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For the first time in decades, a developer wants to construct a 10-story building along the Niagara River on Buffalo's West Side, taking the restoration of that commercial arterial to a new level. A Rochester firm is teaming up with Buffalo's Roger Trettel to build new apartments overlooking the Niagara River on the site of an aging, two-story former train car repair fa…

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Most of the windows and balconies that would have overlooked a neighbor's backyard have been dropped from an apartment building planned for Buffalo's West Side. But the neighbor, who complained that the balconies and windows would have allowed tenants to peer into their backyard, said the changes to the design of the 39-unit building aren't enough. "We're opposed to …

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Former judge-turned-developer Anthony LoRusso's plan to construct a new 39-unit microapartment building on West Avenue has to overcome one key obstacle before it's likely to proceed. The couple whose home it would surround doesn't like it. LoRusso, a former City Court judge who later turned to real estate, wants to erect his new Campus West project at 129 West, with …

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Three more contractors have filed mechanics liens against the Rochester-based developer of a sprawling student-housing complex near Buffalo State College, asserting that it failed to pay more than $140,000 in past-due bills. Oneida Fence of Lancaster filed a lien for $67,453 in the Erie County Clerk's office against Buffalo State Ventures - the company set up by DHD Ven…

Food and Drink

At Sweet_ness 7 Café, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces before you walk through the doors. A beautiful portrait of a woman in black and white is on the side of the building. Just below that are brown, gold, and white swirling patterns and faces along the side of the restaurant. Coffee mugs are hanging outside off the bright blue awning and nearby tree. Inside, color…

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The investor group behind a planned remake of the old Jersey Street Firehouse into a tavern and microbrewery suffered a setback after the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals denied four variance requests for the project. The Zoning Board rejected the applications, saying it would have a "negative impact on the neighborhood, doesn't fit the character of the neighborhood, and…

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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 …

Local News

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…