Tag Archives: Boston

#IceBucketChallenge in Copley Square

Boston.com IceBucketChallenge, ALSEarlier today Sergio joined about 50 others for an impromptu #IceBucketChallenge on the lawn in Copley Square.

Want to learn more about this social media campaign that has gone viral or if you would like to make a donation visit www.alsa.org.

#IceBucketChallenge on Copley Square Lawn at 1PM

IceBucketChallenge Julian EdelmanPerhaps you’ve seen a number of your friends in the Boston area pouring buckets of freezing ice water on their heads to help raise awareness and money for ALS.

Boston.com has arranged to host a large #IceBucketChallenge for all who want to participate today at 1PM on the Copley Square lawn. Here’s what you need to know.

Where: Copley Square lawn
When: Thursday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.

Help spread the word. More details here.

Boston is ranked one of America’s most walkable cities

3 gay days in BostonSmart Growth America has issued their annual report that analyzes how walkable the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas.  Boston (again) ranked in the top five – ranking 3rd – joining:  Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. You can read more about this on Smart Growth America’s website.

Last fall Curbed Boston shared a heat map showing how walkable different neighborhoods in Boston are. North End, Chinatown and Bay Village earned a walk score of 98; the South End received an impressive score of 95.  Check out your neighborhood’s walkscore here.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to either take public transportation or walk to work since 1999.  My neighborhood also makes it very easy to get around without needing a car which is great.

BosGuy + Not Needing a Car = Happy

UberBOAT was uber popular

UberBOAT! Boston by Boston Harbor CruisesEarlier this summer Uber briefly test-marketed a water taxi service in partnership with BHC and according to their blog post on Tuesday, the program was a success. In the image below (I swiped it from Uber’s blog), arrows point to UberBOAT district destinations. The thicker the arrow, the more trips took place.

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Uber’s blog shares a number of findings from this test run but the stat that impressed me was they say demand was about 7x greater than supply and remained consistent through out the trial period.  Based on that stat, it would seem to me that there is a good possibility this service could return on a more permanent basis. You can read more about the trial run here in Boston in Uber’s blog post, here.

Chef Mario Batali to open Babbo Pizzeria in Seaport

Babbo Pizzeria BostonThe Boston Globe reported that celebrity chef Mario Batali will open an 8,700 square foot restaurant at 11 Fan Pier in the Seaport District by the end of this year. The restaurant will be called Babbo Pizzeria and will include three bars – one each for cocktails, pizza and antipasti.  Plan designs also include a large patio and private dining space.  While the Seaport has seen many restaurant openings in recent years, this is one of among a handful that I’m excited about.  I have high hopes and expectations for Babbo Pizzeria’s wood-fired pizzas and pastas.

Extending hours for bars and restaurant nixed (for now)

drink, cocktail, boston, bar, nightlifeThe Boston Globe reported today that proponents for allowing bars and restaurants to stay open later was dealt a setback today when the provision that would have allowed establishments to stay open until 4:00 AM was not included in the State’s budget.

Although the Mayor voiced support for the provision the Globe said the Mayor “did not strenuously lobby House lawmakers to agree” and without that support it appears local lawmakers who opposed the measure won the day. I do hope this is brought up again because I do believe later hours in parts of the city make a tremendous amount of sense and would add to the quality of life in Boston. You can read the Boston Globe article here.

Don Chiofaro proposes $1 billion waterfront project

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

This week The Boston Globe reported that developer Don Chiofaro is reviving his effort to build a pair of skyscrapers along Boston Harbor.  His previous 2009 plan to develop this real estate had been blocked by Mayor Menino, but with a new Mayor in Boston it appears that Mr. Chiofaro has come back with a new plan proposing a 600′ complex that he says will “wow”.

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

Source: KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES

The $1 billion project, that would redefine Boston’s skyline and waterfront still needs approval, includes about 1.3 million square feet of commercial and residential space; 700,000 square feet of offices, up to 300 hotel rooms, 120 luxury condominiums and three levels of stores and restaurants.

More about this story here.