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Press Pass: Buffalo Spree takes us 'on the water'

Jun 19, 2018
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

It was not that long ago that our access to the waterfront was limited. There were few places to enjoy the view, much less enjoying the water itself. The July issue of Buffalo Spree has a special section on how that has all changed. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says there are now many ways for people to experience our waterways.


Chris Caya/WBFO News

The list of activities at Canalside this summer includes a birthday bash for the popular waterfront destination this Memorial Day weekend.

Architect of waterfront's rebirth retiring

May 16, 2018
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The man who has led the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront is calling it a career. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has announced its president, Tom Dee, will retire June 29.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Downtown Buffalo's Central Library is a good walk from the Buffalo River or Canalside, but the river was the focus Thursday night during a public forum.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A name from Buffalo's past is in the planning for a Greenway project in downtown Buffalo aimed at improving access to the waterfront.

Empire State Development Corp.

Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

National Grid

Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a plan for an eight-foot fence topped by a foot of barbed wire to guard a new electric substation on the edge of the city's waterfront, but did agree to a fence.


North Tonawanda Mayor's Office

A small Clarence developer has taken a huge step forward with a major project on North Tonawanda's riverfront.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

Info Niagara

Western New Yorkers are well familiar with helicopter rides over Niagara Falls. But Buffalo's waterfront has gained so much parkland, expanded marinas, restaurants and housing, soon it may get a heliport.

The long-troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a new majority on its board, with four new members appointed by Mayor Byron Brown and immediately confirmed by the Common Council. The question now is: What next? There are a lot of views about what to do with the authority that provides housing to thousands of city residents well down the economic ladder.

WNED's Jeff Dinehart

The fight is continuing between Congressman Brian Higgins and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, as the agency says it will move forward on its 2013 master plan.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Expect some changes for this summer's concert series on Buffalo's waterfront: a $5 entry fee and a new name.

New marina restaurant looks to attract year-round diners

Dec 30, 2015
Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

The owners of a popular Buffalo waterfront restaurant are opening a second eatery next door, this one for year-round service.


WBFO News File Photo

Buffalo's Outer Harbor is getting an events planner of its own, to guide activity on the growing stretch of land beyond Canalside.


Wooden Canalside boardwalk being extended 500 feet

Sep 23, 2015
Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

A popular walkway along Buffalo's waterfront will soon be extended. An expansion of the Canalside boardwalk is now officially underway.

WBFO News file photo / WBFO News

Tens of thousands of holiday revelers filled the grounds at Canalside yesterday for a day long celebration of the Fourth of July.

City Hall proposes solution to marina parking fee dispute

Jun 19, 2015
File photo

After expressing their opposition to charging a fee for parking during special events at Erie Basin Marina, some Buffalo Common Council members say they have a better way to make sure people are using the lot fairly.

carrouselmuseum.org

A century-old wooden carousel carved by artisans in North Tonawanda could make its way to the downtown waterfront.

Plan for Canalside children's museum changing

Jun 10, 2015
File photo

A children's museum will still be built at Canalside, albeit at a different site and with a slightly longer timeline.

Dave DeLuca/WBFO News

Buffalo is continuing the effort to pump up its waterfront. A popular eatery at the Erie Basin Marina is now in the process of getting a facelift. 

Waterfront bike ferry makes its maiden voyage

May 18, 2015
Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

Beginning this Friday, bikers and pedestrians will have a new and inexpensive way to get from Canalside to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The Queen City Bike Ferry made its ceremonial debut Monday morning.

One of the biggest draws to downtown Buffalo's waterfront each summer is the Thursday concert series at Canalside.  This year will be no different, with a diverse lineup of 12 acts unveiled Wednesday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo was recently named to the 2014 list of "Best of Green Schools," awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council under the collaboration category. The council recognized UB for work that started almost a decade ago.

Canalside to host three-day winter festival

Jan 9, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Luring large crowds to the downtown waterfront on a balmy summer day is one thing. But planners know that the key to making Canalside a success involves turning it into a year-round destination.

That's one reason the evolving district is hosting the 2015 HarborCenter Winterfest at Canalside, a three-day bash that will offer a variety of events.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has voted to begin transferring a Fuhrman Boulevard property over to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Ohio Street is once again open to traffic between Buffalo's inner and outer harbors. The transformation of the old industrial corridor into a pedestrian-friendly parkway is about 70 percent complete.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

The first of three public meetings this week on the future of Buffalo's Outer Harbor is being held Wednesday night. A master plan for the long-vacant property along Fuhrmann Boulevard is scheduled to be released this fall.

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