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Caitlin Dewey

Caitlin Dewey is a reporter at the Buffalo News. Before returning to Western New York, she spent six years reporting for the finance and style desks at the Washington Post.


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Construction will soon begin on a long-delayed veterans cemetery in Pembroke, N.Y., with the first burials taking place as early as November 2020. In a statement Saturday, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs selected Global Urban Enterprise as the lead contractor for the initial, $23 million phase of construction, clearing the way …

Buffalo

The West Side nonprofit that transformed long-vacant School 77 into community space and senior apartments is seeking neighbors’ input for a series of ambitious new housing developments. Preliminary proposals for the PUSH Buffalo projects, which have no concrete timeline or budget yet, call for 10 doubles, two mixed-use buildings and two apartment buildings clustered nea…

Buffalo

The Central Library’s unremarkable side lawn was once best-known as a rest stop for neighborhood pets. But after two years of planning, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Tuesday unveiled a new public park in the underused space – with hopes that it will soon become a downtown destination. The Reading Park, as its founders have dubbed it, includes new, p…

Buffalo

Public libraries aren’t often the stuff that memes are made of. But the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is basking in the sweet, sudden glow of internet fame after an Instagram post praising the library went viral on social media. The post – a photo of a lime-green Buffalo library tote bag, overlaid with comically exuberant exclamations about the library’s featur…

Buffalo

A battered, much-debated historic home in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt will fall to bulldozers this September unless city officials can find a buyer to salvage it. For almost a decade, the Civil War-era Italianate home, also known as the Meidenbauer House, has been the subject of fierce debate among developers, preservationists and community groups, who have vied for control of…

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TORONTO – The city announces itself through traffic long before the heightened skyline glints into view, an early hint to northbound drivers that they’re approaching one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. Construction cranes cast jagged shadows over Queen Elizabeth Way. New downtown condos loom 60 stories high, reflecting an ocean of teals, jades and blues.…

Buffalo

Explore Buffalo’s Canalside tour assembles at the entrance of the Courtyard Marriott, launching from an alcove that – 10 years ago – was still the shell of the abandoned Donovan Block. It winds past the construction crews on Main Street – “Lots going on here,” guide Ron Eaton calls over the hum – and around the Explore & More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum, w…

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The electric scooter mania sweeping many big cities hasn’t motored through Buffalo yet. But that could potentially change under new legislation passed in Albany, which will soon allow cities and towns across the state to set their own rules for the devices. Prior to this legislation, which is scheduled to take effect this year, both electric scooters and bikes were tech…

Buffalo

Judges for the Skyway redesign competition will get a close-up view of the four-lane expressway Monday during a site visit organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office ahead of the application deadline June 28. Cuomo senior adviser John Maggiore will attend the morning visit, as will Empire State Development’s Paul Tronolone and Amanda Mays. Members of the independent, 10-pe…

Buffalo

A new “Reading Park” is finally underway at the Buffalo Central Library, with plans to complete the long-awaited community space by the end of July. Construction vehicles poured a new concrete plaza and broadened walkway at the corner of Washington Street and Broadway last week. They also removed flower beds along the sidewalk on Washington. Once completed, the new park…

Buffalo

A one-block stretch of Washington Street between Swan and Seneca streets was briefly closed to traffic Sunday afternoon when bricks from the former Marine Trust Building cratered to the sidewalk below. The incident took place shortly after 3 p.m., an officer at the scene said. Buffalo police closed the street for roughly 20 minutes while a city engineer inspected the da…

Buffalo

A slim row of vacant lots at the corner of Niagara and Hudson streets could become the site of a $10 million Hispanic cultural institute under a plan unveiled by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York. The proposed institute – which could break ground as early as April, pending a successful fundraising campaign – would include a museum, a 150-seat theater and…

Buffalo

It’s a luminous mid-May morning and Remedy House regulars are scowling into their Macbook Airs, hands twiddling headphone cords or gripping mugs or shielding faces from the cool white window glare. Swedish pop pulses through unseen speakers. Ceramic plates clatter behind the marble counter. "Sitting here, pulling out my laptop, I feel like I’m at home,” says Evan Ortola…

Amherst

Despite the mania around downtown living and Buffalo’s urban “revival,” the city continues to lose population to its suburbs, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2018 population numbers, which cover cities and towns, show contractions in Western New York’s very largest and very smallest places even as momentum grows in places like Amherst and Cla…

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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will host a "Harry Potter Day" at the Central Library June 22 as part of the kick-off festivities for its annual summer reading program. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to kids of all ages. Expect a costume parade, trivia, crafts, food trucks and a 4 p.m. performance by Harry & The Potters, the Massachuse…