Author: queenseyes

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-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of 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. Coming soon... 'fig' Fashion Show. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

There is one waterfront festival that predates them all. Buffalo River Fest has been beating the waterfront drum for years. So many years, in fact, that when it got started, there really wasn’t that much to celebrate. Or that’s what some people assumed. Today’s River Fest not only pays tribute to Buffalo’s past waterfront glories, it also shines a light on numerous new advancements in and around the Old First Ward. Per usual, the Friday-Saturday docket of activities will be plentiful, with an artisan market, a Saturday kids’ area, Cotter fireboat rides, a kids’ fishing contest, I Got It Bingo,…

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Fans of Buffalo’s historic building stock won’t want to miss a book signing by author Frances R. Schmidt, who recently released FRED: Buffalo Building of Dreams. The book signing event will take place at the Free Street Tavern at 1469 Niagara Street – in a building that just happens to be the star of the book. Back in March, I wrote about this fascinating book, after speaking to Frances about the premise behind it. Her inspiration turned out to be the topsy-turvy plight of the building (FRED) during the course of its existence. Told by the building’s own heartfelt perspective, FRED: Buffalo…

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The widely-anticipated grand opening of the Buffal”O” ferris wheel is just around the corner. Just yesterday the Buffalo RiverWorks team announced that the ride is officially operational, and that the larger attraction – the Riverland Ride Park – will be open to the public soon. The unveiling of the ferris wheel had been delayed, as RiverWorks awaited the arrival of an ADA wheelchair lift. The railings were also on backorder for the upper deck. But all of those “final pieces of the puzzle” have been addressed, which means that the ride is now “good to go.” During a press conference…

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The urban farming community in Buffalo is growing stronger by the day. Adding to the ongoing momentum is a group of five women who have come together to form a WNY Chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition (WNYYFC). The intention is to create stronger solidarity between these farmers (and others), in order to better collaborate, pool resources, share ideas, and network. Another objective of WNYYFC is to help to diversify the WNY farming community. “There are approximately two times more male farmers than female farmers, and most farmers are over fifty-five years old… only 3 percent are younger than thirty-five,…

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When you think back to the golden days of Buffalo radio, what comes to mind? Even more than what comes to mind, who comes to mind? There were so many memorable radio personalities in those days, partly because of their larger-than-life personalities, and partially because radio was where it was at. Radio was still king, as there were no video games, no social media, no 500 TV stations to choose from. There were newspapers to read, but even TV was in its infancy. I’m talking about the early years of Buffalo broadcasting, when WGR signed on the air in May…

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Thinking about celebrating anything this week is tough, considering the circumstances at hand. But if there’s one thing that we can, and should be celebrating, it’s diversity. Otherwise the bad guys win. Tila Bastola (originally from Bhutan) with the sign she hand-embroidered for the Creative Journeys exhibit. Tila has been an active member of the Stitch Buffalo Refugee Women’s Workshop since the very first day! On Saturday, May 21, refugees from countries that include Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Thailand, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Peru, Bangladesh, and Somalia, will be exhibiting their textile works that they carried with them when they left their…

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Buffalo’s Inner Harbor is going to be busier than ever this summer, thanks to the launch of a number of new party barges. The latest ‘barge’ to ‘set sail’ is Buffalo CycleBoats’ Buffalo Party Barge. The party craft – a pontoon style tour boat – is set to launch Saturday, May 21 at 301 Ohio Street, the future home of Papi Grande’s new waterfront beach club. “We saw a huge demand in small and large groups looking to get out on the water in a private tour setting, post pandemic,” said Brandon Bova, owner of Buffalo CycleBoats. “The Party Barge…

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If there was ever a time for a Community Peace Market, this would be it. As the community attempts to recover from the horrific tragedy that rocked the East Side, there are scores of people who are coming together in solidarity. These people are not sitting back and letting one evil person tear our city apart. Instead, they are creating a multitude of social events that intend to let the healing process get underway. Later today, Wednesday, May 18, BFLO Worm Works and Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) will be hosting The Community Peace Market – an event that is built…

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On Thursday, May 19 (at 6pm), co-authors Jennifer Hillman and William McKeever will offer up a presentation on their new book release titled Secret Places of Western New York: 25 Scenic Hikes. The two authors worked with author and preservationist Bruce Kershner’s literary estate, to encourage the next generation of WNY hikers to explore the natural wonders of the region. It was Bruce Kershner who first published Secret Places: Scenic Treasure of Western New York and Southern Ontario in 1994. The book talk will be held at Fitz Books. The forward of this new edition book is written by Libby…

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Markets abound in WNY. Keeping up with all of them has become somewhat of a challenge. One of the newest to hit the scene is the Pendleton Station Market, which has a tremendous backdrop, as you can see. The 2022 market is thanks to the hard work of Marissa Wroblewski, who is acting chairperson. If it wasn’t for Marissa’s dedication to the market, chances are that it wouldn’t be around today. And that would be unfortunate, considering that this relatively new market – founded in 2021 – has already become so cherished within the community. “I have been in love…

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