BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Since 2018, Buffalo Bike Tours has been sharing Buffalo stories while moving on two wheels. Groups explore the history and gastronomy of the queen city by bike.
“[We] reconnect with this place we all know and care about and which has such a rich history, rich architecture and so many incredible stories, ”said founder Marc Moscato.
Over the last two weekends, the tour took to the streets of Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, exploring sites like St. Stanislaus and the Buffalo Central Terminal. But as the groups learn about Buffalo’s past, they also get a glimpse of the future Eugene V. Debs Hall: a nonprofit social club.
Chris Hawley bought the building in October. The history buff was delighted to see that many of the original pieces still called the living room.
“I just turned 40. My dream was to buy an old East Side corner tavern and revive it,” Hawley said. “I think the history of the East Side in particular is fascinating. And in fact, Eugene V. Debs Hall will be focusing on the Buffalo and US labor movement – that’s the reason for the name; he was one of the great union leaders of the United States ”
For now, the room serves as a departure and arrival point for Buffalo Bike Tour groups exploring this neighborhood. But Hawley said he hopes to open it by Labor Day.
If you are interested for more information on Buffalo Bike Tours, you can visit their website here.
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been on the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.