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Buffalo Place Names, Neighborhood Names & Nicknames: Past and Present
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NicknameCurrent name, if applicableLocation/AddressWhen popularSources & linksContributorComments/Discussion
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1st Ward, 2nd Ward, etc."
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Allen's FarmLostMentioned in 1865Chris Andrle
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AllentownAllentownChris Andrle
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Bank (The)LostJunction of Front Avenue and Massachusetts StreetMentioned in 1884Chris Andrle
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Beach (The)LostEnd of Water Street.Mentioned in 1859Chris Andrle
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Bidwell FarmLostChris Andrle
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Big Buffalo CreekBuffalo RiverSee Buffalo CreekChris Andrle
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Bird IslandChris Andrle
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Bird Island PierBird Island PierChris Andrle
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Black RockChris Andrle
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Blackwell CanalCity Ship CanalRuns southeast from near the mouth of the Buffalo RiverChris Andrle
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Buffalo CreekBuffalo RiverChris Andrle
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Buffalo PlainsLostDelaware Park areaChris Andrle
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Canal BasinErie Basin MarinaMentioned 1828, 1832Chris Andrle
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Canal DistrictCanalsideBounded by Main Street, Erie Street and the Buffalo RiverThe terminus of the Erie Canal at the foot of Main st. Where all the brothels wereChris AndrleEnded with the construction of Dante Place /Marine Apts
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Canal DockChris Andrle
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CanalsideCanalsideSee Canal District
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Caz Park, aka Cazenovia Park"
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Central WharfCentral WharfRunds along the Buffalo River from the Commercial Slip to the foot of Main StreetBuilt in 1825 by Thaddeus JoyChris Andrle
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CheapsideLostMain Street, which side?1825 - 1940sChris AndrleReferred to one side of Main Street, can't remember which
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Cobblestone DistrictCobblestone DistrictChris Andrle
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Coit BasinFilledMentioned in 1865Chris Andrle
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Coit SlipFilledRan from River Street to Erie Basin, 1884Chris Andrle
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Cold SpringCold SpringSoutheast corner of Main and Ferry StreetsChris Andrle
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Cold Spring District
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Commercial SlipExcavated in 1825Chris AndrleConnected the Erie Canal to the Buffalo Inner Harbor
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Cornelius Creek
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Dead Man's Creek
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Downtown Buffalo"
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East SideFillmore-Polonia
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Electric DistrictChris Andrle
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Federal League Baseball Statium"
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Flats (The)LostThe low, swampy area below the Terrace.Chris Andrle
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Flint HillDelaware Park MeadowDelaware Park Meadow1812 to presentChris Andrle/ M. Neri
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Forest DistrictForest DistrictWest Side north of about Potomac, eastern part of Black RockStill current, among older people. There's a Forest District Civic AssociationKevin Hayes
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Front (park, playground & Ft. Porter)Front Park: adjacent to the Peace BridgeOn Niagara River South of Waterworks No - that would be LaSalle Park south of the Colonel Ward pumping station 1868https://tinyurl.com/h8umphyjBDS BOPC Neriseen on some old postcards. What or where is Waterworks?
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Fruit Belt"
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Highland ParkMain St. near Rodney and Greenfield Sts.1890Atlas of the City of Buffalo, New York: from official records, private plans and actual surveys. G. M. Hopkins & Co, Philadelphia, 1891: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a6542abc-e85c-7677-e040-e00a180611e2Vince Harzewski"Highland Park" name used for new development at the former Central Park Plaza. https://www.highlandparkbuffalo.com/
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Hospital Hill
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Hydraulics (The)Chris Andrle
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Inner HarborCanalside and Naval ParkJust off of the SkywaySince 2014Fazil Dawoodani
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Kaisertown"
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Lang CommunityKenfield/Pine HillSmall block of homes bordered by Harlem, Bailey, Walden, and the 33.Never, really.NoneFazil DawoodaniI call it the Lang Community because most of the streets start with "Lang". Lang, Langfield, Langner, Langmeyer. God, so annoying. Can someone please explain why this is so?
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Larkinville"
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Little Buffalo CreekChris Andrle
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Lower Black Rockwould an expert please fill in?
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Nye ParkNye ParkBounded by Elmwood, Great Arrow, Amherst, Lincoln ParkwayExtantKevin Hayes
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Ohio Basin
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Old First Ward"
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Outer Harbor
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Pilot Field, aka..."
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Sandy TownLostChris Andrle
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Scajaquada CreekScajaquada CreekChris Andrle
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Schiller ParkGenesee Street at Scajaquada Creek 1911Buffalo und sein Deutschtum, Jacob E. Mueller, 1912, p.313Susan K-HAvailable online at http://www.archivaria.com/BusDbios/BusDbios47.html
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Seawall (The)Chris Andrle
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Seaway PiersChris Andrle
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Sour SpringsLostChris Andrle
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South Buffalo"
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Squaw IslandUnity IslandChris Andrle
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Stony PointChris Andrle
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Terrace (The)
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Teutonia Park1263 Fillmore Ave. Inspection of a 1872 - 1905 Ward Map of the City of Buffalo revealed that Teutonia Park was located on the East Side in the 18th Ward. The park was located at the intersections of Fillmore and Fougeron Streets, extending one block to Josephine St. to the east and Urban St. to the north. The area is two blocks north of what we now know as Martin Luther King Park.

1880-1900Buffalo und sein Deutschtum, Jacob E. Mueller, 1912, p.311Susan K-HAvailable online at http://www.archivaria.com/BusDbios/BusDbios47.html
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The AudBuffalo Memorial AuditoriumWhat is now the upper part of Canalside, some apartments will also be built there. Since the 1930s, at leastFazil Dawoodani
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The RockpileWar Memorial StadiumWhat is now Masten Park and the Wiley Pavilion.Fazil Dawoodani
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Theater District"
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Tifft FarmChris Andrle
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Tifft Farm Nature PreserveChris Andrle
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Times BeachChris Andrle
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Times Beach Nature PreserveChris Andrle
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Villa ParkNorth ParkBounded by Delaware, Taunton, Norwalk, Linden in North Buffalo1886-1890Cram's 1886 Buffalo Atlas, Buffalo Express http://gapfel.com/villapark/George ApfelFailed development designed by Frerick Law Olmstead, many street names remain but in different locations.
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West Side"
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Westphal's GardenEast of Delaware Avenue and south of Forest Lawn1850sGeschichte der Deutschen in Buffalo und Erie County, N.Y. , Reinecke & Zesch. Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.A. 1898 p. 101-102Susan K-HAvailable online at http://www.archivaria.com/GdDhistory/GdDhistory19.html
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Wilkeson Point
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Brewery HillN/Aunknown; might've been in Williamsville; can someone update & move if not in Buffalo?probably late-1800s & early-1900s (pre-Pro)2015-08 "The Motor Reader" pub'd by Antique Automobile Club of America; site for testing hill-climbing power of each Thomas Flyer builtFrom page-2 of reference: "...each car produced had to prove itself capable of climbing Brewery Hill in Buffalo."
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The Little ParkCazenovia ParkThat part of Cazenovia Park located north and east of present-day Warren Spahn Way (formerly known as Cazenovia Parkway), from present-day (2022) Cazenovia Street to that branch of Warren Spahn Way that heads northwest to Seneca Street.1950s, 1960s, still in use?Neighborhood name; distinguished it from "The Big Park," the remainder of Cazenovia Park southeast of Warren Spahn WayMary D.Not sure if memory counts? A neighborhood name.
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