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For more than 100 years, since the days of horse-drawn carriages, Buffalo firefighters emerged from a historic firehouse on Jersey Street to fight blazes on the city's West Side. The bells have been silent for more than 20 years, ever since the station was closed as part of a fire department consolidation in 1997. But they may soon be ringing out something new: last cal…

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Sister Kathleen Dougherty expected this phase in her career to involve peace and quiet. She had already retired three times from teaching jobs in South Carolina and Western New York. In 2015, she moved into the new St. Mary's Center on Buffalo's West Side, where her fellow Sisters of St. Mary of Namur needed someone who could play the organ. Dougherty planned on help…

Two men have been convicted of participating in a ring that distributed heroin on Buffalo's West Side, federal prosecutors reported. Maikel Gonzalez, 20, and Luis Montanez, 37, were the most recent conspirators found guilty of charges. Of the 15 people indicted, all but one has since been convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Gonzalez was sentenced for …

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A man who is apparently vision-impaired sustained head and back injuries when he fell into a sinkhole along a street on Buffalo’s lower West Side late Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo police reported. The man, who remained conscious, was rescued by police and firefighters who arrived at the scene on Georgia Street near Prospect Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Identified by aut…

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Say “The Left Bank” three times in a circle of Buffalo diners, and Yogi Berra’s ghost appears in a puff of cigar smoke. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” And Berra never even tried to get in for Sunday brunch, as far as I know. The Left Bank is one of the few restaurants Buffalonians must plot weeks ahead to book. After 23 years in business, little of that is…

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Let’s be honest: Buffalonians love their comfort food. Wings with chunky blue cheese and beer, pizza with pepperoni curled at the edges to form tiny grease cups, french fries with, well, everything. If it’s fried, greasy – or ideally, both – we’re all in.Well fried food fans, step away from the wings and put down that french fry, because there’s a new game in town. Allow m…

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While food is always a main focus during the holidays, don’t forget the bubbly for New Year’s Eve, which will be upon us soon. With that said, we are no experts on what to drink, so we asked Paula Paradise owner of Paradise Wine on Buffalo’s West Side for some ideas. Here are her suggestions for New Year’s Eve that will add a little something special when ringing in 2016 …

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A former student was leaving town, and it was put up or shut up time on promises we’d get a drink together one day. He invited me to his local haunt after work, timed for a break in his packing schedule. Before the second beer I did the adult thing, and arranged for some solids to arrive, to soak up the ethanol. When the plates showed up, and we dug in, I started to recons…

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There is a cadre of coffee nerds in this city who not only tolerate the harrowingly slow pour and doubled price of high-end coffee, but recommend it. They find parking, wait in lines, and forswear the convenience of the other coffee available every tenth of a mile. But there are many, many more people who just need "a coffee:" 30 seconds, a couple bucks, no questions or o…

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Dollar for dollar, the West Side Bazaar is the most interesting dining room in Buffalo. The building, at 25 Grant St., is officially a small business incubator run by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative. One side is small retail booths offering handcrafts, clothing and more. The other side is where I spend most of my time. Immigrant cooks offer dishes from Bu…

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Late last month, Buffalo hip-hop artist Short Moscato dropped his debut LP “What I Forever.” Led by a gruff delivery and clever wordplay, the Good Hueman and Death Picnic MC’s album features a laundry list of appearances by some of the city’s finest MCs, including M-A, Dr. Ooo and Truey V. It was produced by fellow Good Hueman Wza of Radarada. After years of lending a hand…

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Niagara Cafe was filled to the gills when we stopped by on a recent weekday, buzzing with teens to elderly patrons digging into their Puerto Rican fare.The Niagara Street establishment is decorated in typical diner style, but the décor is not the focus here. The menu is subject to change without notice, but the prices when we stopped in matched an old menu we found online,…

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On the east side of the WASH Project, the popular Massachusetts Street cultural center and laundry that has become a haven for Buffalo's burgeoning Burmese community, a graphic new mural has appeared. The piece, by new-to-Buffalo artist Nicholas Conrad Miller, depicts an important symbol in reflective gold paint against a striking red backdrop: The fighting peacock of Bur…

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We're past the halfway point of the Buffalo Infringement Festival now, with no signs of any slowdown in sight. Today's schedule, with  more than 30 separate events and group shows, is a case in point. I've waded through it and pulled out five suggestions, but do take a look at the full schedule as well. 1) Ornithologist's Delight, noon to 2:30 p.m., Ol' Wondermoth Co-op H…

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Can this really be the last full weekend of July? (And can we get a refund on those rainy days?) Rule No. 58 of Western New York summer: That last home and garden project can wait. As a public service announcement, we urge you to visit as many patios as you can before Mother Earth tilts us back from the sun. [See a photo gallery of Buffalo.com's featured patios] Here a…