Larkin Square Blog

Who will become the 2015 Food Truck Pumpkin Carving Champion?

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 21, 2015

Vote for your favorite pumpkin carved by the Food Trucks at Truck or Treat on Tuesday, October 27th, 5-8pm the final Food Truck Tuesday for the season.

If the talent displayed at last year’s Truck or Treat is any indication, this year’s entries will be scary, creative, whimsical and fun! Guests attending Truck or Treat are invited to vote for the winning pumpkin.  Knight Slider won in 2014 with many other pumpkins close contenders.

The trucks will be handing out candy to the kids. Costumes encouraged as Workingman’s Dead returns to the stage to recreate the playlists of favorite Grateful Dead concerts of years past!

Come for dinner and enjoy some Halloween fun! Free parking and admission.

Building Larkinville with Larkin Development Group and First Niagara

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 16, 2015

Larkin Development Group has been engaged in the rebuilding of the Larkinville neighborhood since 2002. This has included a complete street renovation along Seneca and Van Rensselaer Streets along with numerous buildings and spaces including the Larkin at Exchange Building and Larkin Square.

Larkinville as we know it today would not exist without the incredible support of First Niagara.  They are the presenting sponsor today for all the Larkin Square events.  They also provided tremendous support and leadership to rebuild the streets, build Larkin Square and help residents in the neighborhood improve their homes.  Plus they moved their headquarters to Larkinville! On behalf of all who live, work and play in Larkinville, thank you to First Niagara!

Talented filmmaker John Paget created this video showcasing the development of Larkinville and the instrumental role First Niagara had in this. Enjoy!

AREA (excerpted) Torn Space Theater presents a video play in (716) GAL-LERY

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 02, 2015

Following on the heels of the recent exhibition Still Images | Moving Pictures, which explored the beginnings of motion pictures, comes another performing arts installation: AREA (Excerpt) @ (716) GAL-LERY 

 Torn Space Theater presents Buffalo’s shortest play inside Buffalo’s smallest art gallery, a repurposed vintage phone booth located inside the Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery at 716 Swan Street in Larkinville.

Opening during the Saturday, October 10th, 11am – 3pm return of the popular Bagels and Brooze (in partnership with BreadHive Bakery) brunch service at Hydraulic Hearth, Torn Space’s installation for (716) GAL-LERY is an excerpt from their original production AREA (2010). The featured scene focuses on a phone conversation between two women regarding the sale of a used car. The conversation illustrates that a deeper and more sinister exchange might be occurring.

“In AREA we follow a young woman as she enters an environment of images that are at times alluring and sometimes shocking. Although she experiences moments of terror she does not turn back, but remains in search of some unattainable end. As her journey continues, we watch as her past begins to fade obscured by the lens of this new world.” states Dan Shanahan, Founder of Torn Space.

Written and directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola
Video design by Brian Milbrand and Timothy Stegner
Video editing by Brian Milbrand
Sound design by Justin Rowland
Performers: Kara McKenney and Becky Globus
Text used in the phone conversation from Raymond Carver Are These Actual Miles.

We are excited to partner with Torn Space, known for presenting plays in unexpected locations such as this past summer in Silo City. Torn Space is also a neighbor to Larkinville, with their theater located around the corner on Fillmore Avenue.”

Torn Space Theater (TST) presents original performances, re-interpretations of classic works, site-specific works and WNY premieres of internationally recognized, contemporary drama. Drawing from the leading edge of the global avant-gardes, TST cultivates collaboration among actors, musicians, and visual artists in both its original works and new interpretations of established plays.

AREA (2015) will be on display through Thanksgiving, 2015. For more information about Torn Space, visit For more about Hydraulic Hearth and its (716) GAL-LERY, visit

The Mystery of Crown Hill

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 02, 2015

Just in time for Halloween on Thursday, October 29th, from 5:30pm – 6:45pm Larkin Square Author Series welcomes author Christina Abt and psychic Candi Thornton for a talk about the mystery of Crown Hill. Read More

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