What Will the Broadway Market Do With $4 Million in State Funds?

Mar. 14, 2019

The Broadway Market, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The Broadway Market, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The crew of three at the We R Nuts stall in the center of the Broadway Market has all heard it before – a big investment that’s going to transform the 131-year-old marketplace.

This time, it’s a pledge from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for $4 million.

Pearl Omphalius, who runs the roasted nut stand with her son, Kody, said Wednesday she thinks it may be just what the aging landmark needs.

“I don’t see why not,” Omphalius said, the alluring scent of butter, brown sugar and toasting nuts wafting from her shop.

“There are certainly barriers that will have to be overcome,” she said, gesturing toward the empty vending booths, the tired decor, the dingy parking ramp and, of course, the dearth of customers.

“But why not? Why not overcome it?” she asked, offering a visitor a crunchy, glazed cashew.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state would invest $50 million in the city’s East Side, including $4 million to turn the Broadway Market into a thriving, year-round destination.
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