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The map below shows many of the notable features this diverse neighborhood has to offer, as well as our Service Area, which is highlighted in teal.

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Lower West Side Living

Buffalo’s Lower West Side is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood! With a colorful history and a variety of ethnic and racial groups, the Lower West Side is a culturally rich home for residents as well as a visitor destination.

The Lower West Side was one of Buffalo’s first neighborhoods, traditionally where most of Buffalo’s early immigrant population settled in the years after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. It contains some of the oldest, and architecturally richest, housing stock in the City.

Today, it is Buffalo’s most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood!

To stay up to date on events and news in the neighborhood, like the Lower West Side of Buffalo Facebook Page.

Here’s a quick look at what our community has to offer…


Kleinhans Music Hall, home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Niagara Branch Library, Buffalo Erie County Public Library
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
Close proximity to Historic Allen Town
The New Phoenix Theatre
Prospect Park
Lasalle Park
Front Park


Close proximity to Downtown Buffalo
Available Bus Routes
Close proximity to major employers
Close proximity to the International Peace Bridge and Canadian Market

Places For Kids

Boys & Girls Club Buffalo
Theatre of Youth (TOY)
Young Audiences of WNY


Bilingual Early Childhood Center
PS 3 D’Youville Porter School
Elmwood Village Charter School
Leonardo Da Vinci High School
Hutchinson Central Technical High School
Herman Badillo Community School
D’Youville College Campus

Health Care

Urban Family Practice
Evergreen Health Services
West Side Urgent Care P.L.L.C.
The Belle Center
Waterfront Health Care Center
Judge Joseph S Mattina Community Health Center
Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center

Where To Eat

Niagara Cafe
Sazon Criollo
La Flor Bakery
Tops Friendly Markets
Taste of Puerto Rico Food Truck

Where To Shop

El Buen Amigo
Mangione Hardware
Botanica El Indio Shop
West End Communications