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Fading Polonia: Chopin Singing Society

photos by Chris Byrd

On the blog Broadway Fillmore Alive (, East Side community activist Chris Byrd posted these and many more sad photos of the crumbling building on Kosciuszko Street that used to be home to the Chopin Singing Society. It’s the building where Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebration got its start. “I know this building doesn’t stand a chance now,” Byrd wrote. “It will soon be added to the long list of Polish heritage sites in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia that have disappeared forever…And the question that keeps coming back to me since yesterday is how did we let the neighborhood get this way? It is easy to blame the city or politicians, but isn’t there any accountability on us? We also let this happen.”

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