Buffalo Bricks Site Invite – November 6, 2017


Monday November 6th at noon, the Working For Downtown Waterfront Committee will be at the Buffalo Bricks Site. Each Fall we meet at the Site to wrap the granite benches in order to protect them during the winter. The wrapping is usually completed within the lunch hour. Any members who are interested in Buffalo Bricks and the Waterfront Committee are invited to come this day, view the Site, and meet the group.

The bricks site is located at the end of Canalside near the BFLO kayak rental kiosk off of South Park Ave, across from the KeyBank Arena. Look for the rose colored granite sign designating the beginning of the Buffalo Bricks location.

Last Walk of the Season

WFD would like to thank everyone that came to our Walks this summer. We held the final one last week on September 13th on a beautiful, warm evening down at Canalside. Now join us in the fall at our Buffalo Talks starting Oct. 4th, noon, at the Central Downtown Library.











Buffalo’s Central Library wants to hear from you!

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library was recently awarded a “Heart of the Community” grant by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces to develop an outdoor Reading Park (outdoor space for free activities) on an unused grass/sidewalk area next to the Downtown Central Library. Please help us plan the Reading Park by completing this brief survey.Thank you!

Click here for the survey

Buffalo Walks – CanalSide

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th for a walk at CanalSide. A representative from Erie County Harbor Development will give us a tour of the site and the history of the space and the projects in progress. We will meet at the BFLO Harbor Kayak rental kiosk (1 Naval Park Cove). Registration at 5:15 PM and the tour will begin at 5:30.

5:15 pm Registration

5:30 pm Tour Start

RSVP by September 12, 2017

Reserve spaces online here

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


Queen City Pop – Up Requests For Proposals – Spring 2017


Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working For Downtown are encouraging the Western New York retail community to submit proposals for the Queen City Pop Up project. This initiative is designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The winners of the Queen City Pop Up project will receive free rent in a select retail location from June 15, 2017 – September 1, 2017.

Click here for further details on the RFP requiremen


Main Street Open to Cars 1/23/15

For the first time in over 30 years, the 600 block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo will be open to vehicular traffic again! This long anticipated event will be marked by Mayor Byron W. Brown and Rep. Brian Higgins took the first car down the block at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015 as the traffic gate opens.

These gates will be in place when a Metro Rail train emerges from the underground tunnel to the 600 block of Main Street. Once the train is safely pass, the gate will left and cars can continue down Main Street. As construction continues on the 500 block of Main Street, cars will need to turn off at Chippewa Street.

Main Street between Chippewa and Tupper streets is the home of such businesses as Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the Market Arcade, Tralfamadore Café, Irish Classical Theatre Company and Bijou Grill and will now share the road with trains, cars, bicycles and pedestrians!