Niagara Falls

Heritage Moments: Frederick Law Olmsted and the stroll that saved Niagara

Aug 13, 2018
Photo from “Review of Reviews and World’s Work,” 1890

Niagara Falls in the 1800s was an industrialist’s dreamland and a huckster’s paradise. Cheap waterpower abounded­ — all you had to do was build a channel to divert a small portion of the mighty Niagara past your mill, and you were all set. And an enterprising “entrepreneur” need only buy a small parcel of land with a view, erect a tall fence and charge visitors from far and wide exorbitant fees to get a glimpse of the thunderous cataract — the Eighth Wonder of the World, once you paid enough to see it.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

On the first anniversary of white nationalist rally that turned into an anti-police protest in Charlottesville, VA, around two dozen protestors turned out in Niagara Falls, marching to a now-closed white supremacist bar.

Larry Kensinger / Niagara Gazette

Large plumes of flames and smoke could be seen billowing across Niagara Falls overnight, as emergency crews battled an industrial fire on College Avenue near Hyde Park - the third since 2014 involving the same company.

Center for Environment, Health & Justice

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter declaring Love Canal a federal health emergency. It was the first time a man-made disaster was given that declaration. The environmental disaster was memorialized in the song "Love Canal" by the band Flipper. WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an  audio postcard with remembrances from canal evacuees Luella Kenny and former Channel 2 reporter Dick Lucinski.


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Niagara SPCA has a new Executive Director. He is North Tonawanda native and nonprofit executive Tim Brennan, and he plans to start work September 1.

Niagara Falls Police Department

A former Niagara Falls police officer, convicted for involvement in narcotics sales, has been sentenced to time served and three years probation.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is taking some heat for its security - or lack of it. However, the hospital says its security is "as good or better" than facilities of its same size and population.

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An animal rights group has lost another legal bid to have two chimpanzees declared persons so they can be transferred to a sanctuary. The case has attracted international attention and support. Some of that support has come from two Canadian university professors.


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Local border expert Patrick Whalen is in Ottawa Monday for the Canadian session of the Canadian-American Border Trade Alliance. The board member is among the group's representatives pushing for simpler trade and passage across the 4,000-mile-long U.S.-Canada border.

The New York State Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Niagara, Genesee, Livingston and Chemung counties.

4 plead guilty to operating cocaine ring in Lockport

May 3, 2018

Four people have pleaded guilty in what authorities are calling a "large drug trafficking organization operating out of Lockport."

Uncrowned Community Builders

The former long-time head of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority has been sentenced to two years probation and a $2,000 fine for stealing government funds.

Citizens for Regional Transit

Improving Amtrak passenger train service into and out of this region is almost as important as improving the connecting Metro Rail service. That from a meeting Tuesday night sponsored by Citizens for Regional Transit.


National Public Radio

The Niagara Falls Water Board will be replacing more lead pipe water lines this year than planned. Albany threw in $575,000 to allow more of the potentially dangerous lines to be removed and replaced with safer piping.

Police in southern Ontario are investigating an alleged group sexual assault in Niagara Falls.

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It's one of those urban jokes: as soon as a street is repaired, someone comes by to dig it up to make some infrastructure repair. The City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Water Board are in cooperation to make sure that doesn't happen - this time.

Maid of the Mist

The Niagara Falls Water Board says things are turning around at its troubled Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant became internationally infamous in July of last year, when it dumped black material into the middle of a tourist-filled section of the Niagara River.

Smart Cities Niagara

In a tourist city like Niagara Falls, ON, a full garbage can is unsightly and perhaps something that will be mentioned when a tourist is back home. Mayor Jim Diodati doesn't want that, especially along the busy Victoria Avenue tourist corridor. The city has a high-tech answer for the challenge and senses it can help earn $50 million for other smart innovations.

Business and environmental groups are not always on the same side, but when it comes to Lake Ontario’s shores, there is some common ground.

Five Star Urgent Care

Niagara County has a new urgent care option. Five Star Urgent Care cut the ribbon on its new facility at 7432 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls Wednesday and is now serving walk-ins and other patients from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Wegmans

Three area Wegmans will be closing overnights.

Niagara Falls Mayor's Office

Thursday should be the day a major water main break in Niagara Falls is finally fixed.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Even in harsh winter weather, people are still flocking to Niagara Falls to see one of America’s natural wonders. Before sub-zero temperatures set in, WBFO’s Avery Schneider stopped by the American side to find out who was looking at the not-quite-frozen falls.


A police chase in the city of Niagara Falls Wednesday has resulted in the death of the pursued driver.

Niagara Falls Water Board

The Niagara Falls Water Board will be holding a special meeting Thursday morning to approve a contractor to repair a major water main break that has disrupted the city's water supply since Friday.

Nigara Falls Mayor's Office

The Niagara Falls Water Board says at this point, it does not know how long it will take to fix a broken water main that supplies much of the city of Niagara Falls.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Water Board voted Monday night to raise rates, saying it has turned around an organization that desperately needed change.

A 47-year-old Niagara Falls man, who lost his leg when he stomped out an ignited homemade bomb, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for unlawful possession of a destructive device.

Two court buildings and a county office building in Niagara County were closed in the early afternoon Thursday because of phoned-in bomb threats.

Niagara Falls Housing Authority

The former head of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and two family members have entered guilty pleas to stealing government funds.

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