Delaware Park Buffalo

Here are some pictures of the Delaware Park area of Buffalo, New York. These were taken in the Springtime, as you see tulips in one picture. Delaware Park is Buffalo’s premier park… home to a Japanese Garden, statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Buffalo Zoo and much more. Pictures by Todd Hariaczyi

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Buckhorn Island State Park

If you go near the northern Grand Island Bridges, you’ll find Buckhorn Island State Park on Grand Island, near Buffalo. There are very few trails, but one trail does lead to the bridge area, offering incredible views. Pictures by Todd Hariaczyi

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.

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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.

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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.