Tag Archives: Back Bay

Boston Public Garden

bret clancy, boston skyline, boston winterEstablished in 1837 The Boston Public Garden is a beautiful park in the center of town. I thought I’d share this gorgeous photo taken by Bret Clancy who has many photos of Boston on his IG account and available for sale on Etsy here. Much thanks to Arts Boston Instagram for posting this picturesque photo of kids playing hockey last month.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe has reopened

boston, independent bookstoreQuite possibly my favorite bookstore (certainly my favorite bookstore in Boston), Trident Booksellers and Cafe, was forced to close temporarily after a fire broke out in late February, but last week the bookstore reopened after undergoing extensive renovations.

The Trident’s cafe / restaurant was a favorite location of mine when I lived in the Back Bay so even if you’re not much of a reader you can go enjoy some food then check out their monster magazine rack or purchase a few funny cards. Keep in mind, the Trident now has daily entertainment / programming every evening so there really is never a bad time to stop by and see the newly renovated space.

While I’ve yet to have a chance to visit the bookstore I wanted to help get word out and encourage everyone to visit the Trident on Newbury Street between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Show this local business some love.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe
338 Newbury Street – Back Bay
Store Hours:  8AM to Midnight daily
Online: www.tridentbookscafe.com

Boston Public Garden at night by James Sutherland

About three weeks ago James Sutherland snapped and shared this beautiful photo of the Boston Public Garden. Since then the Public Garden has transformed as the trees have flowered and the buds have been replaced with leaves, but I loved this photo with Boston’s Back Bay off in the distance, seemingly enveloped in fog.

1000 Boylston proposed in the Back Bay

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Photo courtesy of Weiner Ventures

Did you hear? A developer has asked the city to review a proposal to build two residential towers over the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mass Ave and Boylston Street meet.  According to the article on Curbed Boston, one building would be 39 stories and the second would be 24 floors; combined they would include as many as 330+ condominiums / apartments.

Boston has a checkered past approving developments that span air rights because the cost often requires developers to build towers taller than neighborhood groups like. I’m curious to see how this proposal is received because I would LOVE to see the pike covered all the way down to Fenway.

Peebles Corp., Back Bay real estateNOTE: The shorter S-shaped image next to the proposed 1000 Boylston is not part of the developer’s proposal. That is a separate development called The Viola that is expected to start construction in 2019 and will include a 156-room hotel, 88 condos, 138 parking spaces, community areas and 26,000 square feet of retail space. The building’s footprint will stretch from Mass. Ave to Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar on Boylston Street and would feature a distinctive s-shape.

Newbury Street becomes pedestrian walk way on Sunday, Aug 7

Boston, Back BayNext Sunday (August 7) the city plans to shut down Newbury Street to traffic for one day only, offering a pedestrian-friendly street free of traffic from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The idea is being borrowed from other pedestrian-friendly cities like Paris where the Champs-Élysées is now closed one day per month to cars.

The city is promoting the event using the hashtag #OpenNewbury on Twitter.

Great gift or date for a chocolate lover

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourAre you a chocolate lover or do you know someone who is? The Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour may be the perfect gift to give or daytime date if you want to mix things up a bit from the typical dinner and a movie.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour is a 2.5 hour walk that encourages you indulge in some of the tastiest treats available in the Back Bay, while your guide provides tips on tasting, buying and storing high-quality chocolate.

The Back Bay Chocolate Tour takes place each Saturday morning starting at 10:15 and currently GoldStar.com is offering 50% off through the end of January. You can learn more about The Back Bay Chocolate Tour here and you can get those 50% off tickets from GoldStar.com here. And you can read what Yelpers have to say about the tour here.

Boston Pride Back Bay block party today 12-8PM

Boston Pride Back Bay block partyOne of the last events for Boston Pride happens to be one of the best.  The Boston Pride Back Bay Block Party is always a good time.

Sunday, June 14th / 12:00 Noon – 8pm
St. James Ave. between Arlington and Berkeley St.

There is a $15 donation with $5 going to the Boston Pride Community Fund.Back Bay block PartyBack Bay Block PartyBoston Pride Back Bay block partyBack Bay Boston Pride Block PartyBack Bay Boston Pride Block PartySee you there.