Have you been enjoying Kiki Beach at M Street Beach in Southie this summer? Generally held every Saturday (unless weather gets in the way in which case it occasionally moves to Sunday), this is a casual and fun take over of a portion of this normally “bro-tastic” city beach.
Kiki Beach Facebook Page
If you haven’t any plans, come down and check out Kiki Beach. The boys usually don’t get to the beach much before 12PM. Look for guys to spread out just beyond the Community Center, first bus shelter to the right. Fine tune your gaydar and look for a lot of bright colors, good music and speedos (of course).
Earlier this week Delta Airlines announced two new nonstop routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Flights to Pittsburgh will begin October 1st with two daily round-trip flights. New Orleans service will be seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from February 10 – April 1.
By October, Delta will be offering 103 peak-day departures from Boston (20 more departures from a year ago). You can read more about Delta’s new routes by visiting yesterday’s story in USA Today, here.
Travel + Leisure magazine readers have ranked Boston one of the best cities in America. As part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards, the publication released its list of the top 15 cities in the United States earlier this month. Boston squeaked in at a cool number 14.
Cities were scored for their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value, then given a numerical score based on their ratings.
Thanks T+L readers.
Saturday night temperatures in Boston will be in the low 70s and dry (if you believe our local forecast). If you happen to be out and about you may end up seeing a bunch of naked bicyclists who will be participating in the World Naked Bikc Ride, while this event has been happening around the world since 2004, Boston joined in on the fun back in 2010 and interest and participation continues to grow with each year.
Participants are asked to meet in Jamaica Plain at 6PM for pre-ride revelry. The ride is scheduled to begin at 8PM and will conclude at Midnight in Cambridge. If you are interested, check out the link I shared above or visit the World Naked Bike Ride – Boston Facebook Page for details.
If you decide to participate, let me know how it goes and feel free to send me a photo or two of the ride. 😉
It is no secret that Boston is a very expensive city to call home, and more needs to be done to ensure that this city can be a home for anyone – no matter what their career, compensation or bank account looks like. I can’t think of a more dreary, vanilla, boring city than one which is filled only with “luxury condos”.
But I digress. It was recently reported by Zumper that the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Boston is holding steady at $2,200. That makes Boston the nation’s fifth most expensive for renting a one-bedroom. Additionally, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Boston increased only 1.2 percent, to $2,630, making it also the nation’s fifth most expensive for renting a two-bedroom. For the longest time, Boston ranked behind only San Francisco and New York for one and two-bedroom apartments in the Zumper analysis, which tracks rents on vacant or available apartments.
I’d like to see more affordable and mixed income properties being built so Boston can be more attractive to more people. While cheering that median rents are only $2,200 and $2,630 for one and two-bedrooms respectively may seem odd, I’m just pleased to see that as a community we are working to fall lower on this list of skyrocketing rents.
2016 fireworks courtesy of Kelly Automotive
For a tiny city, Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public. There have been some broadcasting changes this year so for more information on how to stream or watch the concert on TV or for where to tune in on the radio link here.
If you are curious about what time everything happens, I’ve included the calendar below for you. This information is also available on the Pops event website in the link I’ve included at the end of this post.
- The gates opened at 9AM so you can head over if you like to claim a patch of grass to call your own and settle in.
- The concert starts at 8PM
- Fireworks start at 10:30PM
- The 2017 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends at 11PM
This year’s list of entertainers accompanying Maestro Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops on stage includes (from left to right) Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer as well as Tony Award-winners Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton).
More information about today’s celebrations and performance at july4th.org.
Earlier this week Adam who publishes the excellent blog, UniversalHub, shared this map from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. I found this particularly interesting, because although I was only born a few miles from Boston in the tiny town of Winchester, MA, Sergio was born about 4,500 miles to the south in Brazil. You can get a better look at the map and zoom in to see some of the smaller printed nationalities if you click here.
If you like this sort of thing you should stop by the BPL to check out their exhibit Who We Are: Boston Immigration Now and Then.
On a related note, Pew Research’s map shows how different nationalities came to the United States, starting in 1850 up through 2013.
For more information visit Pew Research here.