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Security, please! An armed security guard now will be posted at all Common Council meetings, including committee meetings and regular business meetings. The condition is part of the renewal contract for a second year with private security company G4S Secure Solutions to provide uniformed, armed guards at City Hall through June. Common Council President Darius G. Pri…

Freedom, justice and the long struggle The Freedom Wall is all about history. The recently completed mural is located at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, which is the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The artwork provides a "unique story about civil and human rights work in American history, with an eye toward cont…

More information on revaluation City Hallways reported on Thursday that the city's Assessment and Taxation Department scheduled the first in a series of  public meetings across Buffalo to educate property owners on the revaluation process and to address people's questions and concerns. The plan to hold public information sessions came up at  a June meeting of the C…

Not your average diner While out and about Wednesday on assignment on the East Side,  I was looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. I stumbled upon this place called Urban Diner over by the Central Terminal. A sign on the door posted the hours of operation: 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those are strange hours, I thought. How does this place even stay open? So…

He's mayor, right? That was some block party Mayor Byron Brown threw for his primary victory Tuesday night on his way to an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor in November. The celebration was held in a cordoned off location at Franklin and Court streets against the backdrop of City Hall and the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square. When Brown came onstage just…

Soup's on Y'all know how much City Hallways loves traditional Southern and soul food dishes. Collard greens and ham hocks. Smothered pork chops. Shrimp and grits. Bring it! Shucks, I even toured a whole passel of Bailey Avenue restaurants earlier this summer that serve up some pretty good Southern-style vittles. Well dag nabbit if my colleague Andrew Galarneau…

All spiffed up ... almost Restoration work at the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square is moving along and is scheduled to wrap up soon. The project began in June and is the first restoration of the monument in 110 years. The project is expected to be finished by next Wednesday, the 110th anniversary of the monument’s dedication, and the 116th anniversary of Pres…

A long and winding road After being shuttered for almost 10 years, things are looking up and moving along for the quaint brick building at the corner of Hertel and Delaware avenues. The 5,592-square-foot former home of the North Park Branch Library was built in 1928 and was once a vibrant community cornerstone. But it was closed and its collection moved in April 2008…

Bravo Zulu The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park honored one of its own last weekend with a new exhibit featuring Col. Patrick J. Cunningham. Col. Cunningham, who died in March, spent 30 years in the Army and then became executive director of the Naval & Military Park from 1993 until his death from a respiratory illness attributed partly to his ex…

Need a little help here Earlier this summer, City Hallways did a tour of soul food restaurants up and down Bailey Avenue. The Bailey Avenue Cafe and Bake Shoppe was one of the businesses featured. Its cornmeal-fried haddock is a crowd favorite. But the restaurant has been shuttered since earlier this month because of a car accident that caused serious structural d…

Ghost town...or maybe not It was pretty much the same old story at the Broadway Market during a lunch visit there earlier this week. It was dead as a doornail. That’s no surprise considering it’s not Easter – the busiest time of the year for the 129-year-old market. But maybe it’s not fair to judge the legendary landmark on a weekday alone. It seems the we…

After the rain Into each life a little rain must fall, as the saying goes. But on Tuesday, a whole lot of cats and dogs came raining down on Buffalo. There were reports of heavy downpours and downed trees across the area. The National Weather Service even issued a tornado watch for all of Western New York. With all the wild and crazy weather, how nice it was to …

Not your regular mural A new public art mural went up over the weekend in North Buffalo across the street from one that went up earlier this summer. “Magic Buffalo” already was unveiled this past June on the Joe’s Deli building at the corner of Hertel Avenue and Colvin Boulevard. The new mural — entitled “Buffalo” — is located on a building across th…

Lighten up a bit Did you catch the debate Thursday night with the three candidates running for Buffalo mayor on Primary Day Sept. 12? If you didn't arrive early, you probably couldn't get a seat in the Burchfield Penney Art Center where the debate was being held. The program started at 7 p.m., and for anyone who got there at 7:02 - like me - there already were sig…

 A lasting legacy The Police Athletic Club’s Tennis Camp celebrated the memory of Natalie Lewis Wednesday during its award ceremony at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts. The camp was renamed “Love to Serve” in honor of Ms. Lewis, a noted local athlete who died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014 at age 24. Ms. Lewis was an intern in May…