Buffalove or bust, baby! Join us July 15 – 17th in Buffalo, NY!

Our second Rust Belt Takeover weekend is almost here! Buffalove or bust, baby!

LISTEN UP! These are the important things you will need to know!

Sleeping Arrangements: If you need a free place to sleep, contact Bernice directly at 716.237.0419 ASAP. The Buffalo’s Young Preservationists have kindly offered their city and their homes to us for the weekend.

Hashtags: #rustbelttakeover #buffalove #travelBUF #riseBFLO

Buffalo Packing / Prep List: 

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    Get ready to putt putt into a grain elevator.

    $15 cash / check and a blanket for your Richardson Complex Tour

  • If you have a…. putter/golf ball for the first ever Rust Belt Take Over Mini Golf Tourney
  • Comfy shoes, flash light, rain gear
  • Clear space on your phone for some serious IG action
  • Snacks / Water Official Schedule: 

Friday Evening, July 15th!!!

Random Awesome Tour: Join us at 1100 Niagara Street (AKA The Agway) from 7pm – 8:45pm. The building is VACANT. It will be DARK. It is a giant white malting house next to a tim hortons located on the West Side of Buffalo. You can’t miss it!

WELCOME PARTY!!!!

9pm – ??? Welcome party at the Pop In!  The Pop In is a special pop up event space on the West Side of Buffalo. We will welcome you with the food Buffalo is famous for – pizza & wings! Beer will be available, too. Donations welcomed. Parking is free and easy on Grant Street. 218 Grant Street. Buffalo, NY 14213

Saturday, July 16th!!!

9am – 10:30am = Tour of Silo City located at 87 Childs Street (right near the Ohio Street Bridge). Silo City is the largest collection of grain elevators in the entire world!!! Meet with Chris who is writing a book on this stuff and Dana, curator of the famous “City of Night” which is the worlds largest grain elevator party! The gate will be open – park inside the gate. We will start the tour at 9:10 sharp – BE ON TIME because they’re very vacant and require traveling in a group! Read about them here: http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/2015/06/seven-ways-enjoy-silo-city/silo city

11am – 2pm = Tour of the Hydraulics Neighborhood & the Rust Belt Takeover Mini Golf Competition! Meet at 716 Swan Street (Hydraulic Hearth) at 11am Sharp. We will be picking teams and giving out awards to the winners – Larkin Links is the smallest mini golf course in the rust belt and all the holes have something to do with the history of Buffalo! Food trucks and beer will be open for drinking / eating purposes.

3pm – 5pm = Downtown Tour by Derik Kane. Meet at City Hall located on Niagara Square and explore all the incredible architecture including the Ellicott Square Building and The Guaranty Building by Louis Sullivan! The tour will end around 5pm at EXPO, Buffalo’s newest food market which also happens to be next to our historic Market Arcade building!

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Rumor has it that we may get inside the Guaranty Building!

5pm – 7:30pm = BREAK. Go explore the central terminal, check out canal side, see Niagara Falls, sleep… whatever.

7:30pm – ??? = Resurgence Brewery Party for Bernice & Nate’s birthdays. YAY!!! Bernice and Nate are both part of the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists. Resurgence is a fun brewery with giant size games, loads of beer and fun AND is located inside a historic saw tooth building. 1250 Niagara Street. http://www.resurgencebrewing.com

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Sawtooth + Brewery = Awesome

Sunday, July 17th!!!! 

9:15am – Noon = Breakfast on the newly restored Olmsted designed Front Lawn and a tour of the Historic Richardson Complex! Breakfast will be served between 9:15 – 10am and there will be a tour at 10am. YOU MUST BE ON TIME and it costs $15 cash / check. This is a crazy special tour – we can’t stress this enough – tours like this are incredibly rare and the building is being renovated so this will be the last time you’ll see it in this vacant state before everything goes in. It is preservation in the making, people!!!!

Noon – 1:30pm = We can wander over to Delaware Park which is our centerpiece in the parks and parkway systems designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. We will also see the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo History Museum and the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery on our walk around the park!

1:30pm – BYE BYE!!! 

Buffa-WHAT? Sneak Preview for July 15, 16 & 17th in Buffalo, NY!

Buffa-WHAT? Sneak Preview for July 15, 16 & 17th in Buffalo, NY!

Buffalo… home of the chicken wing, lake effect snow and the grain elevator. Won’t you come explore the Queen City with us?

Here is a sneak preview of what is happening in Buffalo, NY on July 15, 16 & 17th! Everything is free unless noted, but don’t forget to register for the weekend.

Friday, July 15th. 

Who says we can’t party inside a vacant industrial grain elevator? Join us at 7:30pm at the Agway located at 1100 Niagara Street on Buffalo’s West Side along the infamous buffalo belt line and with epic views of Lake Erie. A tour kicks off at 8:15pm sharp… bring a flashlight! Kegs of local beer and pizza and wings will be provided, too. BYOB is not required but always appreciated.

Saturday, July 16th.

Shouldn’t every morning start with fresh locally made bagels and coffee and a tour of the largest concentration of Grain Elevators in the World? Join us at 9am sharp at Silo City at 87 Childs street. Swannie Jim will be on hand to provide information as we wander in and around these industrial gentle giants!silo city .jpg

Late Morning / Lunch : Join us at 11:30am in front of City Hall for a tour of downtown Buffalo featuring several iconic buildings including the Guaranty Building by Sullivan, the Ellicott Square Building by Ellicott and our stunning art deco City Hall. Lunch will be at Expo (Buy your own), Buffalo’s newest downtown hipster lunch spot.

Our afternoon will be spent in the historic Hydraulics neighborhood OOOing over the last remaining corner of the iconic FLW administrating building, drinking pints of locally made beer at the Hydraulic Hearth and putt-putt-ing on the smallest golf course in the rust belt – Larkin Links! We’re serious, you can hit a ball into a giant heart bomb, a grain elevator and Ellicott’s historic radial street system he made for Buffalo! (716 Swan Street – More on this event soon!)

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Saturday evening is TBD. It will likely be pretty crazy since it is Bernice’s 30th birthday and BYP is hosting…. so… yeah! Rumor is an old basement club or perhaps a rooftop party. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 17th.

Sunday morning will be magical – breakfast on the Olmsted-designed front lawn and a tour of the Richardson Complex!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a huge win for RBCoYP, they rarely do tours these days so it is ultra special. Designed by H.H. Richardson, the old psych ward is now being restored and renovated into a boutique hotel, an architecture museum and more. 9am breakfast / 10am tour – $15 for the tour the day of. 

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After the tour, we will likely wander over to the Albright Knox Art Gallery (world renowned for our Contemporary Art Collection, including Andy Warhol!) and check out Delaware Park, an Olmsted Designed Park and Parkway system!

If you have any energy left, this would be the time to check out Niagara Falls, canalside, central terminal and the other spots that we didn’t cover!

!!!!LOGISTICS!!!!

SLEEPING: If you need a place to crash, email bypteam@gmail.com ASAP or Bernice has kindly opened her vacant lot and back yard next to her house for tents… there is a shower inside the house!

TRAVELING: Expect to drive around to these places… you can also bike pretty easily if you bring your bike. We do have a bike sharing program which will be launching soon but until then, you’d have to bring one or rent. WE DO NOT HAVE UBER OR LYFT.

PACKING LIST: Blanket for breakfast on the lawn, flashlight, a winter jacket (half kidding but it can get cold here!), shoes to adventure in and snacks. Tent if you feel like camping.

See you in one month! #buffalove #rustbelttakeover #buffalony

 

Buffalo’s Young Preservationists… 2016 Projects! 

By Bernice RadleBuffalo’s Young Preservationists

I, along with many millennial-aged Buffalonians who love architecture and history, help to save buildings from the wrecking ball every day under the advocacy group called Buffalo’s Young Preservationists.

We’ve worked to save buildings of all sizes including Trico (where the windshield was invented), Wildroot (largest hair product supplier in 1940), an administrative building for our largest steel company, and many dollar houses that patiently wait for new owners to re-love them. We do things differently – plastering hearts on buildings, creating dynamic campaigns, and pushing for policy changes to enhance preservation of our historic neighborhoods.

What’s on our agenda for this year? Here are just a few buildings we are trying to save. Follow our progress here! 

Wildroot : Thanks to Chrissy and Mark for taking the lead on this, Wildroot was listed this year as “Seven to Save” by the Preservation League of New York State. It’s at risk because the owner died and it’s in estate hell…the vacancy vortex is in full force!! We keep and eye on it by cleaning it up, painting it, and securing it from time to time.

Crosby : Essentially every major applianceof the 20th century had its parts stamped at the Crosby plant. It’s up for demolition now because the owners were not aware of its potential ….but we’ve created a fun campaign and the owners are now looking into stabilization!! We go before the common council next month to fight for it to have local landmark designation!

 North Park Library: A historic library in an area surrounded by parking lots… This is up for demolition because it has been vacant for five years and a developer wants to put a new mixed-use building in its place. The library is really loved by the community! We’ve started a petition which has hundreds of signatures and we go before the common council on April 12th to fight for it to have a local landmark designation!

The Bachelor: Buffalo’s oldest apartment building in downtown, the Bachelor was built for single working men (thus the name the bachelor!) It is in danger because a local developer wants to tear it down for a hotel and parking garage…While restoring another building in the process but removing this one. We go before the common council in April to fight for its local landmark designation.

 Other than that, we will likely do our happy hours, board and seals and other random fun things that we typically do every year!

A Guide To Local Breweries in Buffalo, NY.

By Bernice Radle – Buffalo’s Young Preservationists

Do you like our “Local Brews on Tues” series? Taste it for yourself!  Join us on April 8th – 10th to taste the finest beers from around the Rust Belt. To kick off our weekend in PGH, we will be doing a “BYOB” Friday night opening event where everyone brings a six pack or growler of local beer with them. Thanks to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we will also be able to serve some of the finest Pittsburgh foods drink, talk and meet so many cool young preservationists from across the Rust Belt!!!  YES, you heard that right. Regional. Beer. Potluck. #BYOBrustbeltbeerparty

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program….

If there is one thing that is even better than beer, it’s when breweries open and make good beer inside historic buildings. Buffalo just happens to do this extremely well.

Buffalo is known for many things including chicken wings, snow and our 4am bar closings. 4am bar closings? Yes you read that right! We know how to drink beer. A mayor once said “Stay inside, grab a six-pack and watch a good football game,” when a giant snowstorm was coming. We have a grain elevator wrapped to look like a six pack of beer and Labatt Blue moved their headquarters to Buffalo because we drank the their beer the most out of any area. I won’t even begin to talk about our awesome ability to kayak down a river filled with grain elevators and bar crawl at the same time! (Editor’s note: Bernice, don’t lie. You’re totally going to do that in a future post. You’re too excited about it not to.)

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Summer in Buffalo means kayaking to Riverworks where you can drink and hang out with grain elevators wrapped to look like a Labatt Six Pack.

On top of that, it is no secret that BYP got its start by getting together to drink beers in local historic taverns and talking about preservation battles. Our happy hours are fairly infamous because they tend to attract 50 – 100 very passionate preservationists from around the area. Another reason why we love local taverns and breweries!

We have something we like to call “Beer Oriented Development” here in Buffalo, NY. Coined by Buffalo City Planner Chris Hawley, BOD is defined as “the ability of local craft brewing and distilling to attract people, dollars, and development.” Basically that means, when a brewery or cool craft tap house opens in a typically underserved area, it kickstarts attention and development in that area. BOD, much like TOD (transit oriented development), is a great way to help grow communities and increase the excitement needed to begin a rebound.

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Big Ditch Brewing Co. (Photo Courtesy of Big Ditch!)

Let’s explore the brewing scene in Buffalo!

Pearl Street Brewery:

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Pearl Street Brewery. (Photo Courtesy of Visit Buffalo Niagara)

Perhaps our oldest brewery, Pearl Street opened in the late 80’s in Downtown Buffalo where saving buildings and drinking locally-made beer was pretty much unheard of. Pearl Street decided to set up shop downtown, saving an incredible set of brick row buildings from the wrecking ball for their brewery! Rumor has it that the owner of Pearl Street has some serious ties in Colorado with Breckenridge Brewery, which is a Denver staple. Try the Lighthouse or Trainwreck – two of Pearl Street’s classics!

 

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BYP at Resurgence Brewery in 2014

Resurgence Brewery:

This brewery decided to land inside one of Buffalo’s very few saw tooth buildings on the West Side of Buffalo. Resurgence is known for their Sponge Candy Stout, giant Jenga and their large patio. Before Resurgence, houses were selling for $1, if they dodged the demolition. Now? Two art galleries and a local fitness company have opened and a wood fired pizza place on the way.

 

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CBW wins the “first in” award. In 2012, these guys took the
plunge in Buffalo when very few would. They serve delicious unfiltered beer and do it very very well. They teamed up with
Hydraulic Hearth to create a satellite brewery so Hydraulic could serve the freshest beer to their customers. CBW is nearing a big change – soon enough they will have a large tap room inside of a historic building located on the lower west side in an area that is ripe for BOD.

Big Ditch Brewing Co. :

Big Ditch Brewing Co. champions our Buffalo history all day, every day. “Strength, Pride and Ambition, the history of the Erie Canal” is a mural that looks over the brewery and happens to be one of the most highly instagrammed photos of 2015 in Buffalo. Well, Big Ditch took over a nondescript warehouse and turned it into an epic brewery equipped with meeting spaces, garage doors for the summer and a second floor. Located in Downtown Buffalo, Big Ditch helped to inspire others to invest in what now is known as “restaurant row” along Ellicott Street.

Gene McCarthy’s :

Perhaps my all-time favorite chicken wing spot is also a brewery! Gene’s has done a lot for the old first ward over the last 100 years. Despite the fact that it hasn’t changed much over the years, Just recently, there have been proposals for a new cafe and their first shipping container house. If you go here, order the McCarthy’s wings – they are delicious!!

And there’s so much more! Including Flying Bison, Ellicottville Brewing Co., 42 North and many others… I feel like I could write forever but luckily for us, someone already did! You can read this powerpoint equipped with some of the best beer quotes I’ve ever seen. And if you’re thirsty for more, click here for the official buffalo beer guide

Cheers!
Bernice

Major Label Debut: Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists!

United we stand together as a group of young preservation organizations from around the rust belt to bring you the following:

  • Many awesome rust belt weekend trips where we sleep on couches, go to all the historic bars we can and explore the weirdest parts of the city on bike.
  • A friend when you need a hug because someone evil knocked something historic down.
  • Advice, wisdom and love when you’re advocating to save a building in your area.
  • Advice on starting up young preservation organizations across the rust belt. (Warning, this may require us to come there to explore and help!)
  • Affirmative action when needed. Why? Because that is what we do for our friends.

Who is this crazy RBCoYP team? People from Buffalo, Indy, Pittsburgh and Columbus… so far. Stay tuned for more info.

xo!