Author: 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. And his latest adventure... FigBuffalo, with the intention of creating a Buffalo United Fashion Front (BUFF). Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

On Saturday, June 2, owners of The Good Stuff Gallery + Gift (formerly Pine Apple Company), invite the public to celebrate the small art gallery and gift shop’s continued evolution, as it embarks upon its seventh year of business. The Good Stuff Gallery + Gift is much more than a gallery and gift shop. Over the years, the artist-owners – Sarah Liddell, Mickey Harmon, Bobby Griffiths and Yames Moffitt – have helped to breathe new life into Allentown. Most recently, Harmon, who spearheads a number of events, announced the launch of two projects that will greatly contribute to the vibrancy…

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As Canalside kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the opening of the Solar-Powered Buffalo Carousel, and the inauguration of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief, The Battle Within Foundation and The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be preparing to present a non-denominational Memorial Service with full Military honors in remembrance of our fallen military personnel. The Memorial Day Military Honors and Memorial Service will take place at The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. “We Remember Our Heroes” – The Memorial Day Service…

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Saturday is going to be quite the day at Canalside. Along with the official inauguration of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief, the Solar Powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel will officially open for the season. This will be the fourth summer that the carousel will be in action, as an integral part of the continued legacy of the Buffalo waterfront. The dedication will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Carousel’s Russell J. Salvatore History Corner. The Carousel, housed in the award-winning and sustainably-built KeyBank Roundhouse, is 1 of only 5 solar-powered carousels in the world. Along with the…

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On Saturday, May 25, the community is invited to attend an inauguration event, recognizing the completion of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief – the first boat to open the Erie Canal nearly 200 years ago. The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Canalside – 44 Prime Street Buffalo, NY, with an afterparty to follow, at Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E Huron Street, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM). This project marks just the beginning of Buffalo’s efforts to expand the Erie Canal narrative and foster connections across our New York State community as we approach the…

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The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has announced that 61 Western New York organizations, including Western New York Minority Media Professionals (Broadway Theater Restoration Project), Canopy of Neighbors, and Assembly House 150, will receive/share upwards of $1 million in grant awards from endowment funds created to carry on the legacy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.  Since 2016, the Legacy Funds (annual grants) have totaled $11.5 million. It was the wish of Mr. Wilson that the endowment funds, and the ensuing grant awards, would benefit a number of charitable WNY enterprizes, in the following fields: caregivers, community assets, design and access, and youth…

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In September of 2020, I posted a story about Jennifer Bohlen, Buffalo’s “Local Honey.” Since that time, the Local Honey Beauty Hive, located at 1255 Niagara Street, has continued to thrive. Not only has the salon thrived, so has the surrounding section of Niagara Street, which is now home to, among others, CooCoo U, the Niagara Street Vintage Collective, Mortalis Brewing Company, Mint, Great Point Studios, and there are more businesses on the way. Now that everything is going swimmingly with Local Honey, Jennifer is embarking upon a grand new adventure on Niagara Street, in a commercial space that is…

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There’s really no better way to celebrate the waterfront than attending the annual Valley’s Buffalo River Festival. In a lot of ways, the rediscovering of our waterfront began at Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street. It was essentially a grassroots effort that led to the park becoming a beacon for the true potential of the Buffalo River. And now, in 2024, this park, and this festival in particular, continues to thrive thanks to the efforts of the organizers, and the attendees that travel to this very special place, to celebrate the unique history, and the rediscovery of…

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Did you ever want to get granular with the grain elevators? If so, you will want to attend an upcoming event titled Spilling Grain. The event will feature accounts from former grain scoopers, mill workers, and others who lived and worked among Buffalo’s grain elevators. This humanist encounter will take place on Saturday, June 8 at The Central Library’s Grosvenor Room, where speakers will discuss their interactions with the iconic structures, many of which are still compromised. In recent years, we have seen an increase in adoration for our at-risk stock of historic grain elevators and mills. At the same…

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The Mellon Foundation to fund partnership to develop and plan for Robert T. Coles House and Studio The goal of transitioning the Robert T. Coles House into a public cultural site in Buffalo is one step closer to reality thanks to a $150,000 grant awarded to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House (fiscal sponsor for the Coles House Foundation). The funding, gifted by The Mellon Foundation, will support the Foundation in organizational and programmatic development and strategic planning, thus allowing it to move forward, faster, with its honorable goal of further recognizing and memorializing the legacy of the prominent Buffalo-born architect Robert…

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On Thursday, May 23, Second Chapter Bookstore will be hosting a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of “His Name is George Floyd” at Villa Maria College. Founders of the black-owned bookstore, mother-daughter duo Lisa Queener-Johnson and Stephanie Peete, have invited former Washington Post journalists and authors of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice – Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa – to discuss their book. The discussion will also center around the topics of race, American history, and how we move forward as a community, and as a country.…

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