June 12, 2012 8:26 AM
By Rebecca Boone:
Buffalonians are no strangers to the Buffalo waterfront- a staple of summer in the city. But it's likely you're a stranger to the huge painted dragons that stick their necks up high at the prow. Fortunately you can get acquainted with them this Saturday, June 16th, as Buffalo hosts the inaugural Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival at Buffalo's Gallagher Beach, which is open to the public and free of charge.
Hope Chest provides free exercise and paddling programs for breast cancer survivors,
June 12, 2012 7:48 AM
Get ready to put on your best vintage dress or suit and grab your dancing shoes, because Deco-Fest 2012 has arrived. The Buffalo Central Terminal will host this annual restoration fundraiser on June 16 with plenty of swing, blues, big band and rockabilly music from bands near and far that will keep guests out on the dance floor all night long.
The event is designed to take you back to the era of the Central Terminal's origin and imagine what it was like to experience the art-deco building in 1929, when it first opened to the public. After an evening of being
June 12, 2012 6:26 AM
As much as this past weekend's weather had its ups and downs, for the most part Allentown and Allen West Art Festivals didn't skip a beat. Each year the festivals draw thousands upon thousands of visitors to not only view the works by talented artists, but to partake in a vibrant atmosphere that tends to engross the public with its quirky bohemian nature. That's mostly because of Allentown and all of its unique character that can be seen throughout the year.
While it doesn't take an art festival for Allentown to artistically shine, having one of the largest art festival
June 11, 2012 11:39 AM
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in the Town of Tonawanda, but lived out-of-town for many years in San Francisco, Manhattan, and Boulder/Denver before before returning in 2005. I now live in Buffalo at the Artspace Lofts. What or who first prompted you to venture into the art world?
Three things..I received an art history book written for children with Manet's "Flute Player" on the cover, attended a Van Gogh exhibit at Albright Knox, and signed up for a children's art class at UB. Have
June 11, 2012 9:56 AM
Thanks to a generous grant awarded to Keep Western New York Beautiful by the John R. Oishei Foundation, Buffalo will be a thousand trees greener by autumn of this year.
The grant, totaling $50,000, will be used by the Re-Tree WNY program to purchase and plant 1,000 trees along streets and in parks throughout the city. Re-Tree WNY made it their goal to replace 30,000 of the trees that were lost in the October storm of 2006. Currently, they need 6,000 more trees to reach their five-year target.
"The volunteers of Re-Tree WNY will
June 11, 2012 9:41 AM
After an exhausting five games away their first eight, including a two week road trip to the West coast, I've got Buffalo coming in to week 10 at 5-3 so far, with big wins over the Patriots week 3 and the Titans week 7 to this point of the season. However, the Bills road woes continue to start here, with a week 10 trip to Gillette stadium, as well as a short week before playing Miami on Thursday night at home, followed by two more games against the AFC South. Care to continue with me down the speculative road to find a Buffalo Wild Card berth and a 10-6 season?
June 11, 2012 8:41 AM
By Giovanni Centurione: From the newly opened Hotel @ The Lafayette, continued progress at Canal Side, and many more, we are starting to see the return of retail in downtown. Let's start at the new Hotel @ Lafayette with, 'Anatomy' local women's store that just relocated from Elmwood Ave. Owned and operated by Ali Eagen, this is a unique boutique that specializes in custom, made-to-measure garments. If you are in need of a wedding dress or a suit for work, Ali, can custom make any piece to suit your style. Down the hall from
June 10, 2012 11:33 AM
Where are you from originally?
Buffalo, N.Y. Old First Ward Where are you living now, and when are you moving back to Buffalo?
Currently living in Joplin, M.O. Moving back to Buffalo this coming spring. What is your medium?
Mostly acrylics and spraypaint at the moment. How has Buffalo influenced your work?
The city made me who I am. Taught me to
June 10, 2012 10:38 AM
This building, located at 161 Elmwood Avenue was once a car rental center, before it became used for storage and then sat empty. If I recall correctly, it was also used a few times by Cozumel for event purposes. Whatever has happened at the location, for the most part it has not played much of a role in the vitality of the street for as long as I can remember. It's always been a fairly unremarkable building. That's why I was so surprised to see a new business open up inside recently. The owners of Claiborne Liquor, who moved into a new space next door, have already expanded into this second location
June 10, 2012 9:44 AM
As OTA's in Buffalo finish up their second week, the Bills are beginning to look deeper and healthier each week. While some, like running back Fred Jackson, are already healed and ready to build on last season's success (934 yards and six TDs in just 10 games), others still are looking to get back to 100% before they can contribute in 2012. Here's a quick rundown of Bills players still recuperating after the 2011 Season of the Walking Wounded in Buffalo.
Terrence McGee - Said the man himself, "Now the last time I had a healthy season... I can't even remember.
June 10, 2012 9:15 AM
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Carol Ann Strahl:
Two esteemed Civil War historians have written an engrossing story detailing the Battle of Franklin fought in Tennessee on November 30, 1864. What makes this saga even more poignant is that by late 1864, the outcome of the Civil War had been essentially decided, so the senselessness of the slaughter is overwhelming.
This battle between the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Lieut. General John Bell Hood and the Union forces commanded
June 9, 2012 11:15 AM
Yesterday, Byron Brown came out publicly to oppose the pending demolitions on Busti Avenue by sending a letter to Governor Cuomo asking for his intervention to halt the demolitions. Below is the letter that Brown's office issued as it was written to Governor Cuomo.
Dear Governor Cuomo:
I am writing to request that you join me in appealing to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) to delay the planned demolitions of properties on Busti Avenue in the City of Buffalo scheduled to occur later this month.
June 8, 2012 3:39 PM
New to Larkin Square and scheduled to open as early as next week is Square 1 Sandwiches. Built in a beautiful old Airstream Trade Wind Land Yacht, the eatery looks as bold and bright as the elevated food court that seconds as a back drop and band stand. The mostly-stationary food truck (trailer) is also located next to the newly opened Filling Station restaurant with a sixteen seat patio for patrons to share. Either that or sit at one of the many colorful lawn seats, some of which are now shaded with gigantic patio umbrellas.
Although I arrived just moments ago, and The
June 8, 2012 1:31 PM
It was Rick Smith, owner of Rigidized Metals, who upon purchasing land at the grain elevators first came upon a massive bee colony lodged inside the boarded up window of one of the office buildings. Knowing that someday the building was going to be occupied and active, Rick felt that it would only be right to make sure that the bees were not exterminated. I have been lucky enough to visit the bees each year since they were first discovered, and have always admired Rick's desire to move the bee colony safely. Little did I know what an ambitious undertaking it would ultimately end up being. "Nobody