Photo by Flickr User CliffordConkey
Just place a “Biff’s” sign on the casino and I swear Niagara Falls is like the alternate 1985 Hill Valley in Back to the Future Part II….
Caption on picture, from Flickr site:
On my way to the celebration for Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd on their wedding day in Niagara Falls, I went early to take some on-the-ground photos of the blighted land just east of downtown owned by NYC developer (and now Thruway Authority Chair) Howard Milstein. Falls street runs right through the eerily quiet and empty post-apocalyptic landscape.
The Seneca Niagara Casino looms over all like the monolith in 2001, A Space Odyssey. What happened to those who came into contact with that?
The building that is not the casino is a county social services building, not realy a spin off, it was build in the late 60’s. Wish you would post a picture of the pre 1960’s falls street, it was really something.
@Mike I’d love to see that, as well. When I was there to take pix last year, I started from the intersection of Falls & Portage, a largely blighted corner but with enough buildings (including a beautiful Catholic church complex) still remaining to give a sense of what once was.
The Milstein land is downright SPOOKY — good place to film a Twilight Zone episode (Oh, they’re not making those anymore?). Windswept, desolate, with streets & sidewalks that go past blocks of…nothing. Somewhat akin to visiting the Love Canal site, in another part of the Falls.
Welcome to Meraka
HUGE tracts of land!
This is a cool picture of all of the anicillary development spurred by the casino. can’t wait until Buffalo Creek does the same thing for downtown Buffalo.