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Old Posted May 27, 2018, 1:58 AM
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Bufalo, New York - Black Rock

Black Rock is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of Buffalo, as was formerly part of the Town of Black Rock, a losing rival of Buffalo for the Erie Canal terminus, that was absorbed by the City of Buffalo in 1853. The neighborhood is much smaller than its namesake town, but is within the area of the former shipyards at the mouth of Scajaquada Creek, dating to at least the 1700s, and the heavy industries which formed along the creek in the early 1800s.

The area was and is still primarily working class, and has some of the oldest existing housing in Buffalo, which along with Black Rock was burned in the War of 1812. The area is also filled with churches built by waves of immigrants since the 1830s, and which continue to arrive today with significant Burmese and African arrivals this century. Many of the former industries, however, no longer exist, and there are many vacant factories and land area, although in just the last 5 years a significant number have been converted to other uses and more are on the way. Despite being a poorer area, the population has been increasing and development from the wealthier Elmwood area and Buffalo State College has given the Grant-Amherst area of Black Rock a "hipster" reputation.


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Assumption Church was the center of the Black Rock Polish community.

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Amherst Street - the market is the longest continuing operating market in the city.

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Neighborhood homes near Amherst Street, dating back to at least the 1880s.

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The area maintains an "old neighborhood" feel today.

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The corner of Grant and Amherst Street, which has been re-developing as a commercial destination after several decades of neglect.
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The first fire station in Buffalo built for a gasoline powered fire engine, now converted to a private residence.

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One of the oldest homes in Buffalo, built around 1830, used as a residence today. The following photos are in the same area, near the location of the former Black Rock Market Square at Niagara Street, which now only exists as a small park.

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Unlike most of Buffalo, many homes in Black Rock were built without basements, and were often referred to as "cottages" by old-time residents. Some homes were also built two-deep on the narrow lots. Houses in this area show build dates in city records as early as 1824, just 11 years after the town was burned by the British.

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Grant and Military Road, which was built to connect American Fort Niagara with Black Rock in order to avoid the British portage route along the Niagara. The following photos are also near this intersection, which has kept its business structures intact, including the former Unity Theater.

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The Burmese community has blended in with previous residents of the area.

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The corner of Tonawanda and Ontario Streets, where Black Rock meets the Riverside neighborhood.

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Adjacent to Black Rock, there are recreational harbors near the entrance to the Black Rock Lock, which is part of the Black Rock Canal that runs parallel to the Niagara River along the Erie Canal path.


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Across the Black Rock Canal lies Unity Island, a former waste dump now cleaned and converted to a well-used park by the local community. The International Railway Bridge crosses from Black Rock to Canada, and was built in 1873. Black Rock once had an extensive railroad yard, and much of it lies vacant today and held in private hands by speculators.

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The Black Rock Canal continues for about 7 km where it enters the harbors of Buffalo. During the construction of the Erie Canal in the 1820s, the water in the current canal was blocked by "black rock" which gave the town its name, and also prevented ships from traveling as far as Lake Erie without entering the swift Niagara River current. Canal sponsors blew up the rock formation, and Black rock not only lost its namesake, it also lost the terminus to the canal, and eventually its independence as a separate city.

West Ferry lift bridge:

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Bird Island Pier separating the canal from the Niagara, with the Peace Bridge to Canada in the background.

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View of Canada and the USA-Canada border

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The remains of the "black rock" alongside the Bird Island pier.

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Old Posted May 27, 2018, 2:39 PM
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Enjoyed these photos. I used to live in Riverside and sometimes rode the bus through Black Rock.
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Old Posted May 27, 2018, 9:08 PM
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One more Black Rock image that I took today that many people seem awfully excited about.

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Old Posted May 28, 2018, 10:16 PM
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Was a Loblaws in the 60's and 70's
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Thanks so much for the tour!
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Old Posted May 31, 2018, 8:26 PM
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Older image of the area:

Passing thru the Black Rock Lock a couple of years ago. The original lock was built as part of the Erie Canal, while the current lock was constructed in 1914. It is 200m in length, and rises 8 feet to separate the downstream river level from the lake level at the end of the canal.

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Old Posted Jun 5, 2018, 11:51 PM
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Market Square Park, near the corner of Niagara and Amherst Streets, former location of Black Rock Market Square in the early 1800s.

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Strong Catholic community of descendants of Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and states of the former Yugoslavia remain in the community, along with newer members.

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Amherst Street business district, roughly 2 km long, has been preserved and many businesses are re-occupying the buildings, including popular bars, restaurants, and music clubs. Across the street (not shown) was the location of former foundries and paint factories, closed and demolished in the 1970s and 1980s, now occupied by a small shopping center along with vacant land.

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Many former industrial buildings, particularly near to and including the former Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company plant have been, or are in the process of being redeveloped and re-purposed for retail, commercial, and residential use, with hundreds of new apartments added to the area.

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Nice pictures! Black Rock is one of my favorite Buffalo neighborhoods, mainly because of the history, but also because of the waterfront.
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Thanks for the tour and history lesson! The resemblance to neighborhoods in my hometown of Erie is uncanny. Very good to see this long-neglected area of Buffalo on the comeback. Witnessing the overall revitalization in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland finally gaining a strong foothold has me optimistic for the future after decades of frustration.
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Nice photos!

To my eye, Buffalo looks a lot like Milwaukee. Makes sense.
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Nice photos!

To my eye, Buffalo looks a lot like Milwaukee. Makes sense.
Yeah, many of the Great Lakes cities definitely resemble each other in layout and architectural style... well, actually more like the swath of cities strecthing west from western Massachusetts/western Connecticut through the Great Lakes.
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Old Posted Jun 26, 2018, 12:36 AM
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Sadly, 2 men lost their lives here today after entering the water to retrieve some driftwood.

Earlier this year, a rescue diver also lost his his life here during a training exercise.

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Old Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:06 AM
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There some affordable apartments overlooking the Niagara River, but somewhat isolated from the rest of the neighborhood.


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Near the Market Square the 19th century business district is finally seeing some signs of new life:


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Factory buildings along the Belt Line railroad are seeing new life as they are being renovated for new businesses and apartments operating alongside existing businesses and factories.

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This residential area at one time had taverns occupying nearly every corner as late as the 1980s, serving the thousand of local factory workers. While several still exist, many are now being used as apartments or awaiting new lives.

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Unoccupied and derelict factory and warehouse buildings, many vacant for decades, are being rebuilt and re-used on another street near the Belt Line. On this particular street demand is exceeding availability, and additional vacant buildings are being redone.


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Old Posted Oct 24, 2020, 1:00 AM
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It has been over 2 years since I updated the Black Rock imagery. Since then I got a new camera, there has been a lot of local building restoration taking place, and I took some more time to wander through many more streets and alleys. Today was also a beautiful Indian Summer day, so I took a bike ride with my camera.

The bulk of the images were taken today, and the rest of the newer images were taken in 2019 or later.


Assumption Church from Scajaquada Bridge
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Black Rock neighborhood homes
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Under the Viaducts - Black Rock Rail Yard
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Shoreline Trail
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Precinct 13
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Fenced
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Ukranian Social Club
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Chandler Street Revival
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Chandler Street
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Chandler Street
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Grote Street conversions
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Next street to be converted?
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Railyard Lofts - recently converted
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The Showplace, formerly Unity Theater (1910)
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary
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Polish Cadets
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Swing Closing over Black Rock Canal
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Passing Thru
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Black Rock Shipyard
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Very Mixed-Use
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Black Rock Pop
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Jasper Parrish projects
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Emily's
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Old and Narrow
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Tesla's Terminal A
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The Corner Barber
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One of several rehab/conversions
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New Paint
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2020, 1:12 AM
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Pretty cool stuff...
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