Which way to the mall?

This item is for people who love to shop at outlet malls. You’re in luck, because the Great American Outlet Mall is back in the Allentown neighborhood.
The mall – which technically doesn’t exist – popped up several years ago in searches on Google Maps, as reported in this column in April 2009. The site showed the shopping center taking up an entire city block, bordered by Delaware Avenue and Allen, Franklin and North streets.
Google removed the mall from its search results, which now show the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Tempo restaurant and Colter Bay Grill among other venues actually located on that site.
The roundly criticized Apple Maps app, however, brings back the outlet mall in all its virtual glory, as tipster Kevin Purdy pointed out to us.
Buffalo’s not alone in experiencing geographic issues. One account on tumblr, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, documents examples of the application’s flaws from around the globe.
TomTom, the Dutch company that supplied the data for Apple’s new mobile maps, says the problems aren’t its fault.
At least Apple Maps doesn’t direct users to our Bass Pro Shops store, Adelphia Communications headquarters building and the new Peace Bridge.

Hosting the parties’ parties

Erie County Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much, but they do agree on where to hold their events.
The members of the county Democratic Committee and their GOP counterparts both held their reorganizational meetings at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. The Republicans went first, on Sept. 22, and the Dems followed suit last Saturday.
“I guess the Hearthstone reaches across the aisle, so to speak,” general manager Joe David told us.
David said the committees have held their big meetings at the banquet facility since it opened in 1966.
He said he believes Hearthstone Manor has kept the parties’ business because the facility can comfortably seat up to 2,000 people, a capacity matched by few other local venues beside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, and it has plenty of free parking.
Hearthstone staffers don’t tip their hands on their political preferences and avoid scheduling the two parties back to back to avoid any unpleasantness.
The committees are almost identical in their orders for food and drinks, he told us, and even in how they set up the room for their meetings. “It’s funny how similar they are,” David said.
And the committee members don’t cause much trouble, even when their intraparty debates get heated. “They’re no worse than anybody else,” David said.

A tip of the cap

We don’t like going more than a week or two without mentioning Sen. Chuck Schumer in Off Main Street, so we were glad to hear the story the senator told while he was in town the other day to call for a crackdown on counterfeit caps.
It takes place in 1967, when Schumer, then a college freshman, spent two weeks selling college rings for $1 a piece to raise the $47 he needed to buy a ticket to a World Series game between the Boston Red Sox and Schumer’s team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Young Schumer settles in at Fenway Park and watches the Cardinals swiftly go up 1-0 after the first batter, Lou Brock, gets on base and the second batter, Curt Flood, hits a double that sends Brock home. He stands up to cheer the Cardinals’ auspicious start.
“Somebody throws a beer can, full, at the top of my head,” Schumer recalled.
He has blood on the back of his neck, but two Boston cops tell Schumer he’s the troublemaker and they grab hims and drag him out of the ballpark.
“So I had spent two weeks selling these rings, I saw two batters, so I hate the Red Sox,” Schumer said.
The New York Democrat told this story to New Era Cap Co. officials, who are concerned with counterfeit caps made overseas. “I told them, I didn’t want to have a Boston hat anywhere, and I would go after all the counterfeit hats except the ones made with Red Sox. They belong in China,” he said.

Written by Stephen T. Watson with a contribution from Denise Jewell Gee.