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MBTA late night weekend service

Boston transit, TTomorrow evening, Thursday, March 5th Massachusetts Department of Transportation will host a hearing for the public to share their thoughts on extending the MBTA’s late-night weekend train and bus service beyond the June 19th pilot end date.  MassDOT’s recommendation will be based on data & public input.  If you support the idea of maintaining the late-night service it is important that you attend the forum.

What: MBTA late-night weekend train and bus service
When: Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Boston City Hall 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA

For more information check out the event’s Facebook page here.

Lawn D hosts “Slopefest” this weekend in Boston

snuggle buddy, handsome, hairy chest, hunk, gay

Now that I have your attention…

It appears that the organizers over at Lawn D in Southie (near the convention center) are taking Dale Carnegie’s quote, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” to heart. Originally scheduled for Valentine’s weekend, the Lawn on D in Southie moved Slopefest to this weekend.

Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, downhill winter sport exhibition
Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing downhill winter sport exhibition
Sunday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing

A custom-designed illuminated bar carved out of ice will be present alongside the 70′ long slope that is made of fresh, packed powder snow.  The MCCA will supply snow tubes for anyone who buys tickets.  Tickets will be sold on site for $3 a run or $5 for two runs.  For all you voyeurs out there you can check out the Snow Riders exhibition on Friday and Saturday where experienced skiers and snowboarders will show off their moves.

DJs will be playing music and you can enjoy food and alcohol by fire pits.  Finally a use for all this snow. More details about is available here.

BosGuy’s prediction to Eater Boston: Eataly is coming to Boston

Have you heard the rumor mill grinding away, regarding news that Mario Batali who is about to open his new Boston restaurant, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, is now looking for the perfect location for his chain, Eataly?  Should Batali secure a location in Boston this would be the third Eataly in the US for the gigantic Pan-Italian retailer.

Eataly Boston is Very Close to Becoming a Reality via EaterBoston

Eataly may be coming to Boston via The Boston Globe

While I only know what I have read in the local papers that first published these rumors earlier this week, I wanted to point out my 2015 Restaurant Predictions, which Eater Boston published on my behalf, hereMario Batali

MBTA late night service extended to June

Late night serviceLast month I wrote that the 1 year trial of late night MBTA service was being evaluated and that its future was in question.  Late night service started on March 28, 2014 and earlier this month the MBTA announced that they would extend the service for an additional 3 months to June 19, 2015.

According to the MBTA, late night service, which runs on Friday and Saturday night, has supplied more than 1.1 million rides. That is pretty impressive if you think that the MBTA late night service only accounts for 3 additional hours of service each week.  That 1.1 million rides then breaks down to approximately 12,500 – 13,000 riders who took the MBTA late night service over the past 44 weekends, which seems like a lot of people to me.  The MBTA has never shared a projected ridership, so it is hard to tell what is considered “successful”. If you want to keep the MBTA late night service, I’d encourage you to continue to use it.

Dreaming of summer

Swan BoatsI’m a wimp. I had to get out of town to feel the warmth of the sun and forget about all this cold and snow.  For those who cannot get away, save this photograph which is posted on Boston.com’s Tumblr page.  Better yet, check out all the wonderful images people have submitted that remind you of how wonderful Boston is in the summer months <sigh>.

How are you surviving the winter

how to survive a boston winterI hate to be a jerk to those who live in colder climates, but the winter weather will not be ending anytime soon.   To help you avoid a case of the winter blues, this past fall I wrote a five part series outlining how to survive a Boston winter.

Included in my list of tips were suggestions like, booking a trip to go some place warm; finding yourself a cuddle buddy; and tips on how chocolate can help. However it was my fourth tip in the series that I suggest you seriously consider and give a try: visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Aside from the Gardner being a beautiful place, the museum has a tiny garden that has flowers and grass.  Sit by the courtyard (preferably on a sunny day) and let the sunlight filter down to the ground level.  Enjoy the smell of the grass and flowers, and look at all the colors.  Trust me when I tell you this is some of the best therapy you can get in Boston to fend off a bad case of the winter blues.

 

SnowMyGod: Images from Boston’s South End

Eat your heart out local television broadcasters.  Sergio stepped out today to check out the neighborhood.  While this may not be as large a storm as initially predicted it is still packing quite a punch.  Below are images Sergio snapped earlier today.

View of Washington Street South End

View of Washington & Waltham Street in the South End, Boston

View of Tremont Street in the South End Boston

View of Tremont & Clarendon Street in the South End, Boston

View of Union Park and Tremont Street in the South End Boston

View of Union Park from Tremont Street in the South End Boston

View of Shawmut Street and Union Park in the South End Boston

View of Shawmut Street and Union Park in the South End Boston

View of Waltham Street in the South End, Boston

View of Waltham Street in the South End, Boston