Krispy Kreme is the “The Blizzard of ’77” line waiting

Even removing any social justice or political overtones, as a community, Buffalo has a tortured relationship with national chains, especially chain restaurants. On one hand, we are proud of our superlative and eclectic local dining scene, and we are very encouraging and protective of our Western New York neighbors trying to make it in the … Continue reading Krispy Kreme is the “The Blizzard of ’77” line waiting

The Blizzard of ’77 ‘brought out fellowship in people of Buffalo’

Forty years removed, it’s still evident if you think about it — despite all the death, destruction and jokes, Buffalonians enjoyed the Blizzard of ’77. On the storm’s first anniversary, University at Buffalo researcher Arthur G. Cryns released a report that outlined the results of a detailed survey of 104 random Western New Yorkers. By … Continue reading The Blizzard of ’77 ‘brought out fellowship in people of Buffalo’

The Blizzard of ’77 and the Buffalo Zoo

Just what exactly happened to the animals at the Buffalo Zoo during the Blizzard of ’77 has become one of those great stories that everyone seems to have some faded recollection of having heard before, but nobody knows for sure. So, as you sit around waiting out a heavy snow squall in the warmest corner … Continue reading The Blizzard of ’77 and the Buffalo Zoo

The Blizzard of ‘77: Buffalo was seemingly endless target of Carson’s jokes

In the days and weeks after the Blizzard of ’77 struck Buffalo, full-color images filled Time Magazine and nightly network newscasts, showing Buffalonians continuing to smile and continuing to dig out. It’s probably our smiles and the sense of resiliency that came through in the news coverage that made Buffalo an acceptable butt of jokes … Continue reading The Blizzard of ‘77: Buffalo was seemingly endless target of Carson’s jokes

Buffalo in the ’30s: Nearly a blizzard on Main Street

Snow-covered streetcars, buses, cars and pedestrians share the 400 block of Main Street with Hengerer’s, Shea’s Century theater and Buffalo Savings Bank’s gold dome in this shot from 77 years ago. Buffalo News archives On Jan. 30, 1939, Buffalo was dealt a surprise 8.5 inches of snow. Two people died as a result of the … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’30s: Nearly a blizzard on Main Street

Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

By Steve Cichon | steve@buffalostories.com | @stevebuffalo BUFFALO, NY  – It was the benchmark storm by which we measure all storms in Western New York. In killing 29 of our Western New York neighbors and cutting us off from the world (and heat, and food) for a week, this storm also gave Buffalo a greater … Continue reading Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

BUFFALO, NY – It was the benchmark storm by which we measure all storms in Western New York. In killing 29 of our Western New York neighbors and cutting us off from the world (and heat, and food) for a week, this storm also gave Buffalo a greater dose of respect for the power and cruelty … Continue reading Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

Old Blizzards, The Comet, and Staying Warm, Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY- So sure, it’s freezing. This is a prolonged cold snap like many of us in Buffalo can’t remember, especially in light of a couple of really mild winters. Now you’re thinking, so what does Cichon have for us today? More on the anniversary of the Blizzard of ’77? Well, if you want that, … Continue reading Old Blizzards, The Comet, and Staying Warm, Buffalo

We’re all to blame for the horrific tragedy of Larry’s death

If you knew Larry at all, then just like me, this is probably how you knew him– the guy with the long dreadlocks sitting just inside the door at the Tim Horton’s on Main Street in Williamsville. I took this photo last January, after asking him if he needed anything on a cold night. In … Continue reading We’re all to blame for the horrific tragedy of Larry’s death