Grand Island, NY: Home of Buffalo’s Best Bowling Alley

Mallwitz’s Island Lanes recently took the first-place prize for Buffalo’s best bowling alley, and it’s not surprising why it did. The 40-year old bowling alley has been doing amazing things for quite some time, and Grand Island should be proud of this.

bowling in Grand Island, NY

The Success of the Alley

The success of the alley has a lot to do with the integrity of the family-owned business all these years. Art Mallwitz was the one who started the business around 40 years ago. His son Mike has been managing the alley along with his wife for some time now. Several other family members are employed their as well making this lovely place a family-run business.

Mike says that his father taught the values of respect to the customers. You’re supposed to treat all the customers the right way. If you have plenty of regular customers and potential ones, that means you’re doing your job the right way.


It seems as though the owners and employees are dedicated to making this a great place for people to come in and have a good time. They stand by their chicken wings and their large gatherings for Bills and Sabres games.

If you’re living in the area on Grand Island, or you are in the Western New York area, this place is worth it to check out.

Here at Town Hall Terrace, we encourage our residents to check this alley out for a good time. You won’t be shocked to know Grand Island has another place with welcoming and friendly people in it.

Town Hall Terrace

Here at Town Hall Terrace, we offer residents looking for a quiet place to live, while being close enough to the excitement of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We offer apartments, townhouses, and patio homes for rent with a plethora of living arrangements for residents of all kinds.

To learn more about everything that’s going on around our community on Grand Island, stay tuned for the latest updates from the Town Hall Terrace blog, or contact us at 716-773-2788 to learn more about our floor plans, features, and pricing if you’re looking to rent!


Amazon Purchases Large Piece of Property on Grand Island

Sources say that Amazon has just purchased more than 184 acres on Grand Island for a large distribution center for the massive company. This could mean an adjustment for Grand Island infrastructure will be coming considering the traffic increase with delivery trucks.

Amazon shipping process

What Could This Mean for Grand Island?

If this project comes to fruition, it could bring some good benefits to Grand Island and Western New York in general. For one, if this one million-square-foot building is built, it could hold 6,000 employees and have space for 1,000 delivery trucks to park.

The news has just surfaced, so we don’t know exactly what the plans are yet. If it happens, this will bring plenty of jobs to the area, which will benefit the economy.

The concern may be for traffic and the bridges.

The bridges on the island are pretty old, which means housing Amazon will call for a large amount of trucks crossing over constantly. This may cause traffic issues for residents and others getting on and off the island.

According to Grand Island Supervisor Nate McCurry, he knows there will have to be some changes to the infrastructure regarding the bridges. This could cause a hiccup for people, but the payout might be a large gain for the island and the surrounding area.

Check out the analysis from Dr. Fred Floss, an economic professor at Buffalo State College.

Town Hall Terrace

Here at Town Hall Terrace, we offer residents looking for a quiet place to live, while being close enough to the excitement of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We offer apartments, townhouses, and patio homes for rent with a plethora of living arrangements for residents of all kinds.

To learn more about everything that’s going on around our community on Grand Island, stay tuned for the latest updates from the Town Hall Terrace blog, or contact us at 716-773-2788 to learn more about our floor plans, features, and pricing if you’re looking to rent!

Local Chef Brings Fine Dining Destination to Grand Island

Caprese SaladHave an anniversary, birthday or another special occasion coming up? Thanks to local chef and Grand Island resident Sam Reda, you’ll be able to celebrate at a new fine dining restaurant located at 1879 Whitehaven Road in the former home of Baked Cupcakery.

It’s called Zobud Bistro, and it offers a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a cozy, welcoming environment.

According to Zobud Bistro’s website, the restaurant’s meals “capture the freshness of the sea with the savory flavor of the island presented with a unique progressive American flair.”

Zobud just held its soft opening last week, but it’s already generating quite a buzz in Western New York’s restaurant scene, and with good reason. Sam Reda has been the head chef at several popular restaurants over the years, including Biac’s World Bistro, Brownstone Bistro and the Buffalo Chophouse. Now, he’s excited to open his own restaurant just a few minutes from his home on Grand Island. Zobud Bistro’s name was inspired by his mother-in-law’s nickname for his daughter, Zoe.

“They were extremely close and Teddie passed away this year,” explained Reda in a recent interview with The Buffalo News. He named the restaurant as “a sort of tribute to their relationship.”

The menu at Zobud Bistro includes a variety of classic brunch fare such as eggs benedict and French toast, as well as larger dinner entrées like seafood paella and chicken Milanese. You can check out the complete menu here.

To learn more about everything that’s going on around our community on Grand Island, stay tuned for the latest updates from the Town Hall Terrace blog!

Redesign Will Transform Buffalo Skyway Into an Elevated Park

Buffalo SkywayFollowing a competition that received more than 100 submissions from design firms all over the world, a jury convened by Governor Andrew Cuomo has selected an ambitious plan to turn the Buffalo Skyway into an eye-catching tourist destination with elevated parks, retail space, pedestrian walkways and more.

Known as City of Lights, the winning plan calls for removing the ramps on either side of the Skyway and turning the remaining bridge deck into “Skyway Park.”

Visitors will be able to access Skyway Park via two vertical structures at Canalside and the Outer Harbor. The structure at Canalside consists of an undulating steel and glass tower with elevators, stairwells, a vertical art gallery and winter garden. At the top of the tower, which extends above the bridge deck, spectators will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Erie and the surrounding cityscape.

Meanwhile, at the Outer Harbor, a new group of stylized glass silos will be constructed to provide access to the south end of the park. These silos will become a year-round mixed-use destination with a food bazaar, performance space, a hotel and more. The silos will be topped with a green roof and observation deck with outdoor dining areas.

Along the length of the bridge deck, visitors will find designated pedestrian and bicycle paths, shade structures, plantings, furniture and interpretive signage that offers information about the Buffalo Niagara Region. Removal of the rest of the Skyway will also open 12 new acres for development in downtown Buffalo and Canalside.

“This is creating an entire new downtown space,” said Governor Cuomo during the announcement. “It’s a blank sheet of paper.”

Cuomo pledged $10 million to expedite the environmental study for the project, and said that the state would commit to funding 20 percent of the estimated $600 million project. If enough federal funding can be secured to help cover the remaining costs, infrastructure work on the project could be completed within the next five years.

To learn more about the project, including the plan to reroute commuter traffic from the Southtowns, you can view the complete proposal here.

The 10th Annual Buffalo Beer Week Starts Today

Beer FlightJust about ready to crack open a cold one and enjoy the weekend? This week, beer lovers in our area will have a chance to sample a huge selection of craft beverages from breweries located throughout Western New York.

Today marks the first day of Buffalo Beer Week – a 10-day celebration of the city’s vibrant brewing scene.

Since the inaugural Buffalo Beer Week was celebrated in 2010, the number of breweries in Western New York has grown from just three to 38. These days, you don’t have to look far to find great beer from one of Buffalo’s many locally-owned-and-operated breweries.

“The gamut of beers is all over the place,” said Dan Syracuse, a Buffalo Beer Week Organizer and owner of Pizza Plant in an interview with the Buffalo News. “You can get a simple pilsner, and you can get a strawberry-banana milkshake IPA all the way on to the other end of the scale…”

For many local business owners, this event is about more than just beer; it’s about celebrating the unique spirit of community and camaraderie that exists among Buffalo’s breweries as well.

The Buffalo Beer Week Opening Gala begins this afternoon at 5 p.m. at Flying Bison Brewing on Seneca Street. Other notable Beer Week events include the Buffalo Brewers Symposium on Tuesday at the Buffalo Cider Hall and the Ballpark Brew Bash at Sahlen Field on next Saturday.

You can find a complete list of the featured events at this year’s Buffalo Beer Week on this page.

New App Allows Grand Island Parents to Track School Buses

Back to SchoolSchool is back in session in the Grand Island Central School District, but this year local parents have access to a handy new tool that makes it easier for them to make sure their kids get to and from school safely each day.

Starting this week, parents can download a free app called My Stop that allows them to track their children’s bus routes from a computer or smartphone.

The My Stop app works in conjunction with the GPS tracking devices installed on every school bus in the Grand Island Central School District. Using the app, parents can monitor the progress of their children’s bus in real time and view the estimated time of arrival at their bus stop. In the event of a delay in a bus’s arrival, the app will also provide parents with details explaining the cause of the delay.

“We’re taking safety and putting it in the palms of parents hands,” said Grand Island Central School District Transportation Supervisor Theresa Alizadeh in a recent interview. “Parents want to know where their students are.”

My Stop can be accessed by both students and parents using a unique Student ID that serves as a user name. Currently, the app is only available for morning and afternoon school bus routes – not for field trips, activity buses and other non-public school routes.

Although this is the first year My Stop is being used on Grand Island, it’s already been successfully deployed in several other school districts around Western New York. Parents interested in learning more about how to get the most out of My Stop can visit the school district’s web page here.

Labor Day Weekend in Western New York Has Plenty to Offer

Fort Niagara BarracksThere will be no shortage of events and activities for Western New Yorkers to enjoy on this Labor Day weekend. In fact, with so many things going on in our area, it can be hard to decide what to do with your long weekend! That’s why we’ve put together a short list of a few of our favorite Labor Day events to enjoy around our community at Town Hall Terrace.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Fest

It wouldn’t be Labor Day in Buffalo without the National Wing Festival! The festival returns to Sahlen Field for it’s 18th year this weekend, offering a stunning variety of chicken wing options from both local restaurants and others from all around the country. This year, ranch dressing will be available at the festival for the first time in its history!

Hop Harvest Festival

Beer lovers can celebrate our region’s rich brewing history at the Hop Harvest Festival in Mumford, New York. Located at the Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M), this festival gives attendees the opportunity to see how hops are grown, harvested and brewed into some of our favorite beverages. You can even sample one of GCV&M’s signature ales while you’re there!

War of 1812 Reenactment at Old Fort Niagara

For more local history, consider visiting Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown! This weekend, the 300-year-old historic landmark will transform into an authentic encampment from the War of 1812.

According to Robert Emerson, Executive Director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, “The upcoming encampment shows and tells the story of the surrender of the fort to the British, which was the last time Fort Niagara was engaged in military conflict on our Turf.”

Activities at the encampment will include battle reenactments , children’s games, military music performances and more!

For even more great Labor Day weekend ideas, check out this list from Step Out Buffalo!

The Grand Island Bridge Will Become a Movie Set This Weekend

Grand Island BridgeThis summer, film crews have transformed several communities in Western New York into the backdrop for a new movie from writer, director and actor John Krasinski. For more than a month, A Quiet Place 2 – the sequel to last year’s highly-successful thriller – has been shooting scenes in Akron, Olcott and several other locations throughout the region.

This weekend, Grand Island will become the latest place to make an appearance in the film.

From midnight to 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, the northbound lane of the South Grand Island bridge will be closed for Krasinski and the rest of the crew from Paramount Pictures. Drivers can expect to encounter significant delays during this period, as northbound traffic will be diverted to a single lane on the southbound bridge. Meanwhile, New York State Police will be performing periodic traffic slowdowns and stoppages during the filming as well.

Near the end of the bridge, onlookers may be able to catch glimpses of the cast and crew on Sunday morning. Even if you’re not able to get a good look at the filming process, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to spot the Grand Island Bridge when the movie is released on March 20, 2020.

In addition to borrowing from the scenery of Western New York, the filming of A Quiet Place 2 is expected to inject a significant amount of capital into the regional economy as well. According to Empire State Development, the film will hire over 400 people and invest more than $10 million in our area.

If you miss this shoot, Paramount Pictures will be back in September to shoot more scenes at the Stenzil Street Baseball Field in North Tonawanda.

Visit the Pierce Arrow Museum in Downtown Buffalo

Antique CarDid you know that Buffalo was once home to the automaker that produced the official presidential vehicles for every president from William Howard Taft to FDR? From the early 1900s until the Great Depression, the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company created some of the finest luxury vehicles ever made right here in Western New York. Although the company eventually fell on hard times and was forced to file bankruptcy in the late 1930s, Pierce Arrow had already forged an enduring legacy as one of America’s foremost early automakers.

Today, car enthusiasts and history buffs can still celebrate Buffalo’s rich transportation heritage at the Pierce Arrow Museum on Michigan Avenue.

Founded by Buffalo native Jim Sandoro in 2001, the Pierce Arrow Museum is a veritable treasure trove of antique cars and other automotive memorabilia spanning several decades of the 20th century. In addition to a number of beautifully-restored Pierce Arrow vehicles, the museum also includes several other Buffalo-made automobiles such as an early example of an electric car manufactured in the early 1920s.

Visitors to the museum can also see a full-scale replica of a filling station designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Buffalo. Although the original filling station never came to fruition, the museum’s replica offers a fascinating look at a design that Wright called “an ornament to the pavement. With a second-story observation deck, copper roof and two 45-foot copper “totems,” the station’s design is striking even by today’s standards.

The Pierce Arrow Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day from Thursday through Monday. Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. While you’re there, considering having lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants in downtown Buffalo as well!

The Erie County Fair Starts This Week in Hamburg

County FairSummer fair season is in full swing here in Western New York! The Erie County Fair is set to kick off tomorrow, bringing 12 days of rides, entertainment, food and more to the Hamburg Fairgrounds. In addition to the usual lineup of attractions, the county fair will welcome several new entertainment options this year, including one ride that longtime residents of the area might remember from their childhood.

The Sky Wheel is a fan-favorite attraction that was a regular feature at the county fair from 1963 until 1994.

Now, after more than 20 years, this 80-foot-tall double Ferris wheel will return to the fair to entertain a whole new generation of guests.

“The double Ferris wheel is one of the most requested bygone attractions that fairgoers continually ask us to bring back,” said Erie County Fair Marketing Manager Marty Biniasz in a recent interview. “. . . It also has a deep Buffalo-Niagara connection as the Sky Wheel ride was once manufactured by the Allan Herschell Co.”

Other new attractions at the 2019 Erie County Fair include an interactive camel exhibit, a mind-reading show and an “extreme trampoline” performance where athletes will perform dazzling acrobatic feats at heights of 25 feet or more in the air. The fair will also offer several new food options this year, such as pierogi poutine and a loganberry funnel cake corn dog that both kids and adults will be sure to love.

Admission to the Erie County Fair costs $12 for adults and $9 for seniors (60+). Children aged 12 and under, meanwhile, can attend the fair for free! The fair opens at noon tomorrow and runs every day until August 18.