Thursday “Things-to-Do” – WNY Independence Day Fireworks!

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – WNY Independence Day Fireworks!

It’s 4th of July weekend, so it’s time to blow stuff up!

If you want to know where to catch fireworks around WNY, here’s a complete list (most of these begin around dusk. None earlier than 9pm):

Tonight (July 3rd)

Allegany State Park, Quaker area
BPO Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo (after Bison’s game)
Cattaraugus Co. Fairgrounds (after stock car races)
Dwyer Stadium, Batavia
George Borrello Park, Silver Creek
Newstead Park, Akron
Olcott Beach, Olcott
Russell Diethrick Park, Jamestown (after Jammers game)
Veterans’ Memorial Kenney Field, Tonawanda
Woodlawn Beach, Hamburg

July 4th

UB North, Amherst
Town Park behind the Town Hall, Boston
Canalside, Buffalo
Cheektowaga Town Park
Clarence Town Park
Concord Community Park
Dunkirk Pier
Boys and Girls Club, Girdle Road, Elma
Martin’s Fantasy Island, Grand Island
Hartley Park, Lakewood
Aurora Street, Lancaster
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley
Outwater Park, Lockport
Lyndonville High School
Lakeside Park, Mayville
Hyde Park, Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park, Prospect Park
Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda
Bradner Stadium, Olean
Orchard Park Middle School Pavilion
Pendleton Town Park
Royalton Ravine Park
Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca
Village Park, Warsaw
Oppenheim Park, Wheatfield

July 5th

Holiday Valley, Ellicottville
Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls
Jam in the Valley, Varysburg
Woodlawn Beach, Hamburg

July 6th

Niagara Falls State Park

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Hit Up a Museum in Buffalo

Western New York is full of museums, and Buffalo specifically has some really cool options. So, if you dig history or just need a day our of your apartments, consider checking out some of the local museums:

Buffalo Museum of Science

If you like science, archaeology or dinosaurs (who doesn’t?) then check out the Buffalo Museum of Science. Currently, you can catch the Mummies of the World exhibit, and see both naturally and intentionally preserved mummies from both other museums and private collectors.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

At the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, you can take in a bit of presidential history in your own backyard. With exhibits about Roosevelt’s path to becoming president, the Pan American Expo and American history in general, it’s a great way to spend some time on the weekend.

TR Inaugural Site

Albright Knox

With ever-changing exhibits, a cool layout and work from both current and past artists, the Albright Knox Art Gallery will impress any art enthusiast. Take a day to appreciate Buffalo’s fine arts culture and you won’t be disappointed.

Albright Knox

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Buffalo Living Tour

Looking for something to do this weekend? Wanna see some of Buffalo’s most unique living spaces? Want the chance to win some cool prizes, including dinners for two? Then get your punch card and check out this Saturday’s Buffalo Living Tour.

You can check out their website for more information. One of the featured properties is Kissling’s own West Huron Lofts, so we are excited to show off what we’ve been able to do in Buffalo’s downtown area for renovation and excellence in living spaces.

201 West Huron

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Our Allentown, Elmwood and Delaware Ave apartments (among others) are all in close proximity to the Elmwood/Bidwell Farmers Market.

Farmers Market

Every Saturday from now, through October, the Farmers Market will be up from 8 am to 1 pm, with fresh local produce, in addition to other local food products, drinks and the like. Their website has a list of vendors, with more info on events, news, and even a photo gallery. You can also like them on Facebook to keep up on current events for the market.

Basically, you can get good food for a good price, support local economy and have a nice morning in a beautiful park – sounds pretty nice, right? Check out the Farmers Market to see what we mean!

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Catch a Show

Like music? Wanna go out this weekend? Go catch a show at one of the local music venues. With plenty of spots within a close proximity to many of our Buffalo apartments, the city has a lot to offer by way of music, including a diverse set of venues and world-class onstage talent.

Here are just a few venues that you could check out:


Town Ballroom

Town Ballroom

A larger venue for bigger acts in Buffalo’s Theatre District, Town Ballroom is a great place to see anyone from local virtuosos to international acts. While it’s no Radio City Music Hall, it’s a great place to enjoy a concert.


Waiting Room

Waiting Room

With a more intimate feel, this smaller venue still features larger acts from time-to-time. Though it’s less ornate than Town Ballroom, Waiting Room still gets plenty of praise from local music enthusiasts.


Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar


Located in Allentown, this Bohemian venue is typical of the artsy section of Buffalo. Good drinks, good food and a lot of culture packed into a small space, you’ll be sure to have a good time at DBGB’s – and it’s right around the corner from our Allentown apartments.

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Niagara River Cruise

If you live in our downtown Buffalo apartments, Grand Island is just a short easy drive up the 190. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to take a cruise on the Niagara River, check out Grand Lady Cruises. With both public and private cruises available, you can get a little bit of coastal luxury without going to the Caribbean.

The Grand Lady

Here are a few specific things that Grand Lady Cruises could accommodate:


Date Night

Buffalo has plenty of great restaurants with incredible decor, food and drinks. But, let’s be honest, a cruise adds some extra excitement to a date. The Grand Lady does both lunch and dinner cruises, though the dinner cruise would probably be more suitable for a date. At 3 hours long, including live entertainment and a three course meal, you and your date will have a great time for sure!


Work Meetings & Presentations

If you want to make a good impression on some potential clients, investors, etc. – a boat will probably do the trick. You’ll definitely want to gauge the possibility of a boat cruise to see if the rental makes sense for your particular situation, but chances are that the cruise will make a good impression in a business scenario.


Parties, Weddings, Etc.

Again, Buffalo has no shortage of land-based event venues, but doing stuff on the water just has more panache. From wedding receptions to a simple get together, the Grand Lady has a lot of possibilities for parties both in private and public cruises.

Thursday “Things-to-Do” – Downtown Architecture Walk

You probably know that Buffalo has a rich architectural history. With buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and parks laid out by the greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, it’s easy to see perfection in both the individual buildings and the city’s plan as a whole.

So, if you’re ever looking for a reason to get our of your apartment on a beautiful day and you like beautiful buildings, here are a few to check out, take the tour. Whether you prefer architecture or history, you’ll have a blast seeing these buildings in person:

The Hotel Lafayette for Carmina Wood Morris and R&P Oak Hill


Guaranty Building



Thursday “Things-to-Do”: Niagara Falls State Park

Well, this is somewhat obvious, right? It is one of the natural wonders of the world, and everyone knows about it.

Niagara Falls

But, if you’re new to Western New York and you live in one of our downtown Buffalo apartments, you might not realize how close the Falls are. Even if you live in our lofts that are a bit more to the north, maybe you haven’t made it over to the wonder as of yet.

Even if you have been, maybe you didn’t know of a few things that the Falls offers:


Goat Island

Goat Island

Goat island offers a few great views of the falls, several smaller islands (Three Sisters) that are fun to look around, as well as some great spots for picnics. Go exploring and, even if you’ve been there before, you’ll be sure to see a side of Niagara Falls that you haven’t seen before.


Devil’s Hole

Devil's Hole

Devil’s Hole State Park is just a bit north of the Falls, and it makes for great hiking if you are so inclined. A fantastic way to escape the city, you’ll be sure to get a workout and see some beautiful nature – just be sure to bring a hiking buddy, since the trails can be a bit dangerous.


Bridge to Canada

Rainbow Bridge

If you didn’t know, you can walk over Rainbow Bridge and check out the Canadian side. Along the way over, you can see a great view of the Falls, and Canada has beautiful gardens, fun night life and even a Duty Free. Keep in mind that you will need a passport or enhanced license to get through the border, and it’s a good idea to have some cash handy in addition to any cards that you might have.

Thursday “Things-to-Do”: Elmwood Village

On our old website, we may have covered Elmwood Village as a good spot to hit up around Buffalo. But, seeing as we have a new site and the weather is starting to suit walking up and down Elmwood Ave… we’ll revisit the area. Here’s why:

Boutique Shops

Elmwood probably has the highest concentration of boutique shops compared to anywhere else in Buffalo. Plus, the number seems to continue to grow all of the time. From consignment shops like Second Chic to high-end, custom men’s tailoring like Bureau, Elmwood is the place for clothes, accessories, gifts and more!



Food & Drink

Looking for a healthy sandwich? Check out the Lexington Cooperative Market. Want a nice craft beer and some pub food? Head over to the Blue Monk. Want a nice glass of wine or a cocktail… check out any number of Elmwood restaurants. The restaurants are fantastic and you are certain to find something that you like!



Farmers Markets & Flea Markets

Everyone likes a good farmers market – great local produce and it’s just fun to walk around in the nice weather. Same goes for flea markets. So, check out Bidwell Park every Saturday for nice local farm products, or walk down a bit to the flea market if you like antiques.