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Canalside – Buffalo's largely flat waterfront attraction – is now going vertical. It's also about to get a lot more crowded. A planned roundhouse carousel building and the first new residential project at Canalside are poised to get the go-ahead from state officials when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. meets on Oct. 15. The two designs for the Buffalo Heri…

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Developer Nick Sinatra's planned $21 million Canalside project and a new $5.3 million roundhouse building for a historic waterfront carousel are poised for final approvals later this month, after the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave its assent to the designs that were already developed in conjunction with the state. The panel recommended approval by the Erie …

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Two major new Canalside projects that would bring $26.3 million in investment and three buildings to Canalside are poised for city approval as soon as next Monday. The Buffalo Planning Board will review the proposed $5.3 million Buffalo Heritage Carousel and KeyBank Roundhouse, as well as Nick Sinatra's planned $21 million Heritage Point mixed-use complex, when it meets…

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Canalside Buffalo will bid the outdoor fitness season goodbye with a special event this weekend, but there will be other opportunities to feel better with an outdoor workout elsewhere as summer moves into fall. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which has sponsored outdoor fitness classes at Canalside since the start of summer, will host an End of Summer Fitness …

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Think back a few years to the time when Canalside was new and downtown Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront hope, rather than the established destination it is today. Had you asked Buffalonians what the area was missing, there was one idea that topped the minds of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents and babysitters: “Something for families to do.” Fast forward t…

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There's no requirement to visit the new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside before dining at the Low Bridge Cafe. That doesn't stop many families who, after chasing kids around three floors of the new downtown destination, want to gather themselves, eat and relax before trekking home. Low Bridge opened on weekends in April to match the museum's limited hou…

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Why does Buffalo's summer stampede by so quickly? It's likely because there's so much more scheduled during the week, in addition to jam-packed weekends, that the whole concept of time becomes a blur. Though June, July and August can feel frenetic, Buffalonians understand how crucial it is to take advantage of warm temperatures. The Tall Ships and Fourth of July holi…

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The gulls, fearless and irritable, fought for scraps of day-old food along Scott Street. The emerging morning sun stretched out a finger Friday toward the peak of City Hall, a sunrise you could stand back and savor from Canalside, where it was too early for anyone to worry about setting up turnstiles or yellow tape. One of the great truths of enduring a wet, gray spring…

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American pop star Katy Perry invented fireworks in 2010. Just kidding. (That was the song, "Firework," for anyone who didn't listen to the radio during the summer of 2010.) Fireworks have actually been around since sometime between 600 and 900 A.D., the History Channel estimates, when Chinese alchemists mixed a few of the right chemicals together, stuffed them into bamb…

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Move over, Canalside. When it comes to competition for outdoor summer fitness on the Buffalo waterfront, you have company. The Outer Harbor beckons across the Buffalo River with a new bike park, 3-mile wellness trail and growing number of outdoor group exercise classes along the Lake Erie shoreline. Further upriver, a new public-private partnership between Buffalo Ni…

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Kerfuffle, the annual daylong music event held at Canalside, no longer feels like a buzzy, new event. Now six solid years in, Kerfuffle has become a reliable early-summer staple promising big-name artists, sweet sounds and rocking rhythms to Buffalo’s alt-rock fans. On the first official day of summer, “the music event of the summer” (as dubbed by presenting radio stati…

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Touch A Truck is coming to Canalside next weekend. Explore & More — The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum will be hosting its popular program for truck-loving kids on June 9 with a mixture of free and fee-based activities along the boardwalk, sponsored by M&T Bank. The program, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include over 40 construction, emergency, utility …

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I’ve been a cheerleader, and often, I admit. But this year, even though my personal calendar is overly stocked with concerts, festivals and club shows I’m incredibly excited about, I’m just not feeling it the way I once did. My past cheerleading was genuine, earnest and offered in good faith. It really all came down to a sense of hope. I hoped that the Buffalo Renais…

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Re-Tree is preparing to plant its 30,000th tree, with a tribute to a late M&T Bank executive. Re-Tree, a program of the Buffalo Green Fund, will plant the milestone tree at Canalside in a ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 26. The oak tree will be planted in honor of Mark Czarnecki, the M&T president and chief operating officer who died of cancer in 2017…

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After announcing a series of rock acts, Canalside has unveiled the first rapper coming to the Buffalo waterfront this summer: T.I. The Atlanta, Ga.-born hip-hop star, who broke out in the early 2000s, will perform at 5 p.m. June 29 at 44 Prime St. VIP tickets are $40 and are on sale now through Eventbrite. The VIP ticket includes access to the Honda VIP Pavilion, two…