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

Last night was the fundraiser for the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. This was the first year that the party was held at the Neighborhood Collective… which was the old May Jen Chinese Restaurant, if you are looking fo a point of reference. I am sure that there are a few of you out there that are not familiar with this gallery on Elmwood Avenue. The Neighborhood Collective is the brainchild of Annie Adams, one of the most incredible jewelry designers I have ever met. Her pieces are breathtaking, as is the space that she has transformed to accommodate…

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By Jen Schratz Blondine Harvin, owner of Gigi’s Restaurant, has discovered the perfect recipe for success. She began with hard work and dedication. To this she added delicious Southern-style meals, a sprinkle of warm and friendly atmosphere, and finally a dash of many loving family members to help run her restaurant. She set the timer for 45 years and her final creation is a dining room packed with loyal customers who return time and time again for her delicious soul food specialties. Her list of customers runs the gamut from famous politicians like Hillary Clinton and Reverend Al Sharpton, to…

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It seems that City Hall escaped the bolt of lightning that you see in the photo above. The Richardson Complex was not as fortunate. I don’t have the heart to cover the later story. Unforntunately lightning can be as destructive as it can be beautiful. As a vast number of Buffalonians attended a myriad of events downtown last evening, one of those attendees, Brian Maher, stuck around for what turned out to be the best visual show of the night. Now I don’t think that Brian is a regular storm chaser, but we are sure glad that he chased down…

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As I was blading around the city this evening (after Thursday at the Square), I decided to roll up to the steps of City Hall. While sitting on the steps, I noticed another rollerblader racing around the circle. Hey it’s always nice to see a fellow blader out for some fresh air. As he approached I noticed that he was wearing an Explore the Elmwood/Allentown t-shirt. For those of you that might not know, that was the original name of Buffalo Rising Magazine. Yes, we started off as E/A. And this rollerblader was wearing one of our original old-school t-shirts.…

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It was a hot one! Congrats to everyone that not only completed the Corporate Challenge, but just showed up in the heat. (If figmo hadnit called requesting some shots from the finish line, I might have opted to stay in my cool basement doing laundry.) But I am so glad that we walked over to Delaware Park to get right into the mix of runners and supporters under an array of colorful (and much needed) tents. It was great to see the transformation of the park near the zoo. The spirit of the crowd was pumped and happy, despite the…

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…1000 Thank Yous times 10. That’s what I heard as 10,000 Corporate Challenge runners rounded Gates Circle in near-record breaking heat–a weary but genuine and constant chorus of ‘Thank yous’ directed toward the firefighters spraying with their hoses. Just another reason that it’s great to live in the City of Good Neighbors. Check out the slideshow.

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I hadn’t until this evening. And boy, when I heard them, I heard them. I chased these girls and guys down Elmwood for 16 city blocks to catch up with them. Bells a blarin’, voices a shoutin’, smiles a grinnin’. They were having a grand old time. When I finally caught up to them they informed me that they were the Buffalo Bike Posse. Cool. These bikers leave from Amherst and head into the city every Wednesday evening. They don bright yellow t-shirts with an image of a banana eating a banana on them. It was really great to see…

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Allen Street Hardware Cafe is celebrating it’s one year anniversary. There will be no fanfare, no drink specials, and from what I understand, no big party. So why do I even mention it? Because despite what a lot of folks said, this place has turned into one of the ‘funkiest’ little neighborhood bars/eateries in the city. I remember hearing people say that they were crazy for opening an establishment on a section of Allen Street that no one would support. They said that people wouldn’t go there to eat grilled panini sandwiches and drink beers the likes of Flying Bison.…

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This is going to be a great weekend for all you music lovers out there! Entering its 3rd year in 2005, the Music is Art Festival is a free two day festival on the grounds of Chameleonwest Studios in Allentown featuring over 60 local musical acts and dozens of performance artists, dancers and local artists and art cooperatives. Last year’s festival featured performances by top local acts including Klear, Last Conservative, and The Goo Goo Dolls as well as dozens of local artists showing their work, live creations of murals, photography exhibits, multimedia rooms, magicians, fire dancers and more. I…

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