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New York State Dominates List of Haunting Abandoned Places


At last, a list in which New York State may excel!

Our state makes quite the showing in "The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth."

There is a roofless Seneca Lake farmhouse that sits by a yard full of abandoned cars. And an asylum built in 1869 in Willard. Got to have an asylum in there, you know? People are always picking on asylums, especially writers who cannot use apostrophes correctly. (As we say here in Buffalo, we are just saying.)

There is Bannerman Castle in Pollepel Island, N.Y. How can we not have heard of this place?

City Hall Station in New York City is beautiful.


So is an abandoned Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn.


Other sites include Pripyat, Ukraine, abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and a scary-looking hotel in North Korea, just so you see what we are up against here.

The competition is keen.

We are world class!


Three Little Words, Buffalo Style

Had to pass this along, just had to. It was posted on Facebook by Kiss 98.5 but came to our attention because -- and we love this -- it was "shared" by Les Trent.


Les Trent, of Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame fame, works for CBS's "Inside Edition" and lives and works now in the New York City area but we get the idea he will always be a Buffalonian at heart.

His comment on the picture was: "OMG ... I just teared up a little bit!"


Disco DJ Makes Stealth Trip Back to Buffalo


Adding sparkle to this rainy Buffalo weekend is "Doctor" John Bisci, the DJ of the long-gone disco Club 747, immortalized in the above video. Bisci now lives and works in Las Vegas and he was in town on business. 

Doctor John is not to be confused with the bluesman Dr. John! Originally, Bisci told Buzz, he worried when he was told to take that name, because the New Orleans bluesman already had it.

Then he reasoned that the musician Dr. John's real name is Mac Rebennack. In any case, Dr. John from New Orleans has been gracious and has never protested.

Bisci had to take a nickname, he said, because all the deejays back then had nicknames. There was Charles "Captain Disco" Anzalone, Charlie "CC" Cimino and someone else he mentioned to us who went by General Mills, hahahaha!

We liked how Bisci, who is now pretty dapper (he's at right, under the banner, in this pic)...

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... sees the humor in the situation.

He said: "The first night I announced I was Doctor John, I was laughing so hard."

You, Too Can Ride the Crystal Beach Cyclone


The story about the Fantasy Island Silver Comet and the old Crystal Beach Comet brings back memories of stories we have heard about the old Cyclone at Crystal Beach. The Cyclone's steel was recycled into the Comet.

Buzz used to hear from our dad how wild the Cyclone was. It took us till now really to understand what he meant. Because there is a video on YouTube that lets you ride it, virtually.

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Addiction Leads To Embarrassment

CouponIt is humiliating to admit but Buzz is addicted to CVS's Magic Coupon Machine, pictured at left.

Every few days we just have to check to see if it has new coupons for us! Sometimes it gives you freebies, like pop or nail polish or something. Other times it offers some kind of discount but you have to strategize a little in order to get something free or at deep discount. You know those little games you play that brighten your day? This is one. It is like Soduku only you wind up with pop or nail polish or whatever.

So. This morning we stop at CVS. And there is this guy sort of loitering in the parking lot. Perfectly normal, this being within the Buffalo city limits. And he holds the door open for us and says good morning and smiles at us, not unusual because we are wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt and a yellow skirt, plus green nail polish we got courtesy of the Magic Coupon Machine. People have been smiling at us all morning!

Then he says: "Your name is Mary, isn't it?"

"Yes," we said, thinking: Aha, so he recognizes us from the super-popular Buzz column and Buzz Blog! Perhaps he even read it this morning!

Then he says: "You work here, don't you?"

Hahahahaa! Hopes of local celebrity, dashed.

"No," we said. "We just come here a lot." 

God knows how he knew our name, you know? That is one question we have not answered.

On the other hand, this is Buffalo.

Buffalo Leading in Twitter Hashtag Derby


All day we have been pawing at the ground, wanting to get at Twitter so we can see what appears -- for the moment, at least -- to be the top-trending Twitter topic -- Buffalo Horse Names.

"City of Good Neighers," is one. It is the brainchild of WGR's Greg Bauch.

"From Cellino's Barns." HAHAHAA.

"Yous Guys." That is Matt Carlucci's.

"Everything Parmed." That comes from Trending Buffalo.

Richard Doran suggests "JoAnn Fillyetta." Ha, ha! He used to work for the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Everyone, get a horse in this race. Put your horse name on Twitter with the hashtag #BuffaloHorseNames.

Let's keep this hash tag on top.

We will not be unseated!

Polish Tavern Flirts With Facebook

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Buzz admired this sign in a booth at Wiechec's. It is worth a thousand words! Or should we say, characters.

We could not wait to get on Facebook to see what Wiechec's, the great tavern at 1748 Clinton St., would have to say. Surely it would be clash of old- and new-fangled!

And lo....

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402 Food Reasons To Love Buffalo

This new video has been making the social media rounds.

Josh Potter of 103.3 The Edge has Tweeted: "406 reasons to love Buffalo... 403 are Food Reasons, the other three are Sabres, Bills & St Patrick's Day. I'm moving."

Ha, ha! It is pretty funny when the video goes into high gear, inundating you with picture after picture of wings and beer and beef on weck, Fat Bob's and Gigi's and the Olympic Restaurant. It is like a food fight. Splat! Splat! Splat!

Speaking of which, here is something we can all agree on. Someone, obviously a Buffalonian, writes on YouTube:

"it would be better if you didnt have a seizure from the pictures going so damn fast. Slow the damn thing down and it would be 100X better."

Buffalo bakery caters to your tweet tooth

St. Valentine goes digital!

Gawked @, @ Butterwood Desserts @ the Hotel @ the Lafayette:

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Dueling Buffalo videos

Remember that polished, beautiful Buffalo video?


All about how we are a vernacular, indigenous kind of place? That is a combination of adjectives we love, vernacular and indigenous.

We have just been laughing watching this video's country cousin.


There is so many things funny about this "other" Buffalo video!

The warmongering voice. The accusing beginning: "People see Buffalo as the end of the line." Etc. Then the shot of wildfires. "We don't have wildfires." And "We have neighborhoods. Try to find that in Phoenix."

Some Buffalonians got a lot out of their systems putting this together.

Go Buffalo!

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