The West Side "parkways" created as part of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's city-wide system of parks, paid homage to the recent Civil War.
It may come as no surprise to learn that Dunkirk, NY, takes its name from the French city on the English Channel. But the way in which this occurred makes for a unique and interesting story.
A significant part of Buffalo's history is now the backdrop for a new attraction at Canalside and the Outer Harbor.
Today the name Letchworth is associated with the state park on the edge of Wyoming and Livingston counties, but the man for which the park is named had a successful business and philanthropic career as well.
Built as the summer home of businessman William H. Gratwick in 1903, Linwood Gardens has stood the test of time. Today, Western New Yorkers venture to the gardens in Pavilion for the annual Tree Peony Festival of Flowers each May.
Buffalo is not the only Western New York city that has endured the pros and cons of urban renewal. Assistant editor David Neth examines its impact in Genesee County.
When the unification of the state church in Prussia created dissent among many Lutherans, large numbers of them emigrated to Western New York.
Thanks to the ground-breaking ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the beautiful Buffalo park and parkway system was the first of its kind in the world.