Category Archives: Boston

ArtWeek Boston starts May 1st

ArtWeek BostonArtWeek Boston runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 10th

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, the 10-day ArtWeek extravaganza that starts next month spotlights programs like pop-up dinner theater and or entertainment, immersive workshops in unusual places, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more. The intention is to highlight bold, creative and unique events that are unexpected.

All the fun will start at the ICA at their ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff April 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  For more information about the week+ of arts programs visit their website at artweekboston.org.

 

MBTA is free today

Late night serviceLast month MBTA officials announced that passengers boarding buses and trains can ride for free.  The MBTA will leave fare gates open all day — similar to what the T does on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July — so that riders can casually walk through and board a vehicle at no cost.  This is a PR campaign meant as an apology for the delays / lack of service that caused major headaches for Bostonians this past winter. While it doesn’t make up for the issues, you may as well make use of the free rides all day today.

DTX Roche Bros Groceries opens April 29th

Boston, grocery store, roche brothersLast Monday The Boston Globe reported that Roche Bros. Supermarkets will open the doors of its new 25,000 square foot flagship grocery store in Downtown Crossing on Wednesday,  April 29. I’m just happy to see life coming back to Downtown Crossing and a viable grocery store moving into the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

The new Roche Bros. will feature grab-and-go items as well as several hot and cold food bars on the ground floor.  A lower level, which formerly housed Filene’s Basement, will house a traditional grocery store with a bakery, deli, specialty cheeses, meats and fresh seafood.

Boston Marathon

Boston MarathonToday is Patriot’s Day, a holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, but ever since 1897, Patriot’s Day has also been race day for the Boston Marathon. This year’s marathon marks the 119th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, making it the world’s oldest annual marathon.  It is also one of my favorite days to be in Boston. Even though the weather this year is cool and rainy, I’ll be celebrating by watching the Red Sox at Fenway and cheering on the marathon runners as they come into Back Bay.

Check out Boston Magazine’s Boston Marathon Guide

My congratulations to all the runners and sincere thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, city of Boston, the volunteers and first responders who help to make this world class event such a special day to me and everyone else in the city.

Boston’s affordable home buying program

BRA, Boston, cost of living, housingLast month one of my readers noted my real estate themed posts only showcase costly new construction like the Ink Block, Four Seasons, etc… and after reflecting upon that constructive criticism, I thought I’d give a shout out to Boston’s affordable home buying program.

Boston has a well deserved reputation for being an expensive city to live, but there are opportunities to purchase and rent more affordable condominiums and apartments if you are persistent and know where to look. One such resource is the BRA Affordable Units website, which lists existing affordable units.

There is more information about Boston’s affordable housing program on the BRA website, bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/housing/overview.  While this program can take time and requires a lot of paperwork – it can really pay off.  I know this firsthand because back in 2002 / 2003, Sergio and I decided to look into this program.  At the time, Sergio was working as a flight attendant and I was working at a health and human services nonprofit; our combined income was barely enough to afford rent but thanks to Sergio’s persistence after a few missed opportunities we were able to purchase a home through Boston’s affordable home buying program at Rollins Square in the South End.

Of course there remains a chronic shortage of affordable housing in Boston and the Mayor and surrounding communities need to do more to help make housing and rentals more affordable but there are properties available (and in some great neighborhoods) if you do your homework.  For all you would-be home buyers, I wish you luck in finding the perfect property for you.

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo is open

Boston MarathonPart of the Boston Marathon experience is the build up of excitement, starting the weekend before, as tens of thousands of visitors come to Boston ahead of the race, which takes place this Monday.   One of those events that is fun to check out (and free) is the three-day John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Expo in Back Bay.  Last year, more than 100,000 attendees participated.

In addition to possibly meeting  some of the world’s top runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Expo also offers an opportunity for bargain shoppers looking for health and fitness related apparel and products.

Where: Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street, Boston

When:  Friday, April 17:  2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, April 18 – 19:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Boston Globe reports Eataly will open in Boston in 2016 at the Prudential Mall

BostonFollowing rumors that were reported a few months ago that Mario Batali was looking to open a third US location for the Eataly chain here in Boston, one day after his Babbo Pizzeria opened in the Seaport, The Boston Globe reports that Battali’s Eataly is close to signing a lease at the Shops at Prudential Center.

Early plans call for the marketplace to take over the existing food court at the Shops at Prudential Center. Eataly will add a street-level entrance with a cafe, leading up to the marketplace and connecting to a new building under construction on the Pru property. A new rooftop restaurant and brewery, seating up to 300 people, will be added above the space currently occupied by the food court.   Saper said plans for the Boston Eataly may change and his team has yet to sign a lease with Boston Properties Inc…Eataly hopes to open in mid- to late-2016, he said.

You may read the full article in The Boston Globe here.  I’m bragging a bit too since I told Eater Boston that this was the year Eataly would come to Boston. Mario Batali