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Coffee shops seem to be everywhere around Western New York. Some are popular national chains, while others are locally-owned and operated. The February issue of Buffalo Spree explores Western New York's coffee culture. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says today's shops offer good coffee and a place to work or socialize.


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Public art is prevalent around Buffalo, everything from traditional statues to colorful murals. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata suggests public art begins with the bones of the city itself—its historic architecture and parks system.
 


For serious gardeners, striking a balance between beautifying their green space and maintaining biodiversity can be a challenge. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata, a WBFO contributor, spoke with an expert on the subject who has some advice for local growers.


Press Pass: Exploring Hotel Henry

May 16, 2017
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The Hotel Henry in the H.H. Richardson complex has been open for a few weeks now. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata toured the hotel last week and posted some of the photos she took on her Facebook page. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Elizabeth says the restored landmark is magnificent.


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The February issue of Buffalo Spree is all about being a vegetarian in Western New York -- from where to find the freshest vegetables to creative vegetarian menu choices at restaurants.

Still, Buffalo is a meat-eating city that celebrates wings and beef on weck. So, in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata said it can be difficult to be a vegetarian here.

From the February issue:

Fall flower bulbs shine brightly come spring

Oct 13, 2016
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This is a key time of year for gardeners who are already looking ahead to next spring. The planting of bulbs now can reap big rewards when winter comes to an end. Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata, a WBFO contributor, spoke with fellow garden writer Sally Cunningham about bulbs, and why they're a must for any serious gardener.


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The study of biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is crucial to understanding ecosystems, on both large and small scales. An expert on the subject, who recently visited Buffalo, shared his thoughts on biodiversity in the plant world with Buffalo Spree editor-in-chief and WBFO contributor Elizabeth Licata.


Winter is prime time for birders looking for a lark

Feb 22, 2016

Not all birds fly south for the winter. There are plenty of wild birds on display across Western New York, even in these cold weather months. Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata, a WBFO contributor, visited one local nature preserve to find out more.


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Preservation once again takes center stage on this week's Press Pass with Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata. The old Central Terminal awaits a savior who has the wherewithal to invest the tens of millions of dollars needed to restore the landmark. 

Hostas abound at Southtowns garden

May 27, 2015
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Gardening season is in full swing in Western New York. WBFO contributor Elizabeth Licata, the editor-in-chief of Buffalo Spree magazine, recently visited the property of a Boston Hills couple who specialize in growing one plant in particular, the hosta.

Press Pass: Film in WNY

Mar 31, 2015
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"The Natural," "Buffalo '66" and "Hide in Plain Sight" are just three of the movies filmed in Buffalo over the past 35 years.  The April issue of Buffalo Spree explores film in Western New York.

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There are any number of organizations that help make Buffalo a better community. In the April issue of Buffalo Spree, editor Elizabeth Licata and her team of writers introduce us to groups formed in the past six years that are having an impact. 

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Travel down some of Buffalo's streets these day and you're likely to find brightly colored murals on building facades. It's all part of what Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says is "the year of the mural."  She joins WBFO's Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass to talk about public art.

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Estimates are there are at least 45,000, and maybe as many as 90,000, free-roaming cats in the City of Buffalo. In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott sits down with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata to talk about some of the problems these cats are posing and a possible solution.

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The restaurant scene in the Buffalo area is especially vibrant.  But if you're a vegan or vegetarian, the options are quite limited. WBFO's Mark Scott has more in this week's Press Pass with two editors from Buffalo Spree.

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An historic property at 204 High Street is facing an uncertain future.  It's been vacant for decades, but a local contractor and artisan is interested in restoring it.  Yet, the city has thrown roadblocks in his way and there are fears the structure could be demolished to make way for future development.

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An historic building at Main and Allen Streets in Buffalo was months, if not weeks,  away from collapsing.  But as we hear in this week's Press Pass, it's now on a path to being saved.

The building at 918 and 920 Main Street was constructed in 1891 to house a company known as the Bosche Carriage Repository.  Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata wrote about the landmark in her monthly Preservation Ready column in the September issue.  She says it was designed by architect Cyrus Porter who is known for several famous buildings locally, including the Cyclorama.

Press Pass: Stopping the wrecking ball

Jul 30, 2012
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Some vacant houses targeted for demolition in the City of Buffalo could get reprieves from the wrecking ball. 

This week on Press Pass, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata tells WBFO & AM 970's Eileen Buckley how one East Side woman saved a vacant Victorian home from being torn down.