Category Archives: SoWa

South End Open Market moves to Ink Block in 2016 but Food Trucks and Farmers Market stay put

South End Open MarketEarlier this week New England Open Markets –who operate the South End Open Market at SoWa each Sunday — announced that they will be moving to the Ink Block next season.

While the South End Open Market will be moving a few blocks down the street to the Ink Block word on the street is that the Arts & Crafts, Farmer’s and Food Truck Markets will remain at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue.

While the details are still fuzzy, it seems to me that the retailers along Harrison Avenue must see this as great news.  The weekly markets draw thousands from outside the neighborhood each Sunday while in operation (May through October).  Although the never ending flow of foot traffic may be the source of headaches for drivers, this will help the quirky, independent retail shops that have come to define the SoWa retail scene and distinguish us from most other retail centers in the city.

Get Wigged at the Ink Block Boston Friday, Oct 2

Ink Block BostonLooking for an excuse to put on a wig and let down your hair? The Ink Block is hosting a “Get Wigged” party on Friday, October 2nd from 8:30 – 11:30 PM at 300 Harrison Avenue in SoWa.

To attend you must RSVP at

Siena at the Ink Block

Siena Ink Block South End Boston

Rendering of “Siena” loft residences at the Ink Block

National Development shared this image for Siena, a new 79-unit condominium building on the corner of Albany Street that will begin construction in 2016 and open in early 2017.  The building is the sixth in the complex better known as the Ink Block; where the Boston Herald building previously stood.

National Development pointed the interest in their other condominium building, Sepia, at the Ink Block which opens in November of 2105, when they introduced Siena. According to the release, the building will include studios, one, two, and three bedrooms, as well as the maisonettes, which they describe as a new concept to Boston living – loft-style units with ground floor terraces.

The building will also have something called their rooftop “Sky Lounge“, although I’m really not sure what that is. It sounds like a bar but if it is only open to residents then it may just be a fancy name for a roof deck, which considering its location could probably provide you with the best traffic updates for the Southeast Expressway and the Mass Pike in the city.


Urban Innovation Gallery planned to better connect South End, South Boston and Fort Point

Neighborhood Border Zone, South End, South BostonAn exciting urban intervention program is set to take place under the I-93 highway overpass near Traveler and West 4th Street to help turn this underutilized 2.5 square mile area dividing the South End and Southie into an outdoor Urban Innovation GalleryThe Design Museum Foundation has a 7 minute video describing the intent behind this program, which you can view here.

If you are interested in learning more about this program there are three ways you can get involved.

Volunteer and help transform the Neighborhood Border Zone into an Urban Innovation Gallery by helping with events, design, installation, and more — Volunteer Form

Sponsor this project to help make it a success — Sponsorship Form

Form an Urban Innovation Festival team to take part in a 3-day Urban Innovation Festival next summer, start thinking about your team and stay tuned for a Call for Teams, coming soon.

South End Open Market in SoWa returns Sunday, May 3rd

SoWa Open MarketThe 2015 SoWa Open Market returns to the South End on Sunday, May 3rd. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October 25, 2015 and spans three blocks along Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.

Every Sunday 15 to 20 Food Trucks will be located at 540 Harrison Avenue serving a variety of food.  Just up the street at 500 Harrison Avenue is the Farmers Market which includes an ever larger assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, plants, and gourmet specialty foods.  Lastly, be sure to check out the Arts Market located at the end of Thayer Street.  It is a great place to peruse some of the region’s best artists and designers.

Whale mural on Planet Storage building in the South End

public art, Tyson Andree, ink blockThe whale mural that has been visible from the Planet Self Storage building along Boston’s Southeast Expressway since the early 1990s has disappeared from view on I-93 ever since the Troy Boston residential building was erected.  According to a recent story in The Boston Globe, a fourth whale is going to be added to Planet Self Storage building.  The additional whale still won’t be visible to those on the highway but rather will face the Ink Block.

The developer behind the Ink Block, National Development, has commissioned Brookline graffiti artist, Tyson Andree, to spray-paint the new mural on a 15-foot-high by 68-foot-long section of Planet Self Storage’s northern wall, facing the Ink Block. The project should be finished by this weekend.

Salon Sunday in SoWa

Salon Sunday SoWaClearly Mother Nature is a harlot who has it bad for Old Man Winter.  Since it is too cold to enjoy the outdoors, head inside on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm – 5 pm and check out “Salon Sunday in SoWa” at 450 Harrison Avenue.  More than 80 artist studios will be open for you to peruse.

More details are available on the SoWa Artist Guild Facebook page.