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Buffalo architects win contest with strip mall revamp plan

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Two UB School of Architecture and Planning professors’ plan to revamp a Buffalo dead space won them an international competition.

According to Archinect.com, Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis entered a redesign plan for Buffalo’s abandoned Central Park Plaza in the “Strip Appeal” international architecture competition. Charged with turning…

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Dyngus Day Buffalo 2012 kickoff event

blog by Kathryn Przybyla  •   •  

Dyngus Day Buffalo

You bet your dupa it’s already time to start planning for Dyngus Day 2012.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, head down to the Corpus Christi Athletic Club for the Dyngus Day Buffalo 2012 kickoff event.

The party, open to all, will include the formal announcement of last year’s Dyngus Day Parade winners and awards. Information about the 2012 Dyngus…

Buffalo News Kids Day volunteers needed

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On March 20, join Buffalo News and community volunteers in hawking newspapers for a cause.

We’re looking for volunteers to help out during the annual Buffalo News Kids Day. By selling $1 to papers throughout the city, you’ll be supporting multiple children’s organizations right here in Western New York.

We need volunteers in the city of…

Break bread with bakers

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

Photo courtesy of the Fancy and Delicious blog.

Fancy and Delicious Bakery, Buffalo’s homegrown community bakery and bread-share project, will launch its spring baking season with a party and tasting this weekend.

Sample new breads, chat with the bakers and learn about baking workshops from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 208 North St., Buffalo.

If you like what you see (read: taste), buy into the…


Photos: Mardi Gras in Allentown

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Beads and masks could be found all around Allentown and inside the participating bars that allowed free cover with the purchase of a $5 wristband. The band The Albrights even put on a show inside of Nietzsche's, wearing masks of their own.

Buffalo web foodies

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / adactio

Get to know Buffalo’s premier food bloggers and business minds at the Buffalo Web Foodies panel, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Artisan Kitchens and Baths.

With the local food scene boiling over with new restaurants and bursting with food truck excitement, social media has played an integral role in spreading the news and keeping locals up to speed…

Dinosaur meets Buffalo

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / mackarus

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a Syracuse-based barbecue joint that’s been a Central New York favorite since 1988, is coming to Buffalo.

According to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, the “roadhouse-themed bar and restaurant” branched out to other New York cities Rochester, Harlem and Troy, and two out-of-state restaurants are slated to open in Newark,…

We want candy

video by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  


There's no shortage of candy stores in Western New York. I asked members of the Buffalo.com team and friends of Buffalo.com to share their favorite places to score the best bites of chocolate.

While the results varied, there were clear favorites among the bunch. One particularly popular chocolate shop is Watson's, which has multiple storefronts…

V-Day rose ambush

video by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  


Surprise roses are romantic, except when they're forced upon you by creepy Buffalo.com employees.

Our very own Ben T. and Kathryn bring a little love to the snowy streets of Buffalo by ambushing unsuspecting locals with long-stem roses and unsettling Valentine's Day propositions.

Craigslist Gold: Valentine’s daze

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With Valentine’s Day creeping up, Western New Yorkers poured the romance on thick trying to impress potential love interests in time for Feb. 14. And then there are those who utilize Craigslist’s missed connections personals—they are a whole different breed.

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Funny Valentine

blog by S.J. Velasquez  •   •  

Originally posted: 9:39 a.m. Feb. 13
Updated: 8:22 p.m. Feb. 13

Ten-year comedy veteran Kristen Becker will release “How Could She?,” a brand new comedy album that touches on everything from Civil War reenactments to Mennonite in-laws, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The set, recorded late last year at Nietzsche’s—home to the city’s longest…

Megabus dumps one Buffalo bus route

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / david_shane.

For traveling on the cheap, Megabus is the way to go for money Buffalonians. But if you’re a local looking to get to Pittsburgh on the double-decker bus, make alternate arrangements for trips after March 13.

“We’re operating at about 25 percent full over the entire route. It really needs to be double that to make it worthwhile for us,” director…

Winterfest 2012

gallery by Don Nieman  •   •  

Hardy Buffalonians revel in the winter weather at Buffalo Winterfest 2012

The snow fell, the cold winter wind blew, and Buffalonians played in the downtown streets of Buffalo in the 2012 Powder Keg Winter Festival. The Buffalo Fire Department and the Police Department went head to head in a rowdy session of broomball in front of Statler City. Spectators enjoyed not only the revelry but the benefits from bevy of food…

Buffalo Winter Bash at Statler City

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Guests enjoy craft beers at the Buffalo Winter Fest

Buffalo Winterfest kicked off its third annual Powder Keg Festival with a night of beer and wine at the beautifully renovated Statler City. Guests purchased tickets for either the beer-and-wings night or the wine tasting, which featured 10 local wineries and cheese from Yancey's Fancy. Local musician Maddie Larken entertained the guests in the…

Nominations for February’s #BuffCashMob now open

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Photo courtesy of Flickr / mujitra.

Buffalo Cash Mob, a movement to push customer dollars to a locally-owned business each month, is accepting nominations for the month of February.

#BuffCashMob, brainchild of Artvoice’s Chris Smith, needs your help in determining which small biz will benefit from the wave of customers that will descend upon it some time between Feb. 17 to 22.

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