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BRo Guest Authors

It’s not unusual for authors to come and go. Guest authors range from collegiate interns to writers who will be contributing for a short stint of time. Guest authors might also have a series in mind. Authors are encouraged to submit their ideas to BRO (Buffalo Rising Online), upon which time we will work with the writer towards a productive end.

Author: Ryan Miller News broke in June that a brand-new Bills stadium may be coming to Orchard Park by as soon as 2025. When you consider the significant uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of the Bills playing in Western New York that existed during the time leading up to Ralph Wilson Jr.’s passing in 2014, a new NFL stadium built anywhere in Erie County is something that should probably be widely celebrated by Buffalonians, because it all but assures the team remains in Buffalo for the rest of most of our lives. Many people outside of the area probably think…

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Author: Seth Tyler Black The Return of an Industry: the Ever Present Stamp of Film in Buffalo Unless you live outside of the city, or the know, Buffalo has consistently been making its mark in the film production world at least since 2014. It is not hard to spot the familiar tones of the Buffalo streets, abandoned industrial treasures, and stunning architecture and craftsmanship on the buildings. However, this phrase that I have heard over the past few years, Hollywood is coming to Buffalo, has really gotten old and annoying as I have aged within the film industry and seen…

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Author: Phil Wilcox Many recall the excitement when “Breakers,” followed by “Shooters,” opened their sprawling bar, restaurant, and entertainment venues on the Outer Harbor on Lake Erie. I also recall frustrated friends at the time saying, “You can’t get there from here…” While humorous, there are still many folks who choose not to drive over the skyway at all, much less traverse the confusing access roads to the Outer Harbor (getting back out is just as confusing for first time visitors).  The attractive stretch of land is now being developed by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), the same…

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Author: Barbara Tzetzo Gosch “Varvara—someday I’ll take you back to where it all began.” I grew up on the street where President William McKinley was fatally shot. The event that changed the course of American history happened inside the Temple of Music concert hall – an auditorium filled with electrifying color, built for the Pan-American Exposition. By the mid 1940s when our family moved to what became predominantly a Jewish neighborhood, all that remained was the McKinley marker with a plaque signifying what occurred. Thus, from a young age and at a personal level, I discovered the powerful influences of…

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On April 2, 2021, Erie County celebrated its bicentennial anniversary, kicking off a year of celebration. This significant milestone is an opportunity for the community to reflect on the history, stories, and legacies of the many men and women who came before us. Author, Thea Hassan, Gobike Buffalo The Future of Buffalo and Biking A month ago, Brian Benson, GObike’s summer intern, didn’t own a bicycle. Now, he’s commuting by bike from Tonawanda to Buffalo and reconsidering the need to own a personal vehicle. What would lead him to such a considerable shift? For one thing, money– car ownership is expensive, especially for…

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Author: Thomas C. Rosenthal MD A headline like this appeared in the Aurora Standard on December 27, 1837 along with a letter signed by Drs Jabez Allen, Jonathan Hoyt, Erastus Wallis and C.H. Lapham. After a month of tracking down each patient’s friends and family members, the doctors confidently reported no new cases and encouraged everyone to get Jenner’s milkmaid vaccine (Latin: vacca meaning cow). These four doctors were graduates of medical colleges that taught bloodletting and intestinal purging, the ‘remedies’ used to treat George Washington’s sore throat in 1799. But nineteenth century medical practice was giving way to more…

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Author: Timothy Hurysz If recent reports are true and the Buffalo Bills are in fact planning to remain in Orchard Park with a new open-air stadium, it will be important that more than just a stadium is planned for and built this time around. One of the many reasons why a downtown stadium has been championed by so many over the years is because of the greater number of entertainment options, such as bars and restaurants, that would be available to fans both before and after games, which is something that the current Orchard Park site fails to provide. Aside…

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Author: Christina M. Abt Over the last few weeks, Buffalo has basked in the national media spotlight due to the return of Major League Baseball (MLB) to the Queen City for the first time in 105 years. However, the MLB powers that be recently turned up the intensity of that local spotlight, by designating Buffalo’s Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Program (WHJESP) as a member of their Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program. The primary mission of the MLB RBI Program is to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth, and promote greater inclusion…

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Author: Russell Weaver (@RustBeltGeo) As cliched as it sounds, Buffalo’s historic June 2021 Democratic Mayoral Primary, in which political newcomer and Democratic Socialist India Walton won a major upset over four-term incumbent Byron Brown – putting Ms. Walton on the path to become the City’s first-ever female Mayor – is something of a tale of two cities. And it’s the same tale that Buffalonians have known and heard about for generations: the “East-West Divide” carved by Main Street through the heart of the City. According to Anthony Armstrong, founder of Make Communities and coauthor of the Racial Equity Dividend report…

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Author: Will Kawalec Fitting perfectly into the resurgence of Buffalo’s West Side neighborhood, and “post” pandemic rebirth of Western New York, Mister Sizzle’s brings a welcome (and sizzling) flair to a community craving activity.  Located at 346 Connecticut Street within the Horsefeathers Market & Residences building, and comfortably situated near local favorites like Black Sheep, and BreadHive, Sizzle’s fits perfectly into the Connecticut Street corridor.  This new casual burger and bar spot adds another chapter to the ongoing story of the street, as well as our city. I must say that my visit to Mister Sizzle’s exceeded my expectations, as…

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