Share this article

print logo
Buffalo

After months of delays, debate, changes – even a near defeat at the hands of the Zoning Board of Appeals – Ellicott Development Co. won city approval for its planned new Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop project in downtown Buffalo. The developer, owned by Carl and William Paladino, plans to construct a two-story retail and residential building on a vacant site at 474 Mi…

Buffalo

Downtown Buffalo's fourth ground-up construction project in the last five years is now nearing completion, with Ellicott Development Co. preparing to open its 12-story hotel, apartment, office and retail tower at 500 Pearl in the next two months. Construction crews are finishing up work in parts of the gray-and-glass building, including the hotel rooms, residential unit…

TV

Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to prai…

Columns

We live in an angry time, when arguments and divisions often drown out reason. In such a time, you look for those rare and reaffirming moments when people offer unexpected moments of communion. Consider the tale of Alphonso Butlak IV, and his offer to shape Mercury's head. If you work in downtown Buffalo, you might be familiar with the sculpture of Mercury, messenger…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development hopes to complete its mammoth tower project on Pearl Street by September, officials said Wednesday. The downtown Buffalo project at 500 Pearl includes an Aloft Hotel and a host of banquet spaces. This winter's bitter temperatures and snow slowed progress by a couple of months on the nearly $70 million project, the Buffalo firm's largest-ever cons…

Columns

Sometimes there's a certain benefit in coming into a community from the outside. I'm a Western New Yorker by birth, but I haven't been around for the entire civic opera involving Carl Paladino, a guy I've never met. I wasn't here when he made the remarks last year that triggered the motion toward his state-ordered ouster Thursday from the Buffalo School Board, the momen…

Local News

Michael Caputo stares out the passenger window of his friend’s silver BMW 750Li. The car provides a smooth ride, but where Caputo’s headed Friday afternoon has his thoughts roiling. Caputo, a political consultant from East Aurora, is being chauffeured to the Capitol for a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. He’s about three hours away from te…

Local News

Move over, Shark Girl. Have a seat, Scary Lucy. There's a new statue in town that bears the likeness of Mark Twain, cast in bronze and already seated on its own bronze park bench. The artwork was delivered earlier this week to the Ellicott Square building, where it will be on permanent display in the interior courtyard of the historic office complex. For the time …

Bills

What if Donald Trump bought the Buffalo Bills? He tried in 2014, long before anyone thought he would be in the Oval Office. Trump submitted one of the three nonbinding bids to buy the Bills after founder Ralph Wilson died. Terry and Kim Pegula's staggering $1.4 billion offer pulverized the field. Jon Bon Jovi's group, which included his Toronto backers, couldn't comp…