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North Buffalo is a neighborhood in the city of Buffalo, New York. North Buffalo is heavily populated with Italian-Americans, as evidenced by the Hertel Avenue strip, which has many Italian restaurants, bakeries, and stores. This area along Hertel Avenue is now locally known as Little Italy. Many Italians in North Buffalo migrated from the West Side in the 1970s and 1980s when Puerto Ricans first settled in traditionally Italian-American neighborhoods west of Richmond Avenue. The Italian Village Festival, now called the Italian Heritage Festival, moved from Connecticut Street on the West Side to Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo in 1988.

From the 1950s until the late 1970s, North Buffalo was the historic center of Buffalo’s Jewish community. Jews first settled in North Buffalo, NYC, in the 1920s, with Jewish developers building many single-family houses and two-flats in the North Park/Hertel Avenue area. The growth of the neighborhood’s Jewish population rapidly accelerated in the 1950s, when urban renewal in the Lower East Side, and racial transition exacerbated by blockbusting in the Hamlin Park neighborhood, displaced the formerly sizeable Jewish population of those communities. Although most Jews in the Buffalo area now live in suburban Amherst and Williamsville, many remain in North Buffalo, mainly secular and Orthodox Jews. The neighborhood is home to several Orthodox synagogues, schools, and institutions like the Schvitz.


North Buffalo is one of Buffalo’s five main areas (North Buffalo, South Buffalo, East Side, West Side, Central Business District) and contains several of Buffalo’s 35 neighborhoods, including

North Buffalo stretches from the City’s border with Kenmore, New York, to several neighborhoods south, with Delaware Park forming the southern border. At its western boundary is Elmwood Avenue. The eastern edge is Main Street. The topography of North Buffalo is flat. Cornelius Creek once flowed through North Buffalo along a path roughly following Hertel Avenue. Cornelius Creek is now one of the many buried creeks in Buffalo and is incorporated into the city’s storm sewer system.  The area is serviced by the NFTA’s Metro Rail LaSalle Station and Amherst Street Station, as well as by the NFTA’s buses on Delaware Avenue (No. 25), Colvin Avenue (No. 11), Hertel Avenue (No. 23), Elmwood Avenue (No. 20), Main Street (No. 8), Kenmore Avenue (No.5), and Amherst Street (No. 32).

Famous Events 

North Buffalo held the annual Italian Heritage and Food Festival along Hertel Avenue for many years. Traditionally held in July, it was born on August 1–4, 2013. It is considered among the five largest street festivals in the United States.

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