Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

Next story: The Fine Arts

Our City, Our People

Our City, Our People

Why tear down the Skyway when it offers one of the best (and most widely accessible) views of Lake Erie?

What’s with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dissing Buffalo?

Who cares about Mo Hassan’s trial, Chris Lee’s bare chest, or Carl Paladino’s endless campaign for governor?

Oh, the questions you ask us, Buffalo, and the answers you give. In this year’s people and places category, we find a lot of old friends (PUSH Buffalo, Shredd & ragan, the yearning for a Stanley Cup) as well as some new ones (welcome, Terry Pegula, Cocktails & Creampuffs, and Gladys Over). We welcomed some new issue to the table, too, most notably concern over hydrofracking in New York State and the financial and functional crisis in city’s schools.

This year we omitted two old staple questions, best and worst politicians, because far too often the names you wrote in each column were identical. But as you look at this year’s results, I think you’ll be able to interpolate the region’s feeling about its elected officials. But here’s food for thought which only those of us who counted the ballots can offer: If you tally all the votes for potential rivals to Chris Collins in the “Next Erie County Executive” category—including, of course, the popular answer “anyone but Chris Collins”—then our informal straw poll suggests a big change in the rath Building this fall…

geoff kelly

Nominees listed in no particular order. Winners will be announced at the Artvoice Best of Buffalo Party, Monday, May 9, 6-9pm, at Town Ballroom.

Best Individual Activist Morgan Dunbar
Kevin Gaughan
Carl Paladino
Kitty Lambert
Aaron Bartley
Best Activist Group Tea Party
Animal Allies of Western
New York
PUSH Buffalo
Buffalo ReUse
Buffalo First
Best Annual Festival Italian Festival
Taste of Buffalo
Allentown Arts Festival
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Buffalo Wing Festival
Best Annual Fundraiser Ride for Roswell
World’s Largest Disco
Artists & Models
Red Cross MASH Bash
Variety Club Telethon
Best Local Blog Buffalo Pundit
Buffalo Rising
Cocktails & Creampuffs
Best Twitter Feed @buffalopundit
Biggest Scandal of the Year Mo Hassan’s trial
Chris Lee shirtless on Craigslist
Chris Collins’ budget cuts
Carl Paladino’s emails, gaffes, and entire gubernatorial campaign
That Byron Brown is still mayor
Most Over-Covered Story Bass Pro
Chris Lee scandal
Carl Paladino’s campaign
Mo Hassan trial
Charlie Sheen
Most Under-Covered Story Corruption in City Hall
Hydrofracking issues
Buffalo schools budget crisis
Chris Lee Scandal
Non-nuclear part of Japan disaster
Best Local Radio Personalities Sandy Beach
Shredd & Ragan
Brad Riter
Janet Snyder
Tom Baurle
Best Local TV Personality Don Paul
Mary Alice Demler
Jodi Johnston
Kevin O’Connell
Kevin O’Neil
Best Local Print Journalist Jerry Sullivan
Michael I. Niman
Jim Heaney
Bruce Fisher
Donn Esmonde
Best Drag Performer Gladys Over
Miss Understood
Jamie Coxx
Vicky Vogue
Sabrina Williams
Best Place to View Lake Erie Sunset Bay
From the Skyway
City Hall Observation Desk
Buffalo Small Boat Harbor
Erie Basin Marina
Coolest Up-and-Coming Neighborhood Hertel Avenue
Elmwood Village
One Thing You Hope Will Happen This Year Continued waterfront development
Sabres win the Stanley Cup
A decision on Peace Bridge expansion
New jobs
Progress on the Statler
Buffalo's Biggest Booster Drew Cerza
Brian Higgins
Newell Nussbaumer
Carl Paladino
Terry Pegula
Buffalo's Biggest Naysayer Chris Collins
Carl Paladino
Michael Bloomberg
Jerry Sullivan
Chris Smith @ WNYMedia
People Who Ought to Run for Office Terry Pegula
Newell Nussbaumer
Eric Starchild
Carl Paladino
Joe McMahon
Politician Who Ought to Lose His Job This Year Byron Brown
Chris Collins
Sam Hoyt
Louise Slaughter
Brian Higgins
The Next Erie County Executive Kathy Hochul
Carl Paladino
Mark Poloncarz
Chris Collins
Anyone but Chris Collins

Best of Buffalo 2011 Nominees

Our City, Our People
The Fine Arts
Dining Out
Shops & Services
Nightlife & Drinking

The 2011 Winners List

blog comments powered by Disqus