Category Archives: Boston

What to do this weekend

Christmas, SergioBetween all your holiday shopping, company parties and just trying to get through all your work, be sure to take a break and enjoy a fun night out with friends. Below are a few options for you to consider this weekend.

I’d like to give a shout out to a few events that caught my eye and which I think you might like too including: 35 Years of Fritz  on Friday at Cathedral Station; Serving Face: Opening Night is a new gay night starting this Saturday (downstairs at Jacques); and Gay Beer Club Annual Mad About Plaid Holiday Partyis this Sunday in Kendall Square (all welcome).

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

Brass Bows & Boys Holiday Concert Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing at the beautiful Jordan Hall Friday, Saturday and Sunday

35 Years of Fritz Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate 35 years of Fritz on Friday at Cathedral Station from 7-10PM

Queer Country Social and Dancing is Saturday at 7PM at the First JP Unitarian Universalist church (cost is $15, no alcohol allowed, all welcome)

Don’t Tell Boston (Seaport) is a secret comedy show that hosts some of the best and brightest comedians in the country. Tickets must be purchased to get the exact location in the Seaport (BYOB) || showtime is 7:30 in the Seaport

Serving Face: Opening Night is anew monthly queer party conveniently located downstairs at Jacques Underground on Saturday starting at 8PM

Mass Bears & Cub: Naughty or Nice through Dec 15 you can bring an unwrapped children’s toy to Alley Bar and Jacques Cabaret then join us for our grand finale this Saturday at the Alley, starting at 9PM

FUZZ is a monthly gay dance party hosted the second Friday of each month with DJ Brent Covington and DJ Taffy at the Alley in Boston

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

XO Friday is the weekly dance party hosted by DJ Stevie Psyclone (no cover before 11PM) at Club Cafe every Friday

Blend Saturdays with DJ Wayne Michael bring your friends for a fun night out with great music and no cover at Blend (formerly Peggy’s) in Dorchester

Video Night Tracks every Saturday night join VJ Ryan Grow at Cathedral Station starting at 9:30PM

The Donkey Show is the ultimate disco experience is a story inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream each Saturday at Club Oberon in Cambridge.

Grunt is a weekly dance party with no cover for burly men and their admirers, starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in DTX

UNITE Saturdays is a weekly dance party at Club Cafe with DJ Susan Esthera (no cover before 11PM) in Boston

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

Gay Beer Club Annual Mad About Plaid Holiday Party is Sunday starting at 7PM at the Cambridge Brewing Company in Kendall Sq – All are welcome

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.

Mass DOT Public Hearing for the North South Rail Link project this week

On Monday, December 10th, Massachusetts Dept of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the North South Rail Link, sharing public comments received, the draft report and cost estimation. Long-time residents of Boston may recall, linking both North and South Station was initially part of the “Big Dig” but was later scrapped after poor management of the project led to cost overruns and ridiculous delays.

Mass DOT Public Hearing: North South Rail Link project
Monday, December 10th 5PM – 8PM
10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms 2 & 3

For those unfamiliar with the project, the North South Rail Link (NSRL) project would connect the  MBTA commuter rail networks (South Station and North Station) into one regional system through the construction and operation of a rail tunnel through Downtown Boston. This tunnel would enable through-running of MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak trains, increasing system coverage, capacity, and ridership.

Boston transit, Boston Commuter Rail, Massachusetts Bus and Transportation Authority

North South Rail Link Feasibility Reassessment Draft Final Report

I would like to see any project that links these two commuter hubs with a direct link via the MBTA subway system as well, providing a better and more direct connection for people who use the subway.

If interested, you can download and read the entire draft final report here.

Seaport / North Station ferry service could start soon

boston harbour, boston skylineThe construction boom in the Seaport has created more congestion than city planners anticipated and while there have been some pretty crazy suggestions to help alleviate congestion – like an aerial gondola system – the idea of adding ferry service seems to be gaining traction. A privately funded ferry service to shuttle passengers between the Seaport District and North Station has been proposed and could start in early 2019.

It appears that to make this economically viable the organizer behind the concept is looking for a commitment from several large employers in the Seaport. The other reason for the delay is the dock at Lovejoy Wharf near North Station will not be ready until the end of 2018. Stay tuned because unlike the crazy idea of floating gondolas – this idea has a lot of merit and could significantly cut down on commute time for people coming from north of the city. It would be nice to see the Baker Administration, which likes to talk a good game about investing in infrastructure and claims to be championing creative solutions to mass transit step up to the plate and help make this a reality.

Boston’s gay club Ramrod / Machine days are numbered

boston real estate, Ramrod, Machine BostonMore than a few of you forward me the article from this week’s Boston Globe, Here’s what a British dorm builder is planning for Boston.

Anyone who knows the city can easily see that the building that houses the gay nightclub, Ramrod / Machine is demolished in the rendering above to make space for a 15-story building that will house approximately 500 private dorms, which will be marketed to graduate students.

Scape, the company that filed notice with the city, sharing their plans to  build a 205,500-square-foot, 15-story building on Boylston Street in the Fenway, was described in the article as “replacing a row of low-slung storefronts along a stretch of the road that has otherwise been transformed by new development over the last decade.” Ouch, but so true. Ramrod / Machine’s days are numbered and while there is no word on when the inevitable development will displace the club, I hope the owners will plan to reopen in another location rather than close their doors permanently.

Hub on Causeway

boston real estateWith all the construction happening in the South End and Seaport it can be easy to forget that the number of large construction projects happening in downtown Boston neighborhoods is astounding when compared to the city’s recent history.

One project that recently caught my attention is The Hub on Causeway, which is transforming the West End. The project includes office space, housing, hotel, retail and more:

  • more than 850,000+ square feet of office space
  • more than 200,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, including a new grocery store and cinema
  • 540 new underground parking connected to an existing garage
  • 440 residential units
  • 260 room hotel

Head of the Charles is this weekend

Regatta

Head of the Charles Regatta is Saturday and Sunday

The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into a massive two-day rowing competition that draws more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators, making it the largest rowing event in the world. The 2018 HOCR takes place this Saturday and Sunday during chilly weather conditions, but if you’ve not been before, I’d suggest heading down to the Charles River to cheer on these amazing athletes.

HEAD OF CHARLES REGATTA – OCTOBER 20-21

The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.

Boston real estate is really, really hot

In a new national survey from Urban Land Institute and PwC, Boston’s real estate market stands out. The survey, which ranks the hottest real estate markets in the U.S. saw Boston jump three spots to seventh in the nation.

Boston is at the center of a number of real estate trends like redevelopment,  technology, and sustainability.

Boston’s younger workforce, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) job market, sustainability efforts and redevelopment were all attributed to the rating jump. Boston scored exceptionally high when it comes to investors’ demand and local public-private investments.

In the survey, Dallas-Fort Worth ranked number 1 in the nation but Boston’s ranking as 7th best makes it the highest-ranked gateway market in the 2019 survey. You can see where other U.S. cities rank in this annual survey in the PwC report on page 37, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019.