HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #1  
Old Posted May 27, 2018, 1:58 AM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
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.

IMG_1056 by bpawlik, on Flickr

Assumption Church was the center of the Black Rock Polish community.
IMG_1039 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The entrance to a former Belt Line railway station, dating to as early as 1836 but no longer used for passenger service.
IMG_1034 by bpawlik, on Flickr

Amherst Street - the market is the longest continuing operating market in the city.
IMG_1042 by bpawlik, on Flickr

Neighborhood homes near Amherst Street, dating back to at least the 1880s.
IMG_1045 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The area maintains an "old neighborhood" feel today.
IMG_1047 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1052 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The corner of Grant and Amherst Street, which has been re-developing as a commercial destination after several decades of neglect. IMG_1053 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The first fire station in Buffalo built for a gasoline powered fire engine, now converted to a private residence.
IMG_1038 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1058 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1061 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1063 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1064 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1066 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1067 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1068 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1069 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1070 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1071 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1073 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1074 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1075 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1080 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1309 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1308 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The Burmese community has blended in with previous residents of the area.
IMG_1307 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The corner of Tonawanda and Ontario Streets, where Black Rock meets the Riverside neighborhood.
IMG_1301 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1299 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.

IMG_1081 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1083 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1085 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1090 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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:
IMG_1291 by bpawlik, on Flickr

Bird Island Pier separating the canal from the Niagara, with the Peace Bridge to Canada in the background.
IMG_1103 by bpawlik, on Flickr

View of Canada and the USA-Canada border
IMG_1270 by bpawlik, on Flickr

The remains of the "black rock" alongside the Bird Island pier.
IMG_1109 by bpawlik, on Flickr

end
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2  
Old Posted May 27, 2018, 2:39 PM
EastSideHBG's Avatar
EastSideHBG EastSideHBG is offline
Me?!?
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Philadelphia Metro (Norristown, PA)
Posts: 10,050
Nice!
__________________
Right before your eyes you're victimized, guys, that's the world of today, and it ain't civilized...
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #3  
Old Posted May 27, 2018, 8:57 PM
stormkingfan stormkingfan is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: PhilaPA
Posts: 503
Enjoyed these photos. I used to live in Riverside and sometimes rode the bus through Black Rock.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #4  
Old Posted May 27, 2018, 9:08 PM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
One more Black Rock image that I took today that many people seem awfully excited about.
IMG_1240 by bpawlik, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #5  
Old Posted May 28, 2018, 10:16 PM
jdcamb's Avatar
jdcamb jdcamb is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Rochester mostly
Posts: 180

Was a Loblaws in the 60's and 70's
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #6  
Old Posted May 30, 2018, 5:05 PM
IMBY IMBY is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 815
Thanks so much for the tour!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #7  
Old Posted May 31, 2018, 8:26 PM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
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.
DSCF1429 by bpawlik, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #8  
Old Posted Jun 5, 2018, 11:51 PM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
Market Square Park, near the corner of Niagara and Amherst Streets, former location of Black Rock Market Square in the early 1800s.
IMG_1060 by bpawlik, on Flickr

Strong Catholic community of descendants of Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, and states of the former Yugoslavia remain in the community, along with newer members.
IMG_1044 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1054 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_1032 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1065 by bpawlik, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #9  
Old Posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:34 PM
xzmattzx's Avatar
xzmattzx xzmattzx is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 4,951
Nice pictures! Black Rock is one of my favorite Buffalo neighborhoods, mainly because of the history, but also because of the waterfront.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #10  
Old Posted Jun 9, 2018, 4:08 PM
pj3000 pj3000 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 3,634
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.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #11  
Old Posted Jun 9, 2018, 4:09 PM
Omaharocks Omaharocks is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 568
Nice photos!

To my eye, Buffalo looks a lot like Milwaukee. Makes sense.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #12  
Old Posted Jun 9, 2018, 4:35 PM
pj3000 pj3000 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 3,634
Quote:
Originally Posted by Omaharocks View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #13  
Old Posted Jun 26, 2018, 12:36 AM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
IMG_1277 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #14  
Old Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:06 AM
benp benp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 72
There some affordable apartments overlooking the Niagara River, but somewhat isolated from the rest of the neighborhood.

IMG_1320 by bpawlik, on Flickr

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

IMG_1324 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1325 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1332 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1339 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1340 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181021_095939869_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181021_095958401_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181021_100114296_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181021_100153433_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_20181026_094806493 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_1033 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_094815113 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_094909370_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.
IMG_20181026_095245372_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_095351934 by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_100058978_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

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.

IMG_20181026_095508512_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_095520176_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_095553410_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_095616662_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr

IMG_20181026_095631913_HDR by bpawlik, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
End
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:40 AM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.