Actually, Buffalo is right where upstate New York begins, almost a border between western and upstate. It looks like the midwest. Blizzards occur rather often but they have the mad phat snow-plowing skillz and can clear the roads in about ten minutes. The road system is well-thought out, too; you can get anywhere in the city in 20 minutes or so.

It's a fact!:

Buffalo was the site of the Pan-American Exposition where President William McKinley was assassinated, on September 14, 1901.

Steel mills once lined the now-gross Lake Erie, but began to close in the 1970s. Grain elevators were invented in Buffalo in the 1840s, but most have been abandoned.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed several homes there as well the first air-conditioned office building. City Hall is art deco.

New York's combined state and local taxes are the second highest in the nation after Hawaii.