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Working For Downtown is a volunteer community organization that is recognized for its understanding and knowledge of issues affecting downtown Buffalo. We are respected for our ability to effect change. Working For Downtown will strive to enhance the political climate through cooperation by increasing our influence in the decision-making network through greater representation on private and public boards. Our power will be derived from the leadership of our members through their active participation, diverse skills, talents, ability to work together, and dedicated interest in the vitality of downtown Buffalo. The end product of our vision will be a downtown which is a viable community and neighborhood where we live, play, work, shop and find social comfort.

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2014 Bricks For Buffalo

Bricks for Buffalo is a civic project initiated by WFD President and Project Manager Gloria Brennan in 2001. The project covers over 8,000 square feet on the waterfront behind HSBC arena and consists of 2 walkways, the Plaza Walkway and the Women’s Walkway. The walkways contain personalized cobblestones bricks, granite stones and benches purchased by current and former Western New York residents. At this time, over 700 inscribed bricks have been installed in the walkways.

Our engraved bricks make great gifts. Mother’s Day, Graduations and Holidays are a perfect time to buy a brick and have it displayed at the Plaza or Women’s Walkway.

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On Saturday, October 12th WFD Members and other guests enjoyed a sneak peek at The Graystone Hotel, as a late addition to the WFD Buffalo Walks tour series.

The Graystone Hotel was constructed between 1894-1897 and was originally known as Berkeley Apartments, which opened in 1897 with 63 units. The Hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1897.

Given the historic nature of this property, Ellicott Development Company has recently invested a $6 million rehabilitation working in concert with the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service.  The partnership is to ensure that the redevelopment efforts conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Ellicott Development Company is currently completing the finishing touches on the Graystone Hotel to lease 42 apartments with space still available for studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.

Located at 24 S. Johnson Park in a mixed-use commercial/residential area on the northern edge of Buffalo’s central business district. This Italian Renaissance style building is architecturally significant as one of the earliest examples of the use of reinforced concrete technology in the construction of large-scale, multi-story buildings in the United States.

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Silo City Picture

Silo City, Buffalo Walks Tour

The Silo City Campus contains the evolved development of the grain industry as it entered the 20th century.  From the American Elevator, circa 1906, the first continuously poured, steel reinforced, concrete grain elevator in the world followed by the Perot Elevator, circa 1907.  In 1925, the Abell family, of Buffalo, commissioned Marine A.  It was the first instance of the silo walls extending to the footers and established a design that has been used in approximately 70 percent of all elevators built since.  As there was a minimum of large mechanical equipment at the time, the efforts and ingenuity of mankind can be observed throughout the site.

More information and to book online

Wilkeson Point – New Outer Harbor Park

Wilkeson Pointe, the new park located in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, is open and worth visiting.  The park has a multitude of pedestrian paths, volleyball courts, “natural” playgrounds, public boat docking, and access to the water’s edge.  But one of the most striking elements of the new park are the Wind Sculptures that rise above the site.  With plenty of activities to enjoy, and wonderful views of the sunset over the water, Wilkeson Pointe is a destination that shouldn’t be missed

Buffalo Rising has a full write-up here.

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Buffalo Walks In Full Swing

Join us this month for more of our favorite summer tours! Buffalo walks is headed to the Buffalo Lighthouse. The history of lighthouses in Western New York extends far back into colonial days. The promenade is a product of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and the city’s efforts to preserve and interpret the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse – Buffalo’s oldest building still standing on its original foundation. Tour on National Lighthouse Day!

Join the tour. Free for members. $10.00 for non-members. Reserve your spot online

Thursdays In The City

Thursdays In The City

Thursdays In the City is going strong!  Our first TITC of the season was September 26, 2013, and will be ongoing until April 24th 2014. It’s a wonderful business and social happy hour open to everyone in the Buffalo business community.

TITC happens every Thursday at Papaya on Chippewa.  Expect great networking, refreshments and fun.

For more information visit the Thursdays In The City page.

We’re looking for area businesses to join us and sponsor our evenings. If you have any interest please visit the information page and fill out our TITC contact form.