Ross Eye Institute[12][13] as well as the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute to compose the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. Also located in the downtown area is UB's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)[14] and the Jacobs Executive Development Center (JEDC). The campus includes six major properties and a total of 43 buildings, counting shared lease space (588,506 sq ft (54,674 m2)).[15]

In September 2007, UB added the former M. Wile and Company Factory Building on the southeast corner of Goodell and Ellicott streets and the former Trico Products Corp. building complex on the northwest corner of Goodell and Ellicott streets to its properties downtown. The UB Regional Institute, Center on Rehabilitation Synergy, and a number of pre-K-16 initiatives related to UB's civic engagement mission, such as the UB-Buffalo Public Schools Partnership office, are set to relocate to the first site. The latter location has been purchased to house additional biomedical- and life science-related businesses connected to the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus.[16][17]

Teaching hospitals

UB's teaching hospitals include the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Millard Fillmore Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Veterans Affairs Western New York Health Care System. Additional facilities include free clinics such as the Kaleida Health's Niagara Family Health Center and the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic, a program run by UB medical students.


Schools and colleges

UB consists of the following:[18]

  • The School of Architecture and Planning[19]: UB is the only school within the State University of New York system that offers both pre-professional and accredited professional degrees in architecture and urban planning. In academic year 2005-2006, the School of Architecture and Planning awarded 99 baccalaureate degrees and 108 master's degrees.
  • The School of Dental Medicine: founded in 1892.[20]
  • The College of Arts & Sciences[21]
  • The Graduate School of Education[22]: One of the largest graduate schools at UB, composed of four academic departments; counseling and educational psychology, educational leadership and policy, learning and instruction, and library and information science. In academic year 2005-2006, the Graduate School of Education awarded 416 master's degrees and 48 doctoral degrees.
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences[23]: offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six departments. In 2004-05, they conferred 498 BS (and 13 BA), 39 MEng, 330 MS, and 63 PhD degrees.
  • The UB Law School[24]: Has new concentrations in Labor and Employment Law and in Technology and Intellectual Property. The University at Buffalo Law School is ranked as one of the top 100 law schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Reports.
  • The School of Management[25]:For the fourth consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal has ranked UB’s School of Management as one of the world’s top business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment according to BusinessWeek. Forbes magazine ranks the UB School of Management as one of the best schools for its apparent "return on investment" it provides MBA graduates. The undergraduate program at the UB School of Management is ranked No. 57 by U.S. News & World Report—higher than any other SUNY undergraduate business program.[26] This designation is a testament to the quality of the School of Management’s graduates and the excellence of the management faculty. Indicative of its national leadership, the School of Management recently established a certificate program and an MBA option in information assurance and an MS program in financial engineering (in cooperation with the Department of Mathematics). The School of Management has also recently established an MBA option in biotechnology management. This program is designed to integrate the school’s mission in business education with the university mission as it relates to technology-based entrepreneurship.
  • The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences[27]: Now 161 years old, the founding faculty of the University.
  • The School of Nursing[28]: Maintains membership in the national honor society in nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Inc., through the Gamma Kappa Chapter. The School also holds membership in the National Student Nurses Association.
  • The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences[29]: The second-oldest component of the University at Buffalo and the only pharmacy school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is consistently ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the United States.
  • The School of Public Health and Health Professions[30]: Created in 2003 by combining the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and the UB School of Health Related Professions. The school's goal is to create an environment in which researchers, educators, public health and other health professionals, and students can work together to explore problems and produce innovative solutions to address emerging health needs for populations and individuals.
  • The Roswell Park Cancer Institute[31]: Founded in 1898 by the preeminent surgeon Dr. Roswell Park, it is the oldest comprehensive cancer center in the world.
  • The Graduate School of Social Work[32]: Founded in 1924.


UB has nine libraries on its North(Amherst), South(Buffalo), and Downtown(Buffalo) campuses. The Libraries' 3.6 million+ print volumes are augmented by extensive digital resources, including full-text electronic journals, databases, media, and special collections, which include the world's single largest collection of James Joyce manuscripts and artifacts.


Since early 1998, the State University of New York at Buffalo form has evolved, and there are three names deemed acceptable by the university according to "The University at Buffalo Visual Identity",[33] with a fourth acceptable for reference to athletic programs:

  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. This is the full name, used by the university for formal communications to national audiences.
  • University at Buffalo. This is the less formal name, used within the university, and with many outside groups that are familiar with the University at Buffalo.
  • UB. This shortened term "UB" is the preferred casual term to refer to school.
  • Buffalo. This is the standard name for the University at Buffalo athletic department.


O'Brian Hall, houses the UB Law School. Baldy Hall is on the left and is home to the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Social Work.

UB's admission is selective.[34] Emphasis has been placed on developing a community of research scientists centered around an economic initiative to promote Buffalo and create the Center of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences as well as other advanced biomedical and engineering disciplines.[citation needed] The university's Center for Computational Research (CCR) is one of the most powerful academic supercomputing sites in the eastern United States,[35] which once ranked 22nd out of the top 500 supercomputing sites in the world; as of November 2006, it was ranked 87th.[36]

Because of fluctuating state funding, UB has invested in such commercially beneficial fields as medicine, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.

Historically, UB was a technology pioneer, offering the first bona fide Computer Science major (distinct from a mathematics major).[citation needed] Additionally, UB played a significant role as a crucial internet hub for the eastern seaboard during the internet's inception.

Total R&D expenditures rose from $186.8 million to $259.0 million for FY 2001–04, ranking 58 under New York University (NYU).[37] It rose to $297,909,000 for the year 2006.[38]

Buffalo ranked 77-107 worldwide among universities in the social sciences in 2008 by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.[39]

University at Buffalo academic and professional faculty are represented by United University Professions[40]. The two UUP chapters at the University at Buffalo are: Health Sciences and Buffalo Center of United University Professions, which has over 34,000 members at 29 campuses of SUNY.

UB also has a comprehensive library system offering information resources, technologies, and services for UB students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of the Western New York area.

The University at Buffalo is also one of only two public schools in New York to have a medical school and a dental school, the other being the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Student body

UB has a total student capacity estimated around 33,000 total students, a number which is quite common among other "super university" schools, though the school has never seen this many enrolled students. The University at Buffalo is the largest public university in U.S. northeast (comprising New England and New York State). Student enrollment trends reported by the University at Buffalo's Office of Academic Planning and Budget[41] reflect UB's growing student population:

University at Buffalo Student Enrollment
Fall 2009 28,881
Fall 2008 28,192
Fall 2007 28,054
Fall 2006 27,823
Fall 2005 27,220
Fall 2004 27,276
Fall 2003 27,255

Student life

Associations and activities

UB boasts two student-run periodicals: The Spectrum newspaper,[42] and Generation Magazine.[43] Both publications are distributed on campus. The Spectrum is the only independent publication, funded solely through advertising. Generation is funded by advertising and through Sub-Board I, Inc.[44], the student services corporation. UB also has a student radio station WRUB,[45] which can be listened to on campus cable 7 and on the internet at its homepage. WRUB broadcasts all UB home football games and select road games, as well as most UB men's and women's home basketball games. Also, WBFO.

UB annually hosts the world’s largest mud-volleyball game know as “Ooz-fest.” Teams of at least 6 students compete in a double elimination volleyball tournament at “The Mud Pit” each April. Fire trucks are brought in to saturate the dirt courts to create the mud. Awards are handed out to not only the victors, but the most creatively dressed. In the past, students have worn business suits and even dresses to the tournament.

UB Clubs are run through the Undergraduate Student Association and the Graduate Student Association, with each level requiring respective senate recognition for clubs.


For full article, see Buffalo Bulls

The school's sports teams are known as the Buffalo Bulls. However, the women's teams were originally called the Buffalo Royals.

In 1958, the football team won the Lambert Cup, emblematic of supremacy in Eastern U.S. small-college football. That led to the team's first bowl invitation, to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida against Florida State University. But the Bulls would be allowed to participate only if backup defensive end Mike Wilson and starting halfback Willie Evans, who were black, did not play. The team stood behind the two, and refused the bowl offer; Buffalo did not receive another bowl invitation until the 2008 season.[46]

Several UB football stars from the 1950s and early 1960s went on to play professional football, including quarterback John Stofa with the American Football League's Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, and defensive lineman Gerry Philbin with the AFL's New York Jets. Philbin is a member of the AFL Hall of Fame and the All-time All-AFL Team. Philbin and UB's Willie Ross were the only UB graduates to play on professional football championship teams in the United States: Ross with the 1964 AFL Champion Buffalo Bills; and Philbin with the 1968 AFL Champion New York Jets, who also won that season's AFL-NFL World Championship Game (Super Bowl III). Ramon Guzman played on the 2009 Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes.

Since 1996, the UB teams have participated in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football), in the Mid-American Conference. The mascots are 'Victor E. Bull', a blue bull with a gold nose ring, and his sister 'Victoria S. Bull'. After several years of poor performance in the two most popular college sports, men's basketball and football, the university's men's basketball team has recently begun to show some promise. In March 2005, the team fell short by only 0.5 seconds (for the Mid-American Conference Championship) of clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The school's football team, however, performed poorly that year, winning just one game during the season. At the end of the 2005 season, football coach Jim Hofher was dismissed from his position.

On March 25, 2009, the athletic department announced that the rowing program has joined the Colonial Athletic Association as an associate member.

With the hiring of Turner Gill as head football coach, UB is the only Division I-A school with an African American Athletic Director (Warde Manuel), Men's Basketball Head Coach (Reggie Witherspoon), and Football Head Coach (Gill).

The university is home to the Thunder of the East marching band. The band performs at all home football games and travels to both local and national parades and competitions. Along with the student group "True Blue" the Thunder provides the epicenter of the game day experience.

Jamey Richard, 2008 graduate of the University of Buffalo, plays in the National Football League and was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 7th round, with the 236 pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Trevor Scott, 2008 graduate of the University of Buffalo, plays in the National Football League and was selected by the Oakland Raiders. He recorded two sacks against the New York Jets and future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Quarterback Drew Willy, 2009 graduate of the University of Buffalo, will play in the National Football League. Willy was skipped over in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was later signed by the Baltimore Ravens. Willy was released by the Ravens as one of the final cuts of training camp. Willy was recently signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts.[47]

Buffalo has three fight songs Victory March, Go For a Touchdown, and Buffalo Fight Song.[48]

Victory March

Traditional Lyrics
Fight, fight for Buffalo
Be proud to fight for your dear Blue and White.
So Hit 'em high, Hit 'em low, Throw 'em high, Throw 'em low
Fight for your dear old Bulls. (Go! Bulls! Go!)
Cheer, cheer for Buffalo
Our spirit will be with you 'til the end...
So play the game as best you can
For the glory of our dear Buffalo.

Current Lyrics
Fight, Fight for Buffalo
Be proud to fight for our dear Blue and White
So, thunder through, Go Blue!
Give a cheer, never fear!
Don't stop 'til we have won!
(Go! Bulls! Go!)
Cheer, cheer for Buffalo
Our spirit will be with you 'till the end
So show your colors proud and true
For the glory of our dear Buffalo!

  • Current lyrics written by James Mauck, director of UB Athletic Bands
  • Current lyrics are often ignored by a majority of the student fan base who prefer the original lyrics.

Student housing

The Hadley Village Apartments at North Campus

Student residence halls are located on both the North and South Campuses. In 1999, the university built its first apartment complex for families and graduate students at Flickinger Court. Since the success of Flickinger, UB has developed South Lake Village, Hadley Village, Flint Village, and Creekside Apartments. Most students who wish to still live on or near the North Campus but enjoy the lifestyle of apartment living take advantage of these apartments. Students also find housing in private locations. Those locations are generally situated in the University Heights district of Buffalo, and other areas close to the North and South Campuses. The school assigns rooms based on a lottery system.

Images of the Ellicott Complex

Notable faculty and alumni

UB in popular culture

The first season of the MTV show Fraternity Life and the second season of Sorority Life were filmed at UB. Also, the NBC show Jesse starring Christina Applegate took place in Buffalo, and external shots for the show were filmed at South Campus.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park, currently the second largest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the United States began as a class in the University's Theatre Department, taught by Professor Saul Elkin.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e
  2. ^ About UB
  3. ^ UB Law In Brief
  4. ^ Overview - UB 2020
  5. ^
  6. ^ Forums on UB's Physical Plan - UB 2020
  7. ^ a b c About UB Campuses
  8. ^ UB Presence in the Community - UB 2020
  9. ^ a b Haar, Sharon (2005-09-21). "Campus life.". The Architect's Newspaper. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  10. ^ Beman, Lynn S. and Elizabeth A. Marotta. On the Edge of Town: Almshouses in Western New York New York: People Inc., 2006
  11. ^ UB Anderson Gallery Visitor Information
  12. ^ UB's Ira G. Ross Eye Institute Opens on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus - UB NewsCenter
  13. ^ Manage Account - Modern Medicine
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^
  16. ^ UB Increases Investment in Downtown Buffalo, BNMC Secures Space to Grow Life Sciences Economy - UB NewsCenter
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ About SUNY at Buffalo Schools and Colleges
  19. ^ The School of Architecture and Planning Homepage
  20. ^ The School of Dental Medicine Homepage
  21. ^ The College of Arts & Sciences Homepage
  22. ^ The Graduate School of Education Homepage
  23. ^ The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Homepage
  24. ^ The UB Law School Homepage
  25. ^ The School of Management Homepage
  26. ^ UB SOM Rankings
  27. ^ The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Homepage
  28. ^ The School of Nursing Homepage
  29. ^ The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Homepage
  30. ^ The School of Public Health and Health Professions Homepage
  31. ^ The Roswell Park Cancer Institute Homepage
  32. ^ The Graduate School of Social Work Homepage
  33. ^ The University at Buffalo Visual Identity
  34. ^ America's Best Colleges 2008: University at Buffalo–SUNY: At a glance
  35. ^ Duffy, Jim (2007-01-09). "Supercomputing center seen as key to city's revitalization". Network World. Retrieved 2007-01-10. 
  36. ^ University at Buffalo, SUNY, Center for Computational Res. | TOP500 Supercomputing Sites
  37. ^ US NSF - Academic Institutional Profiles
  38. ^ About UB Faculty and Research
  39. ^ "Top 100 world universities in Social Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  40. ^ United University Professions Homepage
  41. ^ UB Academic Planning and Budget: Enrollment Highlights
  42. ^ The Spectrum Homepage
  43. ^ Generation Magazine, an SBI publication
  44. ^ Sub-Board I, Inc.
  45. ^ WRUB Homepage
  46. ^ Eric Neel, "All or Nothing",, retrieved November 20, 2008.
  47. ^
  48. ^ University at Buffalo Marching Band - About Us |Traditions

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From Wikitravel

Buffalo [1] is a city in the Niagara Frontier of New York.


Buffalo is New York state's second-largest city, with a metropolitan area population of nearly 1,200,000. Buffalo is the cultural and economic center of the Western New York region. Once a bustling industrial center, Buffalo now serves as home to renowned art galleries, diverse entertainment, world-famous architecture and internationally recognized universities.

The city is increasingly becoming known as one of America's most hospitable cities after being awarded the titles of third cleanest city, USA Today's "City with a Heart", and winning the "All-America City Award" twice. Recently Buffalo was named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with being honored as one of the 44 Places to Visit in 2009 by the New York Times.


Buffalo, although most famous for its winters, has four very pronounced seasons.

In winter, the city can get lake-effect snow: the winds running the length of Lake Erie pick up a lot of water vapor, which is dumped as snow as soon as they reach land. Contrary to popular myth, however, Buffalo is not the coldest or snowiest city in the country—or even in New York. The Buffalo airport averages 93 inches (236 cm) of snow per winter. On average Buffalo only has 3 days per year where the recorded temperature dips below 0ºF (-18ºC). Buffalo's snowy reputation is based in large part on some of its most famous storms: The Blizzard of '77, and the Surprise Storm of '06, both which received a lot of media coverage; however, neither is a normal occurrence in the average Buffalo winter.

Spring is rainy and cool up through the end of April. The temperatures can fluctuate wildly in March and April. It is not unusual to see snow one day, and a temperature in the mid-60's the next.

Summer tends to be very comfortable and sunny. The moderating effects of Lake Erie have allowed Buffalo to be one of very few places in the US to have never had the temperature reach 100ºF (38ºC). Most summer days are in the 70-80's with evenings in the comfortable mid 60's. On average Buffalo has 60 days a year with temperatures reaching over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Buffalo has more sunny summer days than any other major city in the northeast.

Fall is warm and beautiful as well. The temperature usually stays warm enough through mid November, and one can watch the trees change colors in comfort. The days are warm, the nights are cool, and the first frost doesn't usually come until after well after Halloween. Leaf hunters will be pleased with the number of trees (Buffalo is also one of the most tree-filled cities in the nation!) as well as in the surrounding areas.


The first purpose-built, permanent Motion Picture Theater in the world, The Vitascope Theater, was opened in Buffalo on October 19, 1896 by Mitchel and Moe Mark. The Mark brothers went on to build the world's first Movie Palace, The Mark-Strand Theater, in New York City in 1914.

Thomas Edison sent camera crews to Buffalo in 1896, making it one of the first cities in America to appear in "The Movies." Edison also had the Pan-American Exposition filmed in 1901.

More than 100 films have been made in Buffalo and the surrounding area over the last century including:

  • The Natural (Directed by Barry Levinson, 1984). Robert Redford and Glenn Close star in Bernard Malmud's baseball fantasy about Roy Hobbs, a mysterious baseball player, who appears out of nowhere to turn around the fortunes of a 1930's team.
  • Best Friends (Directed by Norman Jewison, 1982) Bert Reynolds and Goldie Hawn play a couple whose lives turn upside-down when -- after years of living and working together -- they decide to get married.
  • Hide in Plain Sight (Directed by Leslie Waller, 1980) Based on a true story. A working-class husband (James Caan) tries to tracks down his wife and children who are hidden away by a witness protection program.

There is an embryonic film industry in the area which is beginning to produce some quality independent features.

in 2003, The 'Buffalo International Film Festival' [2] was formed to bring a high quality focus to the relationship between the region and the international film community. It presents programming year round through The Buffalo Film Society.

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (IATA: BUF) (ICAO: KBUF), +1 716 630-6000, [3]. The Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves Buffalo, New York as well as Southwest Ontario, Canada. Averaging approximately 110 daily flights, it offers nonstop service to 18 cities. Airline carriers at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport include AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways and its affiliates. For travelers headed to Toronto and the surrounding areas, they will find much cheaper prices for US-domestic flights to Buffalo; Megabus [4] runs routes from the airport to Niagara Falls and Toronto.

Buffalo Airport Cab +1 716 633-8294 [5]

Liberty Cab +1 716 877-7111 [6]

By car

The New York State Thruway (I-90) runs east to west and connects Buffalo to other major cities—New York, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany to the east and Cleveland and Erie, Pennsylvania to the west. I-190 runs north and south, mostly along the Niagara River and connects Niagara Falls and Buffalo. I-290 connects various suburban areas to the north and northeast of the city.I-990 connects Lockport to the rest of the Thruway system and the city.

If coming from Ontario, take the QEW; the border crossing into Buffalo is located at the end of the QEW in Fort Erie. Other bridge crossing options include the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, along with the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Lewiston, NY.

By car, Buffalo is about two hours from Toronto, one and a half hours from Rochester, two and a half hours from Syracuse, and 7 hours from New York City.

By train

Buffalo is accessible from the east and west by Amtrak [7] trains. There are stops at Depew, NY, in the suburbs east of the city and a stop at Exchange Street in downtown Buffalo.

Depew is served by car, taxi, and bus. The Exchange Street stop is downtown. Be sure to check Amtrak's web site [8] for more station information.

Also reference the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority [9] for additional information regarding bus and local rail service in Buffalo.

By bus

Buffalo is also serviced directly by Greyhound. The city has a large bus depot in the heart of downtown. Greyhound Buses, 181 Ellicott St, +1 716 855-7533, [10].  edit

Megabus [11] provides service from New York City, Syracuse, Rochester and Toronto; fares start at $1 when ordered far enough in advance. Buses arrive and depart at gate 13 in the Metropolitan Transportation Center, located at the corner of Ellicott St and N Division Stin downtown Buffalo. There is a second stop at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, in the bus lane on the east side of the terminal on the arrivals level.

Get around

By public transportation

Buffalo's public transportation system is operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) [12]. They run both a single-line subway from the University at Buffalo's Main St. Campus on the north end to Erie Canal Harbor on the south end of downtown Buffalo, as well as an extensive bus network. As the subway enters the downtown core, the theater district, it emerges from the tunnel and runs above-ground. It is free to ride from this point south. To ride in the underground portion of the system, it costs $3.50 for a round-trip ticket, or $1.75 for a one-way ticket. It is a popular mode of transportation for employees and residents who live along the line and north of the city to commute downtown.

The bus and overall regional transportation system of the region is focused around three nodes: Downtown Buffalo, University Station on the University at Buffalo's South Campus, and Niagara Falls. Downtown Buffalo is the largest of the three nodes and the University station second. An important note about the system is that any user can transfer for free between bus routes and the rail line as long as the route intersects the rail line. This makes the rail line a strong backbone of the overall system, considering most of the bus routes originate from either the Downtown Transportation Center (Near Church station) or at University Station at the opposite end of the line. Bus-to-bus transfers cost 30 cents.

The NFTA also has a zone system in place; this means that anyone traveling outside from Zone 1, roughly the City of Buffalo proper, will have to pay a zone charge (also 30 cents) when exiting the bus. When traveling from outside of the city back Buffalo you pay the zone charge when boarding the bus. This difference often causes confusion among new users. There are a total of four zones within the system but most amenities or destinations around the region are accessible within the city and Zone 2, roughly the first ring suburbs.

To Niagara Falls

For those who want to visit Niagara Falls from Buffalo there is a direct Bus route between the two cities. Route 40 - Grand Island [13] serves this link between the two cities. You can catch the 40 from the Downtown Buffalo Transportation Center at the intersection of Elm and North Division Streets. This is just two blocks east of the Church Street Rail Station. The Bus will drive straight to Downtown Niagara Falls and then continue on to the Niagara Falls Transportation Center. The cost of this 26-mile trip is $4.50 round trip, or $2.25 each way.

To see other routes visit the NFTA's main webpage where schedules, maps and other information can be found. also note there is a whole system map available: [14].

By car

Buffalo has several expressways leading in and out of the city, the main being the Kensington Expressway (33) which begins at the airport on Genesee Street and concludes at Downtown Buffalo via Oak and Goodell Streets (depending on the direction of travel). Taxi service is available in urban areas, although it is limited. Do not expect to be able to hail a cab except outside the airport and in the bar districts. However, good dispatch is available.

City Hall
City Hall
Electric Tower with its heritage design.
Electric Tower with its heritage design.
  • Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, 1-716-873-9644, [15]. T-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 12-5PM. Mission is to maximize the educational potential for our community’s vast resources and abundant narratives through innovative programming, partnerships and collaborations; to share, preserve and add to our outstanding collections to tell the stories of Western New York, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Members free, adults $6, Seniors $4, Students 13-21 $4, Children 7-12 $2.50.   edit
  • Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, +1 716 847-1773, [16]. Apr-Oct 10AM-5PM daily, Nov Sa Su and F after Thanksgiving 10AM-4PM. $8, seniors and ages 6-16 $5.   edit
  • Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, +1 716 896-5200 (toll free: +1 866 291-6660), [17]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. $7, ages 3-18 $5.  edit
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave, +1 716 884-0095 (fax: +1 716 884-0330), [18]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su noon-5PM. Lectures, exhibits, tours, gardens. $5, aged 62+ and students $3, ages 6-14 $1.   edit
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave, +1 716 882-8700 (fax: +1 716 882-1958), [19]. W-Su 10AM-5PM (F until 10PM). An amazing gallery. $10, seniors/students $8 (Free on F nights).  edit
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave, +1 716 878-6011, [20]. Dedicated to the art and culture of Western New York, including the world's largest collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield. Exhibitions and programs include art and design from the Buffalo Niagara region, historic and contemporary. After almost ten years of planning, fundraising and construction, the new Center opened to the public in 2008.  edit
  • Architecture is a wide attraction in Buffalo, with buildings from almost every decade of the city's existence still preserved. Especially prominent is the historic Allentown District, located downtown, various Victorian mansions and other large, old mansions located on Delaware Avenue in what is known as "Millionaire's Row" and the neighborhoods adjacent to its southern edge. There also is the Darwin Martin house, designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 20th century.
  • Buffalo Bandits, HSBC Arena, [21]. Major indoor lacrosse team (NLL). Plays games from December through April. Games are affordable and family-priced.  edit
  • Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson Stadium, One Bills Dr, Orchard Park, [22]. Member of the National Football League (NFL).  edit
  • Buffalo Bisons, Coca-Cola Field, downtown, [23]. Seats are usually available and cheap, and provide a great view of downtown. Part of the farm system for the New York Mets, and this is a great place to see up and coming talent before it makes the big leagues. Coca-Cola Field is a "new classic" ballpark, built in the 1980s by HOK, the renowned firm that went on to build Camden Yards in Baltimore.  edit
  • Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, +1 716 855-4100 (toll free: +1 888-GO-SABRES), [24]. Member of the National Hockey League (NHL).  edit


Buffalo has a thriving theater scene, even after the bankruptcy and closing of the biggest producing theater in town, Studio Arena in 2008. Information about most of the theaters in town, and on the shows currently running, can be found on the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo's website.[25]

  • Delaware Park, part of the extended Olmsted Park system, is a large recreational park offering breathtaking views throughout the various seasons. Delaware Park is a popular location for running, golf, tennis, basketball and for the spectacular Hoyt Lake at its center. The renowned Shakespeare in Delaware Park outdoor festival, [26], takes place here each summer.
  • There are two amusement parks (each a bit of a trip from Buffalo).
    • Martin's Fantasy Island[27] on Grand Island (halfway to the Falls), is a small amusement park reminiscent of the originals. This is good for a cheap day out with small kids.
    • Darien Lake[28] will please larger kids and adults alike. A short drive east on the New York State Thruway (I-90, toll road), it has a lot of roller coasters, other smaller-thrill rides, and a good water park.
  • Tifft Nature Preserve, Ohio St. A 264-acre site for environmental education and conservation. Just 3 miles from downtown, operated by the Museum of Science, the Preserve features five miles of hiking trails, and a 75-acre freshwater cattail marsh. Donation.
  • Buffalo Zoo [29]. One of the first zoos in America, the Buffalo Zoo houses many kinds of animals on a small lot. Elephants, bears, otters, sea lions, and hyenas are just some of the creatures on display. Some of the animals, such as a resident peacock, are allowed to roam freely on the walkways, allowing you to get closer to nature than you would in most zoos. Children are $5 and adults are $8.50.
North Campus of the University at Buffalo
North Campus of the University at Buffalo

Buffalo is home to a large number of private and public colleges and universities. The largest school in the area is the University at Buffalo [30] (UB), part of the State University of New York system, which is renowned as a large public research University. Due to this, it is one of 62 elected members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. UB has two campuses: one to the north in Amherst, and the other on the northern border of the city. Buffalo State College [31] is located right on the Elmwood Strip across from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Canisius [32] is also located in the city of Buffalo near the intersection of Humboldt Parkway and Main St. Other colleges in the city include: Trocaire, Erie Community College, Medaille, and D'Youville.

The University at Buffalo has an annual speakers series [33] which has played host to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Michael Moore, the Dalai Lama, Stephen Colbert, and Jon Stewart in recent years. These events are open to the public; tickets are available from the University's box office. UB has a free series of summer lectures available to the public [34] and Buffalo State regularly has events [35] open to visitors .


Elmwood district [36] is located along the southern portion of Elmwood Avenue. This area contains a variety of small shops with a very 'independent' feel - you won't find national chain stores here. Used books, specialty coffee, one of a kind fashions, organic and local produce, artists' studios, and musical instrument shops line this commercial and residential district. Bidwell Park where it meets Elmwood Avenue hosts a farmers' market on Saturday Mornings from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Hertel Avenue district, located along Hertel Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Parker Avenue in North Buffalo is home to a wide assortment of shops as well. Art stores, used bookstores, as well as eccentric independent stores like 'Terrapin Station' dot the street that has seen a resurgence as in recent years. Hertel is quickly becoming the new "in" strip in Buffalo.

Allen Street district can in some ways be considered an extension of the Elmwood strip; however, it has a unique life of its own. Amidst the myriad of bars, you'll see bookstores, studios, and even antiques along this well traveled downtown strip.

Main Street in the University Heights district is not known for its shopping as much as its bars, but there are worthy places along this strip. The corner of Kenmore Ave. and Main St. has a more suburban strip-mall style appearance along with some more mainstream retailers like AJ Wright and Starbucks. Main Street has its share of video, specialty, comic, and other second hand stores worth a look as well.

Visitors looking for a more mainstream shopping experience should check out the Walden Galleria [37] in Cheektowaga (10 min from downtown). The Walden Galleria, being the region's largest mall, has added 60 new stores and services to their original 200+. New stores include Bebe, Lucky, Sephora, Coach and other high end retailers. New restaurants include Bar Louie, the Cheesecake Factory, the Melting Pot, Hyde Park Steakhouse and more. The smaller Boulevard Mall [38] on Niagara Falls Boulevard at Maple Road in Amherst is about 20 minutes from the city as well. The Boulevard Mall is located along one of the area's busiest shopping corridors, where big box retailers like Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot dot the landscape. The McKinley Mall is located 10 miles south of the city, at McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road, and is easily accessible by both the I-90 and the 219 expressway.

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Much to the surprise of visitors, Buffalo is a haven for great food.

No visit is complete without trying some Buffalo wings. Oh, sure, everyone thinks they've tried them, but nothing compares to the ones you can get in Buffalo. For the uninitiated, an authentic Buffalo wing is a chicken wing slathered in a mixture of homemade hot sauce and butter and fried up crisp. Best served with celery and blue cheese. Head to the Anchor Bar on Main Street if you want the original, but there's a strong local consensus that Duff's in Amherst has the best recipe.

The other local specialty is beef on weck (pronounced "beef on wick"), slices of roast beef layered on a kimmelwick roll and topped with horseradish. Any place that serves hot sandwiches is likely to have beef on weck on the menu.

Original Buffalo Wings
Original Buffalo Wings
  • Anchor Bar, 1046 Main St, [39]. Birthplace of the original buffalo wings. Still has great wings, pizza, etc.  edit
  • Bacchus Wine Bar, 54 W Chippewa St, +1 716 854-9463. The wine here is top notch, but so is the eclectic and unique menu. $20-30.  edit
  • Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl St, +1 716 856-2337. Free Wireless internet, belt driven fans, three patios, and a great bar and game room on the third floor. They brew their own beer in house, and their pulled pork is the best in the city. This place is very busy on nights the Buffalo Sabres [40], the city's professional hockey team is playing at nearby HSBC arena. $10-20.  edit
  • Chop House, 297 Franklin St, +1 716 842-6900. Constantly busy. A favorite among business travelers. Not cheap, but the food and service is top notch. $80-90.  edit
  • Hutch's, 1375 Delaware Ave, +1 716 885-0074. One of the best known city restaurants. The Jumbalaya is great, as is the Stuffed Poblano Pepper, which has been a "special" for years. $20-30.  edit
  • Left Bank, 511 Rhode Island St., +1 716 882-3509. Another top restaurant in downtown. Like Hutch's getting a weekend reservation can prove difficult. Sunday brunch is typically booked two weeks out. $20-30.  edit
  • Prime 490, 490 Rhode Island St, +1 716 882-3328. Newer restaurant, but some of the best food in Buffalo. The steaks are incredible and the sides range from Salt and Vinegar Mashed Potatoes to Lobster Mac n Cheese. $20-30.  edit
  • Allen Street Hardware Cafe, 245 Allen St, +1 716 882-8843. Great small place with good seasonal menu and stellar beer and wine selection. $10-20.  edit
  • Fat Bob's Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Pl, 716-887-2971 (, fax: +1 716 332-1201). Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Generous helpings of slow cooked southern comfort food. A carnivore's paradise of St. Louis pork ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, barbecued chicken, catfish & more. Sinful sides include collard greens, cornbread, creamy mashed potatoes, baked beans, sausage gravy, and mac & cheese. Come hungry. Decent selection of domestic and imported beers. Mains $10-20.  edit
  • Ambrosia, 467 Elmwood, +1 716 881-2196. Greek Diner with reasonable prices and a slightly more upscale Mediterranean menu at night. $10-20.  edit
  • Cecilia's, 716 Elmwood Ave, +1 716 883-8066. Italian food and martinis. In the heart of Elmwood District. Summers are wonderful, as the patio is typically jammed. $20-30.  edit
  • Amy's Place, 3234 Main St, +1 716 832-6666. 6AM-8PM. The best vegetarian/vegan in Buffalo hands down. It has a very eclectic menu featuring some particularly fabulous Lebanese food. Also, if you're an early bird they have the best 1.99 cent breakfast anywhere in the city. Under $10.  edit
  • Duff's Famous Wings, 3651 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, +1 716 834-6234. Anchor Bar invented them, and according to some, Duff's perfected them.  edit
Old Fans
Old Fans


Bars and nightclubs in Buffalo can stay open until 4AM. Many bars in Buffalo don't get going until sometime after midnight on weekends. There are a lot of strips and bars to choose from in Buffalo.


Lots of established nightlife spots along W Chippewa Street and just off it.

  • 67 West, 67 W Chippewa, +1 716 842-0281.  edit
  • Bada Bing, 115 W Chippewa, +1 716 853-BING, [41]. till 4AM. Full service restaurant by night and lights down music up nightclub on the weekends. Boasting one of the best DJ's on the strip Friday and Saturday nights  edit
  • Buckin' Buffalo Saloon, 294 Franklin St, +1 716 853-4400, [42]. Popular Country club, and yes it also has a Buffalo you can ride.  edit
  • Club Marcella, 622 Main St, [43]. Drag Shows on weekends  edit
  • Crocodile Bar, 88 W Chippewa, +1 716 853-CROC.  edit
  • Laughlin's, 333 Franklin St, +1 716 842-6700, [44].  edit
  • La Luna, 52 W Chippewa, +1 716 855-2220. Latin dance club  edit
  • Skybar, 257 Franklin St. Trendy rooftop dance club open during summer months  edit
  • Soho, 64 W Chippewa, +1 716 856-SOHO.  edit
  • Third Room, 54 W Chippewa, +1 716 842-2787.  edit
  • Tudor Lounge, 335 Franklin St, +1 716 885-9643. Karaoke on Friday nights, live bands throughout the week  edit
  • Allen Street Hardware Cafe. Fancy, more gourmet-like food and a good selection of drinks.  edit
  • Cathode Ray.  edit
  • Colter Bay Grill.  edit
  • Cozumel. Mediocre tex-mex food, but great patio and good margaritas.  edit
  • Gabriel's Gate. - A contender for Buffalo's best Buffalo Wings, and they have a microbrew Brown Ale on tap as well as a few others.  edit
  • Mulligan's Brick Bar. Dirty but cheap, a hodgepodge of folks come here all day long for drinks (and sometimes darts). Packed on late weekend nights.  edit
  • Nietzsche's. Sometimes good jazz or blues, sometimes stand up comedy, always a good time, and good beers on tap.  edit
  • The Old Pink (Two Two Three Allen). Hipster central, generally.  edit
  • Snooty Fox.  edit
  • Spirits of Allentown Wine Bar.  edit
  • Coles, 1104 Elmwood Ave, +1 716 886-1449. A staple, one of the oldest bars in Buffalo. It's busy just about every night. The crowd is a consistent mix of professionals and college students. Great food, and a large beer list, although it can become unreasonably tightly packed on Friday and Saturday night. High concentration of fratboys and harlots when nearby Buffalo State College is in session; the crowd becomes much more civilized during the summer months when school's out.  edit
  • J.P. Bullfeathers.  edit
  • McGarrett's.  edit
  • Broadway Joe's. Chill bar, live piano and jazz some nights  edit
  • Empire Grill, 1435 Hertel Ave, +1 716 446-0700.  edit
  • Gecko's, 1464 Hertel Ave. Serves hot dogs well into the night  edit
  • Mojo's. Chill bar, live piano/jazz some nights  edit
  • Shadow Lounge, 1504 Hertel Ave, +1 716 835-3975, [45]. Relaxed atmosphere, good martini list  edit
  • Sidebar, 1459 Hertel Ave, +1 716 835-1995. Chill bar, live piano/jazz some nights  edit
  • The Steer. Chill bar, live piano/jazz some nights  edit
  • Third Base. Chill bar, live piano/jazz some nights  edit


Downtown Buffalo offers many unique and affordable accommodations located within walking distance of many of the city's major attractions.

  • Comfort Inn University, 1 Flint Rd, +1 716 688-0811, [46].  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Tonawanda, 50 Freeman Rd, +1 716 633-6200, [47].  edit
  • Red Roof Inn, 42 Flint Rd, Amherst, +1 716 689-7474 (fax: +1 716 689-2051), [48].  edit
  • Residence Inn Buffalo Amherst, 100 Maple Rd, Amherst, +1 716 632-6622 (fax: +1 716 632-5247), [49].  edit
  • Residence Inn Buffalo Cheektowaga, 107 Anderson Rd, +1 716 892-5410 (fax: +1 716 892-5409), [50].  edit
  • Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel & Conference Center, (Airport), (toll free: +1-800-GARDEN-1), [51].   edit
  • Sleep Inn Buffalo Amherst, 75 InnKeepers Ln, Amherst, +1 716 691-6510 (toll free: +1 800 424-6423), [52].  edit


  • Hostel Buffalo Niagara, 667 Main St, +1.716.852.5222 (), [53]. checkin: 5-10:30pm; checkout: 10:30am. Independent hostel in a prime location downtown in the theater district. Clean and friendly. In 2007, it was rated 3rd best in the country by Hostelling International. Offers a communal kitchen, dining lounge, laundry and free wireless. dorm bed/25.00.  edit
  • Courtyard Buffalo Amherst, 4100 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, +1 716 626-2300 (fax: +1 716 626-2322), [54].  edit
  • Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave, +1 716 886-2121, [55].  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Downtown, 2 Fountain Plaza, +1 716 856-1234, [56]. Connected to Buffalo Convention Center.  edit
  • Richmond Place Inn, 45 Richmond Ave, +1 716 881-3242, [57]. Bed and breakfast.  edit
  • Mansion On Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Ave, +1 716 886-3300. Great place for a romantic getaway.  edit

Stay safe

Buffalo's East Side has a reputation as being a fairly rough place. This is the city's poorest residential district, and the blighted houses and emerging urban prairie does little to dispel the notion that this is a bad part of town. For the most part, this is a working-class part of town, full of lower- to lower-middle-class working families. It's good advice not to walk the streets alone at night around Bailey Ave. or Fillmore Ave. east of Main St.

Buffalo is fortunate to not have much of a vagrant problem. Walking some of the busier city strips such as Elmwood and Allentown, you may find the occasional person asking you for change.

  • Lake Erie Tour Route and Lighthouses. Go back to the mainland and see the shoreline. The drive (or boat ride) around Lake Erie takes you through the working waterfronts around Buffalo, Cleveland, OH, Detroit, MI, Erie, PA, Toledo, OH, and southern Ontario and is intermingled with beautiful preservations of flora and fauna as well as the history of North America's first westward expansion, the Old Northwest Territory.
  • Rochester, NY is a short hour and a half drive away down I-90.
  • Genesee Country Village, 1410 Flint Hill Rd. Mumford, NY, (585) 538-6822, [58]. See the 19th century come alive in an accurate restored community. Employees don't just tell the history, but they work as townspeople performing various 19th century jobs around the community. $14 adults/ $8 kids.  edit
  • Niagara Falls, NY One of the wonders of the world and a great honeymoon spot, a short 30 minute drive up I-190. Lots of small museums and tourist attractions located just across the border in Niagara Falls (Ontario).
  • Ellicottville, NY The winter season in Buffalo is perfect for skiing. Just an hour south of the city, Ellicottville has 52 slopes, a quaint main street as well as a ton of great bed and breakfasts.
  • Lockport Lockport is a city in Niagara County, New York, United States. The population was 22,279 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a set of Erie canal locks within the city. Lockport is the county seat of Niagara County and is surrounded by the Town of Lockport.
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The University at Buffalo is a public university in Buffalo, New York. It is the largest university in a group called the "State University of New York" or "SUNY."


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