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Joe Cascio Captures First Night 2012

For those of you who are still recovering from the holidays and piecing together New Years, photographer Joe Cascio has sent along a Monday message containing his yearly prized shot of the Ball Drop and the ensuing fireworks. This was definitely one of the more unusual First Nights primarily due to the balmy weather that we experienced – that and a variety of exciting options that were opened up to Buffalonians to enjoy the festivities. With The Statler being the number one game changer, I can only imagine what next year will bring with the opening of the Hotel Lafayette.

If you have any recollections, ideas or suggestions for First Night that you would like to share with readers, feel free to do so. What was your favorite festivity this year? What made the night so special? What would you have liked to see that you didn’t? What part of the city were you in and what took place? What were the best establishments to watch the Ball Drop on TV? Where were the best locations to to go after watching the Ball Drop?

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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