Category Archives: Boston

Boston named 7th most unaffordable housing market in North America by Point2Homes

Boston was named the seventh least affordable housing market in North America recently by real estate search portal Point2 Homes, which looked at affordability ratios across North America.

Point2 Homes divided Boston’s median home sale price, $610,000, by its median annual family income, $61,176, to arrive at an affordability ratio of 10. An affordability ratio of 5.1 or greater is considered “severely unaffordable”.

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Unsurprisingly, the ten most unaffordable markets were all cities in the Northeast and the West coast, but what did surprise me was seeing Vancouver topping the list with a ratio of 17.3, surpassing San Francisco and Manhattan.

Mayor Marty Walsh was just re-elected to office as Mayor of Boston. I hope that in his second term he can work with developers to create more affordable housing. Boston has long been considered a very expensive city to live in and it would be to our advantage to shed that reputation or at the very least find a way to drop out of the top 10.

You can see the full listing of all 50 markets in North America to see where / how where you lived was ranked: Housing Affordability by Market in North America.

Boston Winter returns to Government Center

Boston is bringing back its 11,000 square foot skating path and winter village to to City Hall Plaza for the second consecutive year. The so called “Boston Winter” sponsored by Berkshire Bank will open November 24 and run through February.

This year’s festivities will include an 11,000-square-foot skating path; a replica of a Bavarian village; a Santa Claus house; a Christmas tree maze; and something called Vinopolis, which the city describes as“an interactive wine and beer experience.” There will also be 85 chalets for food and tchotchke vendors. According to City Hall, last year’s Boston Winter drew more than 300,000 visitors, including one very happy Sergio. You can learn more about this year’s “Boston Winter” here.

Stonewall Sports Boston: Billiards

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I’m pleased to let you know yet another LGBTQ club / sports team has formed here in Boston. Stonewall Sports – Boston is a chapter of Stonewall Sports that created earlier this year in 2017.  According to their website, “the group is partnering with local businesses and establishments to bring enrich the local LGBTQ community by providing social outlets through sports and activities.”

Stonewall Sports – Boston: Billiards Facebook Page

Bobby Fisher and Matt Busse who many of you may already know are the two local gay men working to make this newest league a success so if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to them. Alternatively, you can visit their website here: stonewallboston.leagueapps.com.

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Stonewall Sports – Boston recently started a new billiards league. While registrations may have already closed at the time of this post, it is worth reaching out to the organizers.

What to do this week: October 23 – 29

Halloween, Boston, Provincetown, Providence, OgunquitLots happening in Boston this week including Opus Affair’s monthly cocktail party, RuPaul’s Drag Race world tour comes to town, the Boston Book Festival and GLAD’s Spirit of Justice Awards ceremony are just a few highlights.

This weekend Boston, Provincetown and Ogunquit go crazy for Halloween with a ridiculous number of parties and events (of which I’ve only listed a handful below) including Spooky Bear Weekend in Provincetown, a Dirty, Sexy Disney Halloween bash in Ogunquit, an Epic Halloween Party, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a Spooky Glam Brunch and several Tea Dances so check out the events below and share with friends.

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Hosted by Dusty Moorehead on Thursday at Whiskey Saigon in Boston

MONDAY – THURSDAY

Opus Affair Monthly Cocktail Social takes place after work on Monday from 6-9PM (this month) at The Sinclair in Harvard Square, Cambridge

Drag Bingo is every Monday starting at 7PM free to play at Club Cafe in Boston

Mass Bears and Cubs Dinner Social is at Cathedral on Tuesday starting at 7:30PM in Boston

Showtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

Geek Trivia is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

OUT’hood FEST from The Theater Offensive starts on Wednesday and runs through October 31st in Boston

ICA Boston every Thursday from 5PM – 9PM admission is free to the public

Trivia Night is at 8PM every Thursday at The Alley Bar in DTX Boston

Get Dusted with Charlie Hides from RPDR Season 9 Hosted by Dusty Moorehead this party starts at 10:30PM on Thursday and is at Whiskey Saigon in Boston

Yaasss! Presents Nina Bo’Nina Brown! starting at 10PM on Thursday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke Thursdays is every Thursday at Machine with your hosts Rob Botelho and Emphysema Menthol 100s in Boston

THE WEEKEND

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Spirit of Justice Awards Gala is GLAD’s annual fundraiser brings together nearly 1,000 supporters and this year will recognize former US A.G. Eric Holder who served under the Obama Administration on Friday in Boston

Spooky Bear Weekend is a Halloween celebration that runs Friday through Sunday in Provincetown

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

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Hairspray The Musical Movie is showing at The Crown & Anchor as part of Spooky Bear Weekend so come in costume and sing along, doors open at 7PM in Provincetown

OFFICIAL Salem Witches Halloween Ball takes place in the historic Hawthorne Hotel starting at 7:30PM in (where else?) Salem

FASCINATION Friday is a monthly gear/ fetish/ kink night at Jacques the 1st and 4th Friday of the month in Boston

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FagBash Spooky Bear is at Club Purgatory, starting at 9PM on Friday in Provincetown

RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour pulls into Boston , starting Friday with performances at The Wilbur in Boston

Karaoke: Scream Queens edition is at dbar starting at 10PM on Friday in Dorchester

SoWa Open Market SoWa Open Market is now open every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 4PM through the end of October in Boston

Boston Book Festival takes place again this year, centered in Copley Square and the Boston Public Library 2017 has events all day in Boston

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Spooky Bear Ironsides: Gay of Thrones fundraiser is a great pre-Tea party to check out at Harbor Lounge 12-3PM in Provincetown

Spooky Bear Tea Dance will be jammed with everyone showing off their costumes with the music starting at 4PM in Provincetown

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Diva Night with special guest DJ James Cerne Saturday night at Great Scott in Allston

So Hot Halloween dance party with DJ Stevie “Creepy” Psyclone is at Peggy O’Neill’s starting at 10PM in Dorchester

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Dirty, Sexy Disney Halloween Bash is on Saturday night at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Spooky Bear Costume and Dance Party is at the Paramount starting at 9PM in Provincetown

Epic at the House of Blues will be Boston’s largest, gay dance party with a $1,000 costume party hosted by Mizery on Saturday in Boston

Halloween Horror Marathon  takes place at the Coolidge Theater starting at 11:59PM and opens with Night of the Living Dead  followed by Zombie, which kicks off the 8-hour horror marathon on Saturday in Brookline

Spooky Glam Bingo is a twist on the Trophy Room’s monthly drag bingo brunch which runs from 1-4PM on Sunday in Boston

Club Cafe Tea Dance

Foxy Reunion Tea Dance with DJ’s Nathanael Bluhm (BEGBICK) & James Cerne will have you dancing all evening long starting at  6PM  on Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM 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.

Head of the Charles Regatta is this Saturday and Sunday

Head of Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles regatta is Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22

Every city has their own traditions and events that are distinctly their own. I like to write about these events here in Boston because it is easy to take them for granted or overlook how they contribute to and enrich the city. One such unique tradition which I associate with the autumn is the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The annual event typically occurs while foliage is nearing its peak each year in Boston and it can make for a beautiful backdrop for the 11,000+ athletes who are expected come to compete in the world’s largest regatta this weekend.

The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 400,000 spectators who line the banks of the Charles River on both the Cambridge and Boston sides. Be sure to check it out. I prefer to watch from the Cambridge side between the Harvard footbridge and the JFK bridge but there really isn’t a bad place to watch

For more information about this world class event visit hocr.org or check out this really interesting infographic Boston Magazine published last year (2016) about this historic and truly world class event.

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New development proposed: Exchange South End

View of The Exchange South End from Albany Street looking East

Last month The Abbey Group filed formal plans to redevelop the former home of the Boston Flower Exchange in the South End. The 5.6-acre site sandwiched between I-93 and Albany Street will be significantly transformed. Adding four buildings with a combined 1.4 million square feet of mixed-use commercial and life science research space; 42,500 square feet of ground floor retail space; 30,000 square feet of civic space situated around a new park; and approximately 1,145 below-grade parking spaces.

The Abbey Group has proposed a phased approach, building the two smaller buildings along Albany Street first; Building A (6-stories) and Building B (14-stories). Building C (20-stories) and Building D (15-stories) which are closest to I-93 would be built in a second phase. Below is a rendering of what The Exchange South End will look like from I-93.

More information about The Exchange South End is available here.

Boston’s HUBweek starts this week

HUBweek (October 10-15) is a citywide festival that celebrates innovation  in art, science and technology. The amazing event starts tomorrow and while events will take place all over the city most take place in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, which has been transformed with dozens of art installations and six geodesic domes.

Thought leaders like Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Atul Gawande and more will speak and networking programs have been organized to allow people to  connect with some of the areas most impactful start-ups (all for free).

HUBweek is about bringing together Boston’s incredible creative economy. Come and join this amazing week of events but be sure to register first!  Learn more here: hubweek.org