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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > March 2009 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off Easter Season at the Broadway Market

Mayor Brown Kicks Off Easter Season at the Broadway Market

Contact: Peter K. Cutler 

Close to 300,000 people expected to visit East Side Landmark

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Bishop Edward Kmiec, the Broadway Market Task Force and community members  today launched  the start of the Easter Season at the historic Broadway Market, traditionally the busiest time of the year for Market vendors.

“I am pleased to kick off the Easter season at the improved Broadway Market,” said Mayor Brown.  “The Broadway Market is one of our city’s most historic locations and it continues to play an important role, not only during the Easter season, but in the daily lives of our residents.  I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Broadway Market Task Force and vendors for keeping the Market viable and preparing for this very important Easter season.  The City is committed to providing ongoing support to the Market and will continue to make improvements to this historic structure.  I encourage everyone throughout Western New York to come down this Easter season, visit the Broadway Market and see firsthand how this unique city attribute makes our city richer and more appealing.”

This year the Broadway Market will feature old traditions and new ideas.  New vendors during the Easter season will include: pasta vendors, gourmet teas, breads and cheeses, vegetarian fare, and also a “farmer’s market” outside the main area as well as wine tasting. Also, many of the new vendors have expressed interest in becoming permanent vendors.   In addition to new vendors, there will be extended holiday hours on Sundays on March 29th and April 5th.   The Market will also feature live music and other entertainment during the Easter season.  For a complete schedule, visit

"All stakeholders involved in the Market have worked extremely hard to make this year's spring shopping season a unique experience," said Martin Biniasz, Chairman of the Broadway Market Advisory Task Force. "Whether you are visiting for the first time or have made shopping at the Market a tradition, you will discover why the Broadway Market is an important part of Buffalo's retail and cultural offerings." 

The City of Buffalo took over the operations of the Broadway Market in October of 2008. By working with the Broadway Market Task Force, the Department of Public Works identified problem areas and has made several improvements to the building and the parking structures.  City crews have also been busy cleaning the neighborhood surrounding the Market, removing graffiti, street sweeping, and removing debris.

The City has also been working with the Tenant’s Association and the Broadway Market Advisory Board to make additional improvements.  In addition, Delaware North Companies and Travers Collins & Company, both city-based businesses, agreed last October to provide loaned executives and support for the Broadway Market at no cost to the city on an interim basis. The presence and participation of these two successful businesses has helped move the Broadway Market in a positive direction.