After moving from Canada to the states when I was a kid I spent most of my life growing up around the Niagara Falls and Youngstown NY areas. I have a strange obsession with the remains of the once great tourism industry that once kept the area moving, Some of the last relics of that previous tourist boom are the motels that line the boulevard. I was out there this morning and had a chance to play with Hipstamatic on my iPhone for a bit, taking shots of some of the signs and surrounding areas.
The Bit-O-Paris motel, rooms still rented by high school kids to this day in order to throw parties.
Rapids Bowling, I remember when I lived in the area, that there was always an unusually high concentration of bowling alleys nearby.
The Bel-Aire motel, my favorite retro sign on the Boulevard.
I would venture to say that its a bad idea to buy a used car from the motel you stayed at last night.
The Niagara Falls Motel
Another roadway motel
Knights Inn, one of the more modern additions. Lacking some of the retro charm, but I still love that sign.
Another of my favorite sings from the area, the Caravan Motel.
Front of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant
The 3-Star Motel
A derelict garage at the Old Bell Aerospace Complex, Now a facility housing several manufacturing companies, I worked in the complex for years.
Another view of the Garage and unused lots nearby.
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