South Boston’s most talked about public space, The Lawn on D, is planning some outdoor fun on Saturday and Sunday, December 27-28. Organizers are calling the Winter on D programming “Fire and Ice Festival”.
Boston Magazine writes that The Lawn on D will be “transformed into a winter wonderland during the daytime portions of the festival, with “hotter” entertainment lined up for the evenings.” The “icy” features from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days will include the following:
• A winter-themed pavilion with ice bar serving beer, wine, and hot cocoa
• A giant five-foot-tall, 50′ x-50′ ice labyrinth with ice sculpture designs
• Food trucks (Stoked Pizza and more TBA)
Evening programming from 5 to 8 p.m. include:
• Live fire art performers from American Repertory Theater and the Oberon
• Free chowder samples from Legal Sea Foods
• Propane fire pits will be set up for visitors to warm up around
The Lawn on D is in Southie at 420 D St. More info here: lawnond.com.
Average condo sales prices per square foot
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Last week Curbed Boston posted this image from the Collaborative Companies which shows the average condo sales prices per square foot in a number of Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns.
Laura Ahmes-Gollinger from the Collaborative Companies explains in the post how this is impacting younger would-be buyers and renters,”The effect of this migration causes a gentrification of these neighborhoods as these new buyers (and renters) demand the residential infrastructure necessary to support their live/work/play convenient urban lifestyles. Somerville is a great example of this with the huge foodie scene, extension of the green line in planning, and the major plans for development and residential housing that we will see in the coming years. In contrast, foreign buyers and empty-nesters will continue to live in the heart of the city and are willing to pay high prices for these amenity-rich, full-service, maintenance-free lifestyles.”
The map makes Southie still look like a deal – that is if you can still find any since inventory is snapped up in hours. You can read the full article here.
There seem to be conflicting reports about The city of Boston “Winter’s Landing” in City Hall Plaza.
Earlier this month it was reported that Winter’s Landing would include an Olympic size skating rink called Frozen Harbor as well as a 2-story 20,000 square foot bar called The Polar Bear. However, conflicting reports after the story broke made it sound like permits and rumbling from neighbors may impact the bar, The Polar Bear, from opening. Time will tell and I’ll be sure to share more when I learn about it. You can stay up to date on everything that is happening with Winter’s Landing on their Facebook page, facebook.com/WintersLanding.
Image of Boston’s Zakim Bridge (and Boston Garden to the left) heading north. Courtesy of seanie411 from Boston Globe tumblr page. More photos of Boston available from Boston Globe’s tumblr page. Check out the link in my blogroll.
It’s official – The Frog Pond on the Boston Common opened today at 10 a.m. If you are looking for something different to do and want to get outside, head over to the Boston Common and skate under the stars. While I’m not much of a skater, a half hour or so of ice skating seems like a great date night option; guaranteed to provide great people watching, some good laughs. Follow up the skating by grabbing a hot cocoa or hot toddy in one of the surrounding neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Downtown Crossing.
The Frog Pond rents skates for $10 and the rink is open until 10PM tonight. The rink opens daily at 10AM but the hours do vary so check their website for the details at www.bostonfrogpond.com.
If you love craft brews then make note of the Local Food Festival annual Local Craft Brewfest next Friday. This is your chance to sample some of New England’s best brews. beverages and food while enjoying spectacular views of the Boston Harbor waterfront and great live music by local musicians.
Where: Moakley U.S. Courthouse
When: Friday, November 21 from 6pm-9:30pm
Admission: $47 (includes beverage and food tastings and entertainment)
Tickets are on sale now. For more information about the annual festival or to purchase tickets visit their website, bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.
City Point Place has been given the green light to redevelop a lot at 150 West Broadway Street in South Boston; near the corner of B Street and W. Broadway.
Two existing structures will be razed to make way for a five-story mixed-use development that will contain 24 condominium units as well as 32 on-site parking spaces. The developer has said they plan to commence construction of the project next spring. Bookmark their BRA page to stay up to date on this project if you are interested: BRA 150 West Broadway.