***Please excuse our dust. Many of our original submissions came from people who made their accounts public in order to participate in our hashtag project. After the article ran for a couple months, they chose to go back to private accounts, which has led to a few broken links in our story below. Stay tuned, we plan on putting together a new project this spring!***
An article from Buzzfeed went viral last week as it showed various jaw-dropping photos of our recent snow storm. Now, that storm was unprecedented, crazy and deserved to be documented. However, it was the closing line of the article that 4.6 million readers around the entire country saw that irked us, “So yeah. Feel fortunate you don’t live in Buffalo.”
F U Buzzfeed.
We started a campaign on Instagram that blew up! #BuffaloCameBack was meant to show we’re more than snow, more than what the rest of the country is told to think of us. We always dig out, we always come back, and we are very proud to be Buffalonians.
So we grabbed a few of the photos from this campaign, and put together the article Buzzfeed should have written long ago. Thanks to all who participated. Explore all of the AMAZING photos of our town on Instagram with #BuffaloCameBack. Enjoy.
Yes. It snows. But it’s beautiful!
We’re more than snow. We’re musical neighborhoods.
From big concerts
An evening with the HEROES of my adolescence. #brandnew #thisisthecrazeonlywecanbestow #buffalo A photo posted by @batmankh on
To small concerts on your street
Hot damn. #alanevans #playonbrother #sundayfunday #buffalife
We’re so close to an amazing arts scene, we can reach out and touch it!
My dad and #sharkgirl #Buffalo NY #canalside A photo posted by Mark Weber (@meetmarkweber) on
Or be caught up in its glory
We didn’t tear down the remnants of our rich past
Theater District at dusk. #buffalo #buffalony #Buffalove A photo posted by Adam (@thatadamhayes) on
And we combine our art with the nature surrounding us.
The greatest public spaces in the country are here
Sunset over Hoyt Lake. A photo posted by Blake Dawson (@blakedawson) on
So we explore them all, even at night.
Quickly or slowly
#slowrollBUF was legit. #buffalife #buffalove14 A photo posted by Brittany (@bisforbrittanyp) on
We even shape our skate parks as B’s
Our bikes get better parking spots than our cars
Found my favorite place in buffalo, finally. #buffalife A photo posted by Brittany (@bisforbrittanyp) on
And we can’t help but get out there and run
And run some more!
There are parades for everyone
There’s softball in the First Ward
And Kickball at LaSalle
@goflingo Kickball A photo posted by Blake Dawson (@blakedawson) on
We have patience, and hope, year after year
Go Bills. A photo posted by Blake Dawson (@blakedawson) on
Because momentum is building, and our time will come.
We cheer on the city as a whole.
I made them do this..#buffalove A photo posted by sarahthehof (@sarahthehof) on
We know some of our best food comes off of trucks. Tons of them.
And we like to relax and read in the park… with hundreds of other people
Take an hour and read. #buffaloreadinginvasion #buffalove14 #buffalife A photo posted by Brittany (@bisforbrittanyp) on
Our architecture makes this city an instagrammer’s dream
It allows for the biggest celebrations
#buffalife A photo posted by Brittany (@bisforbrittanyp) on
We don’t live in cookie cutters
We wouldn’t dream of it
More of Elmwood’s finest. #buffalo #buffalony #Buffalove #elmwoodvillage A photo posted by Adam (@thatadamhayes) on
They just don’t make ’em like they used to
They just don’t make ’em like they used to.
Which makes our favorite buildings even more legendary.
#buffalony#usa A photo posted by james jacobson (@whoisjimwood) on
Grand Dames coming out of their slumber,
And the most iconic City Hall in the entire country.
#gotham A photo posted by @batmankh on
We’re redefining our future by embracing our water.
A photo posted by Blake Dawson (@blakedawson) on
#buffalo #canalside #silhouette #ship #buffalocameback@risecollaborative A photo posted by Mary Saternus (@mcsaternus) on
A photo posted by Mary Saternus (@mcsaternus) on
Because the best views are obtained after you do some paddling.
Breakwall Beach A photo posted by Drew Brown (@slophouse) on
Cranes were everywhere this year.
So we celebrated.
Cranes. Battleships. Fireworks. @mammagrow #buffalo A photo posted by @batmankh on
hello and good day lovers. finally freeing some time up, look forward to catching up. xo
A photo posted by james jacobson (@whoisjimwood) on
And explored some more.
#buffalo #summer #timesbeach #buffalocameback seriously – what city has this beauty on their waterfront? @risecollaborative A photo posted by Jacki Roach (@jacki_roach) on
“So yeah. Be happy you live in Buffalo.”
Now that we’ve got you full of Buffalo Pride, please consider making a donation to the area food banks stretched thin by our recent snow storm right before Thanksgiving, or to the Red Cross, UNYTS, or any other charity whose work lifts Buffalo up.