Buffalo is a great place to take pictures not only because there’s lots of fabulous buildings here but also because there’s no pedestrians to block your camera.The city is dead.

I hardly saw anyone walking on downtown streets. At around 6pm, I sit at a downtown Metrorail station waiting for the train for more than half an hour. I only saw one person – a homeless black guy passing by with his shopping cart.

When I walked around downtown Buffalo, the few who were out on the streets were mostly panhandlers, black. I did see some white people dining at restaurants. I guess they all have a car.

Actually, there’s not many card on the street either. Most parking lots were empty. At some parking lots, you can see a black man waving a red flag trying to get cars to park at his parking lot.

At the hostel, I only saw 4 guests including myself during my 15-hour stay.

The city IS dead.

I have to mention that the hostel I stayed is pretty good. Hi Buffalo Niagara Hostel provides free hi-speed Wi-Fi connection. The bathroom is clean and spacious. The dining room/lounge is very cozy. You can also find some magazines and books here. The hostel staff are all very friendly and helpful. (I only met two of them)

Hi Buffalo Niagara Hostel, $25 member rate for dorm bed