Larkin Square Blog

6th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 15, 2018

Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Larkin Square for the 6th Annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin on Friday, March 16, 2018! From 5pm – 8pm, catch live music by McCarthyizm, Irish dancers from Clann Na Cara Irish Dance and an appearance by the Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Plus, your favorite food trucks, specialty beverages including Irish coffee and hot chocolate, and Irish fare from The Filling Station. Continue the fun after 8pm at neighboring restaurants and bars on Seneca Street including Hydraulic Hearth, Buffalo Distilling Company and Flying Bison Brewing Company. KeyBank Live at O’Larkin is free and open to the public thanks to our presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Limited and free parking will be available in the lot at 111 Hydraulic Street. Ride sharing is encouraged!

Sport your green, bring the family and get ready to dance into St. Patrick’s Day! This event will be outdoors, and will happen rain or shine (or snow!)



A night of Mystery with writers Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan

By Leslie Zemsky  
February 08, 2018

The Larkin Square Author series presents an evening of mystery writing with authors Jeff Schober and Suzanne Zewan on Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30 pm in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

Everyone loves a good mystery, learn more about the art of crafting a good one from Jeff and Suzanne.  This will be Jeff’s third visit to the Larkin Square Author Series and Suzanne’s first.

Jeff Schober is the author of numerous crime fiction books including Boneshaker and Broken and Profane.  His nonfiction works include Growing up Gronk and Bike Path Rapist: A Cop’s Firsthand Account of Catching a Killer Who Terrorized a Community.

Jeff’s newest book, Faces and Fingertips, while written  as a stand-alone novel, continues characters introduced in Broken and Profane and Boneshaker. When these lonely souls converge, results are hopeful, electric, and sometimes heartbreaking.

Ken Connell is a former Buffalo detective who has lost everything: his wife, his job, even his striking good looks, thanks to a shotgun blast that punctured his neck. These days he investigates insurance fraud, reminisces about the woman he loved, and dreams of moving south, while convinced he is being followed. R.J. Sorrentino has always lived on the fringe. He was angry before leaving for Vietnam and grew angrier when he returned. He’s a survivor; yet lately, surviving isn’t enough. His one chance at redemption is his ability to draw. Now working as a police sketch artist, a grisly discovery twists him back into uncertainty. Laura Pantera inhabits a world that looks different from everyone else’s. Her cheating husband is gone, and she’s haunted by a painful childhood. Days are long and nights turn surreal when she plunges into an abyss. Yet a mysterious neighbor mat just provide a lifeline to happiness.

Suzanne Zewan  is coordinator at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. She has a M.A. in English and Creative Writing and a M.S.Ed. in Career and Technical Education. Other publications include a poem in Jigsaw (2014), a short story and two poems in Jigsaw (2016), and a short story in Amaranth Review (2016).

Suzanne will be speaking about her novel, Shadow by the Bridge. In the book, 11-year-old Fritz Reynolds recalled his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet on Linden, New York. In this coming-of-age story, Fritz takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.

Refreshments will be available for purchase, a Q and A and book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the events through the co- sponsor Talking Leaves.

The Larkin Square Author series and other  public events are presented by KeyBank and Sponsored by Independent Health.



Design and construct a new hole for Larkin Links 2018

By Leslie Zemsky  
January 16, 2018

Calling all creative makers…We are looking to commission a few  new holes ( 2-3) for 2018 play at Larkin Links, a “nano”- sized golf course in Larkinville.

Larkin Links opened in 2015.  Each year we retire a couple of holes to make way for some new ones. Every hole is unique and small does not  mean easy to play!

The course is located next to Larkin Square at 763 Seneca Street in Larkinville.  We set out putters and balls each day for free play on the course. The course will be set back up in late May and remain open through October.

Winning submissions will receive a $1000 stipend to design and fabricate the hole. The hole will be delivered to Larkin Square the week of May 21st, 2018 ready for play!

Click here for an application and more information. Proposals are due back February 28th, 2018.

Call for Art: Submit your Design for the New Larkinville T-Shirt

By Leslie Zemsky  
January 08, 2018

The freezing temperatures have us dreaming of sunny weather and summer wardrobes! With a passion for local art, the Larkin Square team is opening submissions for a new t-shirt design to be sold at public events (Food Truck Tuesdays and KeyBank Live at Larkin) as well as LDG properties throughout Larkinville. For the next month, our team will be accepting design submissions and will choose one winning design to be printed. The winning designer will receive $500 and the chance to have their shirt sold throughout the square!

If interested, please submit a PDF of your one-color design (feel free to show us how your design looks on a t-shirt!) Designs must be family-friendly and incorporate the fun, whimsical and community feeling of Larkin Square. All designs must be submitted by February 5th to and include the artwork application. Submitted artwork without an application will not be accepted.

Click here for the application. 

Seneca Street: South of Larkinville, a preview of exciting new developments

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 24 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Larkin Square Filling Station.

The Larkin Development Group (LDG) began the transformation of the neighborhood we now call Larkinville in 2002. Through enormous hard work, dedication and investment by the LDG along with  many other developers and businesses, the neighborhood has become a national model for repurposing older buildings to new uses and bringing a neighborhood back to life.

Exciting developments are now in the works down the road from Larkinville on Seneca Street in South Buffalo.  Projects include the former Sheas Theater, a church and school and other buildings finding new life in South Buffalo near the historic Olmsted designed Cazenovia Park.

On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, in the Filling Station,  The Larkin Square Author and Speaker series invites you to join us for a preview  and discussion with developers Gino Gatti, John Otto and Peter Scarcello, Buffalo firefighters and the partners of  Hook & Ladder Development LLC, Jake Schneider, of Schneider Development Services, who is developing the historic Shea’s Seneca Project and Karl Frizlen, of The Frizlen Group, who is leading the conversion of the former St. Theresa’s parish school.

Established in 2012, Hook & Ladder Development is a real estate holdings company owned and operated by three Buffalo Firefighters. They have dedicated their lives to serving our city and are committed to its continued revitalization.Hook & Ladder has redeveloped a series of storefront properties on Seneca Street and is now working on plans to redevelop the 19th century former St. John’s Church.

Jake Schneider is the driving force behind The Shea’s Seneca project, located at 2178 Seneca St,. this is the adaptive reuse of 50,000 square feet of historic infrastructure originally constructed in 1929 by Michael Shea. When complete, the new mixed use facility will include 23 new apartments (The Skyroom Lofts), a 12,000 sf banquet facility (Shea’s Seneca Catering) and new commercial storefronts (Public Espresso Coffee and Bakery and others storefront tenants yet TBD).

Karl Frizlen, principal The Frizlen Group Architects has been actively involved in the transformation and planning of several historic neighborhoods including projects in the Elmwood Village.  He is now near the completion of a school project in the Seneca Street Corridor, the  redevelopment of the old St. Teresa’s Parochial School into the School Lofts @ Seneca, featuring 37 loft style apartments.

Each Developer will share photos of their projects, talk about their interest in South Buffalo and plans for the future as well. There will be time for questions and answers as well.



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