Author: Mike Puma

Mike Puma

Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth an international conference will both celebrate Wright’s legacy and Buffalo’s preeminent place in the origins of the American Arts and Crafts Movement this weekend. The full conference schedule can be seen here. The conference will zero in on how and why the Buffalo region became the national capital for design, production and innovation in American Arts and Crafts. With the region’s wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, The Roycroft Campus, Charles Rohlfs, The Larkin Company, Buffalo Pottery, The Arts and Crafts Shop, Stickley, Heintz Art Metal, Adelaide Robineau, Karl Kipp, Walrath Pottery…

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On Saturday October 28th bring your pups to the 500 and 600 blocks of Main street to strut their stuff for Halloween and for a good cause! The parade will go up Main Street to the Market Arcade and stop along the way at participating shops that will be handing out freshly baked Halloween biscuits made by Buffalo Barkery. Participants will receive a tote to use for trick or treating also donated by Buffalo Barkery, while supplies last. Pup parents and children are encouraged to dress up as well. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the City of Buffalo…

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The competition of the Freedom Wall project at East Ferry and Michigan Avenue will be met with celebration this Sunday, September 17 from 2 to 6pm. The rain or shine event is hosted by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with a free cookout generously provided by the Buffalo United Front with music from Drea D’Nur, the African American Cultural Center, the Performance Arts High School Choir, and DJ Reazon. Artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Edreys Wajed, and Chuck Tingley will be on hand to commemorate the completion of this amazing project. The Freedom Wall depicts portraits of 28 notable civil rights…

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The mixed-use conversion of a former bed manufacturing facility by developers Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots in Hamlin Park is well underway and moving toward completion before the end of the year. Known as “The Mattress Factory”, (Google Map) the historic rehabilitation project will have 34 apartments that will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units and offices for Preservation Studios, an historic preservation consulting firm run by Yots and his partners, Derek King and Mike Puma. Initial rents for the apartments are expected to range from $800 – $1400. Construction on the $6 million project began in November…

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Have you been trying to find a space of your own to start up your own shop or maybe find a new home for your current one, but getting dissuaded with rising commercial rents? Do you happen to be a contractor or have a friend/family member who owes you one? Carmelo Parlato may have just the deal you’ve been after. After a few starts and stops, his storefront space at 272 Virginia Street remains vacant, but ripe for a good tenant to breathe some life into this corner. The building is on a double lot with a driveway and is…

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On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) will host the 6th Annual Buffalo BookFest, a day-long festival dedicated to printing and the book arts. This event is free and open to the public, taking place inside both floors of the Book Arts Center, on Mohawk Street, and spilling into the adjacent parking lot–you won’t want to miss this festival! The 6th Annual Buffalo BookFest Artist’s Market will highlight WNY’s most talented craftspeople, artisans, and writers. They will welcome vendors from around the region as we celebrate the Upstate New York Wayzgoose-a gathering of printers from all…

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The Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) is continuing to offer its stellar workshops, with the next one being instructed by the organization’s founder Richard Kegler. Attendees will learn how to letterpress posters in the expansive workshop this upcoming Saturday, May 20th from 2pm to 5pm (468 Washington Street). The workshop will revolve around using the non-profit’s expansive collection of type and cuts to create a limited edition/print was Kegler continues through his 2017 residency at WNYBAC. Details for the event can be found here. Each attendee to the workshop will take home their own copy of the finished poster…

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Buffalo Works: Photography Pop Up is slated as a one-night only event at Buffalo Paint & Wallpaper, 2917 Bailey Avenue, on Friday, May 19, 6 pm to midnight. RSVP on the official Facebook page here. Buffalo Works will direct the lenses of ten photographers toward the people, places, and things that represent the city at work. Brendan Bannon, Joe George, Chris Hawley, Molly Jarboe, Dinesh Joseph, Lloyd Mitchell, Kate Stapleton Parzych, Laird Robertson, David Torke, and Katherine Whitefield are the participating photographers.   While the pop up will focus on Buffalo as a whole, Bailey Avenue was chosen as a location because it…

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Jane’s Walk, the global festival occurring May 5, 6, and 7th, is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors. This weekend, Buffalo is hosting four Jane’s Walks at Lockport, Fillmore/Leroy, Northland Corridor, and Upper Rock.Tune in to the Jane’s Walk Facebook page for information and updates. Here’s the walk descriptions: Possibility & History in Lockport, NY  Meet at Union Station Ruins Led by Kevin McDonough May 6, 2017, 11:00 AM, 2 Hours Led by Kevin McDonough, one of the city’s…

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Arcadia Publishing has recently released two, Buffalo-centric books that are full of great images from the city’s heyday of Baseball and from the tumultuous Blizzard of 1977. Both books are full of fantastic photographs with some great history spread throughout. Since the time of the Civil War, baseball has played an important role in Buffalo. Though most of the area’s baseball pioneers, including Ollie Carnegie and Luke Easter, are gone, they live on in the memories of fans, and some of their names have even graced the facades of facilities, like Offermann Stadium. In this book, Paul Langendorfer and the…

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