May 28, 2010 8:01 PM
Kicking off tonight, the second annual Unite Music Festival is igniting Buffalo's electronic music scene with an unprecedented array of stellar, internationally acclaimed DJs spinning at 20 clubs throughout the weekend. For anybody who knows anything about electronic music, you know that this is really big for Buffalo. As the electronic scene has been growing in recent years, you might say that this is the culmination of a growing fan base along with seasoned promoters and a solid club base - enough to attract music fans from all over the region.
Performing headlining DJs are:
May 28, 2010 5:28 PM
Nineteen statues are getting some much-needed touch-ups around the city. Russell-Marti Conservation Services, a statue conservation and restoration company based in Missouri, is currently working on the General Daniel Davidson Bidwell statue (photo) after recently completing work on the statue of Columbus at Columbus Park.
It has been eight years since the statues have undergone any maintenance, which means that there is a bit more work to be done than usual. At the same time, the works of art are in good condition and only require the team to remove a bit of corrosion before applying
May 28, 2010 2:47 PM
What is it that makes Hertel such a gold star destination for head shops? I would imagine that the homegrown success of Terrapin Station has got to send smoke signals to others looking to open in the neighborhood. Maybe the same strategic location maneuvers that apply to the fast food joints also apply to smoke shops? First there was Terrapin - the head shop has created quite a buzz over the years. Then came Headin' to Hertel, a business that looks like it'll stick around for 20 years or more. Now it looks like Marley's Cigar and Hookah Lounge (next to Romeo and Juliet's) is looking to spark it
May 27, 2010 4:23 PM
On Wednesday June 9th, at 11 a.m. at the Chambers of the Erie County Legislature at 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, the public is invited to learn about a possible proposal that would see more windmills added to the waterfront. This time however, the mills would be stationed offshore, not on land. The meeting is being hosted by Erie County Legislator Daniel M. Kozub (D- 1st District) who is interested in the public's opinion on this particular project. New York Power Authority is seeking proposals at this juncture in time.
There are a couple of different viewpoints that the committee
May 27, 2010 2:50 PM
Moments ago I received an email with the title, "Makeover or Makeunder?" The email came from a communications specialist at a CPA firm in Buffalo. The email started by talking about the historic nature of Johnson Park and its special place in the hearts of community members.
From there the message bounced to the reaction from neighbors regarding the new paint job of the New Phoenix Theatre - an artistic staple situated at the head of the park's 'table'. Apparently there are some wildly mixed reviews when it comes to the colors chosen for paint. Overnight, the building went from muted
May 27, 2010 11:37 AM
Seeing that nobody is really sure when auto traffic will be extended down Main Street, there are some issues that should be addressed that could add some vibrancy to the corridor. For example, have you ever noticed that the area surrounding this gate is one of the dead spots on the street? Many of the buildings on the west side of the Metro Rail entrance/exit are empty - I'm sure that it's not all thanks to the gate, but this is a long stretch of walkway that just happens to very close to the reemerging 700-block.
One of the nice things about Main is that much of the infrastructure is
May 25, 2010 5:50 PM
After recently reopening its Elmwood Avenue location under new ownership, Avenue Pizza is now heading a bit north to battle it out with Mister Pizza and Zetti's. Avenue has signed on at the Falafel Bar's former diggs and original home of Pano's. This will not be a second location for Avenue on Elmwood - as I understand it the 500-block location will eventually close.
The move will leave Casa-di-Pizza, Just Pizza and Jacobi's Express Pizza (has anyone tried their pizza out yet?) servicing the 'southern' end of the street. On one hand, I'm happy to see that the little shack-of-a-building
May 25, 2010 12:09 PM
At long last a few creative and caring people have opted to figure out a way to temporarily display artistic works in vacant storefront windows in Allentown. Take the corner of Allen Street and Elmwood for example - you can't help but notice the photographed faces that are displayed in the windows, which add a sense of community, color and vibrancy to Allentown. Like a well-positioned, attractive mural, the Faces of Allentown project gives passersby something to look at instead of a vacant, blank space.
Adam Sokol, a board member of the Allentown Association, is one of the people behind
May 25, 2010 9:44 AM
Last year, when the pizzeria building located at the corner York and West was knocked down, many neighbors feared that parking for D'Youville College was imminent. The corner is high profile in that it is very visible when traveling down Porter Avenue from the Peace Bridge to the Kleinhans neighborhood. We all know how parking can change the look and feel of a neighborhood - just look at the property that was formerly Duty Free located on Porter Avenue at Front Park... it's an embarrassment.
When I spoke to neighbors regarding the substantial corner gardens, they told me that they were
May 22, 2010 12:54 PM
Has anyone else notice these rusted out, sun-washed buses around town? Even when they were new they were obnoxious and unsightly, but now they are just a wreck. How does the NFTA even let these pieces of junk leave the garage in the morning?
If the NFTA ever does get around to selling new ads on its buses, maybe it should consider putting limitations on how unsightly they are to begin with. Aren't there any companies that would like to add to the beauty of our neighborhoods rather than bombard us with the worst marketing programs that they can dream up? Can't we keep the crass marketing
May 22, 2010 10:05 AM
If the rain holds off for long enough periods today, volunteers will be able to get to work on fixing up the oldest house in South Buffalo. To think that such a beautiful house could fall into such disrepair! Just looking at the historic photo, and then fast forwarding to a recent snapshot, there doesn't appear to be anything further to destroy when it comes to the original appearance of the structure. What a shame.
In recent weeks, WNY AmeriCorps and the South Buffalo Neighborhood Accountability Board have been taking steps to fix up the house in preparation for its new tenants. The
May 19, 2010 4:40 PM
If I had to voice one complaint about Vito's Gourmet Deli in Downtown Buffalo, it would have to be the large crowds that gather at lunchtime. Sometimes it can be hard to find a seat. Of course this is not a bad problem for the restaurant, just for the people who have to take their lunches back to their offices. After all, half the fun of going to Vito's is the action - the tons of people that search out Fountain Plaza for the sights, the atmosphere and the food. Unfortunately the patio cafe tables and chairs are not yet out for the season. Vito's is delicious food served up iin an amazing urban