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City Hallways (April 28) A sneak peek at the new City Hall bathrooms

What an improvement!

No word yet on when the new public bathrooms in City Hall will be completed and opened, but when we walked past recently, they were looking pretty good.

"Definitely needed," a worker said.

For those who don't remember, City Hallways last year reported on the sorry state of public bathrooms in City Hall after receiving a letter from a reader who viewed them as a public embarrassment.  Not long after, city officials  announced these basement-level bathrooms would be fixed  up.

Here's what the women's bathroom looked like last year, with its broken and mismatched doors, some of which didn't close. The bathroom also had broken mirrors and mismatched faucets.

 

Lunchtime in the Square

Food Truck Thursdays motored back into Niagara Square Thursday for a third season.

Residents, visitors and downtown workers came out for an Opening Day that featured 13 trucks.

[Gallery: Smiles at first Food Truck Thursday at Niagara Square]

Every Thursday through September, a rotation of 24 vendors will serve up food favorites to the downtown lunch crowd.

Speaking of Food Trucks, a few more are asking for city licenses:  International Cravings, Great Aussie Bite and Healthy Scratch.

Calendar items:

Today

Annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony this afternoon, when Mayor Brown plants a Crab Apple  in Welch Monument Triangle Park near City Hall.

The deadline is today to turn in applications for the mayor's Summer Youth Employment & Internship program for city residents 14 to 21-years-old. For more information: www.city-buffalo.com.

And on Monday:
The Common Council holds a caucus in early afternoon to prepare for Tuesday's Council meeting.

Mayor Brown scheduled to present his proposed 2017-18 budget to the Common Council at 5 p.m.

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