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Life in the WNY cloud

It’s easy to feel like you’ve fallen into an internet rut. You check out the same few sites on your lunch break, follow the same places that you know and visit in real life—it’s the net equivalent of Subway for lunch, day in, day out. It may be time to put some spice in your web diet by adding some of Spree’s favorite Buffalo-centered online destinations. (In addition to buffalospree.com, of course.)

We’re not including the big, obvious, mainstream pages and feeds that are easy to find, but the more niche-related, and possibly more interesting online destinations. [We’re also going to indulge in some good-natured nepotism, and just mention that the proprietors of the blogs Buffalo Pundit and Gardening While Intoxicated, and the website Nickel City Chef are also Spree contributers—and worth following.]


Twitter accounts

Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington): The Buffalo News’ Sabres beat writer and baseball columnist is quick with news, responsive to readers, and smart with his retweets and links.

Nicholas Mendola (@NicholasMendola): WECK (1230 AM) radio host, all-around Buffalo sports fanatic, and co-owner of FC Buffalo soccer club (@FCBuffalo).

Stevie Johnson (@StevieJohnson13): Remember hearing about the Bills wide receiver who blamed God for a dropped crucial pass? That’s Stevie. High-volume tweets, but fun to watch.

Innovation Trail (@InnovationTrail): A collaboration between five upstate public media outlets reporting on tech, research, and other breakthroughs, and how they shape our economy.

Where’s Lloyd? (@whereslloyd): Find out if Buffalo’s taco truck is going to be within galloping distance of your office, or curse the diesel-powered fates.

Buffalo Eats (@buffaloeats): Primarily connected to the blog of the same name, offering straight-up “food porn” from local eateries.

Buffalo Golfer (@buffalogolfer): Updates and details on local courses, commentary and seriously enthusiastic takes on pro matches.


Facebook pages

To connect with these pages, head to facebook.com, followed by the appendage shown here, or simply search out the names. You’ll have to hit the “Like” button to start getting updates in your own Facebook feed.

Community Beer Works (/communitybeerworks): Buffalo’s in-the-making microbrew outfit offers up insightful blog posts, timely beer news, and local brewing history.

Blue Monk (/bluemonkbuffalo): Up-to-the-minute updates on what’s on tap, and what’s for lunch, at Buffalo’s burgeoning gastropub.

Delish Buffalo (/pages/delish-cooking-school-and-pastry-shop): Warm weather is here, and so are great ice cream flavors and pastry delights on the very walkable Elmwood Avenue.

Edible Buffalo Magazine (search “Edible buffalo”): Updates from the local-food-focused magazine, along with links to good reading on sustainable and responsible food production.

Broadway Market (/broadwaymarketbuffalo): You know it for the butter lambs and Easter meats, but “Like” the Buffalo institution to keep up to date on all the goods available downtown.


Mobile apps

OpenTable (opentable.com): Want to see if there’s a table for 4 open Thursday night at Amici Ristorante, the Roycroft Inn, Torches, or Wine on Third? Tap your way to a reservation at more than forty regional restaurants.
WGR/Sports Radio 550: Live games and sports talk, wherever you are.

WBFO 88.7FM/WNED 9.70AM (iPhone only) or NPR News: On WBFO, listen to “HD1” for the straight radio feed from the local NPR affiliate, or “HD2” for eclectic music all day. WNED streams its straight radio feed only. You can also get WBFO and WNED streams—and many other NPR stations throughout the U.S.—through the official Public Radio app on iPhone and Android.

Wegmans (iPhone only): Build shopping lists with exact aisle listings for your local store, refill prescriptions, and check out deals and recipes.


Websites and blogs

Buffalo Rising (Buffalorising.com): The first place you’ll find the scoop on shops, art, and other happenings in Buffalo, especially around the Elmwood Village.

GrowWNY (growwny.org): Everything green, sustainable, reusable, and environmental in and around the area, with a really good events calendar.

Dedicated to Buffalo (dedicatedto-buffalo.com): Just what it sounds like, in pictures, links, and prose. “BuffaFact of the Day” doesn’t quite arrive daily, but it’s pretty interesting.

Bill Rapaport’s Buffalo Restaurant Guide (cse.buffalo.edu/restaurant.guide): Still going after twenty-three years—yes, the web has been here that long. Rapaport’s guide is built by visits from semi-anonymous diners, and provides deep reads and dialogues on a huge variety of eateries.

Buffalo Chow: Offline.

WNYMedia.net: A haven for independent blogging and citizen journalism, with an eye toward local politics, sports, and opinion.

Buffalo.com: Recently relaunched with an entirely new design, and a focus on quick browsing across lots of events and happenings.

Erie County Mapping (erie.gov/maps): Don’t bother with your own town’s property website. This interactive map quickly gets you the snoopy information you’re looking for, for anywhere in Erie or Niagara counties.

Fix Buffalo (fixbuffalo.blogspot.com): David Torke’s continuing mission to show and explain what’s happening, and what could happen next, in the development of the city’s East Side.

Mrs. 100 Beers (mrs100beers.blogspot.com): A Buffalo woman pledges to expand her horizons and try 100 different beers, giving us a vicarious taste.

Buffalo-Niagara Gardening (buffalo-niagaragardening.com): An online magazine for horticulture geeks in the 716.

Rust Belt Rising (rustbeltrising.com): A great, straightforward calendar of indie-ish shows coming up in Buffalo, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other (mostly drive-able) spots.

The Good Neighborhood (thegoodneighborhood.com): Seamus Gallivan’s site matches up ear-catching performers with local charities worth the cover charge.

Buffalo Architecture and History (buffaloah.com): Unbelievably rich site organized by street, building, architect, and neighborhood. Continually updated; includes several glossaries and a timeline.

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