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Five years ago, I attended a funeral for a friend who'd gone way too soon. At the conclusion of the service, that friend's son and his high school buddies played the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," and if there was a dry eye in the house, it certainly wasn't one of mine. Today, that band of friends is known as Intrepid Travelers, and as they launch a five-show weekl…

Buffalo

The steel is up, the concrete has been poured, and the wood framing is underway for the upper floors, as a new 39-unit apartment building takes shape near Allentown and downtown Buffalo. First Amherst Development Corp. is putting up its four-story luxury residential building on a lot across from the culmination of Pearl Street at North Street. That's the site of a forme…

Gusto

Nietzsche's is the longest-serving original music-friendly venue in Buffalo, and the only club that has offered live music seven nights a week from its opening in 1984 to today. The club has been a major hub for the local music scene for decades, but here are a few things you might not know about the venerable Allentown institution. It wasn't love at first sight When…

An Allentown apartment was heavily damaged by an intruder early Saturday, Buffalo police reported. Someone forced open window from a fire escape into the flat in the first block of Mariner Street, police said. The burglar damaged a wood coffee table, knocked paintings off the walls, ripped the fabric of a couch and damaged a wood bench seat. The intruder also smashed a …

Art

Buffalo poetry is having a moment. During the summer, the concrete chambers of a grain elevator at Silo City fill with the church-like echoes of poetry recited by nationally renowned writers and their local opening acts. Thanks to the work of new small presses and projects like Peach Mag and Foundlings Press joining a bevy of long-established outfits like BlazeVox an…

Food and Drink

Cocktail bar meets club at Savoy, a tiny hotspot near the corner of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue featuring DJ sets three nights a week including Sunday, top-notch cocktails, more than 150 whiskeys and a recently buffed wine list ripe with world-class Cali cabernets and more. Dark red cherry wood, copper and candles create a warm, sophisticated feel. The atmosphere is…

Buffalo

One of Michael Joseph's few remaining local commercial holdings is in the midst of a major renovation and upgrade that will soon see 10 new luxury apartments added to the building where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra used to have its offices. Joseph's Clover Management, which renovated all of the apartments he owns on Allen Street between Delaware and Franklin Stree…

Buffalo

The owners of Colter Bay Restaurant in Allentown are seeking to replace five sets of storefront windows along Delaware Avenue and Allen Street to make them functional and energy efficient. Derek and Jessica Eastwood, whose Rock Wobbly LLC operates the restaurant at 561 Delaware, obtained a $49,000 Buffalo Main Street Initiative grant from the Allentown Association as pa…

Art

Businesses around Allen Street stayed open late for For the Love of Allentown, which marked the beginning of the Allentown Association's programming, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. See a smattering of images at some of the participating galleries and bars.

Crime

An early morning shooting death outside an Allen Street bar Friday shocked Allentown resident Joseph Pennimpede, but it didn't rattle his sense of the neighborhood being safe. Pennimpede lives over the Allentown Pizza shop on Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street, just half a block from where a man was shot to death early Friday just steps away from Frizzy's Bar & Grill. …

Buffalo police made an arrest in a double shooting that occurred late Thursday on Park Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to a tweet posted on the department's Twitter page Friday. The shooting, which occurred at about 9:15 p.m., involved a man and a woman who knew each other, Buffalo police said. Their identities had not been released by police o…

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Virginia Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood, according to Buffalo police. The man was running at about 8:10 a.m. on Virginia when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Elmwood Avenue, struck him. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old Buffalo man, was transported to Buffalo General for n…

Art

Think of it as a contest you automatically win. The Buffalo Infringement Festival, a yearly compendium of head-spinning variety that transforms Allentown and environs into an indoor-outdoor extravaganza of unbridled cultural activity, is accepting submissions for this year's festival through May 1. The upside for artists? No proposals are turned down. That's thanks to t…

Featured

Former blog buzz act Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will bring its April Living Room tour at a yet-to-be-disclosed home in the 14201 zip code on April 16. The New York CIty-based act gained notoriety in the mid 2000's through a rabid rush of blog support, one of the first bands to truly see a career launch through internet buzz, following the self-release of the group's eponymo…

Featured

Over the past few months, as the debate over moving back Buffalo's bar closing time has intensified, we've heard the refrain ad nauseum: "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." Well, not in our experience. As denizens of Buffalo's thriving late-night culture, we in The Buffalo News features department present 10 examples of late-late-night experiences that contradict this dr…