Niagara Falls

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Imagine cruising over Kazakhstan, along the Russian border, at 530 miles per hour in a loaded 300,000-pound KC-135 military aircraft during winter. Not an everyday experience. Soon there will be no need to fly halfway around the world to train pilots under such conditions.

Amtrak finds new home in Niagara Falls

Jul 31, 2016

The City of Niagara Falls is getting a new Amtrak train station.

There is a new push underway in Ontario for a hotel tax, the latest call coming from the mayor of Niagara Falls. Any such tax would need the approval of the provincial government. Toronto's mayor has already had talks with the province and a hotel tax could be just months away.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a work of masonry that is the sole survivor of a fire which destroyed its original home. It stood along a critical trade route that predates European settlers. Now, the Old Stone Chimney stands overlooking the upper Niagara River and leaders are encouraging both tourists and local citizens to check out the unique piece of history.

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Tourists who flock to Niagara Falls every year have a new reason to stay a little longer. An old attraction has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation designed to also help local students. 

Heritage Moments: Harriet Tubman crosses the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge

Jun 6, 2016
Tubman c. 1871-76, photographed by Harvey B. Lindsley; Library of Congress Print and Photographs Division

In 2015, the Secretary of the Treasury announced that a woman would be featured on U.S. paper currency for the first time. Even though several women were under consideration, it was immediately clear who it should be — Harriet Tubman.

Judy Glaser / Niagara Falls City School District

A big, green superhero was seen around Niagara Falls today. Well, he wasn't green today.

Lou Ferrigno - of "The Incredible Hulk" fame - made stops on this side of the border and to the north, as the Niagara Falls Comic Con prepared to open this afternoon.

Hamister Group has secured the funding to move forward with its long-awaited 128-room Hyatt Place Hotel in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls renews community policing effort

May 31, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Business owners in Niagara Falls could soon get a visit from the police. But the purpose of the officers' visit will be to say hello and find out more about any concerns for the neighborhood.


A little over a year ago, the City of Niagara Falls got serious about its curbside recycling program that, for years, was among the worst in Western New York. Although the city hasn’t quite reached the national average, it has improved enough to outpace the City of Buffalo. Investigative Post reporter Dan Telvock reviewed the two programs and found that sometimes, one clever idea and a simple change in the law can make a big difference.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster announced the first ten projects of the 2016 road paving season on Monday, and revealed three projects that will soon seek bids from contractors.

Niagara Falls Attraction Reopens

May 22, 2016

A popular Niagara Falls, Ontario attraction reopened it's doors this weekend.

Discover Niagara Shuttle set to debut May 26

May 20, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Both tourists and local residents will have free access to more than a dozen attractions along the Lower Niagara River when a new two-year pilot project gets underway for the summer and early autumn months.

Heritage Moments: Tesla at Niagara — the weird genius who powered the world

Apr 11, 2016
Library of Congress; photograph by Napoleon Sarony

He was always an odd boy given to strange obsessions, but the fevered vision that came to Nikola Tesla at 15 stuck with him for years. Bedridden with malaria, the young Serb opened a book to an engraving of Niagara Falls and, in his delirium, had a shimmering apparition: the rushing waters were turning a gigantic wheel, powering great factories and entire cities.

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The sagging Canadian dollar is apparently good for Canadian tourism as stronger currencies like the U.S. dollar let tourists get bargains in everything from hotel rooms to that new outlet mall in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

photo from Jay Moran

Thousands flocked to Buffalo's Broadway Market last week in the days leading up to Easter. For the rest of the year, however, large crowds are rare. The disparity has prompted Jim Fink of Business First to wonder, "Is the Broadway Market in 2016 viable?"

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

The unseasonably mild winter has paved the way for what cruise operators are calling the earliest-ever launch of boat excursions at Niagara Falls.

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Seeing, hearing and feeling Niagara Falls for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience, even for visitors today who have viewed images of the mighty cataract all their lives before finally setting eyes on it. Multiply that sense of awe a thousand times and we can only begin to know what Father Louis Hennepin felt in the winter of 1678-79 when he stumbled through the woods and stood at the brink of Niagara.


The push is on to install brighter lights to shine on Niagara Falls.  The move would replace the current lights which are nearly 75-years-old.

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Mayor Paul Dyster says Niagara Falls' years of effort in economic development is showing up across his city. That was the central theme of his State of the City message Thursday evening.

WNED/WBFO Making a Difference

Throughout February WNED|WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is making a difference.

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For the second time in the lifetimes of many, the American side of Niagara Falls could be turned off.

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A Niagara Falls man has been charged with theft and insurance fraud by New York authorities in a worker's compensation case.

A Niagara Falls man is under arrest on arson charges in connection with a rooming house fire that left 20 people homeless.

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A Niagara County-based state Senator would like to change the plan by which New York State and local entities including the City of Niagara Falls split revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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Niagara Falls Police are teaming with the New York State Humane Association in searching for the killer of a puppy.

Marketing efforts that some have as described as more intense and strategic are being partially credited for a banner tourism season in Niagara Falls.

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One of the oldest structures in our region is being carefully dismantled so that it can be rebuilt in a more accessible place. The Old Stone Chimney in Niagara Falls dates to the French and Indian War. Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata talks about this landmark in our Press Pass conversation with WBFO's Mark Scott.

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For the first time in four decades, Niagara Falls has a third-term mayor. Paul Dyster believes his re-election shows the city is on the right course.