Category Archives: Boston

Goodbye dry January

Leonardo DiCaprio, New Years, toast, champagne

On a whim, I decided the morning of January 1st that I would refrain from any alcohol for the month of January; sometimes referred to as ‘dry January’. For many people I’m sure this wouldn’t be an issue but I admit I was unsure how this would go since I basically drink coffee, water and wine.

Now that the month has passed I have to admit I was surprised by how easy it was (and how much money I saved). I’m not so certain this would be as easy to do during the summer months but I am considering trying this again, possibly later this year. However, for now I’m going to celebrate the end of dry January by going to the Godfrey Hotel’s second anniversary bash. I think we can all agree that the swanky Godfrey Hotel and its delicious restaurant Ruka which I previously reviewed here is a great place to enjoy a delicious cocktail or two.

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2017 South End real estate stakeholder’s report

South End, Julian LevesqueI recently received Steven Cohen’s South End Stakeholder’s Report (Winter 2017).  The report, compiled by SCT, includes interesting details for those of you interested in real estate.  Here are some of the findings shared about the South End market and Boston that caught my attention.

  • The median sales price for the South End in Q3 2017 has increased over the past year to $939,500 (in Q3 2016 it was $858,250).
  • There are currently 8 construction projects underway in the South End including a 200 room hotel, office space and residential projects that will add approximately 1,000 new apartments and condos.
  • There are an additional 4 projects that have received Board Approval but have not started construction that could add as many as another 1,000 residential units and 900,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

The report also shares some interesting data points about the city of Boston including the following:

  • JLL City Momentum Index (CMI) tracks the speed of change of a city’s economic and commercial real estate market and ranks Boston in the top ten in the world. Only Silicon Valley and Austin, TX ranked higher in the US.
  • Boston joins London, Stockholm, Sydney, Melbourne and Silicon Valley as cities with strong short-term momentum and attributes for sustainable long-term momentum.
  • Boston ranks as the third most preferred US city for foreign investment in real estate behind NYC and LA.

You can read the full report online at stevencohenteam.com/publications.

Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride is Jan. 7th

Mark your calendars for Boston’s 12th annual No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 7th from 2-5PM.  Details for participating in the No Pants Subway Ride will be posted on the event page here.

If you are still unsure of what this is all about check out my video of all the fun from Boston’s 2013 No Pants Subway Ride.

AAA says holiday traffic will be wicked bad

BosTongue, MassholeChristmas is less than a week away and according to AAA a record 107.3 million Americans will travel during the year-end holidays. A healthy local economy here in Massachusetts, increasing consumer confidence and relatively low gas prices are cited by AAA as reasons cited for the record number of Americans expected to travel this holiday season.

If you need to drive, AAA has issued a notice that travel will be most congested in the Boston area starting Thursday, December 21st. They also said that the hours between 2:30PM and 4:30PM will be wicked bad. Well those weren’t their official words but you get the picture. AAA predicts the roads will be twice as packed then as commuters are joined by those leaving early for the holiday.

Traveling by car during the holidays? Check live traffic maps online at Boston.com/Traffic or Mass511.com. Also you can download traffic apps AAAWaze, or GoTime.

Boston Globe’s scathing article about the Seaport

The Seaport is comprised of approximately 1,000 acres and for most of the second half of the 20th century the land was overlooked and neglected. But for the past 10-15 years Boston’s newest neighborhood has transformed into a second financial district and home for million dollar glass condos.

While everyone is happy to see the city revitalize prime real estate, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team took a closer look at the neighborhood and shared some of their findings in this article, A brand new Boston, even whiter than the old. The Spotlight Team found that this neighborhood, is really only for the white and affluent (89% white and only 3% black). The Seaport may as well be a gated community in Alabama for all the racial diversity you’ll find there.

While I understand that developers can make far more money selling $2million condos or building office buildings, The Globe team reminds us that more than $18 billion of public funding was used to transform this land so it seems like Boston should be able to do better in making space for more of its population and creating a neighborhood that is more racially and economically diverse.

The Seaport’s story is still unfolding and there is much more development that will happen over the next decade. I hope that excellent reporting like this article in The Boston Globe will get the attention of Mayor Marty Walsh, our City Council and Massport so they can work to reconcile this and insist on development that will make the Seaport a more diverse neighborhood.

You can read the full article online here: A brand new Boston, even whiter than the old.

Boston’s Santa Speedo Run is Saturday, Dec. 9th

If you find yourself in Back Bay tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon you may want to head over to Boylston Street to see the 18th annual SSR (Santa Speedo Run). Scheduled to take place at 1PM, runners will line up at the intersection of Boylston and Gloucester Street (in front of the Hynes).

This annual tradition which has inspired more than a dozen similar runs in cities through out North America and Europe starts outside of Lir at 903 Boylston Street. Come down to check out all the activity. After a slight warm up the middle of this week it looks like tomorrow’s weather could be quite chilly so the runners can use all the support they can get.

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What to do this weekend

Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you at home. I’ve pulled together a partial list highlighting a variety of events and parties to help you figure out what you might like to do. I’d like to give a special shout out to the Mass Bears & Cubs which presents the  Mr. Boston Bear & Cub competition 2018 this weekend and for those looking to get out of town the 5th Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend takes place in Provincetown.

There is plenty more to do this weekend so check out one or more of the events listed below.

Mates Leather Weekend, Provincetown

5th Annual Mr. New England Leather Weekend Full Kit Gear and The Crown & Anchor play hosts yet again to this annual party that runs Friday thru Sunday in Provincetown

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville

Casual Fridays is a weekly dance party with no cover featuring DJ Begbick at the Alley Bar in DTX

Excess Boston is Boston’s pan-alt. scenes club night – creative attire is encourage; doors open at 9PM at SABUR Lounge in Somerville

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Boyfriends presents Janet Jackson this Friday starting at 10PM at the Milky Way Bar & Lounge in JP

The Coolidge After Midnight: Creature Double Feature NIGHT Swamp Thing and Return of the Swamp Thing  starts at 11:30PM on Friday in Brookline

White Fight Supremacy 2.0: Day of Action and Racial Justice Gathering will meet on Saturday the Boston Common on Saturday 12 – 4PM in Boston

Thanksgiving Movie Special: Planes Trains & Automobiles is at 5PM on Saturday in Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston

November Social presented by Frontrunners Saturday starts at 6PM at at Roxy’s A4cade in Cambridge

Singles Pool Tournament starts at 7:30PM at Cathedral in Boston

Mr. Boston Bear, Mr. Boston Cub

Mr. Boston Bear & Cub competition is this weekend
Photo Source: Massbearz website

Mr. Boston Bear & Cub Competition takes place on Saturday night at The Alley Bar in Boston

Saga Saturdays Boston’s biggest gay dance party at Paradise in Cambridge

The Coolidge After Midnight: Creep Show starts at 11:59PM on Saturday in Brookline

4th Annual Gay Beer Club “Friendsgiving” is from 11AM – 2PM on Sunday at the Mystic Brewery in Chelsea

Sunday Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 6PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM in Boston

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar in the Theater District is every Sunday starting at 10PM in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.