Good Friday packs Broadway Market

WNYers (and more!) getting Easter shopping in

Mike Baggerman
April 19, 2019 - 11:49 am

Broadway Market. April 19, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Broadway Market's busiest weekend is underway.

Hundreds of people lined up before the market on Buffalo's East Side opened at 6 a.m. Friday to get their Easter and Dyngus Day essentials like pierogis, pussy willows, t-shirts, wine, eggs, polish sausage, and much more.

"We have to come here," Buffalo residents Tracy and Roberta Buczkowski said. "It's polish tradition."

Even people from outside the area visited the Broadway Market. Sue Hehir, a displaced Buffalo resident who now lives in Long Island, was among those who visited.

"I come back every year because it's tradition," Hehir said. "It's history. It's fantastic. I bring my nieces and my sister-in-law. How do you not come to the Broadway Market?"

Broadway Market Manager Kathy Peterson said Good Friday is traditionally the busiest day of the season for Broadway Market.

"I had someone call me (Thursday) and say they'd get here around 11," Peterson explained. "I said...well you may want to come earlier or later in the day. It's great. We've had a really busy season so it's been wonderful and hard to believe it's almost over."

She said they're still trying to get people to come to the Broadway Market outside of Easter season and acknowledged that many in the community still think it's only open during Easter season. Peterson hopes an increase in the number of vendors can help get more people to the area.

The wireless internet at Broadway Market, which was unveiled earlier this month, couldn't handle the volume of people and is shut down for the weekend. However, Peterson said it will be back on Monday.

Peterson said the parking garages are open, with the first-floor of the area dedicated to handicapped parking. She also said there's parking on Gibson Street and a large parking lot where K-Mart used to be. Peterson also urged people not to park in the Aldi parking lot because they are ticketing.

The Broadway Market is open until 7 p.m. Friday. It's open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. It will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday.

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