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For decades, people walking along Mirror Lake and the Japanese Gardens near the Buffalo History Museum have seen the century-old building's impressive eight-column portico, its grand stairways made of Vermont marble, its statue of Abraham Lincoln ... and a doorway that isn't really a doorway. That will be changing as part of an ongoing renovation that will restore the m…

A new family bike ride planned for this month will raise money for the trauma and emergency department at Erie County Medical Center and educational programming at Unyts Buffalo. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and his wife, Michelle, are co-chairs for the first Marcy Dandes Memorial Family Bike Ride through Delaware Park, set for Sept. 28. Participants riding bicycles,…

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The current Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of “The Tempest” is a playful and magical affair. Under the direction of Saul Elkin with sound design and original music by Tom Makar, choreography by Terri Filips Vaughan and set by David Dwyer, we are transported to a wondrous island, where Prospero, the usurped duke of Milan and his daughter, Miranda, have been strande…

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A new family bike ride planned for September will raise money for the trauma and emergency department at Erie County Medical Center and educational programming at Unyts Buffalo. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will join others Wednesday in Delaware Park to announce the first annual Marcy Dandes Memorial Family Bike Ride this fall to benefit Erie County Medical Center and U…

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In the warmer weather, the Delaware Park loop feels more like a slice of urban life than some of the city’s more popular streets. The park bustles with strolling families and couples, exercising friends, club teams, little league and everyone between. Ashker’s in the Park captures everyone’s attention as a stand that has -- brace for it -- free water. Yes, Ashker’s free…

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Love by Shakespeare is a messy tale. Enchanting flirtation, desperate manipulation, love potions, unlikely affairs. Any way you cut it, many of the Bard’s comedies (and a few harrowing tragedies) remind us that romance sometimes takes a ton of work to feel effortless. If you’re trying too hard, you might be missing the mark. And if you’re not laughing, you’re definitely…

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is appealing to area residents to join its campaign urging the state to restore Delaware Park to its pre-1950s glory. The conservancy has launched a campaign to stop the state Department of Transportation from moving forward with a plan that would eliminate 14 acres of parkland and also keep Delaware Park divided. Construction of…

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Delaware Park has two circles. They are like two sides of the same Buffalo nickel. The more famous is the Ring Road, which loops around the golf course. Buffalonians of all stripes get together there to walk it off, amid car stereos, personal stereos and noisy games of soccer. It's a kick. But Frederick Law Olmsted, the park's designer, would prefer that you take the…

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As another sign that summer is on the horizon, the fountain in Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park is back in action. The ornamental feature – with a 50-foot-tall central jet spray – had been a mainstay on the lake going back to the late 19th century. A fountain was reintroduced there as a scenic complement about five years ago. But then, last year, the fountain malfunctioned…

An organization promoting the legalization of marijuana in New York State will hold the Freedom Festival Saturday in Delaware Park. WNY NORML, the regional chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the festival is both recreational and educational, and will feature musicians and vendors. Freedom Festival gets underway at noon near the steps…

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Bills coach Rex Ryan and twin brother Rob have regularly been spotted together in Western New York in recent months. A Sabres game, a Carrie Underwood concert, and now riding a tandem bicycle Friday in Delaware Park: https://twitter.com/lebronstein/status/743847629755453440 A Facebook user said the Ryans were in the park to shoot a commercial for Tops: Rob's official …

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You’re the muse behind the music, the pep inside the step, the power behind the punch; take yourself for a spin. You deserve it. To be immersed in resilient email threads and group messages is supposed to make us feel whole again, but sometimes you can lose yourself in this world of constant communication and vibrating devices. Now it’s time to find yourself. No matter you…

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Our green space is better than your green space. The Guardian's Rowan Moore lists Buffalo's Olmsted Parks system as one of the 10 best in the world, putting the Queen City's gems at the same level as the Boboli in Florence, Hampstead Heath in London, Park Guell in Barcelona and High Line in New York City. In his defense for Buffalo's inclusion, Moore, an award-winning ar…