Category Archives: Boston

Gay For Good Boston: Charles River clean up

Gay for GoodNext Saturday (August 23rd) Boston’s chapter of Gay for Good will be helping the Charles River Watershed clean up the Charles River.

Details about the meet up location will be shared prior to the event for interested volunteers who RSVP.  Following the clean up G4G Boston will be hosting a picnic from Noon to 1:00 PM.

G4G Charles River clean up on Saturday, August 23

Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunblock and water; no open toe shoes or sandals.  To RSVP or if you need a ride, please link here.

Note: For those looking for a ride contact Bobby Morris. His email is included on the RSVP page (link shared above).

Fisherman’s Feast starts today

The North End’s annual Fisherman’s Feast and street festival that starts evening and runs through this weekend.

The feast is a Catholic tribute to the Virgin Mary, originating in the ancient town of Sciacca in Sicily. The Grand Procession of the statue of La Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca through the streets of the North End will start at 12:30 on Sunday. 

For a full calendar of events this weekend visit www.fishermansfeast.com.

Chinese Moon Festival on Sunday, August 10

Chinatown Moon FestivalTomorrow is Boston’s outdoor party in Chinatown to celebrate the end of the harvest season (A.K.A. The Chinese Moon Festival). All the fun will be centered by the Harrison / Beach Street stage, visitors  can watch dancing, musicians, and martial artists.  More information about Boston’s Chinese Moon Festival can be found here.

Fun fact: Did you know this festival takes place in early Autumn but in Boston we celebrate this a few weeks earlier in August because back in 1969 the city was funding cultural events that would take place in the summer; thus the Chinatown Moon Festival was born. Thanks to Boston Magazine for sharing this fun fact.

More than 400,000 MBTA late night riders

Late night MBTA serviceThe Boston Globe reported this week that since the MBTA began their one year trial of late night MBTA service that keeps subways and some bus routes open until 3AM has already exceeded 400,000 trips.

Each weekend the MBTA averages between 15,000 to 17,000 trips, dispelling critiques complaints that the Late Night service was a novelty that would see the city’s late night service wane and run with empty subways and buses.

Heading out late this weekend? The MBTA remains the most affordable way to get around.

#IceBucketChallenge in Copley Square

Boston.com IceBucketChallenge, ALSEarlier today Sergio joined about 50 others for an impromptu #IceBucketChallenge on the lawn in Copley Square.

Want to learn more about this social media campaign that has gone viral or if you would like to make a donation visit www.alsa.org.

#IceBucketChallenge on Copley Square Lawn at 1PM

IceBucketChallenge Julian EdelmanPerhaps you’ve seen a number of your friends in the Boston area pouring buckets of freezing ice water on their heads to help raise awareness and money for ALS.

Boston.com has arranged to host a large #IceBucketChallenge for all who want to participate today at 1PM on the Copley Square lawn. Here’s what you need to know.

Where: Copley Square lawn
When: Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.

Help spread the word. More details here.

Boston is ranked one of America’s most walkable cities

3 gay days in BostonSmart Growth America has issued their annual report that analyzes how walkable the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas.  Boston (again) ranked in the top five – ranking 3rd – joining:  Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. You can read more about this on Smart Growth America’s website.

Last fall Curbed Boston shared a heat map showing how walkable different neighborhoods in Boston are. North End, Chinatown and Bay Village earned a walk score of 98; the South End received an impressive score of 95.  Check out your neighborhood’s walkscore here.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to either take public transportation or walk to work since 1999.  My neighborhood also makes it very easy to get around without needing a car which is great.

BosGuy + Not Needing a Car = Happy

Coffee culture: Coffee-as-a-pursuit (CAAP)

Michael C.You need to turn coffee drinking as a means to an end into the end itself, says culture and lifestyle contributor, Michael C.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING to see exactly what goes into the Tremont Street space formerly known as Francesca’s. I initially heard through the grapevine that Peet’s Coffee had secured the space, although apparently that’s now up in the air. But regardless of who moves in or when, if it’s a coffee shop I do hope they are wise enough to create something that takes into account the neighborhood’s love of coffee as a pastime. Because, you see, coffee is for South Enders and Euro-trash alike, not merely a beverage but a pursuit – indeed, an institution in and of itself. Right?!

When traveling abroad, my single favorite activity is sitting at a café (preferably independently owned and out-of-doors), espresso with lemon twist in front of me, engaged in some serious people watching. That’s right – not shopping, not clubbing, not sightseeing, but coffee! Most museums have fantastic in-house cafés anyway so it’s often a no-brainer win-win for me. As a born and raised European who has made this beloved land his home, this is where I feel that US society’s reverence towards the institutional identity of coffee-as-a-pursuit (CAAP) leaves a lot to be desired. Ask any person who crosses your path what comes to mind when they hear coffee and chances are they will tell you it’s a wake-up beverage in a paper cup, lid, cardboard sleeve and all, consumed on the run, on the move, on the way somewhere. Why, oh why can’t people see that coffee is that somewhere?

It’s a state of body and mind – a most civilized pursuit. It is something that should be enjoyed in sacred silence at dawn, with the life-and-arts newspaper section in the afternoon, over convivial conversation any time of the day and in countless other settings, never in a rush but as the ultimate activity. I recently ran into an old French friend on Shawmut Avenue and when asked what she was up to, this stunning Capucine look-alike replied with a smile “I’m going for coffee – join me?”. “Capucine” obviously gets it!

Based on my criteria, which I assume are clear by now, here is a list of M’s favorite coffee temples in Boston – and yes, M cares about the quality of the coffee. See you there!

South End Buttery – No introduction necessary. Everyone who’s alive in the South End knows the incomparable charm of this beloved neighborhood corner hangout.

Wholy Grain, Shawmut Avenue – no porcelain cup and saucer option due to legit space constraints, but the whole operation is so simpatico it’s impossible no to like – the small, independent neighborhood coffee shop is what we’re missing in this city.

SIP Café, Post Office Square – one of Boston’s independently owned coffee treasures and one of the closest CAAP establishments in Boston. Huge fan here!

L.A. Burdick, Back Bay – strictly speaking, a hot chocolate place but the coffee is good too – insanely bridge-and-tunnel-packed on weekends but very atmospheric on weekdays.

JaHo, South End – small, independent, bookish – good for coffee, sweets and work.

Flour, Clarendon Street – Ms. Chang’s Back Bay outpost proves that she, too, gets it.

Starbucks, South End – yes, it a mega-corporation, but surely one to emulate – beside offering good coffee in porcelain and (perpetually occupied) seating, this company’s respect for ethical business practices and equal rights is truly something to feel good about supporting.

Michael C About the author:  A former banker, Michael C offsets the sobriety of his professional life with his passion for design, music, the arts and anything beautiful.

© Michael Constantinides 2014 – all rights reserved

National Sand Sculpting Festival Revere Beach this weekend

Sand Castle Revere BeachThis weekend more than 350,000 people are expected to come down to Revere Beach to see the National Sand Sculpting Festival that will take place Friday thru Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

A few years ago Sergio and I went down to check it out and I have to admit the sculptures were really impressive. More information about this free event can be found here.

UberBOAT was uber popular

UberBOAT! Boston by Boston Harbor CruisesEarlier this summer Uber briefly test-marketed a water taxi service in partnership with BHC and according to their blog post on Tuesday, the program was a success. In the image below (I swiped it from Uber’s blog), arrows point to UberBOAT district destinations. The thicker the arrow, the more trips took place.

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Uber’s blog shares a number of findings from this test run but the stat that impressed me was they say demand was about 7x greater than supply and remained consistent through out the trial period.  Based on that stat, it would seem to me that there is a good possibility this service could return on a more permanent basis. You can read more about the trial run here in Boston in Uber’s blog post, here.

Riding the Green Line

I wish I was on this Green Line train when this a cappella group decided to harmonize and sing.

Deck of Cards workout every Monday

Free work out, health, fitness, Boston fitness

Source: November Project

Inspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write (again) about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Starting tomorrow, the ever so cool – November Project – hosts their Monday morning Deck of Cards Workout. The way it works is they flip through a deck of cards doing situps when they turn over a red card and pushups when it is a black card; the value of the card is how many you have to do.

The workout starts at 6:30 AM in Boston.  Details about the workout can be found on their website, here.

BosGuy brain teaser

brain teaser, rodinEach Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain.  If you are stumped, feel free to get help or share it with a friend or colleague to see if you can figure it out together.

I’ll confirm answers later in the day so don’t worry if you don’t see your comment posted right away. I want to give everyone a chance.

This weeks riddle:

A child is born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents who were both also born in Boston, Massachusetts. However, the child is not a United States citizen. How is this possible?

Hint: Today.

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

Chef Mario Batali to open Babbo Pizzeria in Seaport

Babbo Pizzeria BostonThe Boston Globe reported that celebrity chef Mario Batali will open an 8,700 square foot restaurant at 11 Fan Pier in the Seaport District by the end of this year. The restaurant will be called Babbo Pizzeria and will include three bars – one each for cocktails, pizza and antipasti.  Plan designs also include a large patio and private dining space.  While the Seaport has seen many restaurant openings in recent years, this is one of among a handful that I’m excited about.  I have high hopes and expectations for Babbo Pizzeria’s wood-fired pizzas and pastas.

Extending hours for bars and restaurant nixed (for now)

drink, cocktail, boston, bar, nightlifeThe Boston Globe reported today that proponents for allowing bars and restaurants to stay open later was dealt a setback today when the provision that would have allowed establishments to stay open until 4:00 AM was not included in the State’s budget.

Although the Mayor voiced support for the provision the Globe said the Mayor “did not strenuously lobby House lawmakers to agree” and without that support it appears local lawmakers who opposed the measure won the day. I do hope this is brought up again because I do believe later hours in parts of the city make a tremendous amount of sense and would add to the quality of life in Boston. You can read the Boston Globe article here.