Author: Niagara Falls Guy

Niagara Falls Guy

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are connected as a region. The cities are tied together through an economic, cultural and environmental climate. Not to mention the people that strive to make Western NY a place that is filled with growth and opportunity. Niagara Falls is an international draw that deserves ample coverage when fitting news comes to pass.

There’s nothing more stunning than visiting historic churches in the heart of Autumn! Come join the NF Mass Mob tomorrow, October 22nd, 2017 at 10AM, at one of Niagara’s most beloved churches. Drawing on the success of the 1st NF Mass Mob held this past January at the storied St Peter’s Episcopal Church, founders Matt Green and Nirel Patel are expecting a larger turnout come Sunday. Mass Mobbers are encouraged to arrival early and park free of charge in the Niagara Falls Municipal Parking Lot (Behind the Niagara Falls Police Station). Following the service, visitors are invited on a brief tour of the historic structure…

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BF Patel and family have opened Niagara Falls’ newest and most unique hotel in recent years. Originally built as a Chocolate Factory for the Niagara Chocolate Company in 1912, the building later became home to the northeast headquarters for Moore Business Forms employing thousands of Niagara Falls residents for decades. After Moore closed its operations in Niagara Falls in the late 2000s, the building sat vacant for a few years before being purchased by the Patel’s in 2010. After partnering with Marriott, Waterbourne Construction Advisors, Carmina Wood Morris, and Mussachio Architects and investing approximately $12.8 million into the project, the…

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Following in the footsteps of the Buffalo Mass Mob, NF Mass Mob is hoping to have similar success in Niagara Falls where many urban historic churches are crying for attention. The initiative spurred on by Niagara Falls business owners Nirel Patel and Matt Green, aims at targeting three churches in different areas of the city beginning first in the Downtown tourist district at St Peter’s Episcopal Church. The Mass Mob hopes to bring much needed attention to the community’s historic houses of worship and jump-start the congregations with increased energy and finances. The 1st NF Mass Mob will be held…

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After several decades of sitting empty along one of Niagara’s busiest and most visible thoroughfares, 324 Niagara Street, is getting a new life thanks to a development partnership between Savarino Companies, Buffalove Development owned by Niagara Falls native Bernice Radle, and Community Beer Works. The group was selected by the City of Niagara Falls after responding to a RFP issued earlier this year for the property’s redevelopment. The plan, announced earlier this morning, will feature a small scale brewing operation and tap room in the lower and first floors as well as recreational amenities on the 2nd floor. The proposed development…

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After several years of planning and public participation, the City of Niagara Falls finally has its first skate park. Located on Hyde Park Boulevard just a short walk from Sal Maglie Stadium and the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial, the skate park is highly visible and and accessible to the entire community. Two years ago, Niagara Falls Community Development launched a public participation series to begin the design and select the location of the long desired skate park. With insight from the Niagara Falls Youth Bureau, over 600 petition signatures, and various comments via public meetings and social media, NF Skate Park was crafted. The park, funded…

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Come later this summer, Downtown Niagara Falls will have a new place to grab a fresh roasted cup of coffee and gourmet sandwich. Owner’s Michael Lewis,Joseph Hotchkiss, and Kyle Bajor are working tirelessly to transform 444 3rd Street into a neighborhood cultural destination featuring locally sourced ingredients called the Power City Eatery. Built in 1980, the 3,800 square foot building is undergoing significant renovations to improve the street presence and appeal of the building through installing new storefront windows and creating an outdoor patio flanking the restaurant along Third Street. Previously the offices of NYS Division of Parole, the building will now become an…

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The Isaiah 61 Project, under the leadership and vision of new Executive Director Kevin Wing, is forging forward with its continued renovation of the 540 16th Street where students just finished the drywall on the second floor of the home. Upon completion of the home, the home will be put the home on the market and sold to a new homeowner. Sale proceeds will be re injected into the program to continue renovating homes sold or donated by Niagara Falls Community Development to the organization. The on-site hands on learning is a part of the FREE 500 hour Construction Trades Training taught…

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There were many gasps of relief and excitement when Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month announced the $42 million dollar plan to remove the Robert Moses Parkway North. Included in the project is the reconstruction of the long neglected and underutilized Whirlpool Street which will be redesigned into a two-lane street to provide all north-south access to the section of the Niagara Gorge Corridor closest to the parkway. With such removal of the RMP and reconstruction of Whirlpool Street, the adjacent neighborhoods will now have access to the vast beauty offered by the Niagara Gorge waterfront. Enter 631 Chilton Avenue and…

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Today was a big day for residents and officials of Niagara Falls as Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than $40 million will be allocated for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway North segment that has long disconnected neighborhoods from the city’s greatest asset, the waterfront along the Niagara Gorge. For decades its been widely acknowledged the parkway was a gaping urban planning mistake but has never drawn the financial backing needed to reverse the disconnect and restore access back to the waterfront. With improvements in Niagara Falls State Park and reconfiguration of the Robert Moses Parkway South coming…

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The Niagara Falls Community Development Department is hosting a Home Ownership Auction of twenty city owned properties on Thursday, April 14, 2016. This is the department’s third home ownership auction since 2013, and the largest to date. The auction has been a tremendous success and has continued to be refined for an even better streamlined process. According to Seth Piccirillo, the Director of Niagara Falls Community Development, the Niagara Falls Home Ownership Auction is specifically marketed to homeowners looking to renovate and live in the properties as opposed to the traditional tax foreclosure auctions which are often investor driven. Potential bidders…

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