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After a terrible couple of days for one of Buffalo's most well-traveled blocks, there is a small but significant reason to smile. Burt and Loni have been found. Burt and Loni are the cats of Michael Bernhardt, who lives at 1076-1078 Elmwood Ave., next door to 1074 Elmwood, which burned almost entirely following a massive fire early Wednesday morning. Bernhardt awo…

Local News

Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo confirmed Thursday morning that human remains had been found at the site of Wednesday's Elmwood Avenue fire. A police source earlier had reported human remains and clothing had been found at 1074 Elmwood Ave. Curtis Brown, 55, is the tenant who is unaccounted for. Renaldo said later Thursday that 90 percent of the remains …

Buffalo

The first thing Michael Bernhardt heard were panicked voices. When he opened his eyes, he understood why: Flames were coming from the house next door. “It was 2:30 in the morning – I heard people screaming," said Bernhardt of 1076-1078 Elmwood. "I woke up and saw the orange glow in my leaded glass windows. I opened the [second-floor] porch doors and the fire was in the …

Gusto

It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

Buffalo

The family partnership that is buying five Elmwood Avenue buildings from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. is now proposing to demolish three of them and erect a four-story apartment building. Whitesand Family LP — led by partners Don White and his stepson, Tom Sand — filed an application with the city to combine the lots at 1020, 1024 and 1028 Elmwood into a single 0.34-acre…

Crime

A man claiming to have a weapon robbed Cameron's 24 Hour Store early Wednesday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber entered the store at the corner of Elmwood and Bird avenues – a building known for its "We Never Close" signs – at about 5:20 a.m. with his hood tied over his face and his hand in his pocket, according to the report. Though the assa…

Crime

The video from a Ring doorbell camera starts with a young man, in a dark coat, gloves and ski hat topped with a pompom. He walks casually past a white fence, up to a tall gate and appears to fiddle with the knob. It doesn’t open. The video, posted to fellow Ring users in the Elmwood Village, then shows the man turn back around, stop and then hop over the fence. Some rus…

Food and Drink

Duff’s is probably coming to Buffalo – and returning pizza to a revered spot. Duff’s Famous Wings' owners have a letter of intent to lease the former JJ's Casa-Di-Pizza location at 477 Elmwood Ave., owned by Sinatra Realty. The deal won’t be done until final lease details are negotiated, said Greg Duell, a Duff’s partner who runs the Eastern Hills Mall location. “…

Gusto

Maria and Tom Tarapacki share the story about how, after the exterior of their home was re-sided and spruced up, the mail carrier was so startled by the transformation he had to double-check the address to make sure he had the right house. The exterior makeover is just one of the projects the Tarapackis have tackled during the past five years. The couple, who married in…

Buffalo

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s big apartment project proposal on Elmwood Avenue was a major source of controversy in the surrounding neighborhoods. But in the end, it may have been, well, just a reverie. More than than 30 months after acquiring 11 properties on Elmwood and unveiling a major redevelopment plan, the Buffalo-based firm has agreed to sell five of them – incl…

Buffalo

Buffalo officials dragged an affiliate of Sinatra and Co. Real Estate into Housing Court this week over the company's failure to address alleged code violations on a vacant pair of adjacent Elmwood Village houses. The city's Department of Permit and Inspection Services brought the cases against the developer in September, citing 20 code violations for two houses on Hodg…

A three-story multifamily property with six apartments in the Elmwood Village has been acquired by a Tonawanda investor. A limited-liability company called 547 Potomac Holdings, controlled by collections firm founder John Chebat, paid $600,000 to buy the 5,838-square-foot house at 547 Potomac Ave. from Marquee Residential, which is owned by Daniel T. Boland of Buffalo. …

Buffalo

With three zoning variances already in hand, developers Nick Sinatra and Essex Homes of WNY are hoping to win city Planning Board approval for their proposed $22.4 million Atlantic Central condominium project in the Elmwood Village. Sinatra and Phil Nanula's Essex are planning to construct a four-story condo building at 169 W. Utica, with 54 for-sale units and indoor pa…

Crime

Two people, including a man with a gun, robbed the Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union on Elmwood Avenue on Thursday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report. The robbery at 816 Elmwood, between Lafayette and Auburn avenues, happened at about 4:45 p.m. The robber displayed what appeared to be a small handgun and demanded money from tellers. A woman appear…

Festivals

Guess what? You can wear a Santa hat to eight of these 10 events, which comprise some of Western New York's best activities this weekend, without any concerns over appropriateness. Take advantage of this while you still can! Here is what's ahead. 1. SantaCon Buffalo, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 along Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo. Cost is $10 in advance here or a…