Category Archives: Boston

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.

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.