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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

Kristian Rodriquez came to Buffalo to pick up the pieces of his life left in ruins by Hurricane Maria after it struck Puerto Rico. He’s 9. For him – and dozens more kids like him – returning to some sense of normalcy includes a stop at the Central Registration Office at 33 Ash St. in Buffalo, where he came last week with his grandmother to enroll in the four…

A 30-year-old man found with a loaded handgun in his glove compartment was arrested early Saturday on Fillmore Avenue. The arrest occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when police observed a car parked illegally in the 1600 block of Fillmore. When they approached the vehicle, police said the driver acted strangely and was unable to answer their questions. Police said they sear…

Two teens were arrested Thursday morning after the robbery of pizza deliveryman in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood, Buffalo Police reported. The robbery occurred at 1 a.m. at a Thornton Avenue residence, where two men with a gun confronted the deliveryman and demanded his car and food order. The robbers escaped with the food and the car but were arrested hours …

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is re-listing three multifamily apartment houses on Potomac and Ashland avenues, after officials decided they would not be a core part of the developer's planned Arbor + Reverie project along Elmwood Avenue. Ciminelli said the properties - 584 and 588 Potomac and 721 Ashland - will be put back on the market this weekend through Red Door Real …

A Bronx woman has admitted she was part of a ring that committed mortgage fraud by obtaining home loans for unqualified borrowers, causing M&T Bank and other financial institutions to lose $1.75 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo announced Friday. Tina Brown, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud affecting a financial instituti…

When James Helminiak of Buffalo first scratched off his winning lottery ticket, he thought something had to be wrong. Instead, everything was just fine – to the tune of $1 million. Helminiak, 52, was introduced Friday as the New York Lottery's latest local big winner. He won the top prize on the New York Poker ticket, which Helminiak has played since 2005. Helmi…

A celebration of the rich history of Corpus Christi Church will take place  Oct. 29 as the community gathers to mark the 110th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone. A Mass celebrated in English and Polish will begin the day at 11 a.m. It will be followed with a talk by historian Martin Ederer, who will describe the laying of the cornerstone. A short film will…

A handwritten letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffalo…

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Due to the large number of people expected to pay their respects to Officer Craig Lehner at his calling hours next week, the City of Buffalo has arranged for a shuttle service to ferry the public from off-site parking to the Hamburg funeral home where the wake will be held. Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lakeside Memorial Funeral …