Voices of Niagara: Prabhdeep Sandhu, Zaika Restaurant

"My name is Prabhdeep Singh Sandhu and I run the Zaika Indian Cuisine Restaurant.  We took over 8 years ago, and we named it Zaika and we started a buffet type system, where you get a lunch and a dinner buffet throughout the summer. I’m originally from India, from a small town on the border … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Prabhdeep Sandhu, Zaika Restaurant

Voices of Niagara: Bandhan Khabra

"My name is Bandhan. I ended up in Niagara Falls, because my parents decided to move here from Long Island, to start building businesses, because they thought this would be a great area, because there were not many businesses they were interested in, in Long Island, and it’s easier to make money here. In Niagara … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Bandhan Khabra

Voices of Niagara: Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario

"One of the biggest factors driving the success of the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, Ontario, was the emergence of gaming – casinos.  In 1996 we had our first temporary casino open up and then in 2006 we had our permanent Falls View Casino, which was a billion dollar bill. And when that happened it … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Voices of Niagara: Constance Hamilton, Sass Hair Salon

"My name is Constance G. Hamilton and I own and operate the beauty salon.  I do hair, make up, ear piercing. My father came here from Alabama because there was work.  At the time, there was no work in Alabama, unless you worked on a farm or something; he was having a new family, myself … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Constance Hamilton, Sass Hair Salon

Voices of Niagara: Angela Berti, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The Niagara Falls State Park is in the city of Niagara Falls, New York, on the American-Canadian border. It lines the Niagara River near the Falls on the American side and incorporates the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and a portion of the Horseshoe Falls, as well as Goat Island.  The State Park is … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Angela Berti, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Voices of Niagara: Joe Hotchkiss, Powercity Eatery

Powercity Eatery is located on Third Street, an up and coming street with a mix of cafes, bars and restaurants founded by young entrepreneurs hoping to revitalize the downtown tourist district of Niagara Falls, New York. "We are Power City Eatery.  We are a New York style eatery and café.  We serve fresh deli sandwiches, … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Joe Hotchkiss, Powercity Eatery

Voices of Niagara: Jeff Morrow, The Book Corner

“My name is Jeff Morrow, I own The Book Corner here on Main Street in Niagara Falls. Our family came into the Falls in the ‘60s and bought this store, the Book Corner, so I grew up locally, living in Hyde Park first, and then moving to Lewiston.  My earlier childhood memories are of spending … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Jeff Morrow, The Book Corner

Voices of Niagara: Charles Harris, Project Green Space

"My name is Charles Harris, I am a Youth Center Assistant at The Connection Center, an after school programme run by Planned Parenthood.  Being a Youth Center Assistant I work in the kitchen, I fund different type of activities and I’m the Director of Project Green Space.  Project Green Space is basically what you see … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Charles Harris, Project Green Space

Voices of Niagara: Lou Paonessa, Robert Moses Niagara Power Project

We interviewed Lou Paonessa about the history of hydro-electric power at Niagara Falls and the Robert Moses Niagara Power Project, New York State's biggest energy producer.   "My name is Lou Paonessa, I work in community relations at the New York Power Authority. We like to say that this is the birthplace of hydro-electricity here at … Continue reading Voices of Niagara: Lou Paonessa, Robert Moses Niagara Power Project

Niagara as a Focus for the Future

Niagara gripped the imagination of not only travellers and writers, but also of engineers and entrepreneurs.  Many of these “envisioned the fall’s industrial and economic potential as limitless” and “they imagined a colossal, utopian future that would inevitably result from the relentless human drive to subdue and transform nature.” (McGreevy) In his book Imagining Niagara  … Continue reading Niagara as a Focus for the Future