Source: Todd Van Hoosear
Although Boston isn’t quite there yet, spring is definitely in the air and it is a beautifully sunny day in Boston. This courtyard in the McKim building of the Boston Public Library (BPL) is one of my favorite places to enjoy in good weather. The BPL courtyard (open to the public) is surrounded by an arcade that reminds me of architecture more often found in Europe than the US and is the perfect place to get away from all the noise and nonsense in one’s life.
Whenever visitors come to Boston, I bring them to the BPL. It isn’t on a lot of tourists radar but everyone I bring here leaves both impressed and glad they stopped by. If you have time be sure to also walk upstairs to check out the John Singer Sargent’s murals.
Earlier this week Boston was once again ranked as one of America’s most walkable cities. I suppose the only real surprise in this ranking is that San Francisco ranked so high (ranked #2 behind New York City). While San Francisco is a beautiful city and one that is relatively easy to walk around, I would think the hilly topography would make it difficult for anyone with disabilities and or who may be older.
This annual ranking by RedFin, consistently ranks Boston as one of America’s most walkable cities. Some of the other cities that scored well in addition to #1 – NYC, #2 San Francisco and #3 Boston, included: Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Oakland and Baltimore.
Mark your calendars because on Friday, June 19th City Hall Plaza will once again play host to a Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco.
Friday, June 19th Boston to host Donna Summer Roller Disco
Similar to last year when more than 4,000 people came down to Government Center, the event will be free and open to the public, with skates for rent, food on hand and of course some excellent music courtesy of DJ Kon.
Check out these pictures from last summer’s inaugural Memorial Roller Disco to Boston native, Donna Summer. #HotStuff
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This map published by Ungentry shows that back in 1990 rentals in Boston were fairly reasonable in most of the city. Ten years later you can see rents inching upward in Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the North End, but the rest of Boston’s downtown neighborhoods seem to remain fairly reasonable. However, by 2010 you can see the extent of gentrification in Boston and how it had moved beyond the city’s historically pricey neighborhoods to places like the South End, Fort Point Channel, Southie and even Eastie.
You can read more about the findings, how this compares to average incomes by neighborhood in this recent article by BostInno.
The Boston LGBT Film Festival opening night is later this week on Thursday, April 2nd at the ICA Boston in the Seaport. The festival celebrates films by, for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The Boston LGBT Film Festival runs from April 2 – 12th
This year’s festival opens with the 95-minute romantic comedy, EAT WITH ME. The Director, David Au, will be present at this showing and an after party will follow at Empire. For more information about this movie, the complete festival calendar and to purchase tickets visit their website, bostonlgbtfilmfest.net.
I saw this funny post on David’s blog, WGB, and wanted to share as well.
Earlier this month RISE – Boston’s only after hours dance club – announced they would close at the end of April. While I’ve not been in a long time, I’m sorry to see Boston’s only after hours club close.
When RISE initially opened in 1998, I remember going there and having fun. It proved to be a great alternative to Chinatown for “cold tea”. I hope another club will open for Boston’s 20-somethings, but with Boston’s anemic nightlife and the threat of late night MBTA service ending, it seems unlikely. Should you like to venture to RISE for one last hurrah, check out their Facebook page for details. They have lined up a series of “Final Parties”.
RISE Facebook Page