Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Buffalo

Watching Buffalo progress fills us with excitement and appreciation for the people of this great city and the unique culture we have created. We love to explore new neighborhoods, introduce new residents to can’t-miss spots, and taste food from our inventive restaurants.

Here are five different neighborhoods that continue to impress.

Photo by Rhea Anna

Allentown is the perfect neighborhood for the creative types, or at least the people who like to feel creative. There is plenty of street art residents can appreciate simply by strolling through the neighborhood. With galleries, live music, and delicious restaurants, this neighborhood fulfills all your senses.

First Fridays continue to be a huge success in Allentown, which many residents wouldn’t miss. “It is a coordinated open house for all galleries in Allentown and the near vicinity,” says Andrew Eisenhardt, executive director of Allentown Association.

“Allentown First Fridays is in its 6th year,” says Andrew. “December is one of the biggest months with an artisan market and holiday activities.”

Music fans can visit attractions like Kleinhans Music Hall or Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to hear live music.

With fun events year-round, this inclusive neighborhood is perfect for both singles and families.

Elmwood Village
Photo by Jim Bush

Elmwood Village is continuing to gain traction and recognition. Most recently, Elmwood Village was named by American Planning Association as one of the country’s great places.

Whether you are one to stop at every coffee shop, candy store, or cheese spot, Elmwood has you covered in all your foodie dreams. If you have a need for sweets, you can’t miss Watson’s Sponge Candy. If you want something a little more fresh, stop at Kuni’s for some sushi that’s rolled right before your eyes.

Always boasting local goodness, be sure and grab some fresh produce at the farmer’s market, occurring every Saturday morning, or make a stop at Lexington Co-Op, which is open daily.
“The co-op was started in 1971 by people in the neighborhood who wanted good food,” says Tim Bartlett, general manager. “The co-op has been owned by the people who shop there since its creation.”

Connecticut Street

Connecticut Street is one of the newest emerging neighborhoods in Buffalo. Conveniently located near downtown and cultural attractions, this neighborhood is sure to delight anyone with its range of restaurants, shops, and events.

If you are a self-diagnosed foodie, look no further. “There’s already a very impressive line-up of restaurants and food shops — including Black Sheep, Breadhive, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile— that make it a must-stop for food lovers,” says Ed Healy, Visit Buffalo Niagara vice president of marketing.

Connecticut Street strives to create a high-quality urban living area. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see this area continue to surge in the coming years,” says Ed.

Grant Street
Photo by Rhea Anna

Where you once might have found an Italian-American neighborhood, Grant Street is now a collection of many more cultures. This neighborhood is a wonderful melting pot.

For a perfect example of the cultural changes the community has gone through, take a stroll inside West Side Bazaar, an incubator space for immigrants to share and sell their goods. Whether it is a handmade dress or delicious treat; you’ll never leave this space disappointed.

“With the infusion of many new immigrants and their respective traditions, cuisines and cultures, the neighborhood is a melting pot of old Buffalo and new Buffalo,” says Ed. “I’m a huge fan of the West Side Bazaar, Sweetness 7, and Guercio and Sons Market.”

Hertel Avenue
Photo by Joe Cascio

Hertel has had a rebirth like no other neighborhood in terms of restaurants, shops, and events.

If you’re ready to be entertained in a cool space, go nowhere else than the North Park Theatre, which has been on Hertel Avenue since 1920. This theatre was just restored and after years of neglect, and is ready to shine once more.

“The neighborhood is more vital — and more diverse — than at any time since I moved there more than 20 years ago,” says Ed. “There’s significant new investment along Hertel with the restoration of the North Park Theatre, the opening of several new restaurants, the development of a number of new apartment buildings, and the opening of a second Lexington Co-op in 2017.”

If any of these places sound like the place for you, contact one of our agents today and make one of these neighborhoods your new home.