No plans this weekend? Join Sergio and me as we ride the MBTA in our underwear during the city’s annual No Pants Subway Ride. The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002, that has now spread world wide so if you are not in Boston and this sounds like something you’d enjoy doing check to see if your city is participating.
NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE BOSTON – DETAILS
Locally this event and other similar programs are organized by Boston’s Society of Shenanigans. If you like this sort of thing, check out their website and join their mailing list here.
Late last week Boston Magazine reported that the fate of the MBTA’s late-night weekend service was being reviewed. The one year pilot program that started in April 2014 needs to be extended if late night weekend service is to continue through 2015.
Since service started last April 820,000 customers have used the MBTA’s late-night service between the hours of 12:30 and 3:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. According to MBTA spokesman, Joe Pesaturo a recommendation will be made in the coming weeks.
Fingers crossed that late night service will be extended.
Did you know the average temperature in January in Boston is approximately 29 degrees Fahrenheit? If time, money or work have conspired to make it impossible to escape Boston’s brutal winters, I have a few more affordable options on ways you can warm up. I plan on checking out one or more of these options this year and below I encourage you to leave additional suggestions in the comments section for other readers.
Inman Oasis at 243 Hampshire Street in Cambridge is a great option. Warm up in their Japanese-style 2-person hot tub. At $65 for 60-minutes this seems like a fantastic and affordable option. For more information, visit their website at www.inmanoasis.com.
Dillon’s Russian Steam Bath in Chelsea at 77 Chestnut Street has been providing Russian Steam Baths to the Boston community for more than 120 years; making it the oldest steam bath house in the United States.
Tuesday – Sunday Dillons is open for men ONLY. Monday is reserved for the ladies. Admission is very affordable – $23, but for more information visit their website, www.dillonsrussiansteambath.com.
Bikram Yoga Boston allows you to stretch and get more physically fit in their heated studios. Classes at Boston’s only certified Bikram Yoga schools run 90-minutes and will leave you feeling warmed to your core and start at $22 for a single class. Discounts are offered for purchasing multiple classes. More details about Bikram Yoga, when and where these are hosted can be found online at www.bikramyogaboston.com.
Please feel free to share your favorite spots around Boston to fend off the chill of winter and stay warm.
While I’m lucky to have a home I love and can afford, I realize that isn’t the case for everyone living in Boston. A lack of affordable housing / rentals is a problem the city continues to grapple with despite Mayor Walsh’s statement this past October that he wants 53,000 new housing units built in the next 15 years.
To afford Boston’s median rent you need to make $100k
In December I posted the image above from Zumper.com which found that rents in Boston are for the most part increasing. This makes the findings from Zillow.com all the more important because it suggests a year from now one might need to make even more money; outpacing cost of living increases and making Boston less desirable.
According to Zillow.com, a single person needs to earn $50 / hour or $100k a year to afford median rent, that is just shy of $2,500 a month, and the problem isn’t limited to just Boston. It is a regional issue and perhaps needs a more collaborative approach, involving mayors from surrounding communities. Zillow.com points out that even traditionally affordable cities like Chelsea have sky-high rent as compared to resident income with median rents now more than $2,100 / month.
For those of you procrastinators still thinking about what you want to do on New Ýear’s Eve, I wanted to let you know about parties taking place in Boston, Provincetown and Ogunquit worth considering.
Boston Epic NYE & CC by Chris Harris & Rafael Sanchez with DJ Paulo will be open until 4:00 am at The House of Blues at 15 Lansdowne Street. More information about the party is on their Facebook Page: EPIC NYE. If interested, you can purchase tickets to the party here.
Club Café offers a different kind of NYE party starting with An Evening At The Bird Cage a show that features celebrity impersonation, comedy and vocals that starts at 8PM. Following the show, stick around and ring in the new year there. If this is more your speed get tickets today before it is sold out – HERE.
Ptown A-House & Paramount Both the A-House and Paramount at the Crown & Anchor are hosting big parties to ring in 2015. Parties in Ptown end a bit earlier at 2:00 AM. More information about their NYE parties can be found A-House and Paramount’s party Resolution.
Ogunquit Maine Street Has DJ Aga and DJ Ken spinning music until they close at 2:00 AM. Tickets for the party at Maine Street can be purchased in advance from their website for only $10 at www.mainestreetogunquit.com.
Have fun wherever you end up.
Boston’s rental market can be best described in one word, “outrageous”. My post from earlier this month, What you pay in boston neighborhoods per square foot, only reinforced that point. Zumper.com has released information showing modest decreases in neighborhoods overrun with “luxury” apartments, but for everyone else rents continue to rise in and around Boston.
I suppose it is no surprise that rents have soared in the West Broadway section of Southie and Coolidge Corner, although I will admit I was surprised to see rents continue to climb in my neighborhood, South End.
The Fire and Ice Festival on South Boston’s “The Lawn D” had to be postponed in December due to unseasonably mild temperatures. The festival will now take place starting on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 4PM. Organizers are calling the Winter on D programming for this weekend, “Fire and Ice Festival”.
Boston Magazine wrote in December 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
Evening “fire” programming runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes:
• 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.