I drove through the WORST parts of Buffalo, New York. This is what I saw.

I drove through the WORST parts of Buffalo, New York. This is what I saw.

Buffalo has some REALLY bad areas!

We begin this video tour in a completely different country – in Canada, our neighbor to the north. We’ll spend a minute or so showing you the drive into the Buffalo region, show you a little bit of downtown, and then take a drive into the worst area of Buffalo I could find.

The day was Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at about 11 am.

To get into Buffalo you have to cross at the US/Canadian border at Niagara Falls. There’s actually two Niagara Falls’’’’ – one on the Canadian side, and one on the US side. And Buffalo is over here, about 20 minutes away.

The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is very touristy, clean and offers a far better view of the falls. Here’s a 5 second look. It’s somewhat underwhelming, and in the wintertime, quite chilly.

Then you have the US side of Niagara Falls, called Niagara Falls, New York, which is pretty much a dump.

Here’s the scene on main street in Niagara Falls New York. And here’s what one block of Niagara Falls looks like.

People in Buffalo say they are embarrassed of the way Niagara Falls looks, and that they hope one day, it gets cleaned up, because it’s a shame that the first thing you see when you drive into the US from Canada at this location is….THIS.

We drove into Buffalo from this destitute dive, a drive which took about 21 minutes.

Here in Buffalo, the temperature was about 23 degrees, but it felt like zero. The wind was shopping and light snow fell throughout the day. I think it actually lightly flurries here just about every day due to the lake effect. blizzards regularly shut the city down completely.

But locals said this was nothing, and several asked very poingently why we were traveling to Buffalo in the middle of winter.

While observing the snowfall, I remembered I still carried the dim sum dumpling I had hidden deep in my pocket in Toronto.

Buffalo is a pretty cool place – the downtown area is old and somewhat basic, holding onto the rust belt stigma I had expected to see. The best part are the local neighborhoods, which are actually within walking distance from downtown. Among older homes are neighborhood bars and restaurants. It’s like a big city with a small town feel.

Since I was in Buffalo I asked where the best Buffalo wings were. I was sent to a small place called Gabriel’s Gate. The wings were so good, I forgot to take a picture until they were gone. (ding)

We also met people at a place called founding fathers. Theyre big trump supporters bell ding. Everyone was nice here. In fact, the neighborhood bars were full of friendly people, who were good spirited, even during a windy, gray middle of winter day.

Now, the ghetto part. Oh we found the hoods. No, Not here. These are abandoned projects just outside of downtown. The REALLY bad area is on Buffalo’s lower east side.

We criss crossed into the Buffalo neighborhoods of Emslie, Broadway Fillmore and Lovejoy. It’s a smallish city, Buffalo is, with a population that’s dwindled to 250,000 people. At its height, Buffalo’s population was nearly 600,000 people up until the late 50s. Buffalo’s main advantage was water. But after technology improve in the mid 1900s, people didn’t need water for transportation or power. So many people left the Buffalo area. More left when steel mills and car makers left.

Now, it’s one of the 20 most quickly deteriorating regions in the nation.

These neighborhoods are gritty, ugly, and dangerous. This part of town was home to poor immigrants originally, and now has become the part of Buffalo that truly looks as bad as you can imagine, with blocks containing more vacant lots than houses.

The reason we chose this neighborhood was the way it was described on an obscure forum called Cyburbia. In a thread devoted to Buffalo neighborhoods, we saw this and knew this was the neighborhood we’d visit.

Here it is in all its glory.

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  1. insta1 Sherbear on November 25, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    At least you didn’t see any burnt-out homes like in Detroit

  2. Friend Gauge Shotgun 416sba on November 25, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Buffalo is Epic!! S/O Griselda!!!

  3. alex medero on November 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    In all reality just mind your business and you’ll be okay

  4. Joyfuldefibrillator 2 on November 25, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Buffalo has so many gorgeous neighborhoods and overall it has been rising up and being restored. You managed to fix a few minutes of bad areas that haven’t been restored Yet. This video is a terribly poor representation of Buffalo, NY. Some of Buffalo’s neighborhoods are on lists of the top ten or top five in the USA. You missed it Nick, COMPLETELY!!

  5. blueburaq on November 25, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    it’s just old dude…..Just because it’s not shiny, new, and gentrified, doesn’t make it a bad area

  6. Napoleon Armstrong on November 25, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    At 9:30 You ran a stop sign😄

  7. Jason Crandall on November 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Like most northern american cities Buffalo lost a lot of their steel plants jobs & other manufacturing jobs. Which resulted in loss population, less median incomes & less tax revenues. I was raised in Gowanda NY & I understand your video but to call any city a dump & not explain it’s past in more detail is definitely being single minded.

  8. Cory Wantuck on November 25, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I lived on pine ridge and Walden right next door to the firehall for 3 years, and while I can say Some may look at it as a dangerous area, I tell you what, it’s probably the safest I’ve ever felt, besides a few bad moments. Everybody looked out for each other, helped each other out when needed and made sure no outsiders were coming to start trouble. I loved the neighbors I had, any time something fishy would happen they’d call me asap. Somebody was trying to break into my car and my neighbors chased them off. It’s all about how you present yourself in these areas. Proud to be from Buffalo, we truly have each other’s backs when we have hard times. Wouldn’t have wanted to grow up in any other city.

  9. bcp me on November 25, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Most of the Canadian population and wealth lives along the US border. It’s the exact opposite in the US as most Americans are not….and do not go anywhere near that border. Unless they happen to live there of course. Should I remove going to Niagara Falls from the bucket list? No need as why would it ever be on it.

  10. Jeevan Dhape on November 25, 2021 at 1:20 pm


  11. James Henderson on November 25, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I am from Buffalo went to school 68 lived on Berkshire 116 white house on the corner

  12. CrazyKangroo5000 on November 25, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Also no such things as Buffalo wings

  13. CrazyKangroo5000 on November 25, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I’m from Buffalo NY and I get that

  14. Andrew S on November 25, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    seems this video focuses on the east side of buffalo which should have no reflection to buffalo as a whole. yes its run down and ghetto but the downtown area is quite beautiful and up and coming on the waterfront. for the record, i recall being in Toronto a few years ago to attend a concert and stepping over bums sleeping in sleeping bags at over other intersection on my walk to the venue. every city has it’s good and bad there’s really no need to make light of it

  15. carolyn regan on November 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    All I see is poverty and neglect . This is not just Buffalo. It is the result of the expanding gap between working poor and the extremely wealthy throughout this country. Stagnant wages, reduction of unions, decrease in industrial jobs are among many factors which continue to contribute to proliferation of neighborhoods such as these. It is more complicated, I’m sure but many of these types of areas didn’t get that way overnight.

  16. just a dyke on November 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    yea it kinda sucks here

  17. Dark Harvest on November 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm


  18. Chinwhai Rogers on November 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Buffalo is definitely NOT RUNDOWN….

  19. David Ramos on November 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Is absolutely true. Buffalo is a dumpster.,
    Im so glad i was able to get out.

  20. 30 And Hating It on November 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Buffalo has it’s rough spots, but I’ll tell you this… after living in other cities, I have never felt safer being back here. It’s actually a small metropolis surrounded by a ton of high class suburbs and charming rural areas, where most of the people of "Buffalo" or "WNY" actually live… which makes it kind of a laid back place. 15 minutes from city hall and you’re looking at forests full of wildlife that you can easily get lost in. I can get out to my rural one-light town (no joke) from downtown in 30 minutes flat. You can find the grungiest urban spot of Buffalo, then in a mere 20 minutes be walking down the sidewalk in historic East Aurora, checking out the Roycroft and getting an iced latte at Taste on Main St. That’s Buffalo. People who come here and take the time to legitimately check it out, wind up not wanting to leave. Amherst got ranked the best place to live in America. Forbes ranked Buffalo near the top of places to raise a family. NatGeo ranked Buffalo something like the #7 best food city IN THE WORLD. Multiple NFL and NHL players return to live in Buffalo after their careers and have their kids grow up here. People in WNY will give you the shirt off their back, help you with car trouble and then buy you a beer. I had fun living out of state, but damn… it is so relaxing back here in WNY. It’s absolutely comfortable. Snow? Seriously? You realize 30 million people live further north of us in Canada, right? It takes 5 minutes to brush off the car… toughen up, cupcakes!

  21. ed ved on November 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    do that drive at night. now that would be worth watching

  22. Laurie Y on November 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    I see it’s easy for you to mock people’s homes that they live in. Can we talk about your driving? You seem to ignore stop signs, never stop, or you’ll just glide through them.

  23. Drama Free on November 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Full of Trump Supporters? Another reason to avoid the shithole across the border!

  24. Nick C on November 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    hello from buffalo🤗

  25. fatgirlsaresexy on November 25, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Wanna see the difference between Canada and the US?
    Compare Toronto to Buffalo, Niagara Falls Ont to Niagara Falls NY, and Windsor to Detroit.
    Your eyes will tell you all you need to know 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  26. SouLoveLee_ on November 25, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    What makes it look super bad before everything else is the overground powerlines.. like hello, it’s 2021 not 1950

  27. MsLouisV on November 25, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the picturesque tour actually very interesting

  28. rorety Syria on November 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    but there is places like this in almost every stats
    buffalo is really pretty and the most beautiful thing is in it which is niagara falls

  29. Chelsea on November 25, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Niagara falls and Buffalo wouldn’t be "dumps" if all of our money didn’t go to NYC and everywhere else BUT to western NY

  30. Joey Egan on November 25, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Bro came to buff n didn’t know about duffs or the anchor bar

  31. Jessica Teresi on November 25, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Buffalo shuts down due to blizzards frequently ?? Yeah …no

  32. Bruce McDonald on November 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Niagara Falls New York is not "kind of a dump" It’s a dump.

  33. Danny Nicart on November 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Almost every state has depressing and dangerous areas.

  34. Gordon Schnick on November 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Can confirm

  35. steven martin on November 25, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    You Canadian? Why bash Buffalo? 🐃 Is a fantastic city. Yes, we’ve our bad areas. Why you want to highlight that, I’ve no idea. Buffalo is one of the oldest cities with modern technology that exists. Shame on you for dissing my city. Btw, I’m from the Southwest U.S. And guess what. Some of those hoods make Buffalo a gem.
    Plus, your vid is boring

  36. Terri Ludovicy on November 25, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    P.s., you drove thru a stop sign….

  37. Michael Brewder on November 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    What I’ve always known about "BuhhHHfalo" being in Cleveland and having visited many times it has some very scary looking areas but the people even there are extremely friendly like the rest of the city just poor. It is called the city of good neighbors for a reason

  38. Trail Windz on November 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Lots of potential for those empty lots.

  39. DDerriicKK on November 25, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Yea all them friendly people be out during the day go out around them areas at night i been lived here my whole life bet you aint gon want to get out the car at any gas station at night 😂😂😂

  40. Nick Johnson on November 25, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    To answer the number of angry comments: FYI everyone in Buffalo – This video was a part of a series on rundown rust belt towns, which your city qualifies as. This was not a ‘Buffalo is great let’s see why’ video, nor was it an ‘Everything about Buffalo’ documentary. There are plenty of those on the web already. So don’t be so upset. Your city has come challenges, like most American cities. And it has some bad surrounding communities.

  41. Mandii_Dee_ on November 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Your "if you’re white on the Eastside you should expect trouble" comment is hilarious dude! I’m white & live on the Eastside & haven’t encountered any trouble yet the almost 5 years that I’ve lived here… So who told you this?? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 We have a beautiful home that we own, & have awesome neighbors that work hard & look out for each other.
    I’d love to ask what city you’re from, so that I can come do a "Rust Belt Tour" of my own… Cause I’m willing to bet it’s the same, if not worse 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣

  42. Ann Otterrealm on November 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Lived in area all my life. Lack of jobs does not help anyone or any neighborhood. Government and corporate do not care. They just keep depositing $$ in their pockets.

  43. Craig Geiger on November 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Looks like a great place with a lot of character. Way to go, Buffalo

  44. Marianna Ryan on November 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    I love how most of the comments on this come to Buffalo’s defense. It is a great city with widely varied architecture and tremendous people. You could never be truly "stranded" in Buffalo as the natives will come to your rescue. I know, it happened to me. A middle aged white woman locked out of her car, (phone and purse inside the locked car) in a rough neighborhood. I asked a man for help and half the block came together to help me. It was amazing!

  45. Dylan Kelly on November 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    If you want to see the bad part if Buffalo go by the fruit belt

  46. Joe Jordan on November 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    The worst parts of where you’re at in Buffalo spreading like a super Cancer all over the United States part of the agenda

  47. So Israel on November 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    And you stayed at the Hyatt the Curtiss hotel is better

  48. Pablo Tupone on November 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Well, i think Buffalo doesnt look too bad like many parts of Detroit or Chicago

  49. andrea lester on November 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Driving down a one way street the wrong way loepere st Buffalo my old block

  50. So Israel on November 25, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Buffalo ain’t have a blizzard since 1977 lol

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