Buffalo Walks Tours – 500 Seneca Street & Tommyrotter Distillery

Buffalo Walks Tours: 500 Seneca Street & Tommyrotter Distillery

Wednesday, June 15, 2015

Take a tour with the development team behind the repurposing of 500 Seneca Street.  The building includes 150,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space, 110 residential units, shared public space, a new European-style bistro restaurant with a wine cellar, a private courtyard, spa and salon, pet day care, and bi-level fitness center.  The building will also feature a three-story atrium with skylight, gardens, and full-grown trees.  We will finish the tour with an update and viewing of Tommyrotter Distillery which will make gin and vodka and operate a tasting room and mezzanine viewing area.

Please wear comfortable appropriate footwear and attire.

5:15pm Registration

5:30pm Tour Start

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Annual Meeting 2016 – June 8th

Join us Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 for our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. This year’s luncheon will begin promptly at 12:00 pm with registration starting at 11:30 am at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery located at 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

This year’s speaker will be Tom Dee, President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

This year’s awardees are:

  • Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro, Pierce-Arrow Museum
    Will receive the Fernbach Award for efforts resulting in the aesthetic revitalization of Downtown Buffalo.
  • Tony Conte, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
    Will receive the Joan K. Bozer Award for an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving Downtown Buffalo.
  • Aaron Drake, Plaza Group
    Will receive the Membership Recognition Award to one of our own for contributions to Working For Downtown.

Buffalo Talks – Aaron Ott – 05/04/2016

Public Art in Buffalo – Why and Where

Guest Speaker:

Aaron Ott – Curator of Public Art – Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative is an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox, Erie County and the City of Buffalo. It was established to enhance the shared sense of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western New York. Join WFD in hearing Aaron discuss the various projects of the Public Art Initiative in the Western New York area like Shark Girl and Silent Poets which are both located at Canalside and learn what the future holds for the Public Art Initiative.

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Queen City Pop-Up 2016 – Spring Edition

Pop Up SpringMayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Buffalo Place, and Working for Downtown are encouraging the Western New York shopping community to come out and support 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 are:

Buffalo Loves Tees

Vixen Fashion

The Atinga Project

Phenomenal Xpressions

4.21 – Buffalo Meets – Big Ditch / EnergyMark

Join us Thursday, April 21st at the Big Ditch Brewing Company for Working For Downtown’s premier social event. Formerly known as Thursday’s in the City, we’re putting together some of Buffalo’s most interesting venues with Buffalo’s most interesting people and companies.

The event will run from 5:30 – 7:30 and is sponsored by EnergyMark and hosted by Working For Downtown.

Let everyone know. Can’t wait to see you there!


Buffalo Talks – Steve Carmina

Resurgence of Buffalo

Guest Speakers:

Steve Carmina – Carmina Wood Morris, DPC

Carmina Wood Morris, DPC was founded in 2001 and has since completed a diverse cross-section of projects contributing to downtown Buffalo’s development. Come hear Partner, Steve Carmina discuss the importance of such developments and give a general look into the redevelopment process. This presentation will inspire and educate, with the hopes of better explaining the different challenges of the wide scopes these projects bring about, along with what it means to be involved in our city’s resurgence.

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Post-Holiday Social

Join Us Wednesday February 3rd for the 2016 Post-Holiday Social. This years event will be held at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, 641 Delaware Avenue from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Complimentary tours will be available.  The TR Site has a parking lot available behind the Museum which can accessed from Franklin Street.

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Buffalo Talks – Carl Paladino

Resurrection of Broadway Sattler Theater


Guest Speakers:

Carl Paladino

Carl Paladino and Ellicott Development are partnering with WNY Minority Media Professionals to restore the 100 year old African-American Broadway Sattler Theater, located at 512 Broadway. The restored theater will provide opportunities for young people, black and white, as a center not only for entertainment but also media production.

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