As much as I'm trying to deny it, the end of summer is just around the corner (#cries).  With that out of the way, a visit to Squaw Island and the Bird Island Pier is a must visit before it gets too cold. Broderick Park, the Bird Island Pier and the International Railway Bridge are located on Squaw Island, which separates the Black Rock Canal and the Niagara River at the foot of West Ferry Street, off Niagara Street. Cross the Ferry Street lift bridge over the canal to enter the parking lot on the right hand side. 
The southern-most tip of Squaw Island is connected to a long stone pier,  extending south from the Island, under the Peace Bridge and into the mouth of the Niagara River. Bird Island Pier, although rebuilt and extended southward in the Twentieth Century, was developed in 1860. For more details around the history of Squaw Island and it's ties to the Blackrock Neighborhood in Buffalo, take a look at http://www.buffaloah.com/a/water/bird/1/ 
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