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In the First Ward, an out-of-the-way coffee-and-sandwiches oasis rises above the rest. At Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery, the enticing, invigorating scents of house-roasted grinds and hearty, creative sandwiches dance to the imaginary tune of an undead mariachi band depicted on a bright back-wall mural. An eclectic choir consisting of departed icons like David …

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Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebrations wouldn't be the same if the Valley Community Center chose not to host the Old Neighborhood Parade due to diminishing returns. While the Delaware Avenue parade on Sunday has garnered a reputation for shoulder-to-shoulder crowds and a bit more sloppiness, the Old First Ward parade, held the day prior, still harbors the clos…

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Peg Overdorf didn't have much time to talk Friday afternoon. She had a fundraiser to set up, and had to pick up a pizza for those helping out. If the wind held off, she was going to get a group together to hang Irish flags on the Old First Ward streets which will be the route for the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade. There's a lot that goes into putting to…

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The developers behind a former freight house conversion in Black Rock are now turning their attention to the Old First Ward, unveiling a $25 million rehabilitation of a former production facility into market-rate apartments and specialty commercial space. Karl Frizlen and Jason Yots are planning to transform the Barcalo Manufacturing Complex at Louisiana and Republic st…

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A closed former Buffalo Police precinct in the Old First Ward is now up for sale, as the city seeks a developer to reuse an unneeded building. City officials on Wednesday issued a request-for-proposals, seeking a "qualified developer or development team" to buy and redevelop the former Precinct #7 at 294 Louisiana St. The building hasn't been used as a police station…

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One of the most defining characteristics of Buffalo is its neighborhood bars. Dingy dives are nestled deep among the houses that approach a century in age. The oak tops are scarred from decades of supporting bottles and cans and glasses and elbows - cradling heads, and many, mostly unmentionable, things. Rare is it that one of these bastions of the Queen City’s rich Rust …

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A Canadian manufacturer of LED light fixtures is considering an expansion into Buffalo now that its owner has purchased a long warehouse property along the city's Red Jacket Riverfront Park in the Old First Ward. Joe DeLonghi, owner and president of Delviro Energy in Toronto, said his company would likely launch some kind of operation in Buffalo in the future to support…

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A neighborhood tavern can’t construct history. It either exists in the walls, floorboards and foundation, or it doesn’t. This is not some revelation. It’s been noted in this space on maybe too many occasions, but seems applicable for reiteration as Buffalo’s bar scene continues to be enhanced by new and renewed locales. For the latter, the trick seems to be to update…

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When the ice boom is lifted, it's spring. Even if it doesn't feel like it, we have, at last, the cold, hard proof. So has it been since 1964, when the boom was installed. The boom, in case you're new here, is a series of 15- to 30-foot long steel pontoons stretching 8,800 feet across Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its job is to keep ice from floating from …

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Every March, Dave Suttell returns to the beating heart of the Shamrock Run. At 84, a decade past the end of his own running days, Suttell still signs up for the race, mainly for the chance to stop at Doris Bouquard's place in Buffalo's Old First Ward. To Suttell, Doris is a living symbol of what sets the event apart. When he first entered the race more than 25 years ago…

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Folks from Ireland used to talk about the Auld Sod. They meant the old country, the land of their roots. Buffalo has its own Auld Sod. It lies in the Valley and the Old First Ward, neighborhoods near downtown where the Irish originally settled. This was where the Irish held their earliest St. Patrick's Day parades. Proud Hibernians in long coats and stovepipe hats ma…

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Are you dying for some caffeine? Need to kill the urge to fall asleep?Perhaps you’re urn-ing for a latte? Or you need to “wake” up now?Well, get ready to pay your respects to Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery. Because if you think coffee is crucial for you in the morning, it’s going to be a life-or-death venture for Sara Heidinger and Bill Metzger.Pardon us if we’ve bur…

Art

We've entered high mural season on Buffalo's arts scene, as demonstrated by three new eye-catching additions to three historic neighborhoods. In the Old First Ward, a group of artists is toiling diligently on "The Worker," a tribute to the historic industries responsible for the neighborhood and the city's development and prosperity. The piece is a kind of thank-you prese…

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In the minds of many participants in Buffalo’s great cultural renaissance, the 4-year-old City of Night festival has become synonymous with the riverside venue it helped to revive: Silo City.But this year, the cross-disciplinary art, music and cultural festival – created by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo in 2011 as a showcase for off-the-radar work by young artists –…

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Adolf’s Old First Ward TavernWhere: 555 South Park Ave. (248-2968, facebook.com/555tavern)When to go: After work for a few pints; before and after First Niagara Center, Canalside or waterfront action; and as a bike stop while exploring developing parts of the city. The pitch: “Hidden blocks from Buffalo’s waterfront and nestled in the heart of the Old First Ward, Adolf’s s…