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Thomas O'Neil-White

The Tall Ships Challenge continued Friday at Canalside and the Outer Harbor. Despite the heat, thousands of people are expected to participate in the Basil Port of Call: Buffalo festival.

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"The Buffalo waterfront will be the place to be this Fourth of July," proclaimed Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday.

The huge attraction this holiday is the Tall Ships.

"It's important for Buffalo. We expect not only large crowds, but a $6-8 million local economic impact, which will solidify jobs on the waterfront and the hospitality and tourism industry and help put Buffalo even more on the national map in terms of a destination," said local Tall Ships organizer Mike Vogel.

Here are some things you need to know before you and an estimated 150,000 others go.

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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.

Shark Girl to undergo cosmetic touch-ups

Mar 16, 2016
Thomas O'Neil-White

If it was a movie, it might be titled "Spring Sojourn for Shark Girl."

Group raising hopes for waterfront gondolas

May 18, 2015

Could a system of gondola lifts successfully carry visitors along the city's waterfront? The group Citizens for Regional Transit wants to explore the concept during a public meeting this afternoon at Hallwalls.

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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.

HarborCenter's potential ripple effects

Nov 3, 2014
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A lot of attention has focused on projects at Canalside. But a one-time industrial neighborhood not far from

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City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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The food and drink is finally flowing in a year-round restaurant on Buffalo's burgeoning Inner Harbor, with the opening of the Liberty Hound restaurant in the main building of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

Liberty Hound is gradually ramping up operations over the holiday weekend and training staff for a full operation and a full menu on Tuesday.

An attempt to put a restaurant there last year turned into a struggle among the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the Naval Park, and City Hall, which owns the building.