Buffalo in the ’20s: Pierce-Arrow takes a test run through Parkside

At first glance, the back of this photo offers no clues to the precise location where this photo was taken. Buffalo News archives The only information offered is the names of the men in the car and the date (plus a stern reminder to put the photo back in The News archives.) Dr. Dewitt Sherman … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’20s: Pierce-Arrow takes a test run through Parkside

Christmas in Parkside: Black Squirrel, Books & Beer at the PM

Parkside owned businesses are spreading holiday cheer with a true “shop local” event on Wednesday. The neighborhood folks connected with The Parkside Meadow (owners Nancy Abramo & Len Mattie, Summit Ave.), Black Squirrel Distillery (co-founder Matthew Pelkey, Woodward Ave.) and Buffalo Stories LLC (owner Steve Cichon, Parkside Ave.) are joining together on Wednesday, December 16, … Continue reading Christmas in Parkside: Black Squirrel, Books & Beer at the PM

The new Parkside Meadow pumps tasty new life into old memories

Judging by the smells, tastes, and smiles of its first day, the Parkside Meadow (corner of Parkside and Russell avenues, Buffalo) looks poised to be an institution on par with the warmly remembered predecessor you couldn’t go five minutes without hearing about. Echoes of the old Park Meadow, the venerable neighborhood fish fry place-turned college … Continue reading The new Parkside Meadow pumps tasty new life into old memories

Parkside’s community activist and community mom, Ruth Lampe

By Steve Cichon | steve@buffalostories.com | @stevebuffalo   Our community’s self-styled “Deputy Dog” and “Mother Hen” has succumbed after a long valiant fight against cancer. Ruth Lampe was no-nonsense and tough as nails, but also loved her friends, family, and community with fierce and burning passion. She was a force of nature and in a … Continue reading Parkside’s community activist and community mom, Ruth Lampe

After a decade, we want dangerous Parkside Avenue fixed NOW

#fixflorenceintersection After a decade and a half of band-aid fixes and half-met promises to correct serious structural and design flaws on Parkside Avenue near Florence, another promised completion date will come and go. Residents are hopeful– but not entirely confident– that a soon-to-be unveiled plan will address concerns that neighbors have been advocating to see … Continue reading After a decade, we want dangerous Parkside Avenue fixed NOW

New tours show Parkside neighborhood in different lights

By Steve Cichon | steve@buffalostories.com | @stevebuffalo I’m really excited to be offering the first of four new walking tours of the Parkside neighborhood this summer. ¬†George Stock, who has been guiding neighborhood tours for over 30 years, continues with three new tours this summer as well. At the start of the 20th century, Buffalo … Continue reading New tours show Parkside neighborhood in different lights

The home owners enjoy as much as the ticket holders: The 16th annual Parkside Tour of Homes

BUFFALO, NY – “I love to be a part of busting open any preconceived notion.” Devon Karn thinks when she and her husband Kevin open their home for the 16th Annual Parkside Tour of Homes (Sunday, May 18, 2014) that a handful of assumptions about the neighborhood and its homes could fly out the stained … Continue reading The home owners enjoy as much as the ticket holders: The 16th annual Parkside Tour of Homes

The Structures of Parkside: An Authoritative Look at the History of Parkside’s Homes

  While the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy now exists to run and maintain Buffalo’s Parks, as first founded, The Friends of Olmsted were concerned not only with the parks and public spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, but also with the streetscapes and other Olmsted designs which aren’t necessarily parks, but are a part of … Continue reading The Structures of Parkside: An Authoritative Look at the History of Parkside’s Homes

New Book! The Complete History of Parkside

A history of the Frederick Law Olmsted designed neighborhood, from its place in the history of the Seneca Nation, to its role in the War of 1812, to Olmsted’s design and the turn of the century building out of the area, and the neighborhood’s 20th century evolutions. Included are discussions of the area’s earliest colorful settlers, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, Delaware Park, The Buffalo Zoo, and the stories and anecdotes of many more struggles, individuals, and institutions that have made Parkside one of Buffalo’s premier historic neighborhoods today. 135 historic photos, 172 pages.

Grover Cleveland’s ties to Parkside and the birth of modern anesthesia: Sisters Hospital & The Marine Hospital

While they owned much of the property along the neighborhood’s southern border, and taught at St. Vincent de Paul, Mt St Joe’s, Medaille, St. Mark, and St Mary’s School for the Deaf, the Sisters of St. Joseph haven’t been the only Catholic nuns along the Parkside section of Main Street. The Sisters of Charity established … Continue reading Grover Cleveland’s ties to Parkside and the birth of modern anesthesia: Sisters Hospital & The Marine Hospital