Buffalo Walks Tour: Cobblestone District

Buffalo Walks Tour: Cobblestone District

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Come join us for a walking tour of the Cobblestone District. Learn about the history of this unique part of Buffalo and see how many of the buildings have been transformed to accommodate new businesses. See what buildings are on The National Register of Historic Places. We will meet at 5:15pm in the parking lot next to Buffalo Iron Works at 49 Illinois Street.

For More Information and to Book online

For reservations by email, please contact Debbie DiMatteo at ddimatteo@mtb.com

Canalside concert schedule announced

canalside2014-girltalk-cc-angela-n-600xx1200-800-0-0For the first time since the concert series began in 1988, the shows are not being presented by Buffalo Place Inc. Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum was awarded the concert production contract following a bidding process undertaken by the ECHDC. Global Spectrum also won the contract’s to promote, manage and maintain the 20-acre Canalside district.

The concerts, which remain the signature events among the more than 800 planned for Canalside this year, were booked by Funtime Presents, the local agency that has landed major national recording acts for the waterfront for more than a decade. In the past, the concerts attract more than 200,000 people and have an economic impact on downtown Buffalo estimated at $7 million.

This year’s bookings are diverse, with hip-hop artist Shaggy, Canadian acts Sam Roberts and Tragically Hip lead singerGord Downie. Also booked is the husband/wife guitar-playing Derek Trucksand Susan Tedeschi. A performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, playing selections from Michael Jackson and Earth Wind & Fire is on the schedule.

“Faster and louder or slower and soulful -music is about diversity of sound and rhythm and that’s also what Canalside is all about this summer season,” said Robert Gioia, ECHDC chairman. “We will rock it out some nights and feel the blues on others– 2014 will be the summer that has something for everyone who gets to the waterfront when mikes are on and the guitars are plugged in.”

Read more from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First here.

PWC moving out of tower, into Larkinville

blj-sr-onesenecatowerhsbc-031414-600xx1197-1800-0-0In a move that surprised few, the region’s third largest CPA firm is abandoning the former HSBC tower in favor of the Larkin district.

“We can’t say it was one thing over another with our decision about where to move the office,” said Keith Stolzenburg, PricewaterhouseCoopers managing partner. “But, the Larkin District is a very funky place to be.”

Stolzenberg said with the average age of his firm’s employees just under 30, the “hip” factor of the Larkin District proved to be selling point.

The tower has lost several major anchor tenants in the past few years including the Canadian Consulate, HSBC Bank and thePhillips Lytle law firm. Where, once nearly all of its 851,000-square-feet were leased, the building is more than 95 percent vacant.

Development and ownership plans remain in flux and largely dependent on the outcome of the foreclosure process.

See the entire story from Jim Fink at Buffalo Business First here.