Interfaith Consecration Ceremony @ Broderick Park

June 3rd, 2017 from 4-6 pm

Broderick Park

(Foot of West Ferry Street)

Buffalo Quarters Historical Society invites all to attend an Interfaith Consecration Ceremony to recognize the historical significance of Broderick Park and the role it played in the Underground Railroad.

Vision Niagara Waterfront Ride

Saturday, May 27 at 9 AM12 PM 

During National Bike Month on Saturday the 27th of May, we will have a safety oriented morning ride for about 50 participants of all ages to showcase the changes to the Niagara Corridor in collaboration with GObike Buffalo and East Side Bike Club.

Embarking from the Niagara-Ferry area, we will head downtown and back. A stop will be organized for the new bridge and observation platform on the Seaway Trail next to the Peace Bridge for a photo-op celebration of the newly completed trail section, followed by looping to the marina and back up the newly renovated and bike-friendly section of Niagara Street.

The ride will conclude at Bootleg Bucha for refreshments.

For modest “donation” participants will receive a Vision Niagara t-shirt.

Rain or shine, come enjoy the Vision Niagara ride!

Stormwater Options for Properties in the Corridor

One of the easiest ways we can  reduce water pollution is by eliminating excess paving and managing the runoff from our roadways. The Niagara Street project includes landscape elements to protect the Black Rock Canal and Niagara River.
If you own  property on Niagara Street, you have a choice of planter options to help reduce runoff AND beautify the streetscape. Click here to view how you can make that happen! How cool is that?
But what about maintenance, you might ask? The contractor is responsible to maintain the planters for two years after installation. Then, it’s on the owner to keep it up – just like it is now, with cutting grass, shoveling snow, etc. But…planters can actually be easier to maintain than other treatments. Click here to learn more about it.

City planners need to hear from you now as final designs are drawn up May and June 2017.

Contact Julie O’Neill if you have any questions at 716-851-4664 x. 4213 or
joneill@sa.ci.buffalo.ny.us

May Interview: Buffalove Development

This month’s interview is with Bernice Radle of Buffalove Development, whose office is in Upper Black Rock on Niagara Street. Bernice partners with Michael Plyter (Construction) and Peggy Gans (Broker).

What four words describe your project?

Comprehensive Neighborhood Development

Describe the work you do and the impact you’re trying to make:

Buffalove aims to buy, renovate and rent vacant historic properties in Buffalo in a way that embraces the historic character, ups the energy efficiency while keeping the projects affordable for our community. We have several properties on the West Side that we’re working on bringing back to life. It’s exciting and fun!

What brings you to the Niagara Street Corridor?

We love the feel of the neighborhood.

What are you noticing in Buffalo that deserves more attention?

Small businesses all around Buffalo deserve more attention.

What’s your favorite number & why?

716 … because it’s Buffalo’s area code AND my birthday!

Successful Brush Up at Broderick Park

helping out at the clean up

The turn out for our Brush Up Broderick event on Earth Day, April 22nd, was amazing. We don’t have a final count yet, but over 50 folks (including the mother/daughter team pictured above) came out to help us pick up trash as well as weed and mulch all the beds.

The job was fun and easy because of all the help. Everyone was enthusiastic about it. We saw some folks who were just out enjoying the park who were curious about what was going on and joined in. Some told us that they often visit the park and would be happy to help again.

We had lots of wheelbarrows and shovels, thanks to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and a few neighbors, to move around the mulch but could have used more – who knew?

Could you give us some feedback? We’d love to hear from you! Here’s the link to a few questions.

A big thanks to Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, Rich Products, GoBike Buffalo, East Side Bike Club, Buffalo United Front, Yelp Buffalo, Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo State College, West Side & Black Rock Riverside NHS, Bootleg Bucha, and Community Beer Works.

Jane’s Walk 2017

We’re excited to participate this year, once again, with Jane’s Walk on Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 pm. Meet us at Broderick Park for an illuminating stroll where you can learn about the history and culture of the neighborhood. We’ll take short and refreshing breaks at a couple of our breweries. Stay tuned: details will be posted soon here.

Lots of News for Niagara Street!

Buffalo Rising has several new stories for us about developments on Niagara Street:

Stitch Buffalo will be moving into 1215 Niagara Street. Thanks, Rich Products, for supporting this wonderful organization!

Additionally, the owners of Crescendo have purchased the building across the street at 1485 Niagara Street. We look forward to seeing the designs for this project!

It’s hard not to get excited about the construction happening at the Mentholatum Building, formerly Garret Leather and now owned by Ciminelli. Buffalo Rising published the history of the building this week. Fascinating!

Transformative project @ 1660 Niagara Street

1660 Niagara Street – Public Paddlesport Launch

At the February meeting, Leah Pabst, a Project Manager at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, provided us with a status on the progress being made on the 1660 Niagara Street Project. 

Riverkeeper and the Site owner, The Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust, are partnering to administer this project, which is currently entering the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).  The BCP process will take approximately one to two years to complete, and after this, the site will subsequently be developed into a public access paddlesport launch, with multiple tiers of habitat restoration over the majority of the site.  Pollinator meadows in the upland area of the site will provide valuable habitat and maintain a natural aesthetic, while the shoreline areas of the site will have riparian and emergent habitat restored in the vicinity of the paddlesport launch area.

March Interview: BAT

BAT, as in Buffalo Alternative Therapies.

We asked owners and operators, Craig Labadie & Neilie Fabian, a few questions about their Niagara Street business:

What four words describe your business?

Affordable Restorative Accessible Inclusive

Describe the work you do:

Providing affordable acupuncture for everyone

What brings you to Niagara Street?

Community, accessibility, diversity of the west side and fantastic, invested landlords

What are you noticing in Buffalo that needs more attention?

The positive impact of immigrants, greenspace and community to Buffalo’s resurgent popularity.

What is your favorite number?

1315, these days…