Buffalo Walks Tour: Fontana Boathouse

Buffalo Walks Tour: Fontana Boathouse

Monday, August 4, 2014


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse is his only rowing boathouse design and one that he considered truly one of his best and most beloved works. You will have the rare chance to see one of his designs in use for its originally intended purpose – an actual rowing facility – and hear the fascinating story of how it came to life in Buffalo after more than 100 years.  Designed in 1905 for the University of Wisconsin, it opened in 2007 on the shores of the Niagara River.

For More Information and to Book Online

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

Buffalo Walks Tour: Buffalo River Works

Buffalo Walks Tour: Buffalo River Works

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Witness the progress being made at the entertainment complex for the Grange League Federation (GLF) elevator site on Ganson Street.  Among the interesting uses are two ice rinks, indoor and outdoor concert venues, restaurants, bars, public access to the Buffalo River, and eventually a hotel.

For More Information and to Book Online

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

The Buffalo Lunch Bunch: June 13, 2014

The Buffalo Lunch Bunch

Announcing “The Buffalo Lunch Bunch” at Canalside on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 12 noon!

Hundreds of people will join together at this lunchtime community event in the formation of a “living Buffalo” to celebrate the revitalization of Buffalo. People are invited to be part of the art of “BuffaLove” – a human formation of a Buffalo- Aerial photo will be taken.

Your $20 ticket includes a T-Shirt, Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ, & participation in the “living Buffalo” photo

Live music by “Heard of Buffalo”

Participants MUST register here: buffalolunchbunch.eventbrite.com 

Facebook Page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451998298375072/


In addition to the aforementioned activities, participants will also be able to view a demonstration by the Buffalo Fire Department’s Edward M. Cotter fireboat, in the harbor at 11 a.m. that day. The event will be hosted by 97 Rock’s Jickster and will also be videotaped by WGRZ-TV to include in a future “This Is Home” television promo.

This event is on June 13, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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

WFD Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

It’s time once again for the Working For Downtown Annual Meeting, Election of Officers, and Awards Ceremony.  We are having this year’s event at Osteria 166.
To place a reservation online, please go to the event page

Place Your Online Reservation

Or, you can contact Mary Young to reserve your place:
phone – 716.860.7556
email – myoung@lumsdencpa.com


Please RSVP no later than May 23, 2014


WFD Annual Meeting and Election of Officers


Monday, June 2, 2014


Osteria 166

170 Franklin Street, 2nd floor

Buffalo, NY 14202

Registration – 11:30am

Luncheon – 12:00pm

Election of Officers

Annual Awards Presentation


Keynote Speaker

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership

2014-2015 Board of Directors

President: Diane Pietraszewski

Vice President: Mary Young

Secretary: Sherri Wierzba

Treasurer: Sarah Hopkins

Board at Large

Kate Bukowski

David DeBoy

Deborah DiMatteo

Terri Ferrari

Joyce Jividen

Amber Maras

Carolyn Murray

Bob Palgutt

Jeanne Pinto

Carolyn Powell

Shannon Sutton


Fenton Village Rehab

Original post from Buffalo Rising can be viewed by clicking here.


Sinatra and Company Realty is almost complete with their first phase of rehab to the former Fenton Hotel.  Located on West Ferry, between Main and Linwood, the building has 23 apartments that will be ready for occupancy within the next few weeks.  All of the units are already leased, with rents averaging $1,300 per month.


With phase one almost complete, they will now begin to focus on the building at 1526 Main Street.

Reminder: WFD Member Renewal

Welcome Working for Downtown Members:

2013 was a fantastic year in Buffalo! We have experienced some wonderful new restaurants downtown.  There has also been a lot of progress made near the waterfront and soon cars will be back on Main Street. WFD also developed this wonderful new website which offers an easy way to help us promote Downtown Buffalo and communicate with our members and supporters. We ask that you continue to come and socialize with members and supporters of WFD every Thursday at Papaya for our Thursdays in the City weekly event. We would love to see you there!

Working for Downtown continues to promote downtown through some fantastic tours such as Silo City and The Graystone Hotel. We are starting to investigate potential tour sites for 2014 and please contact us if you have any suggestions. The Brown Bag lunch series continues into 2014. Please see our BBL section for a list of the new speakers and dates.

It is time for our annual WFD membership renewal. This year we are offering an online renewal option and we hope you will find the website a convenient way to renew your membership. Please click here to complete your online renewal.

If you would prefer, you can still mail your payment to: Working for Downtown PO Box 173, Buffalo, NY 14203, along with your most current information.

Thank you in advance for another year of your support. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming WFD events in 2014!


Working for Downtown Board of Directors

First Presbyterian Church Tower Benefit Concert

The BPO Presents

Love Letter to Buffalo:  A benefit concert for First Presbyterian Church’s Tower Restoration

Friday, February 21, 8:00 PM Paul Ferington, conductor

The BPO is pleased to reach out to our neighbors across Symphony Circle and present this  special concert benefiting First Presbyterian Church’s historic tower restoration.  Through music we celebrate our love for this great community treasure and proceeds will go to One Symphony Circle Tower Restoration Fund.  Please join us!

A  champagne reception will follow, hosted by Quaker Bonnet.

General admission – $40    PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

Tickets also for sale at the BPO Box Office and at the Church doors on concert night.

ULI Outer Harbor Forum – Tues Dec 3rd 8a-10a

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Western New York is hosting the Outer Harbor Forum.  For more information, please click here.


Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, including over 130 acres of the area’s largest urban waterfront land tract, is about to be developed as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority transfers the land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development.  Governor Cuomo said he hopes to see the ECHDC provide a mixed-use development plan for this land including a public access component along with some residential and commercial development.  The land has sat largely unused for decades. What will it become? The process to determine how the land will be developed to cement Buffalo’s reputation as a true waterfront city will soon begin.  With input from Buffalo’s Chief Planner, Brendan Mehaffy, ECHDC’s Chair, Robert Gioia, as well as Uwe Brandes, a nationally respected planner with waterfront development experience in Buffalo, NYC, and D.C., we hope to kick start this conversation.


The event will include a continental breakfast, presentations, and panel discussion set in front of some of the Outer Harbor’s best views on the 37th floor of One Seneca Tower.


MODERATOR: Stephen Fitzmaurice, COO, Seneca One Realty LLC


PANELISTS: Uwe Brandes, Executive Director, Masters of Professional Studies in Urban and Regional Planning, Georgetown University Robert Gioia – Chairman, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Brendan Mehaffy – Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration & Networking

8:30 – 9:30 am Presentations

9:30 – 10:00 am Panel Discussion and Q&A