- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo’s blossoming Lake Erie waterfront district saw a surge in tourist visits over the summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says Canalside crowds topped 1.5 million people, up from 1 million a year ago.

Planners have added more food venues and scheduled more concerts, cultural events and other draws to an area that until recently offered little to visitors.

The Thursday night concert series drew 133,000 people, with artist T-Pain seeing the biggest crowd of 40,000.

Another major draw was a stop by the world’s largest rubber duck, which was seen by an estimated 100,000 people.

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