Buffalo is America’s best designed city


Buffalo is America’s best designed city. It’s so well designed that this guy (above) got a tattoo of Buffalo’s street design on his arm. What other city inspires that sort of thing?

Buffalo got its design from the Ellicott brothers. Joseph and Andrew Ellicott, back in 1804, designed Buffalo using a baroque street layout with a grid overlaid by a radial system of streets. Buffalo’s layout and design is similar to Washington, DC.

Meanwhile Frederick Law Olmsted, the guy who designed New York City’s Central Park, was commissioned to develop a parkway system for Buffalo. He did; he did it well.

Thanks to its parks, its abundance of water (Lake Erie, The Niagara River, etc.), and its excellent radial design, Buffalo attracted three of the greatest American architects– Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, and Louis Sullivan– all of whom left their mark on the city.

Words cannot fully express Buffalo’s design, so a video called America’s Best Designed City by filmmaker John Paget can help you visually see how well laid out the city is, full of parks, homes, businesses and, of course, flora, fauna, and art. It’s a sight to behold.

This video should inspire you to visit Buffalo sometime and experience for yourself what a well-designed place looks and feels like. It’s much more interesting than Cul-de-sac, USA or Suburbia!

Buffalo West Side Bazaar

Grant Street is Buffalo’s International Row. If you want to find food from foreign countries– authentically made by people from foreign countries– then visit the West Side Bazaar. It’s a small business incubator on Grant Street in Buffalo, on the West Side. Enjoy!

Buffalo NY grain elevators light show

The Buffalo NY grain elevator light show premiered on November 4th, 2015, with over 8,000 people gathered at downtown Buffalo’s Canalside to witness the multi-million dollar public art project’s debut.

The Buffalo NY grain elevator light show will be showing from dusk til 11pm nightly, year round, so you’ll have plenty of chances to see it in different seasons, whether from a boat on Lake Erie, a truck going over the Skyway, or when you’re relaxing in an Adirondack chair on the Canalside lawns.

Buffalo Fall Leaves

Buffalo fall leaves are beautiful. Chlorophyll gives most plants their verdant hues. Sunny days and crisp nights trigger the breakdown of cells at the base of the leafs stem causing chlorophyll to decompose. Other pigments — carotenoids and anthocyanins — surface in the plant’s leaves. The result is the Buffalo fall leaves’ display of colors in the canopies of city streets, rural woodlots, and forested hillsides.

Trees with higher concentrations of carotenoids (beech, birch, and willow) display colors of yellow and gold. Anthocyanins predominate in leaves of maples and sumac providing vivid red and orange colors. Factors such as soil nutrients, rainfall, temperature, and disease cause variations in colors within a species or geographic region. You can call the NY Fall Foliage Hotline 1-800-225-5697 for up-to-the minute highlights of New York’s fall foliage progression. Order Buffalo fall leaves artwork products such as the lovely $42 canvas print or colorful $26 leaf tote bag here.


From checking out the latest foliage report and identifying leaves to taking in the history and culture that New York proudly offers, you can expect a memorable experience while you travel throughout New York State each autumn. Be sure and make a point to see Buffalo fall leaves in beautiful Buffalo at the west end of the state.

Did you know that Amtrak’s vintage “Great Dome” car is in upstate New York for the fall foliage season? The car gives riders sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks and features an upper level with windows on all sides that provide panoramic views of the colorful foliage between Albany and Montreal. The dome car operates northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. Dome car trips are not made on Wednesdays and the car is available on a first come, first served basis. You can also get 15% off on Amtrak trips outside of New York City. Click here for more information.

Buffalo Glen Park Williamsville

Buffalo Glen Park Williamsville is a beautiful Buffalo area park in suburban Williamsville along Main Street. Known for its waterfall, Glen Park is sometimes called “Glen Falls Park,” though its actual name is Glen Park. Located in the Village of Williamsville, Glen Park is unique in that it is vertical- you can walk down or up it depending on whether you’re coming from Main St. or Glen Avenue. People like to fish, feed the ducks, take wedding pictures, wade in the water, and attend concerts and an art festival in Glen Park. A popular summer spot in beautiful Buffalo, Glen Park is a Western New York treasure.


If you’ve ever been to Glen Park or wish you were there right now, you can now order Glen Park artwork products so you’ll have a piece of the park in your home– how about a throw pillow for your family room couch or a shower curtain for your bathroom? Of course you can also get a metal print or acrylic print, etc. Order Buffalo Glen Park Williamsville products here.

For your knowledge, Glen Park has quite a history! Its location originally housed an amusement park, Harry Altman’s Glen Park Casino and Amusement Park. The property was razed following two fires.

The first fire in September 1968 destroyed a nightclub on the property called The Inferno. The Inferno was formerly the “Glen Casino”.

The nightclub was notable for featuring the bands Wilmer & the Dukes and Raven (formerly Tony Galla and the Rising Sons) on a weekly basis, which helped launch their careers. In addition, national recording acts such as Junior Walker & the All Stars, The Butterfield Blues Band, Sly and the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, The Bob Seger System, The Esquires, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Wilson Pickett, Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders, and Arthur Conley also played this famous nightclub.

The second fire in September 1973 destroyed several buildings, including the lower building called the “Underground”.

Altman, his son-in-law Dave Goldstein and grandson Steve Goldstein had hosted many famous entertainers at the Glen Casino over the years, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Jayne Mansfield, Dick Shawn, Joey Bishop, Jerry Vale, The Three Stooges, and the Mills Brothers.

The Casino was built in the 1940s and housed both a theater and a restaurant. In 1966, Kevin Elliott, a local promoter, sold Harry Altman the idea to convert the nightclub into a rock ‘n roll venue. It was also the springboard for the Inferno house band, named the Rising Sons. This local group featuring Tony Galla on vocals, Jim Calire on piano, John Weitz lead guitar, Tommy Calandra on bass guitar, Gary Mallaber on drums, became national recording artists known as Raven managed by music executive, Marty Angelo. The Raven recorded a live album entitled, “Live at the Inferno” which was later released in 1969. The front cover of the album is a photo of the fire-razed nightspot.

In 1976, the park was converted to its current state with the installation of several ponds and concrete walking paths. It has since been owned and maintained jointly by the Village of Williamsville and the Town of Amherst.

Buffalo Tulips

Buffalo tulips in the springtime can be quite beautiful. They smell good, they pop up out of the ground, and they’re colorful. I captured some yellow tulips and red tulips in Glen Park, in suburban Buffalo, New York, during the springtime. Buffalo tulips make people feel good. You can order a print of Buffalo tulips, or perhaps buy a Buffalo tulips greeting card to send to someone to brighten their day. Buffalo isn’t just snow, you know. It’s a four season city with beautiful Buffalo tulips in bloom each Spring.


Do you love flowers or know someone who does? Buffalo tulips
artwork on products makes for a nice gift. And these tulips never wilt!
Order Mark Weber’s Buffalo tulips’ products here.

About Buffalo tulips:

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Depending on the species, tulip plants can be between 4 inches (10 cm) and 28 inches (71 cm) high. The tulip’s large flowers usually bloom on scapes with leaves in a rosette at ground level and a single flowering stalk arising from amongst the leaves. Tulip stems have few leaves. Larger species tend to have multiple leaves. Plants typically have two to six leaves, some species up to 12. The tulip’s leaf is strap-shaped, with a waxy coating, and the leaves are alternately arranged on the stem; these fleshy blades are often bluish green in color. Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers on their scapes (e.g. Tulipa turkestanica). The generally cup or star-shaped tulip flower has three petals and three sepals, which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. These six tepals are often marked on the interior surface near the bases with darker colorings. Tulip flowers come in a wide variety of colors, except pure blue.

In the Buffalo area, you’re most likely going to see yellow tulips and red tulips.