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Hilton Garden Inn opens in Downtown Buffalo


BUFFALO, NY - After nearly two years in the works, the Hilton Garden Inn is officially open in Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo.

The hotel, which is located in the former Tishman building, includes a lobby bar and a restaurant that's open to the public. It also houses the headquarters of The Hamister Group, who developed the hotel. They say they're happy to be part of the transformation downtown, and believe the hotel provides a terrific view.

"You can see all of Buffalo, you can see Lake Erie, you can even see the mist of Niagara Falls on a clear day. The views of the city out of all of these rooms that start on floor four are just spectacular," Mark Hamister, Hamister Group Chairman and CEO said.

Hamister says his son convinced him that downtown Buffalo was coming back, and now was the time to be a part of it.


Visit Buffalo Niagara moving to new downtown location


BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Visit Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center is moving to a new downtown location later this year in the Brisbane Building across from the Hotel Lafayette.

Currently the center is located in the Market Arcade building at Main Street and Washington Street. VBN hopes that by moving to a more central location they'll attract more visitors.

"There's just so much taking place in this area, with the Hotel Lafayette, and the Hilton Garden Inn and all the other development taking place this is a really good opportunity for us to have street front location," Patrick Kaler, Visit Buffalo Niagara CEO said.

"We're also looking to pair up with some of the tour groups to originate our visitor center as a stop as they're traveling around, and we can hopefully influence visitors to extend their stay while they're in Buffalo."

HarborCenter Opening In 10 Day


BUFFALO, NY - The $172.2 million, 650,000-square-foot HarborCenter, the largest privately funded project in the Queen City's History, will open in 10 days.

On the morning of October 31st, two youth hockey tournaments will christen the ice, before the Canisius College men's hockey team plays a weekend, two-game series against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday night and Saturday.

Harborcenter President John R. Koelmel, who said the parking ramps will be operational for fans, outlined when other components of the project are now sue to come on line.

The two story, Tim Hortons restaurant will actually open on Thursday, October 30, a day before the hockey rinks do.

The 716 sports bar, according to Koelmel, will open to the general public on the weekend of November 9th.

Sky Crane Coming Down At HARBORCENTER


BUFFALO, NY - What goes up must come down.

And that goes as well for the 300 foot tower crane at HARBORCENTER , which has graced the Queen City's skyline for the past year.

As was the case when it was erected, it is being disassembled with the assistance of another crane, this one a bit taller, in a process that should take about a few days.

The removal of the first section of the boom on the crane drew an interested crowd of onlookers downtown during Tuesday morning and afternoon. The entire crane will be gone by the end of the week, according to HARBORCENTER President John R. Koelmel

While cranes in the air are often looked at as a sign of progress, Koelmel says taking them down is a greater sign of the same, because it signifies a job nearing completion.

Report: Buffalo Gaining In Desired Population Demographic


BUFFALO, NY - Could the Queen City's well chronicled "Brain Drain", finally be turning to a "Brain Gain"? According to one survey, that may be the case.

Much has been made in the last decade about the trend of thousands of students coming to Western New York to seek a college education, then leaving in search of job opportunities.

A report published by a think tank called The City Observatory, and entitled "The Young and Restless" indicates 25 to 34 year-olds with college degrees, are increasingly moving to the neighborhoods near the downtown cores of the nation's largest cities.

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

 

Steven Helmicki, an anti-concussion advocate and president of Primordial Strength Inc., a private gym located in Elma, announces the launch of his latest project, a lifestyle website for men — primordialman.com.  

Primordialman.com is an affiliate of Schott NYC, a premier USA-based manufacturer of leather goods. The website also features high-quality products such as Chanel Platinum, Omega Watches, Boston Whaler, Gustin Jeans and others.  

Public hearing to be held on proposed Erie County raises


BUFFALO, NY – Two On Your Side is continuing to watch out for your tax dollars with our You Paid For It series.

A public hearing on the raises for elected leaders will take place Thursday October 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Old County Hall at 92 Franklin Street in Buffalo.

The salary review commission recently recommended raises for certain lawmakers who haven't had them in 20 years. Under the proposal, the County Executive's salary would go from $103,000 to $126,000, the Sheriff's salary from $79,000 to $102,000. The clerk would go from $79,000 to $91,000. And the comptroller's salary would go from $80,000 to $98,000.