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Wally Kowal, at 92, still rides a bicycle – both for joy and to stay in shape. He tries to drink one beer, and one beer only, every day, preferably with dinner, which he sees as a kind of elixir. If he seems young, Wally said, maybe that's why. Friday, on a September morning cool enough for him to wear a windbreaker and a red buttoned vest, he and his grandson Greg m…

Crime

A cast iron sign that touts the "Birthplace of the Grain Elevator" which was reported stolen last weekend was recovered by Buffalo Police divers, police reported Tuesday. Industrial Heritage Committee President Lorraine Pierro reported to police that the heavy, metal sign was taken off a concrete post located near lamp post No. 7 on Erie Street. Pierro said it wasn't ce…

Art

Problem: You want to understand the story of modernity, but only have an afternoon to do it. Solution: Take a drive through downtown Buffalo. There are plenty of places in the United States, where, given the right advice and a week or two, you could piece together your own self-guided story of how contemporary society and culture came to be. But there aren’t too many pla…

The only shocking thing about the Buffalo grain elevator currently masquerading as a Labatt Blue six-pack in the emerging RiverWorks entertainment complex is that it didn’t happen sooner. From atop the Skyway, the blue tall-boys stick out like six shiny missiles ready to blast off from a desolate and otherwise monochromatic moonscape. The contrast between the blue silos a…

Art

Earlier today, in response to the ongoing transformation of six grain silos into a pack of Labatt Blue tall-boys, I sent out a tongue-in-cheek request on Facebook for someone to reimagine downtown's brutalist NFTA terminal as a sideways box of Cheerios. Because the internet rules, I got back these entries within minutes: From Jon Hand: From Mickey Harmon: From Kevin…

Art

A hulking grain elevator on the outer harbor, across from Canalside, will be the canvas for a kaleidoscope of illuminated colors and patterns starting in mid-2015. The permanent, year-round static and kinetic light show – originally planned to be unveiled this year – is expected to be a one-of-a-kind nighttime attraction on the waterfront. “We have this huge billboard – …

Featured

Explore Buffalo is offering a chance to head to the top of two of the Silo City grain elevator complexes.The “Silo City: Vertical” tour will be offered on June 14 and June 20. Approximately two and a half hours in length, each will start at 10 a.m. at 120 Childs St.“Silo City: Vertical” will take participants to the top of the American and Perot…