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) 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. (The 2013 summer concert series will take place every Wednesday from June 19th – September 18th. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet.)
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]
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).
I expect to have many more photos of Larkin Square in the future!