Buffalo

Larkin Square

Disclosure: I’ve never actually seen Larkin Square full of people, like it’s supposed to be. On the bright side, when Paul and I visited (on a Monday afternoon in late September 2012) it was easy to take photos without a lot of random people in the way!

Larkin Square hasn’t been around very long. I first read it was under construction in September 2011 and they held the grand opening in June 2012. Last summer was also the start of Larkin Square’s weekly music series.

Larkin Square; Buffalo, NY

One reason I want to be living in Buffalo before the summer (if not sooner!) is that I don’t want to miss out on all the fun activities I read about last year. Attending the concerts at Larkin Square is definitely included on that list. By the time Paul and I visited in late September, the concerts had ended just 1-2 weeks before.

One of the Square’s landmarks is the Filling Station, an old gas station that was gutted and turned into a restaurant. I will definitely have to eat there one day.

“Larkin Filling Station #6 was originally built in 1930 and was part of the first ever chain of service stations that stretched across Western New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Filling Station #6 was placed near the railroad to lower operating costs as much as possible, and successfully served this bustling neighborhood for many decades.” [Source]

Larkin Square; Buffalo, NY

There’s also a silver bullet-shaped food truck called Square 1 Sandwiches (it’s currently closed for the season but will reopen in Spring 2013).

Larkin Square; Buffalo, NY

I expect to have many more photos of Larkin Square in the future!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Katie Kapanek February 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for the shout out!

    The Larkin Square has really come full circle from where it was to where it is now. “Larkinville” is finally being restored back to its original glory, and I know its something you’ll truly appreciate once you have the opportunity to visit.

    • Reply Zan February 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I heartily agree, Katie! I’m very much looking forward to going back again. (And taking photos with lots of people in them this time!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Christina February 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Larkin Square is one of my favorite new things in Buffalo. I’m glad you’re already clued into this gem. I attended the reading invasion here as well and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in Buffalo!

    • Reply Zan February 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      That’s a great recommendation! If you hear about any future reading invasions, let me know — I’d definitely be interested in attending. And I can’t WAIT for the events at Larkin once the weather warms up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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