A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 18, 2019
Buffalo: Electric City of the Future (nickname)

Buffalo, New York, is sometimes called the “City of Light” because of its role in hosting the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. The Buffalo nickname borrows from the famous nickname of the city of Paris, France—“Ville Lumière” ("City of Light").


Wikipedia: Buffalo, New York
Buffalo is the second largest city in the U.S. state of New York and the largest city in Western New York. As of 2017, the population was 258,612. The city is the county seat of Erie County and a major gateway for commerce and travel across the Canada–United States border, forming part of the bi-national Buffalo Niagara Region.
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Nicknames: The Queen City, The City of Good Neighbors, The City of No Illusions, The Nickel City, Queen City of the Lakes, City of Light

Wikipedia: Pan-American Exposition
The Pan-American Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Buffalo, New York, United States, from May 1 through November 2, 1901. The fair occupied 350 acres (0.55 sq mi) of land on the western edge of what is now Delaware Park, extending from Delaware Avenue to Elmwood Avenue and northward to Great Arrow Avenue. It is remembered today primarily for being the location of the assassination of President William McKinley. The exposition was illuminated at night. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. filmed it during the day and a pan of it at night.

OCLC WorldCat record
Queen of the lakes, Buffalo, the electric city of the future.
Author: Builders’ association exchange of Buffalo.; National association of builders.
Publisher: [Buffalo], [The Courier Company, printers], [1896]
Edition/Format: eBook : Document : English

OCLC WorldCat record
City of Light
Author: Lauren Belfer
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 1999.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : Di 1 ban
Summary:
Louisa Barrett, headmistress of a prestigious girls’ school in Buffalo in 1901, is a forward-looking, independent young woman. But the secret of her past - which connects her to the highest echelons of US government - continually underlines the fragility of her position in the city’s society.

Buffalo (NY) News
16 August 2009, Buffalo (NY) News, “Who are we?: Queen City, Flour City, Nickel City ... what’s with all the nicknames for Buffalo?” by Anne Neville, pg. F1:
*"The Electric City (of the Future)” and “The City of Light.” Both of these terms were ambitiously applied to Buffalo around 1901, when the city boasted the dazzling, electrically illuminated wonderland of the Pan-American Exposition. The exposition’s Grand Court was lighted by 200,000 bulbs, and the 400-foot-tall “Electric Tower” was studded with 40,000 lights. The power that lighted the Exposition grounds was generated at Niagara Falls.

OCLC WorldCat record
Buffalo: The Once and Future ``City of Light’’
Author: C Schweitzer
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: FORUM JOURNAL, 25, no. 4, (2011): 4-14

Kenmore Development—Blog
Buffalo, NY: The City of Light (Thanks To Niagara Falls)
March 28, 2017
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According to the Engineering and Technology Wiki, in 1881 the Brush Electric Light Company of Buffalo installed the first electric plant in Buffalo on Ganson Street along the city’s waterfront. This included twelve carbon arc lights extending a mile along the street.
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Nikola Tesla, along with George Westinghouse, designed the first hydroelectric power plant in Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls Power Company plant was built in 1895 and “started the electrification of the world,” according to the Tesla Society.

On November 15, 1896, the first transmission of power from Niagara Falls, NY to Buffalo occurred, with power supplied from the Niagara Falls Power Company.

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