Allentown Farmer’s Market
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

Allentown Farmer’s Market

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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New commercial development planned for East Side
Just after the announcement of $70 million in residential units coming to the East Side another big project could be in the works. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. (BUDC) has agreed to purchase 11 acres in property at 537 E. Delavan for $250,000 with a long-term plan of private development.
BUDC has now purchased 20 properties in the immediate area in an attempt to follow the successful template of Riverbend, a location that is now center of hundreds of millions of dollars of development. While Riverbend was in a more remote part of the city the area along E. Delavan is already home to several businesses and located near ECMC.  The future of these properties could soon be home to another multi-million dollar project in a neighborhood where Buffalo needs it the most.
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

New commercial development planned for East Side

Just after the announcement of $70 million in residential units coming to the East Side another big project could be in the works. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. (BUDC) has agreed to purchase 11 acres in property at 537 E. Delavan for $250,000 with a long-term plan of private development.

BUDC has now purchased 20 properties in the immediate area in an attempt to follow the successful template of Riverbend, a location that is now center of hundreds of millions of dollars of development. While Riverbend was in a more remote part of the city the area along E. Delavan is already home to several businesses and located near ECMC.  The future of these properties could soon be home to another multi-million dollar project in a neighborhood where Buffalo needs it the most.

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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Go For the Food: Buffalo, New York’s Chicken Wings
As the National Buffalo Wing Festival approaches AP has recently published an article on authentic “Buffalo wings.” The article has appeared in news outlets from Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, and elsewhere around the country. The Anchor Bar, Duff’s, Bar Bill, and La Nova are all featured as some of Buffalo’s must-have wings. Back in March the Buffalo News did its own piece of some of Buffalo’s best locations that aren’t as touristy as Anchor Bar or Duff’s and featured Doc Sullivan’s, Mammoser’s Tavern, Gabriel’s Gate, Brennan’s, and more.
Photograph by John Tornow

Go For the Food: Buffalo, New York’s Chicken Wings

As the National Buffalo Wing Festival approaches AP has recently published an article on authentic “Buffalo wings.” The article has appeared in news outlets from Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, and elsewhere around the country. The Anchor Bar, Duff’s, Bar Bill, and La Nova are all featured as some of Buffalo’s must-have wings. Back in March the Buffalo News did its own piece of some of Buffalo’s best locations that aren’t as touristy as Anchor Bar or Duff’s and featured Doc Sullivan’s, Mammoser’s Tavern, Gabriel’s Gate, Brennan’s, and more.

Photograph by John Tornow

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LaSalle Sunset
Photograph © RJ Gabor

LaSalle Sunset

Photograph © RJ Gabor

Buffalo #6 for Highest Quality of Life
How much income goes to rent, the percent of people with health insurance coverage, poverty level, unemployment, number of hours worked per week, and travel time to work were the factors considered for Nerdwallet when determining which cities have the highest quality of life. Buffalo was the only city in the Northeast that landed in the top 10. Buffalo ranked high for working less hours per week than most cities as well as having a low cost of living.
Only cities from Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were able to beat Buffalo. Some cities Buffalo ranked higher than were: Pittsburgh (12th), Seattle (13th), Boston (18th), Austin (48th), Cleveland (62nd), Las Vegas (73rd), Chicago (83rd), Houston (85th), Detroit (88th), and New York City (92nd).

Buffalo #6 for Highest Quality of Life

How much income goes to rent, the percent of people with health insurance coverage, poverty level, unemployment, number of hours worked per week, and travel time to work were the factors considered for Nerdwallet when determining which cities have the highest quality of life. Buffalo was the only city in the Northeast that landed in the top 10. Buffalo ranked high for working less hours per week than most cities as well as having a low cost of living.

Only cities from Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were able to beat Buffalo. Some cities Buffalo ranked higher than were: Pittsburgh (12th), Seattle (13th), Boston (18th), Austin (48th), Cleveland (62nd), Las Vegas (73rd), Chicago (83rd), Houston (85th), Detroit (88th), and New York City (92nd).

Tulgey Wood Trail Marker on Connecticut
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

Tulgey Wood Trail Marker on Connecticut

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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$70 Million Highland Park to Bring 600 Residential Units to Fillmore-Leroy

Another struggling Buffalo neighborhood is lighting up with Highland Park, LP Ciminelli’s new $70 million 600 until housing development project at the former Central Park Plaza, located in the Fillmore-Leroy neighborhood on the East Side. The largest housing development project in the city for decades will appeal to a mixture of incomes and is also conveniently located a short distance from the Amherst light rail station; the project is expected to be completed by 2016.

Fillmore-Leroy suffered for a long time because of the brownfield that once was the vacant Central Park Plaza, which was prone to illegal dumping, feral animals, and homelessness. LP Ciminelli is hoping to attract some of the 10,000 workers that will soon be hired at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as well as improve the neighborhood from where it originated. Along with the new housing will come additional green space, safer and more connected streets, and more businesses. Vice President John Ciminelli says:

“What we are doing is not necessarily creating a neighborhood, but this property for over 100 years was a quarry and then a shopping plaza. Throughout its life it has separated this neighborhood. What we are doing is re-establishng the street grid and knitting that neighborhood back together.”

The National Buffalo Wing Festival

Over 50 years old, chicken wings have stormed the nation and are now a billion dollar industry. Each year they are celebrated with the National Buffalo Wing Festival in the original city of the wing. Over 100 different sauces from 30 restaurants across the country will be featured in Coca Cola Field this Labor Day weekend. A central attraction to the event will be the U.S. Chicken Wing Championship featuring the world’s best competitive eaters and will even be broadcast on ESPN3. Over 80,000 people attend the annual event which stands as a testament to America’s love for the chicken wing.

Seneca Greenway Connector to Connect Downtown to Larkinville

Buffalo’s near East Side continues to flourish with plans for a makeover of Seneca Street between Downtown and Larkinville. Funding for the project will come from property taxes generated by the new project at 500 Seneca Street, which has recently doubled the amount of apartments it will build and has already attracted a brand new distillery. The connector project is one of several major street improvements in the city with Niagara St., Ohio St., and Main St. being three others.

Tour de Farms
Celebrate local sustainable living by traveling with a low carbon footprint to see urban farms, community gardens, and a couple of full-size farms outside of the city. The 35 mile bike ride ends with a harvest celebration with food, beer, music, and dancing with buses that will return you to Buffalo. This event is to be held on September 13th and will be hosted by GObike Buffalo and the Massachusetts Avenue Project.

Tour de Farms

Celebrate local sustainable living by traveling with a low carbon footprint to see urban farms, community gardens, and a couple of full-size farms outside of the city. The 35 mile bike ride ends with a harvest celebration with food, beer, music, and dancing with buses that will return you to Buffalo. This event is to be held on September 13th and will be hosted by GObike Buffalo and the Massachusetts Avenue Project.

Buffalo River Returning
Photograph by Matt Johnson

Buffalo River Returning

Photograph by Matt Johnson

Michigan Ave. Jack-Knife Bridge (1905)

Michigan Ave. Jack-Knife Bridge (1905)

15th Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

This weekend is the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts which will feature over 170 artists and craftspeople. Always recognized as one of Buffalo’s largest art celebrations there will be over 50 performances on three stages, a dance tent, a Louisiana Dance Party featuring Cajun dance and zydeco, as well as local cultural and environmental organizations. This year’s festival is dedicated to folk artist Pete Seeger which will be celebrated Saturday at 4PM on the 7-11 Stage. For more information check out the festival program.

Niagara Street Makeover Begins

Despite being a central corridor to downtown Niagara Street has been severely neglected over the years. This week that comes to an end with a three year $16.3 million makeover that will extend as far as Ontario Street in Riverside. Improvements will include bike lanes, new street lights, and green infrastructure.

Buffalo and Toronto from Space
On the left is Lake Erie and toward the bottom of the picture is the city of Buffalo, NY. The Niagara River, which splits Canada (top) and the US (bottom), can be seen flowing around Grand Island to Lake Ontario. At the top of the picture huddled along Ontario is the titanic city of Toronto, Canada’s largest metropolis.

Buffalo and Toronto from Space

On the left is Lake Erie and toward the bottom of the picture is the city of Buffalo, NY. The Niagara River, which splits Canada (top) and the US (bottom), can be seen flowing around Grand Island to Lake Ontario. At the top of the picture huddled along Ontario is the titanic city of Toronto, Canada’s largest metropolis.