'Buffalo Billion' expanding to city's East Side
So far Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion has focused on bringing business to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, creating a clean energy hub at Riverbend, creating a park at the Outer Harbor, and increasing tourism at Niagara Falls. Now $6.7 million is being invested in buying abandoned industrial property along prime railroad real estate in the struggling East Side for the purpose of a business park. The state purchase of the land comes shortly after the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. purchased 11 acres for $250,000 in the same vicinity.
The exact details of the business park have yet to be revealed but the focus will be on manufacturing and energy. The acquisitions come shortly after the announcement of a $70 million privately funded housing development project, Highland Park, located less than a mile north. Also located within a mile of these two projects are ECMC, Sister’s Hospital, UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, and Canisius College making the near East Side between Ferry and Amherst primed to be the next neighborhood engine to restart in Buffalo’s revitalization revolution. 

'Buffalo Billion' expanding to city's East Side

So far Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion has focused on bringing business to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, creating a clean energy hub at Riverbend, creating a park at the Outer Harbor, and increasing tourism at Niagara Falls. Now $6.7 million is being invested in buying abandoned industrial property along prime railroad real estate in the struggling East Side for the purpose of a business park. The state purchase of the land comes shortly after the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. purchased 11 acres for $250,000 in the same vicinity.

The exact details of the business park have yet to be revealed but the focus will be on manufacturing and energy. The acquisitions come shortly after the announcement of a $70 million privately funded housing development project, Highland Park, located less than a mile north. Also located within a mile of these two projects are ECMC, Sister’s Hospital, UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, and Canisius College making the near East Side between Ferry and Amherst primed to be the next neighborhood engine to restart in Buffalo’s revitalization revolution

Forbes Lists Buffalo as One of America’s “Opportunity Cities”
Already naming Buffalo America’s most affordable city in 2014 the business magazine lists the Queen City as one of 19 “opportunity cities” to make a stronger business impact. Forbes lists 43North and the Buffalo Urban Homestead Program as just two of such opportunities. Rochester also made the list making the entire Western New York region ripe for opportunity.

Forbes Lists Buffalo as One of America’s “Opportunity Cities”

Already naming Buffalo America’s most affordable city in 2014 the business magazine lists the Queen City as one of 19 “opportunity cities” to make a stronger business impact. Forbes lists 43North and the Buffalo Urban Homestead Program as just two of such opportunities. Rochester also made the list making the entire Western New York region ripe for opportunity.

ECC Campus
Photograph © Mike Puma

ECC Campus

Photograph © Mike Puma

Downtown Waterfront
Photograph © Jason Pawlak

Aerial Bethlehem Steel

Buffalo has always been one of the biggest and best producers of many things in this country. Unlike Milwaukee, Detroit, or Pittsburgh, Buffalo is not known for being a major producer of just beer, or just cars, or just steel but all of those and more. Whether being the nation’s largest breadbasket, holding a hemispheral fair, or being an integral part of state, national, and international business Buffalo holds one of the most significant places in the nation’s history.

The Bethlehem Steel site is a scarred testaments to Buffalo’s contribution. Bethlehem Steel was known for building some of the nation’s greatest landmarks including Buffalo’s own Peace Bridge. The site originally was purchased by the Lackawanna Steel Company which moved from Scranton, PA to West Seneca’s vast lakefront in 1902. By 1909 the company town split from West Seneca creating Lackawanna, NY. In 1922 they became a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel and by 1983 they closed down the plant. Today, the contaminated brownfield that remains blocks a great swath of waterfront property to the public and has become a source of local legends.

City & State Buffalo Bureau Launch
City & State, the only all New York government and politics media business, is opening a bureau in Buffalo. The company was born from a merger between The Capitol and City Hall newspapers in 2012 and has mostly focused Albany and Downstate until now. Jim Heany of Investigative Post wrote an article in City & State back in June about inequality in Buffalo.
With the new office Buffalo will have its own correspondent for City & State, Chris Thompson, who has reported for several nationally recognized media outlets. This will increase Buffalo’s presence on the New York State stage and provide an additional source of insight into Buffalo politics. To celebrate the opening City & State is throwing a launch party on Tuesday, September 23rd featuring interviews with Buffalo influencers at Dinosaur BBQ entirely for free so long as you RSVP.

City & State Buffalo Bureau Launch

City & State, the only all New York government and politics media business, is opening a bureau in Buffalo. The company was born from a merger between The Capitol and City Hall newspapers in 2012 and has mostly focused Albany and Downstate until now. Jim Heany of Investigative Post wrote an article in City & State back in June about inequality in Buffalo.

With the new office Buffalo will have its own correspondent for City & State, Chris Thompson, who has reported for several nationally recognized media outlets. This will increase Buffalo’s presence on the New York State stage and provide an additional source of insight into Buffalo politics. To celebrate the opening City & State is throwing a launch party on Tuesday, September 23rd featuring interviews with Buffalo influencers at Dinosaur BBQ entirely for free so long as you RSVP.

Old Style vs. New Style
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

Old Style vs. New Style

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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The Buffalo Maritime Festival
This weekend Buffalo celebrates its waterfront heritage with the Buffalo Maritime Festival. Various seafaring vessels will be highlighted along Canalside during this three day event with the US Brig Niagara as the featured historical ship. Other events include a chowder competition, a boat building demonstration, and a Children’s Maritime Parade. Enjoy the waterfront while you can as the summer wains to a close for another season.

The Buffalo Maritime Festival

This weekend Buffalo celebrates its waterfront heritage with the Buffalo Maritime Festival. Various seafaring vessels will be highlighted along Canalside during this three day event with the US Brig Niagara as the featured historical ship. Other events include a chowder competition, a boat building demonstration, and a Children’s Maritime Parade. Enjoy the waterfront while you can as the summer wains to a close for another season.

Grand Island Dusk
Photograph © David Niedbala

Grand Island Dusk

Photograph © David Niedbala

Biggest ethnic group of Buffalo area? German, and it is Oktoberfest
50,000 people or more attend the annual Italian Festival, St. Paddy’s Day Parade, or Dyngus Day’s events but Buffalo’s Oktoberfest celebrations are not as widely attended. The Buffalo News finds this surprising due to the fact that the Buffalo-Niagara region primarily consists of German descendants. The article explores several Oktoberfests in the area and determined that German cultural celebrations are “making a comeback.”

Biggest ethnic group of Buffalo area? German, and it is Oktoberfest

50,000 people or more attend the annual Italian Festival, St. Paddy’s Day Parade, or Dyngus Day’s events but Buffalo’s Oktoberfest celebrations are not as widely attended. The Buffalo News finds this surprising due to the fact that the Buffalo-Niagara region primarily consists of German descendants. The article explores several Oktoberfests in the area and determined that German cultural celebrations are “making a comeback.”

2014 Buffalo Gardens

1. Johnson Pk.

2. Carolina St.

3. Prospect Ave.

4. Prospect Ave.

5. Carolina St.

Photography by Linda DiDomizio

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2014 Buffalo Bills #ItEndsAt14

Since the announcement of Pegula’s purchase of the Bills a weight of uncertainty has been lifted from the city. Buffalo’s most beloved franchise had its fate hanging in the balance when the original owner of the team for 59 years, Ralph Wilson, passed away earlier this year. Terry Pegula, already known for saving the Sabres, building HarborCenter, and perhaps soon-to-be purchasing the Seneca Tower, has embodied the Buffalo spirit.

Donn Esmonde even went as far as calling the “Buffalo curse" over. The Buffalo Bills have symbolized the city’s Icarian fate and now holds the record for the team with the longest playoff drought. But now that the future of the Bills location has been solidified it will be up to the team to start a new chapter in the history of greatness in Buffalo sports.

A warm evening in Buffalo, NY
Photograph by Emil Stefanov

Benchmark chosen to take over Market Arcade Cinema

The Benchmark Group of Amherst is pairing up with AMC Theatres and investing $9 million of private money into the Market Arcade Building. Benchmark beat out local developers Rocco Termini, known for saving the Hotel Lafayette, and Nick Sinatra, who recently purchased the Phoenix Brewery. Inside will be an eight screen “world-class” theater with reclining seats and plans to open in the Summer of 2016. In addition to the recent purchase of the Market Arcade the Benchmark Group is also constructing a three-story mixed-use building on Elmwood.

Photography by Aneurysm9

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Photograph © Greg Meadows