Beer and internet break
After finishing Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward and getting halfway through Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City, I think it’s time for a break. By the way, I recommend both of these books if you’re interested in either of these two great cities.
I agonized over this far too long…but I was forced to make a decision because my Groupon was about to expire. The top photo of Buffalo Central Terminal is now a 16”x24” metal print and will complement the lower photo that I purchased months ago.
Wow…if you’ve never wondered about the roll of Buffalo, NY in our nation’s history, take a look at this slickly produced ice-breaking trip down the Buffalo River on the Edward M Cotter.
Bethlehem Steel’s Old North is now a memory.
The Erie Harbor Canal Development Corporation has approved a plan to light up some of Buffalo’s bridges and grain elevators. Take a look at the test from last year, it’s very cool.
A tribute to Buffalo Central Terminal, very nicely done.
It’s a bit long—an eight minute video—but I enjoyed watching the construction and usage during its heyday, transitioning to decline and disrepair to Simon and Garfunkel’s ”The Sounds of Silence”.
Another first ward warmer…E & B Holmes Machinery Company, taken in July. They specialized in machinery that produced wooden barrels. The third photo, taken at the back of the property, bears this out.
A summer Buffalo flashback, to warm you all. This image and my attempted visit to Concrete Central still amuses me. CSX is notorious for harassing trespassers in Buffalo’s first ward, and for good reason—they own an amazing spiderweb of railroad routes that blanket areas near the Buffalo River, and some of their property can be fairly unsafe. In an attempt to prevent trespassing onto this bridge CSX has installed video monitors and speakers. When an intruder appears, they blast audio warnings over the loudspeakers. Whether the warnings are prerecorded, and if they’re triggered simply by movement or if trespassers are indeed monitored live are up for debate. Regardless, hearing the warning over and over had me both laughing and retreating, so I suppose the system works!