The Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
Mar 05, 2024 7:30 AM
Director Marika Woods-Frankenstein
The Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
The Hostel Buffalo-Niagara Director Marika Woods-Frankenstein 

Marika Woods-Frankenstein is a Native New Yorker, whose chosen city is Buffalo, NY. She attended University of Buffalo with a major in Comparative French Literature and a minor in Brazilian Portuguese language and Cultural Studies.
For the past two decades, she has held the position as a Legal Field Researcher for Big Ticket Television Entertainment, Inc.

Marika was a 2011 Lois Gibbs Environmental Fellow sponsored by the Clean Air Coalition of WNY. She is a Certified Grant Writer through the Canisius College Center for Professional Development. Marika has been a Solar energy advocate, and an Environmental grassroots activist for over two decades. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Solar-Powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel, and the Hostel Buffalo-Niagara. 

Hostel Buffalo-Niagara Presentation Talking Points:
A brief history of the Hostel located in the heart of the Theatre District in downtown Buffalo.

The Hostel has between 6,000 to 7,000 guests annually which contributes to over $1 million to the local economy..

The Hostel Buffalo-Niagara is a cultural hub, or a third room that features the popular Box Gallery. The Box Gallery facilitates the promotion of emerging local visual artists from WNY. The Box Gallery has an ambitious turnaround where new artist's installations are mounted approximately every 3 weeks.

The Backroom at the Hostel is a performance space for spoken word artists, Jazz, and Indie Rock bands, and plays by local playwrights.

Recent Challenges: The Hostel is situated with an adjacent building that has been neglected, and is in dire need of repair by the Hostel's landlord, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. The Hostel Board is actively working with local philanthropic Foundations and seasoned developers in an effort to remain at 667 Main Street once the extensive repairs are completed by the City of Buffalo. We strive to continue to work in partnership with the City of Buffalo to provide affordable, safe lodging for visiting tourists from around the world that chose to visit Buffalo, and the WNY region. 

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