Avant photo by kc kratt.
Best new building
Guaranty Building photo by Kim Miers.
Buffalo Zoo and Global Vascular Institute photos by kc kratt.
200 Delaware Ave.,
No other recent piece of construction has made such an impact on downtown.
Most beautiful building
Sullivan’s Guaranty Building
28 Church St. 848-1366
Kudos to Hodgson Russ, who just won a state award for their restoration and reuse of this landmark office building, one of the finest in the country. From close-up or from a distance, it never fails to deliver.
First place to take out-of-towners
Niagara Falls and Rapids
28 Church St. 848-1366
Niagara Falls is a natural. And don’t forget Goat Island. This part is important: Avoid the border and bridge lines and experience the American side of the Falls.
Best local advertising
Several area locations;
We are not fans of car crashes, but we do enjoy the “Carrubba Collision Hit of the Game,” highlighting the more violent contacts at Sabres games.
Best place for kids
TIE: Buffalo Zoo/Buffalo Museum of Science
300 Parkside Ave., 837-3900 x135,
1020 Humboldt Parkway, 896-5200,
The panelists love the activities at the science museum, but the readers say the zoo, hands-down. Both are great.
Most promising new construction
The Global Vascular Institute
Currently taking shape on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, this monument to industrial chic is part of the UB 2020 plan.
Best small town to visit
What doesn’t Lewiston have? You can picnic by the magnificent Niagara gorge, see a great concert at Artpark, eat at charming restaurants, and shop like a maniac.
Best scenic drive
Niagara Parkway (Ontario)
Just over the border, this drive offers well-kept gardens, magnificent waterfront homes, wineries, and the Niagara River.
The Richardson Towers
H.H. Richardson Complex
400 Forest Ave.
Regardless of how this complex is redeveloped, the towers will always be an eerie sight.
Favorite symbol of Buffalo
65 Niagara Square, 851-5847,
Everyone who thinks they know this building should take the tour; it has a fascinating story.
Prettiest city neighborhood
The best route to the Albright-Knox is along these well-manicured streets, lined with stately homes and parks.
Best Overlooked Park
Beaver Island photo by kc kratt.
Park with the widest range of activities
Beaver Island State Park
Beautiful grass and sand picnic acres, a stately amenity center, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more.
Best place to photograph
Allentown photo by Nancy J. Parisi.
You’ll want to zoom in on the fantastic assortment of architectural detailing; each house has its own personality.
Prettiest suburban neighborhood
Just beyond UB and the city limits is this charming network of winding streets, early twentieth century architecture, and village-like business districts.
Best spot for wildflowers
93 Honorine Dr., Depew, 683-5959,
There are gorgeous and well-groomed trails as well as a beautiful lily pond. Staff members in the visitor center can answer your questions about flowers you can’t identify, or you can consult the excellent signage.
Best spot for wildlife
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
1101 Casey Rd., Basom, 948-5445,
Also known as the Alabama Swamps, these acres are loved by geese, bluebirds, hawks, kestrels, herons, egrets, swans, plovers, hummingbirds, and other feathered favorites.
Most overlooked park
This well-structured park manages to maintain a wild appearance while providing all the amenities park users expect.
Best public waterfront access
3580 Lake Shore Rd., Blasdell, 826-1930,
Our closest beach access, this is also a very pretty park, with nice trails.
BEST OF WNY 2010