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A Love Letter to Buffalo, New York

You may not have heard a whole lot about Buffalo, New York, but 颈迟鈥檚 the second biggest city in the Empire State, after NYC, and has a fascinating history of its own鈥攁nd a lot of assets that appeal to young adults just starting out after high school or college.听

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the city is just 25 minutes away from Niagara Falls, which generated hydropower for Buffalo at the start of the 20th century. One of the richest American cities at the time, Buffalo became the first U.S. city to have widespread electricity, earning it the nickname of City of Light.听

There鈥檚 a reason that a giant mural exists downtown that says 鈥淜eep Buffalo a Secret.鈥 This city is a hidden gem whose citizens are incredibly passionate about their hometown.鈥 Alum Edie Falk, 黄色视频 Buffalo 鈥22, a Buffalonian transplant, shares a few reasons why she fell in love with her new鈥痗ity and decided to stay and work in Buffalo after her year of service in schools was completed.

5. History

鈥淚 love exploring historical sites in my free time and Buffalo has a rich background that reaches into nearly every era of American history!鈥 Edie says.鈥淧laces like Fort Niagara, which is the oldest building on the Great Lakes and was a key military installation for the United States during the War of 1812, let you immerse yourself in the events that occurred here.鈥

Buffalo has many historical sites you can explore like Underground Railroad鈥痵tops, the Buffalo lighthouse, and Buffalo Central Terminal.

4. Buffalo鈥檚 Art Deco architecture…

is some of the best preserved in the country, and there are tons of amazing examples of it all over the place!鈥 Edie says. 鈥淐ity Hall is an especially good spot to go to see the geometric decorations and futuristic motifs that make Art Deco architecture what it is.鈥 I totally felt like I was transported back into the early 1930s when I stepped inside鈥攖he work that has been done to preserve the building is really impressive and well worth a stop in.鈥濃

The city is full of , too, from houses by Frank Lloyd Wright to parks designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, creator of Central Park in New York City, the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., and 鈥疊oston鈥檚 Emerald Necklace.

3. Walkability

鈥淏eing able to easily walk wherever I want to go is super important to me- it helps me to feel like I鈥檓 really a part of a community!鈥 Buffalo has several really distinct neighborhoods, and most of them are really鈥easy to walk through.鈥 The West Side, Elmwood Village, Allentown, and Downtown are all easily connected and have tons of great shops, restaurants, breweries, and murals to explore.鈥

Learn more about Buffalo鈥檚 distinct .

2. Food

There is a reason that National Geographic once ranked Buffalo as the world鈥欌 third best food city.鈥 鈥淚f you鈥檙e craving it, Buffalo has it,鈥 says Edie.鈥 鈥淗it up Sato for incredible ramen or sushi, the West Side Bazaar for awesome Ethiopian or Thai food, or Big Mood if you鈥檙e craving something plant based!鈥赌疧bviously, you鈥檒l also need to travel along Buffalo鈥檚 famous wing trail (I鈥檓 not biased but Duff鈥檚 definitely has the best wings.鈥 And ok, I鈥檓 definitely biased).鈥

Check out this list of Buffalo is famous for.鈥赌

1. The Buffalo Bills

Every Sunday is essentially a citywide holiday in Buffalo.鈥 If 迟丑别谤别鈥檚 a Bills game, the world stops,鈥 Edie says.Restaurants, the Bills stadiums, and hearts are all full.鈥 But loving football 颈蝉苍鈥檛 why I put this as my number one reason to love Buffalo- 颈迟鈥檚 the sense of community that this team helps to create.鈥 I truly understood why Buffalo is referred to as the 鈥楥ity of Good Neighbors鈥 when I鈥attended my first Bills game.鈥 Everyone was sharing their food and the simple joy of rallying together around a city that they love more than anything else.

Yes, Buffalo has snow. But it also has a lot of heart.

鈥淵ears ago, chef and food critic o, absolutely expecting to hate every moment of it,鈥 Edie recalls.听

鈥淏y the time he ended his stay here, he said, 鈥楾here is a perverse joy of being alive and living in Buffalo even in the coldest part of winter at night in what I call a blizzard.鈥鈥赌

鈥淭hat quote just about sums up what I love so much about Buffalo.鈥 People here find joy in the small things鈥攖heir cup and char pepperoni, a football team that is definitely going to the Super Bowl, and pretending they don鈥檛 hate ridiculous amounts of snow.鈥 Buffalo has everything I鈥檝e been looking for and more, and I hope that you get to visit someday soon!鈥濃

And we have one more reason why young adults ages 17-25 may want to move to Buffalo sometime soon 鈥. The chance to work with teammates like Edie, serving students in Buffalo schools.

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