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

boston real estate, 1000 Boylston

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.

 

SELECT Oyster Bar opens in Back Bay

Boston seafood restaurant

Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar

I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay.  I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood.  This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.

The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon.  If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.

For more information visit their website selectoyster.com.

Boston rolls out new app for parking meters

Parking-meterIn case you happened to miss Mayor Walsh announcement earlier this week, the City of Boston is implementing new technology that will allow you to pay for parking without having to run out to feed parking meters if you have the new ParkBoston app.

Parts of the Back Bay will be the first to accept payments by phone with the rest of the city phased in over the coming months following this week’s launch. You can create an account if interested by downloading the app for free from the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store or by visiting park.boston.gov.Boston parking, parking meters

Temptation Tuesday

handsome, hunks, bathing suits, menThis week’s Temptation Tuesday makes me verklempt. 

Past Temptation Tuesday Posts

Restaurant gossip

gossipMore restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End.  My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.

Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.

One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow.  He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.

 

New 60-story Back Bay residential tower

Christian Science Plaza BostonLast week The Boston Globe reported that The Four Seasons will manage a second hotel and residential building that will be built on the Christian Science Plaza campus.

The project will be the city’s tallest residential building at 699 feet tall and will include 180 luxury condos on the top 40 floors and a 200+ room hotel on the first 20 floors.

More details about the plans that also include restaurant space, lounges / bars and a health club are to follow. More here.Boston, Back Bay, Four Seasons Boston Hotel

 

Gisele Bundchen playing in the snow

Gisele Bundchen BOSnow 2.14Supah model / Tom Brady’s main squeeze, Gisele Bundchen, just posted this photograph of her stepping out from her Back Bay home to play in the snow along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue Mall on her Instagram account. Even in a blizzard this woman is beautiful.

Back Bay Harry’s to open next week

Harry CollingsTables and chairs are in place at the newly remodeled restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s, located on the Back Bay / South End line, and rumors suggest an opening later next week.  For those unfamiliar with the new restaurant opening in the space formerly home to Geoffrey’s, Back Bay Harry’s is a hip, casual restaurant and bar.  Harry Collings (Back Bay Harry) has teamed up with local celebrity chef, Jason Santos, the man behind Gargoyles (closed in 2011), Abby Lane and Blue Inc. Together they have worked hard to keep their menu affordable with main plates ranging $18-$22 and offering less expensive options with salads, sandwiches and pizzas; perfect bar fare.

Harry Collings

The newly redesigned bar which was moved to the opposite side of the restaurant and runs along Stanhope Street seats approximately 60 both at the bar and in surrounding high tops; all with great views of televisions if you want to watch a game. Look for fun weekend bar food specials, featuring some of Santos’ favorite items as well as a vibrant cocktail menu to sate your thirst while you nibble on snacks and appetizers, that range from $4-$12. Harry CollingsYou can like Back Bay Harry’s page on Facebook or check back at their website backbayharrys.com to see when they finally open, but as I mentioned previously look for an opening later next week.   Back Bay Harry’s is located at 142 Berkeley Street on the South End / Back Bay line.

Back Bay Harry’s

Harry CollingsEarlier this summer I sat down and talked to Harry Collings (owner of the soon to open Back Bay Harry’s).  At the time he had hoped they would be able to open by the end of September. Unfortunately the restaurant / bar has yet to open but the work inside is coming together and it appears if this location will be opening very soon. Last week the final remnants of Geoffrey’s Cafe came down and a new awning and sign was installed to the exterior.

Stay tuned for more to come shortly.