There is a secret ‘hidden’ road in Buffalo that you never knew existed
I have lived all over western New York. I grew up in northern cities, then spent time in southern cities, before moving to South Buffalo, where I currently reside.
As you drive to and from work every day, you see the same streets. The same crossroads. The same brake lights. After a while, it becomes second nature.
However, I noticed something different behind the wheel this week.
Working in downtown Buffalo can be pretty cool due to all the unique architecture, but as you can imagine, space is limited. That’s why it was so cool to discover a street that I honestly had no idea it was even a street.
It’s called Flower Street and is located between Broadway and E. Huron. It’s a stone’s throw from Lafayette Square.
The reason you might not have noticed or heard of it before is because it looks more like an alley than a real road. There are always stop signs and is designated as a street by the City of Buffalo.
The street is named after Ira Allen Blossom, who was Joseph Ellicott’s assistant.
Blossom moved to Buffalo in his twenties and was eventually appointed receiver of the Buffalo branch with the Bank of America in the 1840s. It was there that he helped young Buffalo businessmen start their careers. with the money he loaned them.
Blossom then partnered with Lewis Allen to lease what is now the current site of the Ellicott Square building in downtown Buffalo. Blossom was known for her kindness and generosity towards worthy projects and for caring for the homeless, which was rare in the mid-1800s.
Upon his death he was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery and ultimately Blossom Street was named after him.
The street has old masonry and painted windows, which overlooked the street. It was a busier road many years ago, but it eventually became more of an alley over time. The City of Buffalo still calls it a street, and you can cross Blossom Street to get to Broadway or E. Huron.
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