On Valentine's Day, it's time for a treat. Winter-weary Western New Yorkers owe it to ourselves to go to a flower shop.
It doesn't have to be for romantic reasons. You can choose flowers for family, friends or simply yourself. And you don't have to break the bank. A single bloom can do the trick.
"I can't tell you how many customers come in once a week, usually older…
Why go to the Buffalo Zoo this time of year? Two reasons.
First, admission is just $5, across the board, through February. And parking is free.
Second, you will see the winter differently.
The tropical animals will be inside, and you may share in their tropical comfort. The animals who are outside are there because they want to be. Because they love it.
Sure, the weather is chilly, but the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.) shines the spotlight on cold-weather animals, such as Luna, the female polar bear, A.J. the anteater and more.
It's a hallmark of life here in Western New York: We bite off more than we can chew.
That's what happened to us here at The News, striving to complete our list of 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once.
Several weeks ago, we asked for suggestions of additional ideas for the list. We needed two more, because there were two of our 100 that had prov…
At the McCarthys' cottage on Lake Erie, the kitchen clock is stuck at a quarter to 10. Its message is clear.
Here, you are beyond time.
Instead of going by the clock, this cottage adopts the rhythms of the lake. What a majestic lake this is. Just yards from the screened windows, it stretches as far as the eye can see. The McCarthy family laughs recalling a friend fro…
Most people only get to read the children's classic "Little House in the Big Woods."
Here in Western New York, we get to live it.
What a joy to unplug, and to head to Allegany State Park, near Salamanca in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. (Yes, the spellings are different. Isn't life around here fun?) The largest state park in New York State, Allegany has al…
Eating Perry's ice cream is a summer pleasure that Western New Yorkers have known for decades. Perry's Ice Cream is a fourth-generation family business in Akron that was started as a small dairy in 1918 by founder H. Morton Perry. Today it is one of the largest ice cream producers in New York State, making more than 12 million gallons per year.
It was a bright, sunny day. Michelle Bulan, the director of marketing for Perry's Ice Cream, saw an Amherst shop showcasing Western New York specialties. She popped in.
She asked: Would they consider offering Perry's?
The clerk sighed. "We only sell local."
"But Perry's IS local! It's made right down the road in Akron."
Bulan laughed, telling that story. So…
Western New York loves its spring flings. Our typically long winter is behind us. A typically beautiful summer is ahead.
And so we go a little crazy. Spring fever has figured in so many of our 100 Things. That first trip your car takes through the car wash, the teeth-chattering excitement of our two St. Patrick's Day parades.
Now we come to the most delirious spring …
The Germans gave us the Easter Bunny. But the Polish gave us the Broadway Market.
And the two are one, thanks to a crazy Western New York springtime ritual.
In the weeks before Easter, the hip hop to the Broadway Market, a massive, industrial-strength edifice near the corner of Broadway and Fillmore. That corner anchors the section of the East Side called Polonia, wh…
Western New York has always dreamed big. But in 1926, we dreamed REALLY big.
That year saw the unveiling of two creations so dizzyingly elaborate that mere words and pictures cannot do them justice. They must be seen in person, which is why both are on our 100 Things list.
One is Our Lady of Victory Basilica, built by Father Nelson Baker. Visiting this mammoth church…
Shea's Performing Arts Center has an annual attendance of 250,000 to see Broadway shows, concerts, dance programs, operas, classic movies and holiday shows. The gallery was taken during the touring musical production of "The Sound of Music."
People from near and far visit the Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Pkwy., in all seasons. Tour guides give visitors a view into the mind of Frank Lloyd Wright, the designer of this architectural gem.
Frank Lloyd Wright called Buffalo millionaire Darwin Martin the best friend he ever had. A Western New Yorker following The News' 100 Things list can top that claim.
To us, Darwin Martin is family.
One warm September day, we visited Graycliff, the summer home he commissioned from Wright in the late 1920s. Martin, who had overcome a poor childhood to work his way to t…
Toronto and Buffalo have met once before on our 100 Things journey. One unruly night at KeyBank Center, we explored the friendly but raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Now, we explore Toronto itself.
It's a funny place, Toronto. Going there, you know you're in a foreign country. The people don't look like us. Their houses don't lo…