After reading a recent Buffalo News story about funding and delays in renovation of the Buffalo State Psychiatric Hospital I was reminded of how much I love that building. This structure designed by H.H. Richardson is massive and I love the whole thing. However I really love the part that no one thinks of, the 1/4 mile long wings (or should I say wing since one wing was lopped off in the 60's). This building is not considered to be one of Richardson's best buildings. But, that is not to say that it is a bad building or that it is not important as a major work …
This house on Richmond Avenue is very unusual for Buffalo. It stands out among its wooden neighbors not only in material but also in detail and form. Buffalo is overwhelmingly constructed of wood with brick coming in a distant second as a material. Stone houses are very rare. Also rare is the Palazzo styling and shape of this house. Buffalo's Queen Anne Victorians are strong expressions of Buffalo's new money attitude in the late 1800's and early 190…
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Caroline Kennedy was in town for a visit with our mayor yesterday. A possible choice to succeed US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kennedy's name has been mentioned along with that of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo) and our own Byron Brown, among others.
Certainly, Kennedy has "been around politics" all of her life, which is to say she was born into a family of politicos and lived in the White House--neither of which would necessarily factor in to her ability to legislate.
Still, she has been active in politics recently, and much more visible in that vein, having worked on President-Elect Barack Obama's campaign. Her willingness to step out of a rather quiet existence and into that of politics shouldn't surprise anyone at th…
Free light rail rides on downtown's above ground section could be derailed thanks to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's budget mess. That is the news coming out of a Buffalo Place meeting this morning. Facing a budget shortfall and reduced State operating assistance, the NFTA is scrambling for new revenue sources and is contemplating charging for rides along the lengthy downtown pedestrian mall.
Well it is Christmas time in the city and the NFTA helped put people and especially children into the mood in a very festive and fun way. One of my favorite memories of childhood was taking the train downtown with my grandfather. I would gaze out the windows and watch the tunnel speed by. It always felt like we were going a million miles an hour.
Then there was the ability to stand up and walk around during the ride without the need to be strapped down. It was always a fun time to feel the ebb and flow of the motion under your feet. All are unique and fun activities for children on such a simple thing as a train. Something many Americans might never experience in their life.
This year the NFTA took an already fun trip and added some holiday flare. The stati…
Main Street continues to stir. Ellicott Development is renovating a vacant, three-story, turn-of-the- 20th-century building at 1010 Main St. The property is located near North Street and is along the western edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In Midtown, Regan Development is making progress converting the Packard Building to residential use.
Elvis Presley’s influence on music is legendary. The man was such a force that even after his untimely death, there are still those who refuse to believe he’s truly gone. He would have been 74 years old come January 8th, 2009 and there are a number of musicians out there who still honor him on that date. Now, you can have the opportunity to celebrate the King while listening to his classics – live.
The Elvis Birthday Bash Band isn’t just one band, but three bands combined. Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings add Johnny Rabb of the Neanderthals and Eddie Angel of the Los Straitjackets/Planet Rockers/Ian and the Aztecs to come together and create a powerhouse even the King himself might have a hard time reckoning with. The Lustre Kings have been touring the country for years while Johnn…
Ring in the New Year from one of Buffalo's great urban vistas and at the same time help the Western New York Book Arts Center grow. This fund raiser event is a great way to celebrate the past with a look to the future of Buffalo's cultural landscape. From the first and second floors of the Book Arts Center you can see the Niagara Mohawk Electric tower from where the ball will drop at midnight. While the masses wait outside in the cold for the ball drop & fireworks, you can have a panoramic view from the second floor or from the exact viewpoint that Charles Burchfield painted his "Buildings and Street Scene":at the corner of Washington St. & Mohawk (the Slotkin Building).
This "1920s Black Tie Optional" New Year's Eve party wi…