BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - In an area of downtown Buffalo that is usually deserted, thousands of party goers lived it up Saturday night into Sunday morning, by the ancient Grain Elevators that were so important to the city's past.
Most of the silos have been vacant for decades, but are too expensive to tear down. Yet they are full of life, inside and outside.
Dana Saylor from Emerging Leaders in the Arts explains, "We are trying to show people what is possible. We are trying to show people how a place that was once important can be important again, and how we can re-use spaces creatively."
Sixty artists displayed their work for free including artisans, musicians, and dancers.
The 200 foot silos afford Silo City Rocks a rare opportunity for a rock climbing gym that's getting lots of use.
Christian Edie from Silo City Rocks said, "We have a bouldering demo, so all the stuff behind us is just free for the public to come and try, and if they want to come and center out, we brought some rocksiders to make cool easy climbs."
Eventually, Silo City will have a rappelling wall outside the silo with hopes of breaking the world record at 190 feet.
Many of the folks attended Saturday night's event to catch a part of Buffalo's industrial past at night.
Keith Foss a photographer in Buffalo said, "With all the crowds, we can do it safely. I would not be down here at night normally, because I truly would not feel safe. But with all the people it is great. It is great to see this area so alive, so active."
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