Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo's pop culture history for BN Chronicles, has written six books, and teaches English at Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School.
Shops like Gourmet Granny’s and Lotions & Potions, as well as small restaurants like Bagel & Crepes Café, Taters, JC’s Ice Cream & Yogurt, and a branch shop of Fort Erie’s King Wah Garden all breathed some new life into a city-center core.
In May 1877, "residents and taxpayers in the vicinity of Batavia Street" petitioned the Common Council to change the name of the street to Broadway
The last three Gleasons locations in the area were closed by the mid-1980s.
The establishment was regular host to elite entertainers like Bing Crosby and nearly every other big act that came through town, as well as local musicians and actors.
It was a big deal when the renovated Broadway Market opened – but the bigger deal was the attached parking ramp.
A postcard created by J. Bianchi & Son Monument Works shows five different places around what is today Pine Ridge Road and Genesee Street in Cheektowaga.
“What Buffalo needs is a guide to the uninformed, a list of places to go when they get ants in their pants and they’re ready to dance,” Courier-Express reporter Jeff Sonier wrote.
When Bills quarterback Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million contract extension earlier this month, many longtime Buffalo football observers thought back to the day 35 years ago when hungry fans lined overpasses along the 33 to welcome Jim Kelly to the city as the Bills’ new million-dollar arm.
The Erie Canal played an integral role in the growth of Buffalo from a tiny frontier village to the eighth-largest city in the country, but for the people who lived around the canal – life was not like the upbeat song with low bridges and mules named Sal.
In 1976, the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce published MetroScene magazine as “the most complete book of its kind ever published in Western New York.