It’s rare to see a hotel in its infancy, and so Buzz was thrilled to be able to glimpse the as yet-unopened Marriott downtown by the Skyway across from The News. We gained access by going to a bake sale for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy being held by Philips Lytle, which has its offices in the new Marriott.
The bake sale was beautiful and the Marriott is too. It is like a new car! No hot sauce spills yet, just the unsullied aroma of construction.
There is a beautiful pool in the basement, its surface glassy and undisturbed. On the first floor, a mural when you walk in shows Shelton Square -- the Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the turreted Erie County Savings Bank. That is Shelton Square in the postcard up above.
Just around the corner from Shelton Square is a snack bar. And a real bar, too! There were unopened boxes of glassware, and gleaming bottles of gin and vodka. A sweet sight, on this hectic afternoon, even if it was too early to have any. Back in the office, we excitedly told a co-worker what we had seen. She looked out the window to the spot we were describing.
And she sighed, “So near, so far.”
Buzz had to smile seeing a Dyngus Day party announcement from St. Gabriel's Of The Parking Lot.
Oops, we meant to write St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows because that is the actual saint the church is named for. But the church is fronted by a magnificent parking lot, a gleaming expanse that glistens in the winter and bakes in the summer and has room for a million cars. The lot is clearly visible in the picture above.
It is more than a parking lot. It is a focal point! The church as good as admitted to that in its Dyngus Day ad, which appears in the Original Dyngus Day Guide 2014, on page 3.
God love St. Gabriel's, it advertises, as one of its Easter highlights, along with its 11:30 a.m. polka mass and 12 p.m. Polish buffet:
"Ample Parking in Large Lighted Parking Lot."
Gee, we never really wanted to climb a debris pile before but now we kind of want to.
We would also like to ape the zoo and put a sign like this next to our desk!
It is surely the ladies room at Prospero, the little Italian restaurant across from Kleinhans Music Hall.
Note in the picture above the magazines: The Buffalo News' Buffalo magazine, and Buffalo Niagara Restaurants.
And the candy dish, should you become hungry while you are away from your pasta.
Another table holds toiletries. This is why they are called toiletries!
And over the sink is a collage made out of gloves. That is a whole other story.
Che bel bagno! We will be ready with that phrase next time we visit.
It means, "What a beautiful bathroom!"
February 18, 2014 - 12:27 PM
By Mary Kunz Goldman
Your heart starts beating faster when you are on the 190 right around the Peace Bridge, and you see this dramatic flag. An American flag, on a flagpole, blowing in the wind, so magnificently tattered that it looks triumphant.
You couldn't take a picture this morning, what with the traffic and the poor visibility -- so just take Buzz's word for it, it looks just like the picture above.
All we could think of was Renee Fleming's dramatic singing of the lines from "The Star-Spangled Banner" about giving proof through the night that our flag was still there.
It starts the workday off on a high note!
January 29, 2014 - 2:20 PM
Two in one shot! Too Hot to Handel and the Chopin Bag.
These people are the Mozarts of bad puns! Wonder what they'll have next time we stop in.
We'll be Bach!
December 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM
A big Wassail Award to the law offices of Doran and Murphy at 1234 Delaware Ave. When it comes to Christmas spirit, this office has other law offices licked.
Making your columns into peppermint candy sticks is such an obvious idea, but a rare sight.
Buzz took this fleeting picture from the bus, which we took to be safe in the snow. That is the bad news for Doran and Murphy. No personal injury business from us, at least not today.
All the same, they have our admiration!
December 4, 2013 - 5:24 PM
The situation in Lancaster made it irresistible to look up the scene in "Christmas Vacation" that made the name Griswold synonymous with anyone who overdoes the Christmas lights.
It is still pretty funny.
December 4, 2013 - 1:23 PM
Let other towns settle for silent nights, for carolers singing a quiet "Jingle Bells." In the arena of Christmas celebrations, Lancaster -- pictured above in a recent News photo -- reaches for, well, the arena.
It must have started small, when the town inherited those AM&A's window displays.
But then it grew. And now don't bother knocking, Lancaster's a-rocking! A recent evening found the town's Christmasville throbbing to the beat of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with wildly blinking snowflakes and synchronized lights.
"It definitely could be heard through the walls of Lancaster Opera House during Monday's Town Board meeting," marvels one woman who was there.
Eventually her head began to pound too. "It gave me a headache and an eyeache."
Hmmm. If your ears, head and eyes are all hurting, that could actually give the burg a boost. So laughed one sympathetic villager. "He told me there's all of about three main Central Avenue businesses."
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which encourages this light-synching activity, must love this riot of rock and light. We get the idea most villagers do, too. But there are at least three people who aren't happy.
Those would be Mssrs. Adam, Meldrum and Anderson.
Surely they are turning in their graves!
November 5, 2013 - 12:35 PM
The Buffalonians shouldn't be up!
They are putting the tree up at The Buffalo News. That is it pictured above!
And at St. Vincent de Paul on Main Street, where workers were scurrying around this morning with tabletop trees and strings of lights. By the way here is a picture of Vinnie D's world-class tchotchke collection, so you may begin your Christmas shopping early.
It is never too early for Christmas as far as Buzz is concerned. For instance today we cheered the First Christmas Cookies Being Baked By a Rock 'n Roll Artist.
Election Day, the new start of the Christmas season.
You may eat!