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As We See It: Erie Basin Marina observation tower

As We See It: Erie Basin Marina observation tower

Buffalo is many things to many people, and those people often have different perspectives based on their own experiences. 

"As We See It," a new series by The Buffalo News photography staff, will take a fresh look at local landmarks with each of our photographers offering his or her unique perspective.

First up: the observation tower at the Erie Basin Marina.  

The marina and its observation tower are benchmarks of the city's waterfront revitalization, the starting point for almost 50 years of development along the downtown shoreline. Started in 1970 and opened in 1974, the marina was created by connecting a 110-year-old breakwall to the mainland and building a 3,300-foot-long peninsula with 700,000 cubic yards of excavated fill.

The focal point is the 76-foot observation tower, which is visible to boaters 5 miles away. Designed by James Renaldo and engineered by Norman DiDonato of DiDonato Renaldo Associates of Buffalo, it offers a modern counterpoint to the landmark 1833 lighthouse nearby. 

At the top of the tower's 83 steps, viewers get what may be the city's most dramatic link between land and water – a panoramic view of the downtown skyline on one hand and a vista across Lake Erie on the other.

Director of Photography

As an award winning photojournalist, editor and director of photography, I have documented events from Super Bowls to Superpower Summits. Currently, I enjoy being an advocate for compelling photographs that tell the story of our community.

Chief Photographer

I have a front row seat to life in the Queen City. I enjoy exploring our community, sharing unique views, documenting history and bringing stories to life. 1999 News intern. 2000 Boston University graduate. FAA licensed drone pilot.

I studied photojournalism at Syracuse University. Winner of 43 AP awards and national sports awards since 1993. Grew up in Patchogue, Long Island.

staff photographer

I have the best job in the world, running around and telling your stories through photographs. I've been a staff photographer at the Buffalo News for 24 years.

Staff Photographer

I'm a Springville native, a Buffalo State graduate, an award-winning photojournalist. I've been with The Buffalo News since 1996. I'm passionate about covering high school sports and music.

Staff Photographer Buffalo News

I have been a Buffalo News Photographer for the past 23 years, and worked previously in Buffalo for the Associated Press and United Press International. I graduated from Buffalo State College in communications in 1985.

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