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Top five vote-getters, as chosen by Artvoice readers, listed in no particular order. Winners will be announced at the Best of Buffalo Party, Monday, May 14, 6pm, at the Town Ballroom

Best Activist Group
Occupy Buffalo
Animal Allies of WNY
PUSH Buffalo
OUTspoken for Equality
Buffalo First!
Best Individual Activist
Morgan Dunbar
Aaron Bartley
Kitty Lambert-Rudd
Kevin Gaughan
Terry Perdue
Best Twitter Feed
Best Blog
The Good Neighborhood
Buffalo Eats
Buffalo Rising
AV Daily
Best Print Journalist
Jerry Sullivan
Colin Dabkowski
Jeff Miers
Geoff Kelly
Donn Esmonde
Best Radio Personalities
Shredd & Ragan, 103.3 The Edge
Chris “Bulldog” Parker, WGR 550
Janet Snyder, Kiss 98.5
Sandy Beach, WBEN 930
Howard Simon, WGR 550
Best TV Personality
Maryalice Demler, WGRZ
Kevin O’Neill, WGRZ
Don Paul, WIVB
Linda Pellegrino, WKBW
Jody Johnston, WGRZ
Buffalo’s Biggest Booster
Drew Cerza
Terry Pegula
Brian Higgins
Jim Kelly
Newell Nussbaumer
Best Annual Festival
Allentown Art Festival
Taste of Buffalo
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Music Is Art
Italian Heritage Festival
Best Annual Fundraiser
Buffalo Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
Ride for Roswell
Variety Kids Telethon
Give for Greatness

Editor's Pick: Department of Misdirected Voting Award

Overwhelmingly, our readers indicated that the best new idea they’d heard about this year for Western New York was redevelopment of the city’s waterfront. You’ll note that the response did not make the top 5, because it was disqualified: Redeveloping the city’s waterfront is not a new idea at all. Indeed, the waterfront is what gave birth to this city in the first place, and it has been a focus of the regional imagination ever since.

- geoff kelly

Best New Idea for WNY
Move Bills stadium downtown
Move the Explore & More museum to the waterfront
Illuminating and/or projecting movies and images on the grain elevators
Adults-only restaurants
High-speed rail
Best Bike Ride
Delaware Park
Riverwalk from downtown Buffalo to the Tonawandas
Amherst Bike Path
Chestnut Ridge
Outer Harbor Bike Trail
Best People Watching Spot
Delaware Park
SPoT Coffee on Elmwood Avenue
Anywhere on Elmwood Avenue
The Galleria Mall

Editor's Pick: Best People-watching Spot: Caffe Aroma

As far as people-watching spots go, Buffalo’s longest running locally owned coffee shop, Caffe Aroma (957 Elmwood Avenue) has the trifecta of attributes: location, tables in eavesdropping proximity, and a patio for the warmer months. However, Caffe Aroma has one secret ingredient that helps it stand out from the other people-watching locations: a liquor license. A generous glass of wine or a frosty bottle of beer is the appropriate social lubricant to get your eye wandering as the parade of Elmwood Village inhabitants and visitors stroll by.

- jill greenberg

Best Picnic Spot
Chestnut Ridge
Erie Basin Marina
Bidwell Parkway
Niawanda Park
Delaware Park
Best Place to View Lake Erie
From the top of City Hall
From the Skyway
Sunset Bay
Erie Basin Marina
Hamburg Beach
Biggest Scandal of the Year
Mark Grisanti and his wife get into a fight at the Seneca Niagara Casino
The state of Buffalo’s public schools
Revelations at Niagara County SPCA
Occupy Buffalo kicked out of Niagara Square
Byron Brown is still Buffalo’s mayor
Buffalo’s Biggest Naysayer
Tom Brady
Carl Paladino
Jerry Sullivan
Byron Brown
Anderson Cooper
Most Overcovered Story
Cars driving into buildings
Occupy Buffalo
Anything having to do with the Sabres
Mario Williams signs with the Bills
Anything else having to do with the Bills
Must Undercovered Story
Occupy Buffalo
Corruption in Buffalo mayor’s office
The woes of Buffalo public schools
What’s Mark Poloncarz up to?
Politician Who Should Lose His Job This Year
Pat Gallivan
Andrew Cuomo
Barack Obama
Byron Brown
All of them
Person Who Ought to Take His Place
Anyone else
Carl Paladino
Cynthia Appleton
Chris Collins
Newell Nussbaumer
One Thing You Hope Will Happen
More waterfront development
More and better jobs come here
Sabres win the Stanley Cup
Bills make the playoffs
Bills win the Super Bowl

Editor's Pick: Best Place to Take Tourists - Downtown Buffalo

That’s right, you read correctly, the best place to take tourists is the ghostly quiet, boarded-up-storefront-ridden, nearly abandoned downtown area. On first thought this area may seem like a place to avoid, but when you consider the pockets of activity and emerging new businesses and restaurants, downtown Buffalo can actually be a perfect place to show guests a good time. The Theater District has its own unique charm and is home to the awe-inspiring Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main Street), which can be toured Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (during non-show days) at 10am and 1pm. Also on Main Street is the locally owned City Wine Merchant (715 Main Street), which has a wide selection of handpicked wines. Down near the First Niagara Center on a charming cobblestone street is the middle European style restaurant, stube, and deli, Lagerhaus 95 (95 Perry Street). Lagerhaus 95 offers contemporary gastro pub fare and an extensive wine and beer list. You can also follow the popular food truck Lloyd Taco Truck (@whereslloyd) and the newly opened Cheesy Chick (@thecheesychick) grilled cheese food truck on Twitter to catch them at the First Niagara Center. If your visitors are in Buffalo during the week you can take them to the heart of downtown to the City Hall observation deck. Being the third tallest building in the city, it provides views of the city, Lake Erie, and the Niagara River.

- jill greenberg

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And the Winners Are...

Nominees listed in each category represent the top 5 vote-getters in their respective categories, listed in no particular order. Best of Buffalo winners were the top vote-getter in their category.

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