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Parkside

Down by the Park

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s Buffalo work didn’t finish with the extensive system of parks and parkways he created here. Olmsted went a step further to design an entire neighborhood just east of Delaware Park, Parkside. Indeed, the neighborhood’s tree-lined, curving streets and stately homes provide a pleasant, park-like appeal. Parkside is also home to a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece and the Buffalo Zoo. It’s easy to spend an afternoon here and you may never want to leave!

Down by the Park

Down by the Park

1868

It all begins. Frederick Law Olmsted, mastermind and father of American landscape architecture, commences work on Delaware Park. This is Buffalo’s “Central Park” and is part of the oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways in the country.

Parkside Avenue serves as the eastern border of this 350 acre jewel. Within Delaware Park you’ll find amenities painted with a backdrop of beauty.

Take a paddle boat ride on the serene Hoyt Lake. Walk through the Rose and Japanese Gardens. Attend an event at the Marcy Casino. Catch Shakespeare in the Park. Play golf. Shoot hoops. Run. Walk, Skate. Sip a smoothie at the Ashkers in the Park. Picnic on a blanket. Navigate the playgrounds. The list goes on.

1875

The Buffalo Zoo is established. Originally conceived as a deer park in the northeast corner of Delaware Park, this neighborhood zoo has survived the test of time and continues to bring joy and smiles to visitors year round.

The polar bears have become community icons, and the real icons of the city, bison, can be seen from inside Delaware Park. Rainforest Falls, the newest and most celebrated exhibit, will transport you straight to the jungle!

Today, the zoo is now the third oldest institution of its kind in the country.

1905

Frank Lloyd Wright puts the finishing touches on the world-renowned Martin House Complex. At the time, this sprawling prairie house complex, consisting of five buildings, was decades ahead of its time.

One look at it today and you’ll refuse to believe it’s over 100 years old. FLW was a visionary with his own style known as “organic architecture” and his genius and commitment to perfection is evident in every nook and cranny.

The $50 million restoration of this architectural gem is nearly complete – but don’t let that stop you from breaking down the door (figuratively speaking, of course) for a tour.

2018

Flash forward more than a century to find the newest neighborhood hangout. Parkside Meadow welcomes you at the corner of Parkside and Russell. This traditionally styled pub welcomes the whole family with a friendly flair, dishes out warm comfort food with only the best ingredients and serves as a respite while you’re making your way throughout the historic marvels of the Parkside neighborhood.

— Charlie Fashana

4 Ways to Enjoy Parkside

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What do you get when you combine world-renowned architecture, a park system created by a genius, an abundance of cool animals and comfort food all within one square mile? The Parkside neighborhood, of course!

Parkside is nestled between Delaware Park to the West and Main Street to the east. An easy stop right off the 198 Expressway, this neighborhood is filled with beautiful architecture, natural splendor and delicious eats. Here’s a look at the top 4 ways to enjoy the Parkside community.

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World-Class Architecture

Not many neighborhoods can boast designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. Buffalo is lucky enough to have the Martin House Complex which, according to critics, is “one of the finest examples from Wright’s Prairie School era.” Just last year, the breathtaking and painstakingly recreated glass mosaic fireplace was finished in the main living room and this year, much of the home’s second floor renovation has been completed. But there’s much more on the horizon as the Barton House and surrounding exterior landscape and garden are undergoing meticulous work to bring the complex back to its full glory.

A drive through this beautiful residential neighborhood brings a “wow” effect when stumbling upon many examples of architectural greatness. As luck would have it, you can tour the unique and luxurious residences of the Parkside community by taking part in the Parkside Tour of Homes. Their 20th annual event is Sunday, May 20th and offers guests a glimpse of city living on the fringes of Olmsted-designed Delaware Park.

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Delicious Dishes & Tasty Treats

Parkside has exceptional food on lockdown! Parkside residents Nancy Abramo and Len Mattie own The Parkside Meadow. They had a vision to turn a run-down vacant building into a thriving local eatery. The restaurant’s interior sports a special flair; you will find hundreds of artifacts celebrating Buffalo’s people, architecture, food, and events from the late 1800s to the 1950s. Their menu rocks the gamut from chicken wings to pot-roast, and they are even open on Sundays for brunch!

Across the street, near the corner of Russell and Parkside, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery & Bakeshop has dessert lined up in the form cheery and delicious cupcakes and pastries. Located across from the zoo, this hometown bakeshop offers a wide selection of inventive, colorful cupcakes. Pick your poison. Flavors range from Winter Pancakes and Bacon to Devil’s Food Cake and Oreo Buttercream. They also serve Public Coffee + Espresso, a local coffee company whose perfectly roasted brews pair perfectly with a cupcake. This, my friends, is what dreams are made of!

Where the Wild Things Are

The Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.) traces its history back to 1875, when Frederick Law Olmsted was asked to include a zoo as part of Delaware Park’s design. A longtime family favorite, the zoo has made great strides in recent years to add new exhibits. Stop by and chill with Luna the polar bear and the arctic foxes at the Arctic Edge polar bear habitat. Then warm up in the always balmy Rainforest Falls exhibit with hundreds of different species of birds, monkeys, big cats and giant anteaters.

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Buffaleisure

The bold vision for Buffalo continues with Frederick Law Olmsted, who created the Buffalo Olmsted Park System. Olmsted and co-designer Calvert Vaux created the fabric of our city through a system of  interconnected parks and parkways throughout Buffalo. Delaware Park, on the neighborhood’s western edge, was developed between 1868 and 1876 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for all its beauty. Its rolling meadows have been Buffalo’s de facto backyard for over a century. Explore the park’s winding paths on foot and by bike or take a relaxing seat on the patio of the park’s newest restaurant, The Terrace. And as part of this year’s 150th anniversary of Olmsted’s vision, Buffalo Parks will be celebrating with events, activities and more. Check out bfloparks.org for more info.

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