Category Archives: Back Bay

Newbury Street becomes pedestrian walk way on Sunday, Aug 7

Boston, Back BayNext Sunday (August 7) the city plans to shut down Newbury Street to traffic for one day only, offering a pedestrian-friendly street free of traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The idea is being borrowed from other pedestrian-friendly cities like Paris where the Champs-Élysées is now closed one day per month to cars.

The city is promoting the event using the hashtag #OpenNewbury on Twitter.

Boston’s Love Locks

Source: welovebeantown.com

Source: welovebeantown.com

Back in 2013, in honor of the death of DOMA, three small heart shaped locks were shackled to the ugly chain link fence over the Massachusetts Turnpike on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay.

Since the summer of 2013, many more locks have been added and now the chain link fence is covered by several hundred padlocks; each presumably to symbolize and commemorate relationships here in Boston. Some of the locks have names, dates, or quotes written on them, which you can read if you look closely.  Boston Love Locks

Great gift or date for a chocolate lover

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourAre you a chocolate lover or do you know someone who is? The Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour may be the perfect gift to give or daytime date if you want to mix things up a bit from the typical dinner and a movie.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour is a 2.5 hour walk that encourages you indulge in some of the tastiest treats available in the Back Bay, while your guide provides tips on tasting, buying and storing high-quality chocolate.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour takes place each Saturday morning starting at 10:15 and currently GoldStar.com is offering 50% off through the end of January. You can learn more about The Back Bay Chocolate Tour here and you can get those 50% off tickets from GoldStar.com here. And you can read what Yelpers have to say about the tour here.

Third Hancock tower proposed for Back Bay

Source: SKIDMORE OWINGS MERRILL & CBT

Source: SKIDMORE OWINGS MERRILL & CBT

Little more than a week after The Boston Globe told us that the Hancock Tower would now be called 200 Clarendon, the same newspaper reports that Manulife Financial Corp which owns John Hancock intends to add a third high-rise to the Back Bay skyline.  The proposed building would replace an existing 9-story building at 380 Stuart Street with a new 26-story building with a distinctive curved glass facade.  For more details read the Boston Globe article here.

 

SELECT Oyster Bar opens in Back Bay

Boston seafood restaurant

Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar

I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay.  I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood.  This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.

The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon.  If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.

For more information visit their website selectoyster.com.

What you pay in Boston neighborhoods per square foot

Curbed Boston, Boston Real Estate

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.

Restaurant gossip

gossipMore restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End.  My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.

Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.

One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow.  He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.