Buffalo Talks – Apartments at the HUB

Guest Speaker:

Jake Schneider, Schneider Development, LLC

Local architect and developer, Jake Schneider, will speak on the newly opened Apartments at the HUB located in downtown Buffalo at 149 Swan Street and his newest project, The Niagara Street Gateway Apartments. These are the 5th and 6th downtown, adaptive reuse projects for Schneider Development, LLC in the past ten years. Jake will explain his unique approach to these creative mixed-use projects that are made possible with innovative placement of interactive commercial tenants and the use of Federal and State Historic Tax Credits. Come hear more about the challenges faced in the preservation of downtown’s valuable historic assets which are contributing so much to the renaissance of downtown Buffalo.

Make sure to reserve a seat today!

Buffalo Talks – Start Up Tech Companies

Guest Speakers:

Steve Raines, Algonquin Studios
Dan Magnuszewski, Z80 Labs
Jon Spitz, 43 North
Clark Dever, a local entrepreneur

This month will be in the central meeting room (2nd Floor) Come meet and listen to a panel of local individuals who are involved in incubator settings looking to help early stage tech companies develop and grow.

Make sure you reserve a seat here!

Buffalo Talks – Craft Beer In Buffalo

Guest Speakers:

Tim Herzog, Flying Bison Brewing Company
Justin Booth, Go Bike Buffalo
Christy Williams, Try-It Distributing Inc.
Jeff Ware, Resurgence Brewing Company

Learn from people involved in the various aspects of the beer business how the growing popularity of craft beer and breweries in Western New York is helping to rebuild Buffalo. Our panel will discuss the history of beer brewing in Buffalo, the economy of beer and how the beer industry connects with other organizations in Buffalo to make positive changes to our city.

Make sure you reserve a seat here!

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Buffalo Walks Tour: Silo City

Buffalo Walks Tour: Silo City

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Come join us for a walking tour of the Silo City.  Due to the positive reviews we had last year, we are offering this tour again. The Silo City Campus contains the evolved development of the grain industry as it entered the 20th century.

For More Information and to Book online

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

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

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

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.

View our full Detail Page Here

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.

Continue to visit www.workingfordowntown.org for updates for more Buffalo Walks tours!