With a population of 261,310 people, Buffalo is the second largest city in the state of New York and the largest city in the 716 area code. While the city has historically been dependant on manufacturing steel and automobiles, the city has attempted to diversify its economy after many of the manufacturing companies left.
The biggest industries in Buffalo are the healthcare and education industries, due in part to the presence of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the University at Buffalo, which are the largest State University of New York University and the largest public university in the northeastern United States. The research done by scientists at the Buffalo Niagara Campus, in particular the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the University at Buffalo has made Buffalo a burgeoning center for bioinformatics and human genome research.
Major companies that have their US headquarters located in Buffalo include Gibraltar Industries, Labatt, New Era Cap Company, Sorrento Lactalis, Delaware North Companies, Sahlen Packing Company, and Rich Products. Since Buffalo is so close to Toronto in Canada, businesses in the city often deal with Canadian businesses and customers, making the city a popular place to work and live with lawyers who deal with American-Canadian relations and international business.
The city has the driest summers of any major city in the Northeast, making it a perfect place to live for lawyers and other professionals who wish to work and live in the northeast but want to escape the oppressive humidity that cities such as Boston and New York face every summer.
Unlike many other cities in the United States, where locations are required to stop selling alcohol at 2 am, last call at bars and clubs in Buffalo is 4 am, which has been attributed to Buffalo’s industrial past, when many employees working the second and third shift at factories would come into bars when they got off of work after 2 am. This late closing time has led to Buffalo maintaining a vibrant late night culture, which includes the birthplace of the famous Buffalo Wing, the Anchor Bar. Lawyers and other professionals who love spicy Buffalo wings never miss the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival, which is held in downtown Buffalo every Labor Day weekend and features the US Chicken Wing Eating Championship. Sports enthusiasts enjoy cheering on the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team, the Buffalo Bills NFL football team, and the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team.
The arts are a large part of Buffalo, and it is home to over 50 art galleries. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, which is a popular place for lawyers and other professionals to watch performances, is famous for its interior that was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, an artist famous for his stained glass art. During the summer, lawyers and other professionals from all over the 716 area code also enjoy attending Shakespeare in Delaware Park, which is the second largest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the United States, the Allentown Art Festival, and the Elmwood Festival of the Arts.
Lawyers and other professionals who enjoy beautifully landscaped parks love visiting the Olmsted Park and Parkway System. Designed by the famous landscape designer Frank Law Olmstead and his partner Calvert Vaux, the Olmsted Park and Parkway System was the first American attempt to lay out a coordinated system of public parks and parkways. Buffalo also contains the second largest collections of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.