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City Hallways (Aug. 24) Hope springs eternal at the Broadway Market

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 weekends are more uplifting.

Up on the Roof: Barbecue and Brews, for instance, was held on the first three Saturdays of this month. Taste of the Market is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 14. And the Wine Festival @ the Market will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18.

What's more, the city is bankrolling improvements and additions, including:

  • A $450,000 community kitchen with commercial-grade appliances
  • Free Wi-Fi for customers possibly by next Easter
  • Resurfacing of the market’s flooring to be completed by 2018
  • A $500,000 police substation that should be operational by the end of the year.

Let’s hope these measures and activities will make a difference because that grand, old market was looking pretty empty the other day.

Under the stars

Boy Scout Troop #139 will host its 8th Annual Inner City Camporee this weekend.

About 100 inner-city scouts and their parents are expected to attend the overnight campout on the grounds of St. Martin de Porres Church.

Sounds like it’s going to be a good time, jam-packed with fun and educational activities.

The youngsters will learn basics of camping like knot-tying, safety and first-aid instruction.

They’ll be exposed to leadership development skills, play games and create crafts.

On Saturday, Buffalo cops and firefighters will have demonstrations with K9 units and fire engines.

The Scouts even will be cooking and preparing their own food and learning archery. I wonder if they'll be using rubber-tipped arrows.

The Camporee is supported and sponsored by community members, Mayor Byron Brown, Masten Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Common Council President Darius Pridgen, University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt and State Sen. Tim Kennedy.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’

Food Truck Thursdays will be located across from Niagara Square at the Michael J. Dillon federal courthouse, which is the future home of the Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters.

Today’s lineup includes:

  • Flaming Fish
  • Carnivorous
  • Lomo Lomo
  • Lloyd’s
  • Green Acres Ice Cream
  • Just Pizza
  • Panero’s

The trucks will be out from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.


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