More Buzz About Buffalo

“Pedal the Canalside ice rink on an ice bike with one wheel and one blade. It’s all part of a waterfront revitalization in this upstate New York city.”
— National Geographic Traveler

“Torontonians love Buffalo. We love shopping its malls. We love flying out of its airport. And of course, we love those wings. But now there are two more reasons for Torontonians to show some Buffalove: Larkinville and Canalside.”
— Toronto Star

“Buffalo should learn to boast. It’s exciting to visit a post-industrial city where you can tour the abandoned grain elevators of Silo City or explore the waterfront on water bikes. It’s refreshing to eat somewhere where trail-blazing eateries are helping to revitalize patches of the city, where hungry citizens are grateful for every new thing to eat, and where businesses are genuinely pleased to serve you.”
— Jennifer Bain, The Toronto Star

“Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes, the Buffalo wing is one of America’s most beloved and distinctive regional foods, and between the traditional at Duff’s and creative variants at Bar Bill, it does not get much better.”
— USA Today

“The mere mention of Buffalo, New York conjures up images of chicken wings and hot roast beef sandwiches. But New York’s Queen City is much more than that. It’s becoming the Empire State’s food city, even earning a spot on National Geographic’s Top 10 Food Cities list. The reason is simple: a $1-billion economic plan is fueling developments in tourism, finance and other sectors, attracting people hungry for change and for food that goes beyond expectation.”
— The Culture Trip

“Buffalo, NY is a Frank Lloyd Wright-lover’s dream city. In the early days of his career, Wright designed no less than five homes as well as the corporate headquarters for Larkin Company, all located in Buffalo. During this period, he developed his iconic prairie style of architecture and open floorplan interiors. Buffalo was his Beta test for Fallingwater, and what a test it was!”

“…the city of ‘Good Neighbors’ is shedding its decades-old image, and in the process is drawing comparisons to Austin on steroids, brimming with funky culture and Art Deco architecture that can leave visitors slack jawed.”
— USA Today

“Restaurants are opening. Hotels are going up or being rebuilt. The city’s harborfront has a new industry: entertainment and recreation. All of this makes Buffalo a place to visit.”
-The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Nowhere is the transformation more evident than in Larkinville, a collection of 19th-century buildings once clustered around the Larkin Soap Company that has become a work, entertainment and dining destination inspired by similar districts like Dumbo and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”
— The New York Times

“Even if you aren’t struck by how friendly the people are, and how beautiful the waterfront is, its array of architecture will surely impress.”
— Cool Hunting

“The city has discovered its waterfront again and what used to be a grungy industrial neighbourhood is now very much a people place. Architects, developers and city planners are retaining the waterfront`s industrial architecture and character, but instead of loading grain ships and Erie Canal barges the warehouses, docklands and waterways are hosting festivals, summer playgrounds, trendy restaurants and recreational boating.”
— The National Post

“From river history to early African American influences, Niagara Falls, a wealth of art and culture and more, Buffalo is much more than the home of the iconic Buffalo wings.”

“Have you been to Buffalo lately? SO impressed with the energy here. There is so much going on!”
— Lisa Lubin/LLWorldTour

“These days, Buffalo is in the midst of a post-industrial renaissance and proving itself to be a place where the American — and Canadian — dream can flourish, especially if it involves food.”
— St. Catharines Standard

“Buffalo is something to behold right now. Like many Niagara rustbelt cities, it’s working in earnest to reinvent itself, and food is helping in that process. Three days in New York’s Queen City earlier this month affirmed the power of food as a community builder. Oyster bars, curators of craft cocktails, international eateries and even cafés specializing in toast have taken up the torch passed on from the chicken wing. Their bespoke offerings are helping Buffalo forge a post-industrial identity, trading in its blue collar for white while remaining the humble city we’ve known it to be.”
— St. Catharines Standard

“So you think at first when you hear Sportsmen’s Tavern that you’re going into some bar with lots of TV’s lining the walls at various angles with multiple games going on and beer being downed at a slow pace or with gusto but that’s not this place in Buffalo. The Sportsmen’s Tavern is a true music venue. With a high stage that has plenty of room, good sound system and upstairs seating that is also elevated to allow the rows in back to view the bands on the stage, it’s an impressive set-up when you walk in. The neighborhood the club is in would make some gentrified people a bit wary but you soon realize it’s all good and your anxiousness melts away. This is our third time in this club and I love it.”
— Chris Duarte

“After decades of industrial decline, the second-biggest city in New York state is enjoying a new lease of life, as galleries, restaurants and music venues make the most of its architectural heritage.”
— The Guardian

“Buffalo eats the best damn roast beef sandwiches on the planet, every single day. You haven’t really visited Buffalo if you’ve never tried the city’s famous roast beef on kummelweck roll sandwiches. Referred to colloquially as ‘beef on weck,’ these beauts, when done properly, are impressive. Damn impressive. Try one, try many, but maybe start at Schwabl’s in West Seneca.”

“Derelict for decades, too expensive to maintain or demolish, Buffalo’s Silo City is finally being reborn – as a fun-filled leisure-scape, set in surroundings that, as Reyner Banham put it when he visited in the 1970s, ‘stir echoes of Hadrian’s villa or even the Domus Aurea of the emperor Nero.’ Not a bad setting to have a beer, then.”
— Oliver Wainwright

“We topped off our two-day trip to Buffalo with a hearty ethnic meal. No, not pierogi, or bratwurst or even pasta-and-meatballs. Instead, we savored Burmese noodles, spicy Somali chicken and even Ethiopian coffee at the West Side Bazaar (25 Grant Street) last summer. It was a taste of the new Buffalo – a city undergoing a cultural and physical revival, where Burmese milk tea and Polish pierogi add flavor, where abandoned grain elevators are being repurposed for art installations, where once desolate areas have become home to food-trucks and microbreweries, where world-class museums and architecture coexist with an industrial history finally being embraced.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer

“It is Buffalo’s second-most-famous foodstuff behind the chicken wings that take the city’s name: thin-sliced rare roast beef on a kummelweck roll, with horseradish and a pickle served on the side. ‘One of the great sandwiches in America,’ R. W. Apple Jr. of The New York Times declared in 1998.”
— The New York Times

“I bounced around Buffalo in all directions and was surprised at almost every turn. I stayed in Allentown, an old and diverse neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown that is filled with 19th-century homes, bars, restaurants, shops, pedestrians, and a man who blows bubbles from a third floor-window onto Allen and Elmwood, an intersection that reminded me of the north side of Chicago.”
— Belt Magazine

“I’m looking forward to biking down Bidwell Parkway in the summer time. And having a beer along Elmwood Avenue. I was wrong about Buffalo, and I want to do my penance.”
— Bill McGraw

“The Albright-Knox is a gorgeous, neoclassical temple housing one of the world’s best-curated modern-art collections.”
– Vanity Fair

“New waterfront developments have ushered in a new era of hope and municipal pride among natives.”
– Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“This winter, Buffalo is fully embracing its cold weather. Canalside, covering 21 acres and with 33,000 square feet of ice, is one of three downtown ice rinks that recently opened in this Rust Belt comeback city. Along with new craft breweries, food trucks and winter festivals, ice is among the new waterfront attractions that have residents and visitors enjoying the cold.”
– The New York Times

“This Buffalo renaissance is exhilarating and delicious.”
– Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“This might be the last simple place left in the NFL. A place where fans navigate tiny roads and pass signs for $10 parking on people’s front lawns, and they can walk to a stadium that doesn’t look like the Emirates Palace. And when they do visit they can find an RV in the middle of the parking lot where a Hall of Fame quarterback tailgates just like them – every game-day morning.”

“Visitors who take some time and get off the highway will now sense a buzz in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into revitalization, particularly around the harbor, the river and the historic canal area. Buffalonians are energized by it all, and they’re convinced visitors will like what they see.”
— The Toronto Star

“Delaware Park is often defined as the ‘heart’ of the community, blending culture in a melting pot of human activity. Thousands of people visit the park daily to enjoy and participate in the many quiet and active features offered…Over the past decade, the park had been restored to its former glory, and a previous commissioner of parks for New York City stated that the Buffalo Olmsted Parks are ‘the best maintained parks in the nation.’ ”
— American Planning Association, Great Places in America

“Buffalo: When ‘woe is me’ becomes ‘wow is me!’”
— The Toronto Star

“Buffalo has begun clawing back, thanks to the rise of a new knowledge economy in the medical, education and technology industries. At the same time, a vibrant, hipster, DIY culture has established itself. Now artists, café owners and plenty of craft brewers and distillers are returning to the heritage industrial buildings where these goods were once made. But of all these artisanal businesses, craft breweries seem to have a magnetic pull that draws young professionals, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and artists to move in around them.”
— Taps Magazine

“Buffalo is ripe for a new renaissance and for me as a Torontonian, I am very excited because this gives us so many options as visitors that doesn’t spell shopping. There’s art, culture, food, drink and charming neighborhoods. It’s the perfect weekend getaway!”

“Today, visitors to this designated Historical Landmark can enjoy performances by local, regional and national jazz, blues, swing and other acts, open jam sessions, and ladies-only bands Sunday afternoons, held upstairs in the original (Colored Musicians) club. The lower level has been transformed into a fabulous new museum that opened in 2013, featuring a wonderful introductory overview film, artifacts, audiovisual stations, musical instruments, music memorabilia, historic photographs and more.”
Amsterdam News

“Buffalo is a great destination for families, vacationing couples (even honeymooners!) and business travelers. With something for everyone and a resurgence of energy that’s fueling its local economy, Buffalo—and Niagara Falls—should be on your bucket list. Don’t let Canadian and overseas travelers have all the fun!”

“I can’t believe I didn’t know about Elmwood Village until now! This long street of trendy village shops, boutiques and eateries is a fantastic neighbourhood to visit for a great walk and to do some shopping.”
Dream Travel Magazine

“At Canalside, a still-developing project to take the city’s historic old canal and make it a hot spot for live musical performances, dining and skating in the winter, locals blend with construction workers who are taking a lunch break while working to build HarborCenter, a mixed-use hockey-themed complex that will include a Marriott hotel, restaurants, downtown parking and two ice rinks.”
U.S. News & World Report

“If you are looking for a twist on your usual cross border shopping in Buffalo Niagara routine, then why not take a drive out to the country and visit the shops in the East Aurora Village.”
Dream Travel Magazine

“Despite the misperception of Buffalo as a perpetually snowed under city, the climate here is actually continental in nature, with what has been described as ‘a definite maritime flavor due to strong modification from the Great Lakes.’ In fact, during the summer months, the Lake Erie water temperature hovers around 75 degrees, making it a popular spot for boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and other water sports.”
Amsterdam News

“On a recent getaway, my husband and I skipped the famous Buffalo wings in favour of a cultural weekend fling in the (Elmwood) Village area, complete with musical theatre, trips to art galleries and a tour of local architectural gems. We also wore down our heels during an hours-long shopping stroll along the two-mile Elmwood “strip” that makes up the heart of the Village — more than 300 specialty shops, coffee houses, restaurants and bars give it a vibrant buzz and are a testament to the revitalization of the area over the past decade.”
The Hamilton Spectator

“With rehabbed architectural gems, stylish hotels, and innovative new restaurants, the upstate city now has far more to recommend outside of chicken wings.”
New York Magazine

“Buffalo was a complete surprise – I had no idea the city was filled with groundbreaking architecture, world class art, historic sites, quirky neighborhoods and good food!”
– Dani Heinrich, Globetrotter Girls

“This city is most definitely on the upswing, with great new developments and classic old buildings to go along with some very fine and funky neighborhoods.”
The Toronto Star

“Buffalo seems to be built of the Wright stuff. Spread throughout the city are a collection of homes and buildings — some that were only dreams of architect Frank Lloyd Wright — that in some way rivals the cluster in the Chicago area.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Revew, July 2014

“A South Beach-inspired gathering place. Bike lanes and kayak tours. Free outdoor yoga classes. Alfresco dancing and dining. Ready for this one? It’s all in Buffalo.”
The Washington Post

“Today’s Buffalo is undergoing an extreme makeover (revitalized waterfront, refreshed museums and construction city wide) and is turning into one hell of a funky town, full of foodie hot spots, cooler than cool attractions, museums, zippy outdoor fun and unique spots that will have you saying ‘Wow!’ and planning your next visit.”

“The Buffalo backdrop is really sensational, with its wide streets and planted boulevards, Olmsted-designed park system (he of Central Park fame), clusters of unique neighbourhoods, delightfully idiosyncratic architecture with brightly painted wood houses…”
Toronto Gardens

“A recent visitor to Buffalo, N.Y. came back east excited about the trip. ‘We did something different every night we were there, and I can’t wait to go back and see all of the things we missed,’ he says. The historic industrial city has rehabbed its waterfront, built an incredible art community, and infused live entertainment venues in man districts. It boasts world-class restaurants, offers tours of its very own battleship, and has finally landed a casino in what was formerly a rather desolate part of town. Here is clear evidence of the resurgence of a city with an incredible past.”
SOCO Magazine

“They’ve done a GREAT job with the city’s waterfront, with cool new attractions and waterside parks and bars. The parks in Buffalo are sensational, and there’s great shopping, of course. Try a night at the sumptuous Mansion on Delaware for a real treat.”
Toronto Star

“Whole neighborhoods and waterfronts have been revitalized, and there’s a growing cultural and culinary scene that goes far beyond the chicken wings that bear the city’s name (and were invented here). An industrial center at the terminus of the Erie Canal, Buffalo was never a tourist destination. But it is now growing into one.”
Huffington Post

“Now, Exceptional architecture, a burgeoning medical research and development sector, waterfront development and repurposing of these iconic buildings is attracting a growing number of history buffs and epicurean–minded visitors to New York State’s westernmost city.”
– Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Getaway Mavens

“What a treat to stay at the Roycroft Inn where natural light floods in through the windows of each mini-suite, adding lustre to the wood-lined walls and beautiful Arts and Crafts furnishings.”

“I was quite blown away by the city, to be honest. I found a super-cool luxury hotel, awesome neighborhoods, fabulous industrial architecture and a very cool waterfront that could someday be quite stunning.”

“Buffalo, you charmer! 48 hours of cultural and foodie delights, plus wonderful Hotel LaFayette. Thanks for the memories!”
Michele Sponagle, via Twitter @Msponagle

“Enjoying a free cocktail at magnificent Mansion on Delaware Buffalo. Killer hotel! @butler414
Jim Byers, via Twitter @JimByersTravel

“Buffalo is the mother of Great Lakes cities—the first to rise to prominence, the first to establish the template of ethnic neighborhoods anchored by churches and taverns, the first to decline from industrial glory. And now it is demonstrating how a Rust Belt city can transform its waterways from polluted industrial resources to fishable, swimmable, kayakable lifestyle amenities. Nearly a decade after I took that spooky boat trip, the Buffalo River is the site of concerts, hockey tournaments, parks, and brand new restaurants.”
Belt Magazine

“Buffalo isn’t the city it was 50 or 60 years ago. And that’s a good thing. New businesses are springing up, artists are flocking to the area, and preservation groups and urban planners are transforming the city’s neighborhoods and architectural gems, making Buffalo’s future brighter than ever. So the next time you’re headed north, make sure to stop and spend some time in the Queen City. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
AAA World

“No trip to Buffalo is complete without a visit to the Albright-Knox. Founded in 1862, making it one of America’s oldest public arts institutions, the beautiful Greek Revival structure sits in pretty parkland, ideal for strolling and picnics in the warm months.quot;

“For many of us in Colorado, the pleasures of living in Buffalo are a mystery: all that snow and so close to sea level. But New York’s westernmost metropolis is a smart and enviable place, and much of that has to do with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the best museums in the country.”
The Denver Post

“The first thing that springs to mind when you think about Buffalo, New York, is probably its eponymous chicken wings. But after numerous visits to this city of 259,384 just a stone’s throw from Canada, we can assure you that it’s also a confectionery gold mine.”

“You’ve probably visited Buffalo a dozen times but may have still missed it entirely. Yes, it’s a great place to pick up cheap booze and to go shopping, but it’s got amazing food and cultural highlights.”
Huffington Post Canada

“From what I’ve gathered, Buffalonians love their city, and they want to see it succeed. Many natives are moving back, bringing their unique ideas with them . . . This city is bubbling with the energy of something new just around the corner.”

“As a cynic, less than enchanted at the prospect of spending a whole day in Buffalo, I can sum up the experience in one word: Go! Yes, that’s crow I’m eating. Consider me charmed, my illusions of the City of No Illusions — also known as the Queen City — in shards around my feet.”
– Bill Taylor, Toronto Star

“If architecture is anything to go by, Buffalo ranks as one of the great cities of America.”
– Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

“From the history buff, to the artist to the adventurer, to the foodie; Buffalo is an eclectic kind of city that offers so much for every type of traveler – including experiences that won’t soon be forgotten.”

“I’m going to get straight to the point: Go to Buffalo this weekend. Don’t forget your passport. Take the Niagara Rainbow Bridge instead of the Peace Bridge to avoid lineups. Bring some American money, then shop, eat, and discover how our friendly neighbours to the south truly have a few tricks up their Sabres jerseys.”
– Amy Rosen, Chatelaine

“Wait. There’s more. Lots more. Buffalo’s greatness isn’t just found in looking back. Some pretty exciting things are happening there right now and I predict that it’s going to be a hot place to live in coming years.”

“Elmwood Village, hands down, wins the prize for hippest place in Buffalo. Located in the heart of the city, accessible from Interstate 190, it’s a place where tattoo parlors and high-end hair salons and art galleries seamlessly co-exist.”
Erie Times-News

“…a casual visit to Parkside, and the older Victorian neighborhoods closer in to downtown, including the West Side, Richmond Avenue, Elmwood Village, and Allentown, suggests a thriving urban environment. Restaurants and art galleries are conspicuous. There is substantial bicycle and foot traffic. Grand old houses are being restored. A funky Bohemian vibe resonates.”
American Bungalow

“With new waterfront bars, outdoor markets and upscale restaurants, developers are honoring original designs dating back to Buffalo’s heyday, turning grain elevators into rock-climbing walls, outfitting the city center with lofts and remaking a former flophouse into the city’s most elegant hotel.”
The New York Times

“Buffalo was brimming with energy, from neighborhood sidewalks crowded with al fresco dining options to a farmers’ market selling local produce to the impressive collection of modern art at the Albright-Knox Museum. Even more remarkable is that after years of dormancy or neglect, monumental architectural feats like the Darwin Martin House, the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, and Hotel Lafayette are springing back to life thanks to the latest round of visionaries.”
The Boston Globe

“The Darwin Martin House has been absolutely, brilliantly restored, and it’s the most ambitious restoration of a Wright building that I’ve seen.”
Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic, Vanity Fair

“Step away from the Walden Galleria, even for just an afternoon. While I visited Buffalo for Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week, I got to check out some of the cool, independent boutiques in town, proving that going south of the border for more than a slick deal on an Abercrombie sweater is something you should consider.”
Whatever Eurotrash

“Even in its semi-furnished and mostly-finished state, Graycliff is a must-see, and items donated back by the Martin grandchildren – now octogenarians – further enhance public tours. A wonderful example of Wright’s “Organic architecture,” this jewel on the lake is also a shining example of a happy collaboration between architect and client”
The Globe & Mail

“Buffalo is surprisingly gay friendly, charming and cultured. The city has evolved from a snow-covered bump on the road to Niagara Falls into a culturally diverse hotspot for creative types, young adults and LGBTQ people. If you’re ever on your way to cross that massive waterfall from your bucket list, you may want to consider basing yourself in Buffalo for the weekend.”

– OutTraveler G.P.S.

“The National Garden Festival, a 1,000-garden party (June 23-July 29) symbolizes Buffalo’s community building and urban rebirth.”

“Garden Walk Buffalo it is something that all gardeners should see and experience before we head off to the great back yard in the sky.”
– Rob Howard, Hamilton Spectator

“Steak tartare at Bistro Europa, stately rooms at the Mansion on Delaware, brass sculpture by Jean Arp, paintings by Joan Miro and Warhol prints at the Albright Knox, foie gras at Seabar, discount Calvin Klein dresses and Miu Miu shoes at Marshall’s, brunch at Shango, Jason Wu at Target, the best steak sandwich in the world at the Old Pink, and finally, 24′s of Bud Light for $17 at the Duty Free. If heaven is a place on earth, for me it’s the spot with the cheapest Bud Light. Cue the angel choir, I’m heading back to Buffalo.”
– Ivy Knight, Swallow Food

“If you’re not wowed by the strength and depth of the Albright’s collection, you’re not getting out enough. Sure, MoMA has a better collection of modern and contemporary art. But you could probably match the A-K’s collection up against any other modern/contemporary-focused museum in America and have a pretty good argument about overall quality/depth.”
– Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes

“If you love Buffalo like I do, you’ll find you’re constantly defending it to people who don’t understand what a great city it is. And nowhere is that more evident than in the issue of food. ‘Oh yeah. Buffalo. Chicken wings,’ is the normal Torontonian culinary discussion on the topic. Yes, they have chicken wings and damn fine ones, too, but there’s a lot more to enjoy.”
-The Toronto Star

“For fans of great architecture like me, a collection of signature early skyscrapers and a Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork have long been enough to merit a pilgrimage to Buffalo. The city’s robust industrial past, pioneering landscaping efforts by Frederick Law Olmsted and a rapidly re-energizing downtown are icing on the cake. Buffalonians know this. Everywhere I went in this lakeside city of 260,000, I encountered an enthusiastic and enterprising cadre of architects, planners, preservationists and developers dedicated to bringing what was once the nation’s eighth-largest city back to life.”
-The Washington Post

“People like to stereotype cities into one or two words, and you say Buffalo and they think ‘snow.’ This captures about as much of the accurate picture as stereotypes usually do, not much. It is gritty and friendly with a nice arts scene, live bar music galore, unbelievable architecture and a hold on the affection of former residents that is not like other cities. Just find an ex-Buffalonian and ask”
– Tom Toles, editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post

“I love Arizona … but there’s something about Buffalo. It’s a community. I don’t know if it’s just how nice people here are, or the pride they take in being the City of Good Neighbors … but we love living here. We love it. It’s by far our favorite place we’ve ever been.”
– Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in

“This (Albright-Knox Art Gallery) was a remarkable museum experience for me on our recent shoot in Buffalo. I was just not expecting this snappy, posh place; but then, I was impressed by Buffalo generally in this regard. I’m like millions of other Americans who wrongly think that Buffalo is under too much snow to think about stuff like art. Forgive me, Buffalo. You got plenty of it—and you can see a lot of it in this beautifully curated museum”
– Don Wildman, Off Limits, The Travel Channel

“If you want to get a clear picture of this turn-of-the-century aesthetic and moral clash, go to Buffalo, where you can leave the Burnham-inspired neoclassical white columns of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum, built for the Pan-American Exposition of 1901, and walk basically around the corner to see the earthy horizontals of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style Darwin Martin House built in 1903. Those two years between the buildings might as well be two centuries they look so different. One is ancient history, the other sci-fi.”
– Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation

“The city is home to one of the country’s finest art galleries, the Albright-Knox, famed for its incredible collection of modern and contemporary art; some of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest early work and some of the best restaurants in the state.”
– Destinations of the World News

“My weekend in Buffalo was fantastic, I can speak about it only in superlatives. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve been involved with during my time with the magazine, so forgive me for gushing!”
Stacey Hirvela, Senior Associate Garden Editor, Martha Stewart Living Radio Blog

“If Buffalo can rise again, it may owe its recovery to the riches left behind at the dawn of the modern age. Today, it’s a terrific place to ponder the role played by culture in the destiny of cities. That’s a story made all the more inspiring by the current efforts to preserve the best of the recent past.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Recently named one of ‘44 Places to Go in 2009’ by the New York Times and cited as a good bet by New York Magazine in their recent review, ‘The Under-400-Mile-Escape,’ Buffalo is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence, and people from around the country are paying attention.”
Soco Magazine

“Much-maligned Buffalo is in the midst of renaissance.”
New York Magazine

“This summer, experience Buffalo’s artistic offerings at the city’s many outdoor festivals. Ideal places to shop for original art, Buffalo’s summer fests also provide much needed cardio after indulging in Western New York’s gluttonous delights.”

“This city’s South Buffalo neighborhood is an Irish Catholic stronghold, protected by fortress walls made of Irish flags and street signs in English and Gaelic. But even for outsiders, going to the Blackthorn Pub and Restaurant here feels like going home.”
The New York Times

“ ‘This (the Darwin Martin House) is an incredibly pure example of his early work,” Sidy says. “The great thing about Buffalo is it also has examples of Louis Sullivan’s work, the architect with whom Wright apprenticed and worked.’ In addition to six Wright buildings at the site, a glass visitor’s pavilion recently opened. Buffalo has a thriving arts, music and dining scene; combine your visit a trip to nearby Niagara Falls.”
USA Today

“Summer is the time to be here, when the Rust Belt jewel-in-the-rough shakes its blues away with an impressive series of events and festivals.”

New York Post

“Save some energy for Buffalo’s architectural history – the Roycroft community in nearby East Aurora is a key puzzle piece for those interested in the Arts & Crafts design movement.”

New York Post

“It may just now be getting buzz as a center for creative types, but Buffalo has been on the radar of art aficionados for decades.”

The New York Times Style Magazine

“With a park system by Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building, a concert hall by Eero Saarinen, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the new Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo’s citizens already have a lot to be proud of.”
– The Wall Street Journal

“Buffalo is one of America’s great designed cities. The interweaving of great architecture, landscape architecture and important historic sites makes Buffalo a must see destination for preservationists, designers, history buffs, and anyone wishing to see an inspiring example of American design.”
– Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Buffalo now has something to thrill culture junkies other than its scattered specimens of pioneering early 20th-century architecture: the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Opened last November and designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, the museum has more than 7,000 works by more than 600 artists with strong ties to western New York State. It’s an impressive cast of characters: the Arts and Crafts book printer Elbert Hubbard, the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the minimalist painter Robert Mangold, the experimental illustrator and filmmaker Robert Longo, and that mistress of the auto-focus, the photographer Cindy Sherman – among many others.”
– The New York Times, the 44 Places To Go in 2009

“Buffalo is a different culture. I look at Buffalo and Buffalonians as a different culture now. Ten years ago, I would have looked at them as those poor guys who live upstate, and I’m lucky enough to live in Manhattan. That’s the way I would have seen it 10 years ago. Now I see it as a very distinct personality, a very distinct culture with its own architecture, its own kinda feel. It’s, actually, a weirdly wonderful place. Even in winter. I think it took me traveling around the world to get to that point.”
– Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel

Buffalo’s amazing collection of 19th and 20th Century architecture was featured on the cover of the November 16, 2008 edition of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section in an article aptly titled “Saving Buffalo’s Untold Beauty”. Read the entire article here.

“Buffalo is home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries…Touring Buffalo’s monuments is about as close as you can get to experiencing firsthand the earliest struggles to define what an American architecture would look like.”
– The New York Times

“Buffalo’s turn-of-the-century prosperity spawned dozens of architectural gems. Now that heritage may help raise the city’s fortunes.”
– Style 1900

“What a city like Buffalo offers is a very different promise of what could be. It offers the chance to live on the cheap and start a nonprofit organization, or rent an abandoned church for $1,000 a month, or finish your album without having to hold down two temp jobs at the same time, or simply have more space and a better view and enough money left over each month to buy yourself a painting once in awhile. A city like Buffalo reminds you that, beyond New York, there are still frontiers.”
– New York Magazine

“Along a curving street lined with handsome Queen Annes and well-tended Tudors, the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York, shatters the genteel calm with its muscular power.”
– Bloomberg News

“For architecturally minded travelers, a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff, an estate perched seventy feet above Lake Erie, just outside Buffalo, offers a tantalizing glimpse of two masterpieces in the distance: Niagara Falls on the one hand and Wright’s tour de force, Fallingwater, on the other.”
– Town&Country

“Urban renewal is coming to this old industrial center on Lake Erie, and with it a rejuvenated green scene, inspired in part by Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest event of its kind in the nation. In just 36 hours, you can appreciate much of what’s happening.”
– Organic Gardening

“What’s the new definition of a must-see? When you can fly there for less than it would cost to drive. Luckily, Buffalo’s no bore – particularly not in the busy summer months. A few of our favorite things: the annual garden tours, the region’s striking architectural heritage (see: Frank Lloyd Wright; a rich arts and crafts legacy in East Aurora), not to mention the twin summer cultural extravaganzas on either side of the Niagara River – Lewiston’s Artpark and Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival. Did we mention the amazing summer wines?”

“East Aurora, a village 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo, seeks to recapture the spirit of the Roycroft heyday and preserve its reformist-era roots. Its centerpiece is the Roycroft Campus, now a nonprofit corporation, which offers classes and tours to visitors interested in print- and jewelry-making, painting and metalwork.”
– The New York Times

“Many years of cross-border trips from Southern Ontario to Buffalo had followed a predictable pattern of suburban shopping, but for this trip, I wanted to get out of the malls and explore what else Buffalo had to offer. I learned that Buffalo is a cosmopolitan city with great theatre, trendy shopping streets, historic buildings, and a perfect place for a girlfriends’ getaway.”
– Dreamscapes

“After decades of decline, the rust-belt city – with its forgotten landmarks, funky restaurants and bohemian boutiques – has now become a hip destination for those in the know.”
– Toronto Star

“While planning a recent cross-border trip to New York State, we kept hearing an odd but persistent rumour: There’s a lot more to Buffalo than suburban malls and ‘ Tarjay’ (a.k.a. the popular discount retailer Target). So we shuffled off to see for ourselves. We found magnificent architecture, rich history, lovely parks, a vibrant arts scene and well, yes, some pretty good shopping, too. We also discovered that Buffalo has quietly and unobtrusively become a very cool town.”
– CAA Magazine

“The City of Good Neighbours long ago shook off its rust-belt image and is undergoing a cultural renaissance.”
– National Post

“Although gazing lovingly back to one’s glory days can often impede forward progress, Buffalo has discovered that mining a treasure trove of top-notch classical American architecture can be a cornerstone in the re-branding process.”
– Building Magazine

“The city’s faded glory, its gritty history, and its brave aspirations I found irresistible.”
– Newark Star Ledger

“You may know it simply as the home of the Buffalo chicken wing, but it harbors all kinds of surprises.”
– Frommer’s New York State

“Western New York is home to some unique characters, unusual museums, and strange foods that are fun to check out.”
– Frommer’s New York State

“I’ve spent much of my adult life in pursuit of the latest and greatest culinary trends…so it may surprise some to see the blue-collar likes of Buffalo on my short list of America’s greatest food cities.”
– Spirit Magazine

“This is a city that is truly a mecca, and it’s an unknown mecca, The quality of architecture, and the diversity of architecture, is so astonishing, really.”
– Daniel Libeskind (as told to the Buffalo News)

“Imagine a neighborhood garden tour where every house on the block is on the tour. So many people want to see the gardens — thousands, actually — that parking spaces are in demand and the sidewalks filled. Imagine low-income gardeners on the tour who speak not a word of English but who gesture excitedly at the outrageous tropical shrub they smuggled in from Vietnam, and who employ a kind of universal gardener’s sign language that says, “Would you like a cutting?” to their well-heeled suburban visitors. Imagine a garden tour that charges no fees or ticket prices, runs on a modest budget and still has money left over to give beautification grants to community groups to help further its mission. Oh, and it’s so popular that it sells a slick coffee-table book and a DVD documenting its success…Garden Walk Buffalo takes place on the last weekend of July, and this year more than 260 gardens participated. Based on the number of maps distributed, organizers estimate that more than 40,000 people descend on Garden Walk every year.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“Before the Buffalo-Atlanta game Friday night, a Bills employee, a nice gal in the end zone, told me, ‘Hey, give the Spot a chance.’

What? Turns out ‘SPoT’ is a coffee shop across the street from Starbucks on Delaware Avenue downtown. I went Saturday morning at 7. What a gem! The latte was creamy, with superb espresso, good and dark. I knew I shouldn’t have done this, but I had to try the fresh blackberry bear claw. Real blackberries, whole ones. Wow. And the most hospitable thing in the comfy place: Two hours of free Internet service. Starbucks whacks you for the T-Mobile hotspot charge, $6.99 for an hour, $9.99 for the day. Nice atmosphere in the SPoT. I’ll be back.”
– Peter King,

“In my line of work, it doesn’t get any better than this. To come up here and in one day see the best of Upjohn, Sullivan, Richardson, Wright, Saarinen and Olmsted — nowhere else, nowhere else in the United States, with the possible exception of Chicago, do you see the rich array of 19th and 20th century architecture that you have here in Buffalo.”
– Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation (as told to The Buffalo News)

“The problem with vacations is that they’re always too short, yet for five days this last week, I think I died and went to angler’s heaven. Each year, my wife Cindy and I take turns picking one particular vacationing area in North America, and this year she chose a smallmouth bass fishing adventure that landed us in Buffalo, N.Y. and Lake Erie…Our total count for the three days we fished had to be close to 275 smallmouth bass plus the odd assorted species we also landed. What a fishery! Huge smallmouth bass only minutes from the dock and they bit with a wild abandon that, while I wouldn’t call it easy, anyone with an ounce of fish sense could catch. Talk about fun — we had it and we’re already planning to go back next year.”
– Bakersfield Californian

“The Bacon show – a difficult and challenging examination of a highly important Modern artist – comes as a powerful reaffirmation of the Albright-Knox’s essential role as a champion of art from European Post-Impressionism to the present day.

No other museum in the region, including Cleveland’s, can match its depth in that particular area, which means if you want to understand the art of the recent past, a reasonably short drive to Buffalo is essential.”
– The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Music lovers and fans of Gothic Revival architecture have a new reason to visit Buffalo, the hometown of the punk folk-singer Ani DiFranco. Ms. DiFranco recently raised $10 million to buy and restore a Victorian church, which has been converted to house a performance hall, offices for her recording company, Righteous Babe Records, and an arts center.”
– The New York Times

“Depending on where you look while at the Darwin D. Martin house, you get impressions of three completely different things: an archaeological ruin, a 1904 construction site, or a well-preserved historic home. Rest assured that they’re all worth the two-hour drive to Buffalo.”
– The Globe and Mail

“Against all odds – crumbling and vanished buildings, a transformed landscape and a daunting price tag to make it all right again – this lakeside city 14 years ago dared to think the unthinkable and do the undoable. The result? The restoration of the Darwin D. Martin House and the miraculous regeneration of its outbuildings, an expansive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate long given up for gone. Driven by a desire to make their city a must-see stop on the architectural tourism trail, Buffalonians raised $35 million in public and private funds to revive one of Mr. Wright’s most important early houses and resurrect its long-demolished pergola, conservatory and carriage house.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The folks who dismiss the city’s blue-collar charm have never experienced all that Buffalo has to offer. From the world-class collection of modern art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, to it pristine Olmsted-designed park system, to the art deco masterpiece that is City Hall, the Nickel City has always been, for lack of a better word, underrated.”
– Spirit Magazine

“Few places in America measure up to the waters around Buffalo, N.Y., for variety and quality of fishing. Within a few minutes drive of the bustling downtown, fisherman can work the sprawling Lake Erie waterfront for smallmouth bass and walleyes; fish in the picturesque Niagara River for smallies, walleyes, trout and salmon; or tap nearby Lake Ontario for the same species. The proximity of these three diverse waterways affords Buffalo-area anglers the opportunity to catch fish in virtually any weather 12 months of the year.”
– Outdoor Life

“The Albright-Knox is, of course, justly celebrated for its modern and contemporary collections — only MoMA outshines it in terms of quality and depth.”
– The Financial Times

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“If architecture crystallizes a moment in time, the clock is doing strange and wonderful things at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House. It’s running backward and forward at the same time. Recognized globally as a masterpiece of Wright’s pivotal, early 20th-century Prairie Style, the Martin House is undergoing a long, loving and expensive restoration and reconstruction.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer

“I’m not into a Disneyland kind of experience. I like the real thing, and Buffalo has the real thing.”
– Randy Duchaine, photographer, Spirit Magazine

“Elbert Hubbard was a Gilded Age original, his eccentricities exaggerated by a Dutchboy haircut and ubiquitous floppy tie. He believed in women’s suffrage, free speech, equal opportunity and big business. He spoke out against alcohol, capital punishment, censorship, child labor, religious superstition and distinctions of class. Hubbard left his distinctive mark on a workshop of handmade goods called the Roycrofters, a throwback to medieval guilds and reaction against the mechanization of the industrial age. Hiring boys and girls from the farms around East Aurora, N.Y., 18 miles from Buffalo, Hubbard printed books and published three of his own magazines. He also produced high-quality copperware and small amounts of furniture, ceramics and leather goods.”
– Forbes

“From Buffalo to Big Horn, wonderful treasures await in overlooked art institutions
Almost everyone — art aficionado or not — has heard of the Louvre or New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, but such big, celebrated institutions hardly hold a monopoly on great art. In fact, some of this country’s best art museums are ones that most people outside of art circles know little or nothing about. Take the highly respected Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., of all unlikely places. It boasts what director Louis Grachos justifiably calls ‘an almost textbook history of 20th-century art,’ yet most people have never heard of it.”
– Denver Post

“The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s serenely classic Greek revival bones and good, old-fashioned Beaux-Arts galleries have long been hospitable to the grandest gestures of 20th-century painting…(it) is such an elegant building that almost everything on display there looks tailor-made for the spaces.”
– The Wall Street Journal

“On an afternoon’s walk through downtown Buffalo, New York, an architecturally minded visitor should prepare for an accelerated heart rate. For here is beautifully restored and fastidiously maintained evidence of what happened when the City Beautiful movement waltzed with industrial prosperity. The concentration of monumental structures by the likes of Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Carrère & Hastings-plus later twentieth-century works by Rapp & Rapp and Minoru Yamasaki-explain why historians hail the city as an architectural museum.”
– Architecture Magazine

“By looking past a half-century of decline to Buffalo’s gilded age, a grass-roots movement has seized on a legacy of architecture, history, and art, aiming to transform the city into a cultural destination. The restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, the 1905 Darwin Martin House, anchors an effort to draw affluent culture-minded tourists and rebrand the city. Enough architectural gems survive from the late 1800s and early 1900s to bolster its image, said New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger. ‘It’s an extraordinary and, in many ways, beautiful city,’ he said.”
– The Boston Globe

“On a pleasant but seemingly unremarkable residential street, just a few minutes’ walk from a large public park, sits the Darwin Martin House. This house has all the “Wright” stuff: the sleek horizontal lines, the soft Earth tones and the long, narrow, natural bricks. Plus an abundance of windows — hundreds of them, some adorned with Wright’s distinctive, geometrically complex “Tree of Life” pattern. Built from about 1903 to 1905, for an executive of the Larkin soap company, the house was designed by Wright when he was an up-and-coming architect. It was a sensation…Even today, it looks experimental, abstract, faintly otherworldly.”
– Orlando Sentinel

“Beyond/In Western New York is giving every indication of positioning itself to morph into the major art biennial north of the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Notions similar to this have floated around Toronto art circles for some time now…but Buffalo simply isn’t waiting for Toronto to get its act together. This is funky old Buffalo sticking it to glitzy new Toronto. Last Saturday’s gala opening at the Albright-Knox, the force behind ‘Beyond,’ saw a good number of gallery owners, agents and curators up from New York City looking for local talent.”
– Toronto Star

“Like Pittsburgh’s Edgar Kaufmann, (Darwin) Martin commissioned multiple buildings from (Frank Lloyd) Wright. Unlike Kaufmann, Martin was able to build them, making Buffalo a big draw for Wright fans. Both Graycliff, built on a shale cliff overlooking Lake Erie, and the Martins’ Prairie-style winter home in Buffalo are undergoing restoration as house museums.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It’s a beautiful city, just an amazing mix of architecture and detail. Really stunning.”
– Demetra Aposporos, Editor, Old House Journal

“One late night visit to Chippewa Street will erase any fading dowager image from your mind forever. Young college students fill the city with energy and fun giving it a SoHo resonance.”
– Currents (Cleveland, Ohio)

“Buffalo stands apart, less homogenized than many American cities. It eats hamburgers with the rest of us, but also Ted’s charcoal-grilled hot dogs and Wardynski’s kielbasa, Perry’s ice cream and of course Buffalo chicken wings.”
– R.W. Apple, Apple’s America: The Discriminating Traveler’s Guide to 40 Great Cities in the United States and Canada

“The combination of intimate scale and grand painting and sculpture makesfor sophisticated ambience at the Albright-Knox.”
– Toronto Life

“Elmwood Village is famous for Queen Anne and Victorian Gothic homes, and its Elmwood Avenue bustles with night spots, cafes and shops. Browsers can find everything from vintage clothing at Don Apparel to an extensive fiction selection at Talking Leaves, an independent bookstore with attitude. The cozy neighborhood features international cuisine choices of Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Caribbean and Spanish food.”
– Chicago Sun-Times

“Our eyes were opened to a different Buffalo, a city that has at once become vibrant and relevant, while remaining true to its historic roots by preserving its outstanding buildings.”
-Welland Tribune

“What do the Chautauqua Institution, Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft and Frank Lloyd Wright have in common? At least two things: they flourished almost side by side near Buffalo, New York, and you can visit all three today.”
– Style 1900

“The time to visit is summer, when Buffalo gets a glorious payback for its snowy winters with some of the best weather in the nation – three months of mostly sunny, dry days with temperatures in the high 70’s and low 80’s.”
– The New York Times

“For the third time in two years, I was back in Buffalo…We’ve developed quite a comfortable routine: Book into the reasonably-priced Hampton Inn and Suites on Delaware Avenue, which always sets out an afternoon tray of tasty cookies for its customers; have at least one good meal along bar and restaurant-lined Elmwood Avenue; and drop by the world-class Albright-Knox Art Gallery.”
– The Ottawa Sun

“People go to Buffalo for the high culture of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery or the low culture of NFL football. I go for all the stuff in between.”
– NOW, Toronto

“In Buffalo, we got more than our (money’s) worth. In fact, part of the joy of the visit was discovering world-class attractions in a city not known as an international tourist mecca. Such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, an impressive neoclassical structure on the edge of a park designed by the legendary Frederick Law Olmsted, also the architect of New York’s Central Park. Although the setting alone is worth the visit, inside is a collection of late 19th- and 20th-century art that holds it own against almost any museum in the nation outside of New York or Chicago.”
– USA Today

“Buffalo is an indigenously, intrinsically hip place.”
– Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

“In an age of cultural tourism, an age in which people are eager to find ways to explore places that are different from other places, places that do not look like the banal Anywhere is Nowhere is Everywhere of the American Interstate, Buffalo has a kind of power, the power of the authentic place.”
– Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker

“Like the Maid of the Mist boat ride at nearby Niagara Falls, which immerses visitors in the Horseshoe Falls’ spray, the Darwin Martin House immerses us in elements of nature. The horizontal thrust, low ceilings…and overpowering hearths are major elements of the ‘Prairie Style.'”
– The Wall Street Journal

“I remember every meal I have ever had, and some of the best of them have been at a little chain of hot dog joints called Ted’s, in the Buffalo area.”
– David M. Shribman in Bon Appetit

“With its thriving medical-technology, aerospace and automotive-parts industries, sprawling State University of New York campus and burgeoning trade with Canada, Buffalo has cast off its old rust-belt image.”
– The New York Times

“Buffalo — yes, Buffalo — is now walking proud as a hip center of arts and performances.”
– The Washington Post

“Our visit to western New York’s biggest city was blessed with gorgeous weather and mild temperatures, perfect for a stimulating long weekend visiting some of the nation’s finest architectural landmarks and a major museum stuffed with terrific modern art.”
– The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey)

“If you care about the art and architecture of the past century, a weekend in Buffalo may not be long enough for any dull moments. With cheap flights available, affordable rooms, good food, sassy weekly newspapers, uncomplicated driving, and laughably convenient parking, Modigliani admirers, at the very least, should make a plan.”
– The Boston Globe

“Buffalo is a vast outdoor museum, displaying the work of many of the greatest architects of the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The homes and public buildings they erected are often breathtaking and always interesting…The architectural treasures of Buffalo are riveting. They must be seen.”
– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Looking for a place to visit over a long weekend or a busy sight-seeing tour? Want a sleeper of a location chock full of name-brand architecture, vibrant neighborhoods, and parks to die for? Try Buffalo – that’s right, Buffalo, N.Y. Believe it or not, this upstate port on the shores of Lake Erie offers much more than wings, waterfalls, snowstorms and Bills. Architecturally speaking, Buffalo is one of the most diverse and sophisticated cities in the country. If you haven’t been there, you don’t know what you are missing.”
– Old House Journal

“USA Today launched a nationwide search for a “City with Heart” – one with the energy, excitement and community fellowship that make a one-stoplight town or a swarming metropolis a treasured hometown.The people of Buffalo.managed to be simultaneously proud and humble about their world-class art, architecture and grand urban parks; a great history including two U.S. presidents; and generations of immigrants and their descendants who turn every weekend from May to October into a street festival.”
– USA Today (Upon naming Buffalo “The City With Heart”)

“Buffalo has an even longer history of architectural distinction than Chicago; you could do worse than to take it as a textbook for a course in modern American buildings.”
– The New York Times

“The Albright-Knox Art Gallery should be on everyone’s list to see, for it’s an overwhelming art experience. Small, intimate, and seductive, the museum has one of the most thumping modern and contemporary collections in the world.”
– Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Go for the festivals, but stay for the impressive array of visual arts.”
– AmericanStyle Magazine (In an article ranking Buffalo the No. 8 U.S. Arts Destination)

“Our last day in Buffalo, we went to the Albright-Knox Gallery on Elmwood Avenue. This was the best thing Buffalo had to offer, even considering the wings. We wandered around the museum for hours, delighted at the whimsical, wacky artwork. We found pieces by Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichenstein, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.”
– The Baltimore Sun

“It’s always the food that functions as Buffalo’s siren song, drawing me back to the Great Lakes. Wings aside, this is a city of culinary anomalies that serves up straightforward, comforting, proudly regional cuisine.”
– Paul Goldsmith

“Balance the lowbrow antics with a trip to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, a 43-year-old institution that relocated to a gorgeous new building last November. It’s the first green art museum in New York State (that’s right, NYC got beat), and the sophistication doesn’t end with the LEED certification…”

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