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A Bird’s Eye View — South Buffalo in the 1930s [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Even though I hate flying, I love peeking out the window as the plane descends, just to see if I can pick out places I know. Plus, it's really cool to get a different, aerial view of things.

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Oliver's Restaurant Boston Public Library Flickr
Boston Public Library, Flickr

Oliver’s Restaurant — Updated, But Still Old School [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

They say you shouldn't mess with a good thing, and while I've only been to Oliver's a couple times (it's expensive, and you didn't think I was gettin' rich from this gig, did you?), the restaurant clearly sticks to that saying -- at least when it comes to their decor.

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Greyhound Bus Terminal Buffalo NY
gottagoon-2, eBay

Buffalo’s Old Greyhound Bus Terminal — An Example of Awesome Building Re-use [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Looking at the bottom half of the above postcard, can you tell what the old Greyhound Bus Terminal is today? And, no, the answer is not "a pile of rubble" -- this puppy (ha, I'm punny!) is still (mostly) standing.

Here's a hint: This bus terminal was located a few blocks away from the current bus station on Ellicott Street, on Main Street.

Give up?

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Lafayette Square Buffalo NY
vintagepostcardsusa, eBay

The Buffalo Public Library in Lafayette Square Was SO PRETTY! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Every day as I walk to and from my car, I pass the Buffalo Public Library's Central Branch, which is just across Lafayette Square from our dumpy little studio. It's clear from the old photo of the Square above that a very pretty, old building used to be where the library stands now -- but what was it?

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McKinley Monument
Joshua Sherurcij, Wikimedia Commons

The McKinley Monument — How Dull Would Niagara Square Look Without It? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Buffalo has the unfortunately designation of being the place where President William McKinley was assassinated (among other unfortunate designations we've received over the years). Fortunately, that misfortune (are you confused yet?) contributed a very recognizable landmark to our city.

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Connecticut Street Armory
Pubdog, Wikimedia Commons

The Connecticut Street Armory is Pretty Darn Sturdy [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

When you look at these photos, what you can deduce is this: The 74th Regimental Armory, now known as the Connecticut Street Armory, is one sturdy building.

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Amherst Street Lincoln Parkway 2012
Google Maps

Where’d the Court of Fountains on Lincoln Parkway Go? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

You’re probably thinking, “Court? Fountains? Huh?” Yes, indeed -- Lincoln Parkway was a very different place in 1901, due to, as it is widely known, the Pan-Am Exposition.

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Main Street Buffalo, 2012
Sara Johnson

Check Out What Main Street Looked Like in 1911! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

This morning, while strolling down Main Street on my way to the studio, I was accosted by a young man who kept calling me "wifey" and wanted me to hang out with him on the street corner all afternoon. Normally I would jump at the offer to make a new friend, but I had things to do this morning, so I regretfully declined.

Two thoughts ran through my head as I walked away from my new BFF: What a nice guy; it's really nice of him to follow me to my building to make sure I got there safe and Were men half as polite on Main Street in 1911?

I don't know the answer to the latter thought, but I do know that the women back then were not lucky enough to be called "wifey" by a total stranger. What I can tell you, though, are five super-cool places on Main Street that you should visit at least once.

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Lafayette Square - June 5, 2012
Jack FM

Check Out What Lafayette Square Looked Like in 1889! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

We know Lafayette Square for many things: partying at Thursday in the Square, the location of our dumpy little studio and the colorful visitors to the Square every day. In fact, on my way to the Square's Tim Horton's this morning, I witnessed a mother/daughter cat fight that was about to get ugly.

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