Author: Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan

Dan is a Buffalo native who comes from a long line of Buffalo natives. originally born in Kenmore, moved through Chicago, then Pittsburgh, before returning to spend the remainder of his childhood in the Boston Hills. After High School, he attended college in Boston Mass. Initially studying business management, switched to International Studies after a semester at the University of Cape Town, SA. Returning to Buffalo after Boston, Dan continues to travel and accommodate anyone new to his hometown. Now, you can find Dan checking someone in at the Hostel or leading a Buffalo Bike Tour this summer.

Box Gallery’s (at The Hostel) newest art installation – Rotten Apple – photos by Jason Contangelo, is a heady bushel of art, sound, and poetry. The opening – held this past weekend – was accompanied by the ambient dreamscapes of Mark Longolucco (A Relative Term), and a reading by JBLC resident writer,  dream/bike poet Mathias Svalina. Rotten Apple is a solo exhibition by the artist Jason Contangelo. It pairs visual, photographic icons with obscured, poetic text installations to create a space of intertwined madness and sanity. His work is highly spiritual in character. Sacred images and holy text dissociate to a…

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At the corner of Florida & Spillman Place are 7 once-beautiful, but now boarded houses. Would they still be boarded up if they were west of Main Street? BR60: Buffalo, 60 Seconds at a time. Script: Dan Regan, Voice: George Johnson, DP: Devin Chavanne, Post: George Johnson

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Doris Records Inc is not a kitsch record shop riding the vinyl revival wave. This store is a staple that’s survived since the early days of LP and on through 8tracks, CDs, and the Sam Goodys of the world. Slowly expanding over the years from a one room shop off the corner of Jefferson and E. Ferry, to eventually occupying the whole building, Doris’s has not only survived the change in music formats and distribution, but also the fall and ongoing rise of the city around it. Established in 1962, Doris Records opened their doors to a much different Jefferson…

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The post office is downsizing, and why not? In the modern era there is less need for large distribution hubs, especially downtown. According to Uniland Development Company, the new branch at 695 Washington Street will reflect the mailing habits of today’s population and will be one-third the size of Ellicott Station at 2,685 square feet.   This new, smaller “Post Stamp” Office is replacing the currently operating Ellicott Station next door at 701 Washington Street. The slimmer updated building will provide P.O. boxes and counter service, and will have both on and off street parking options. The Ellicott Station will remain…

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There is no pit in the stomach like the one that comes from the site of a parking ticket. That little orange envelope glaring off a windshield makes you wonder how much you owe the city this time. Until recently, a safe bet had always been $40—bare minimum for not moving your car on time or forgetting which side you parked on the night before. Then, there’s always the risk the ticket will unravel like some medieval proclamation pronouncing you owe the city much more than you’d assumed. For those just relocating to Buffalo, the increase in ticketing and rising…

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At the corner of Main and Genesee, and the newest addition to the 500 block of Main, Fattey Beer Co, is the missing piece to a perfect night out downtown. Nestled between Overwinter Coffee and Raclettes with an impeccable view of Roosevelt Plaza, owners Nick Fattey and Chris Dicesare chose the location over other Buffalo hot spots to complement the growing number of businesses moving to Main Street. After a production at Shea’s, dinner reservations downtown, or simply finishing a long day of work, Fattey Beer Co is an excellent addition to any downtown plan, but don’t be surprised if…

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At the corner of Sycamore and Herman, a faint smell of barbeque drifts through the air. Alongside vacant lots and boarded homes a large smoker sits in front of what is literally a hole in the wall. In an old garage thick with DIY advertising and mostly dedicated to the kitchen, SodaPops tends the grill full of burgers, subs, and chicken sandwiches in his eponymous fast food shack. There isn’t much space to order, none to eat inside, but what SodaPops lacks in dining space it makes up for 10 fold with character. True to most East Side restaurants, SodaPops…

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The Hamlin Park taxpayers association had some special guests at their most recent meeting. Two representatives from the Ellicott Development Corporation, including CEO Bill Paladino, came to discuss their proposal for the Lutheran Church Home now sitting vacant at the corner of Pleasant and E. Delavan. Originally built in 1906, with a second addition being added in the 1950s, the building was purchased by Ellicott Development in 2014 for a whopping $450,000. Before closing its doors, The Lutheran Church Home was an assisted-living facility with 65 apartments, commercial kitchen, communal dining area, and all the other amenities needed for elderly…

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