Black Rock takes its name from a black limestone formation on the Niagara River near School Street. The rock was removed in 1825 during the digging of the Erie Canal. Riverside developed as the northern "suburb" of Black Rock early in the 20th century due to the expansion of the trolley system.
The neighborhood is a stable residential community typified by older duplex homes. Hertel Avenue has always supported a healthy commerical district and today is lined with antique shops, restaurants and Buffalo's most noted movie theater for independent films, the North Park Theatre.
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Main Street from Niagara Falls Blvd. south to LaSalle Avenue, surrounding the University at Buffalo South Campus. This area is both a commercial district running along Main Street, and a residential area west of Main Street.
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Kensington Avenue from Main Street to the city line at Cheektowaga. Bailey Avenue is an important north-south street in the neigborhood. The "33" (Kensington) Expressway cuts this large district in half.
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Delaware Avenue from Delaware Park south to North Street. Ferry Street runs across the center of the district; a large residential area lies east of Elmwood Avenue.
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Grant Street and is one of the largest neighborhoods by area in the city. The West Side runs west from Elmwood Avenue to Lake Erie and north from City Hall to Buffalo State College.
This Buffalo neighborhood lies east of Downtown Buffalo. This huge area extends five miles eastward to the city line. The main streets are Genesee, Sycamore, Broadway, William, and Clinton.
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on Allen Street, from Main Street to Symphony Circle. It is adjacent to the theater district of downtown Buffalo on the south and is bordered by North Street at its northern edge.
Downtown Buffalo centers on Main Street from Goodell Street to the Buffalo River. Within this two mile area are three separate centers: the Theater District in the north, the civic and commercial center around Niagara and Lafayette Squares, and the Waterfront area at the south end.
The First Ward
This Buffalo neighborhood centers on South Park Avenue. The I-90 Thruway runs along the northern side, and the Buffalo River forms the southern boundary of this industrial district. The Old First Ward was settled in the nineteenth century by Irish immigrants who worked in the local coal and lumber yards and the grain elevators along the Buffalo River.
This residential neighborhood grew in response to the commercial success of the industrial development in the First Ward. Traditionally Irish-American, the neighborhood retains its celtic flavor in area restaurants, churches, and social clubs.