Broadway Market

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Usuallly filled with throngs of Western New Yorkers buying Polish-specialty foods for Easter, this year the Broadway Market in Buffalo is just another place where shoppers are trying to stay safe and vendors  are trying to make do in the era of COVID-19.

Seasonal vendors are gone, crowds are thin and several shoppers could be seen wearing masks this weekend.

"It's like a ghost town," says Paula Kurasiewicz, who owns Pierogi by Paula, and is one of a handful of vendors operating inside the market, and hoping curbside pickup will make the difference.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Dyngus Day festivities on Monday included Buffalo's Best Kielbasa Contest at the Broadway Market.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Broadway Market's Easter Shopping Season is now officially underway and the City of Buffalo is investing in some new amenities.

Chris Caya WBFO News

For many local residents 998 Broadway is synonymous with the former Sattler's Department store. After closing in the early 1980s the old building was demolished to make way for a big box retailer. But it also closed and the site across from the Broadway Market's been vacant for more than a dozen years. Now a design competition is underway that could help breath new life in to the property on Buffalo's East Side. 

It's best-known for the massive crowds it attracts during the Easter season, but the Broadway Market continues to attract customers throughout the year. The city-owned facility has evolved throughout its history, reflecting Buffalo's changing cultural landscape.

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In the days leading up to Easter, thousands of Western New Yorkers will travel to the Broadway Market to pick up supplies for their celebrations. There, shoppers can buy everything from pierogies and polish sausage, to unique items such as butter lambs.

Polish-Slovak Easter egg tradition

Mar 30, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 30-years a family has been creating a special Easter tradition at the Broadway Market. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley learned how real eggs are made into a 'work of art'.

Iconic Easter Season kicks off at Broadway Market

Mar 16, 2018
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It is one of the most iconic traditions in Buffalo – the annual trip to the Broadway Market to buy Easter goods. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at the Market Thursday as the city of Buffalo kicked-off the Easter Season.  

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The days leading up to Easter Sunday are the busiest for Buffalo's Broadway Market. While its official Easter shopping season doesn't begin until next week, the East Side landmark is offering a "sneak peek" this weekend to give the public an introduction to the vendors - and the improvements - they can expect this year.

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For countless Western New Yorkers, a visit to the Broadway Market is a must-do task right before Easter. Thousands were shopping there on Good Friday, considered one of the busiest days of the year at the cherished Buffalo landmark.

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A longtime Buffalo tradition returned to a city landmark Friday, as the Broadway Market formally announced the start of its pre-Easter holiday shopping season. City officials marked the occasion by announcing some upcoming capital improvements to the cherished East Side facility.

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Thousands flocked to Buffalo's Broadway Market last week in the days leading up to Easter. For the rest of the year, however, large crowds are rare. The disparity has prompted Jim Fink of Business First to wonder, "Is the Broadway Market in 2016 viable?"

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Dancers, dignitaries and shoppers gathered inside The Broadway Market Friday to mark the official launch of the Easter shopping season at the Buffalo landmark.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

Thousands of people flocked to Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood earlier this month to shop at the Broadway Market for Easter and then for the Dyngus Day parade.  But during the rest of the year, the neighborhood struggles.  The housing stock is deteriorating, and there is little new investment.  The May issue of Buffalo Spree shines a light on this and the efforts of some activists to reverse the blight. 

Pussy willows in short supply for Dyngus Day

Apr 3, 2015
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While thousands of Western New Yorkers are spending their Friday at the Broadway Market stocking up on butter lambs and other traditional Easter holiday foods, one traditional staple is in short supply this year -- pussy willows.

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Shoppers were lined up outside the doors of the Broadway Market Friday morning to carry on an Easter tradition in Buffalo.

Broadway Market packed for Easter weekend

Apr 18, 2014
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Thousands of shoppers are made their way to the Broadway Market in Buffalo Friday. People are looking for their Easter and Dyngus Day favorites. The popular market items include meats, breads, baked goods, and butter lambs.

WBFO News photo by Chirs Caya

Cash registers are ringing again at "998 Broadway."  The catchy sounding address made famous locally by the old Sattler's Department Store is now the site of the City's newest ALDI.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown helped cut the ribbon on the new store across from the Broadway Market Thursday morning.

The Mayor said "it's another great day of momentum in Buffalo."

Shoppers by the thousands are stopping by Buffalo's venerable Broadway Market today. 

Good Friday is traditionally the busiest day of the year for market vendors.  The stands selling meats, baked goods, and butter lambs are the most popular, but there are also some new vendors who say they're enjoying some success.