For more than 50 years Mark Goldman’s life has been intertwined with the life of the city of Buffalo. His work as an historian, as a teacher, as the creator of the Calumet Arts Café and the Allen Street Hardware Café, in addition to his extensive engagement in some of the most important public policy debates of our times, has provided him with unique insights into the recent history of our city. In addition to detailed accounts of Black Rock, the Italian West Side, South and North Buffalo and Central Park, the book also discusses the origins of the preservation movement, the Buffalo school desegregation case, the story of Chippewa Street and the Calumet Arts Café, the Bass Pro Controversy, and so much more. City of My Heart is romantic and infused with hope, an effort to extract from the often painful pages of our history aspects of our past that will inspire faith in ourselves and our community. “I want this book to water the wholesome,” Mark says, “to help us hold on to hope and the promise of tomorrow.” Written passionately in the first person, City of My Heart is a Valentine to Buffalo that reveals as much about the author as it does about this, the city of his heart.
Follow the lives of John and Patrick Donahue as they grow up in the Old First Ward in Buffalo, New York during the mid-1800s. Orphaned as children, they are sent to live with their grandmother. While John finds work and helps support the family, Patrick becomes involved with a gang and runs wild. When the Civil War breaks out, the brothers join the Union army. Follow them through the deadly battles of Grant’s Virginia campaign to Appomattox, the difficulties they face holding jobs once the war is over, their relationships with wives, children, and one another, and Patrick’s lifelong battle with the bottle. A compelling tale of two Irish Catholic men, sons of immigrants, during a tumultuous period in our nation’s rich history.
In 1900, Buffalo was the eighth largest city in the U.S. As the world ushered in the new century, Buffalo celebrated its status as a vibrant center for transportation, commerce, and industry and became home for thousands of immigrants who chose to begin their new lives in this promising City by the Lake. Postcards erupted on the scene around 1907, a short-lived product of the collision of emerging print technologies and existing postal regulations. This lovely book offers a fascinating and historically accurate glimpse of Buffalo’s Main Street at the turn of the last century through postcard scenes. These views of downtown reveal Buffalo as one of the most progressive and vibrant cities of the time. How fitting that postcards, made popular during Buffalo’s heyday, should pave the way through the city’s illustrious past. Perhaps they also provide valuable clues for directions in which Buffalo’s beautiful downtown could and should develop a century hence, rising from the ashes to emerge once again as a vital, vibrant hub for the entire region.
Rick Azar. For many, this name evokes a wave of wistful nostalgia. A member of the charismatic trio “Irv, Rick and Tom” on WKBW-TV that dominated the Western New York and Southern Ontario airwaves for nearly two decades, Rick Azar tells engaging stories about so many historical beginnings. His tales chronicle the birth of broadcasting, the contentious start of the Sabres and the beginning of the Buffalo Bills. Azar shares fascinating behind-the-scenes encounters with some of the colorful celebrities he interviewed – and, more often than not, befriended – over the decades. Meet Howard Cosell, Jack Kemp, Joe Namath, Ted Williams, Gil Perreault, Wayne Gretzky, Floyd Patterson, Ilio DiPaolo, Jack Nicklaus, Dizzy Gillespie, and so many more. Azar’s journey from Brooklyn to Buffalo, on the stage and on the air, covering sports and offering commentary, is entertaining and insightful. It also reveals much about Buffalo, his beloved hometown.
This beautiful book celebrates the life of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and helps us cherish the memory of this passionate champion of nonviolence, who dedicated her life to providing sanctuary and hope to ex-offenders. The biographies, stories, essays, interviews, poetry, art, and photographs that grace this book are voices of the community expressing how Buffalo’s Ambassador of Peace touched their lives. Vignettes are interspersed with entries from Sister Karen’s own journals and observations that express hope and forgiveness.
The Emmy-nominated DVD, Apostle of Peace, produced by Daybreak TV Productions, is enclosed in each book. This moving half-hour tribute to Sister Karen that aired a year after her death, includes interviews with some of the people closest to her, along with archival footage of Sister Karen herself.