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Ellen Przepasniak

Ellen Przepasniak is a digital content editor. She has previously worked as a writer at The Times, Artvoice and Boston's Weekly Dig and was the features editor at The Post-Journal. She earned a master's degree in journalism at Boston University and a bachelor's degree in English at SUNY Fredonia.


Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan appeared on the morning show “Sunday NFL Countdown" today, calling President Donald Trump's recent comments about the NFL "appalling." In April 2016, Ryan introduced Trump at a campaign rally in Buffalo and expressed his support for the then-candidate. Ryan said on Sunday: “Everyone’s always been united. Yeah, the views are…

In the early 1890s, Buffalo was experiencing a building boom, especially when it came to big office buildings downtown. The Brisbane Building, then known as the Mooney & Brisbane Building, was said to be the world's largest mercantile and office building in the city when it was completed in 1896. But it didn't hold that title long, as the Ellicott Square Building al…

Current and former Buffalo Bills are stepping up to help Houston during the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes posted on Instagram, saying that he'll donate $25,000 to Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. He also said he would give $5,000 for each sack he records and called on his teammates, friends and the Bills M…

The Buffalo Bills have had a busy Monday. They signed quarterback Keith Wenning to get them through their concussion crisis. And they traded linebacker Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick from Kansas City. The moves produced some great Twitter reactions — and some great Wenning/winning puns. https://twitter.com/RhoneyReports/stat…

The Fenton was among a spate of hotels built to handle the throngs of visitors coming to Buffalo for the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. But it differs from most of the others, because it's still standing. Many hotels built for the exposition were temporary structures, but the Fenton was made to last. It has stood strong at Main and West Ferry streets since 1896. …

The Lenox Hotel is a noteworthy part of Buffalo's history — for many reasons. For one, it's Buffalo's oldest operating hotel, one that played host to many wealthy visitors to the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. It also briefly was home to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald. For many today, the most important thing about the building is that a restaurant inside it su…

The difference between what the northwest corner of Delaware and Great Arrow Avenues looks like today and what it looked like during the Pan-American Exposition is striking. In 1901, a great stadium stood at the corner and hosted sports, livestock shows, automobiles, farm machinery demonstrations and even President William McKinley. It was 680 feet long and 450 feet…

Now the gateway to the Elmwood Village, the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues was once the gateway to the Pan-American Exposition. In the years leading up to the 1901 fair, hotels began to spring up all over the city to anticipate the huge crowds. And the northeast corner of Elmwood and Forest was prime real estate to market to fairgoers, as it was a block away from …

Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home. But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene. Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000 shares since July 19. The videos e…

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the opulent Iroquois Hotel was built at the site of the former Richmond Hotel, which burned to the ground on May 18, 1887, tragically killing 15 people. After that, fireproof building materials were used to construct the Iroquois Hotel at the intersection of Main, Eagle and Washington streets. When completed in 1889, the hotel adv…

On #716Day, Western New Yorkers came out in full force to celebrate their love of the 716 area code. (As if they needed an excuse.) Actor Chad Michael Murray, who is from Clarence, kicked things off Sunday morning with a tweet celebrating his Buffalove: https://twitter.com/ChadMMurray/status/886598951973003264 Here's how some Western New Yorkers – and expats …

It's a well-known fact that Buffalo Bills fans are among the most fervent in the NFL. And legendary quarterback Peyton Manning learned that the hard way when he tried to give a game souvenir to a Bills fan. Manning appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday night and talked about his experience with football fans. He shared a story about playing a game in Buffalo …

The British singer-songwriter James Blunt has made his chicken wing preference very clear. “For me, of course, No. 1 is Duff’s,” Blunt told Gusto last week. “Super-hot is good. A little sweat is good.” So it's no surprise he brought his band and tour buddy Ed Sheeran to a place he called "the mecca of Buffalo wings" – Duff's in Amherst – before their s…

It's an understatement to say that Buffalo Sabres fans were excited at the news that Jason Pominville is returning to the team. So much so that fans recreated a 2007 stunt, changing the "Welcome to Buffalo" sign on the Kensington Expressway to say "Welcome to Pominville." Jason Pominville played for the Buffalo Sabres from 2003-04 through the 2012-13 season before be…