Log Buffalo - September 3-4, 2005
We found a copy of
Art Voice, Buffalo's version of the Chicago Reader.
This week's issue featured "The Best ... in Buffalo." Using this, we walked
to a great breakfast spot, The Towne, in Allentown and then went next door
to Rust Belt Books. We spent many happy hours pouring over the old used
volumes and finally narrowed our selections to Hobbes' Leviathan, Balzac's
Complete Novelettes, and Ghosh's In an Antique Land, among many others.
This inexpensive purchase was important since we (especially Rana) are burning
though the ship's library at a great rate.
Later, we went to The
Best Romantic dinner spot, The Left Bank. We had terrific food and great
service. The restaurant was very far from the marina and our waiter, Sean,
was so helpful he gave us a ride to a romantic wine bar named Bacchus.
The next day we set
out on an ambitious walking tour of Buffalo. We started by admiring the
of the downtown area and had breakfast at The
Spot, a local coffeeshop where we poured over the Sunday
New York Times and all of the latest news of the Hurricane. Everywhere
we went people were talking about the horror and the poor response.
After breakfast, we
walked along Delaware Street's Millionaire Row. We saw the barracks
building where in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was
inaugurated. Further down the street, was a mansion housing a political
club which counted three presidents as members. It was even the temporary
White House immediately after McKinley's assassination.
In North Buffalo, we
visited the campus of Buffalo State University and the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The featured exhibit was Extreme Abstraction, including older works by Pollock,
Rothko, Noguchi, and Moore. Newer pieces were mobile, projected and video
art. One fascinating room contained what looked like retro 60's, black and
white work that challenged our visual perceptions.
We picked up a map
showing the location of a number of Frank Lloyd Wright homes
within walking distance. In order to get to them, we walked through Olmstead's
Delaware Park. Fredrick Law Olmstead
was the landscape architect for many famous parks in such cities as New
York, Chicago and Milwaukee.
William Heath House
is situated on Bidwell Parkway, is an active residence and is in beautiful
condition. A few miles north is located the Darwin
Martin Group, a multi-structure residential complex
constructed in 1903. Some claim that it is the most important house design
of his career, second only to Fallingwater. It is currently under extensive
renovation, scheduled for completion in 2006-7. The cost is estimated to
be $16 million in state, local and foundation funds.