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

It’s hard to believe that Naquasia “Nicole” Boyd’s baked goods are vegan. That was the general consensus at The Stagecoach Market, as customers tried them for the first time. Last Sunday, the vegan baker rolled out her fan favorite cookies, but she also introduced a handful of other delights. Naquasia went to trade school in Manhattan for culinary arts, and began catering at the age of 18. She traveled and lived in both Japan and Italy, where she picked up her change in lifestyle habits. In the end, it was her toffee (butter crunch) cookie that stole the show. Once…

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The 2022 Juneteenth Festival took on more meaning than ever before. The festival was a time to celebrate freedom, history, culture, families, and friends. It was also a time of healing and hope. As a way to contribute to the East Buffalo community, Jaime Swygert did her part via the Buffalo Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion, which she initially got up and running back in 2019. Swygert’s determination to contribute something wholesome to the event began in 2016, when she began to attend festival meetings. She wanted to do something positive for the community, and she knew that she had the wherewithal…

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The Tops massacre in East Buffalo will have ripple effects for years and years to come. This community will never get over it, yet there is a healing process that will ultimately make this city closer than ever. To that end, Henri Muhammad, founder of Muhammad School of Music, recently reached out to the community, to share a personal story pertaining to one of the victims of the racist attack. It turns out that for quite some time, there was a letter that sat unopened on Muhammad’s desk, which he intended to open, but for some reason never found the…

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Preservation Buffalo Niagara has partnered with the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo to bring back the hard hat tours at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. These hard hat tours offer up a glimpse into the past, present, and future of the site, by allowing visitors to walk through the yet-to-be-developed buildings that are in the process of being preserved and restored. Those attending the tours will get a chance to see spaces within buildings that have remained untouched for 40 years! And each tour will be different, depending on the construction schedule per buildings and rooms. Tours of the 150-year-old National Historic…

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CNU-WNY (Congress for the New Urbanism) – also known as Partners for a Livable WNY – has announced a new series of community walks that are not only intended to shine a light on various neighborhoods throughout WNY, they are also intended to be solution-oriented undertakings. As more people get out and walk throughout WNY neighborhoods and communities, it is only natural to identify urbanist-oriented opportunities at hand. Maybe crosswalks are needed, or bike lanes, or public art? Often times, these types of opportunities arise as people walk or bike through areas, including their own neighborhoods. The process is amplified…

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As the Community Begins Juneteenth Celebrations, Leaders Unveil the Future Look of the Inspiring Landmark When you’ve got a good project that everyone loves, it’s always a good idea to ensure that it has the resources that it needs to sustain itself, and even grow. That sentiment even applies to public art, which is typically ephemeral, can take a beating, and even has the ability to change the face of a neighborhood. Take The Freedom Wall for example. The corner has been…

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As a way to get people to starting thinking about the east side of the city in a different light, Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. has filed a resolution to rename the city’s East Side, East Buffalo. Due to lack of vision, lack of investment, lack of action, redlining practices, food deserts, poor transportation options, and everything else that goes along with these problems, Wingo feels as if the time has finally come to change the dialogue altogether, starting with a name change. He is of the belief that the name East Side is synonymous with negative…

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Records are made to be broken. That was the sentiment of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) as it set out to reclaim the glory that it originally heralded back in 2018, when it set the record for the longest line of garden flamingos in the world. When that 2018 record was surpassed in 2020 by South Carolina, BOPC knew that it had to fight hard to reestablish the title. Councilmember David Rivera stands with Stephanie Crockatt, Executive Director of BPOC, and Brittany Dunn, Guinness World Records official adjudicator | Photo by Kyle Toth As determination would have it, that…

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve heard about a handful of exciting business developments along Grant Street. From the new PFC Farmer’s Market – kicking off on Saturday, July 2 at 130 Grant Street (10am-1pm) – to a sensational vegan addition to the street (stay tuned), there’s a lot to look forward to, with even more surprises unfolding as we speak. Every new investment into the street bodes well for the commercial district. The incremental advancements also signal to others that it’s a good time to be investing, whether it’s by purchasing a house or business address. Speaking of…

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The Daring Trust, a new art salon in Buffalo, is supporting the efforts of epic bike-touring DJ JaBig who is making his way to, and through, Buffalo this week, as he crisscrosses the country on the last leg of his US charity tour. The tour, which started in January, is taking JaBig on a 16,000 km (10,000 mile) trek to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief, while promoting the importance of inclusive, safe cycling. JaBig – a prolific cycling enthusiast who hails from Canada – is hoping that by helping to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief, the organization can…

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