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Goodbye dry January

Leonardo DiCaprio, New Years, toast, champagne

On a whim, I decided the morning of January 1st that I would refrain from any alcohol for the month of January; sometimes referred to as ‘dry January’. For many people I’m sure this wouldn’t be an issue but I admit I was unsure how this would go since I basically drink coffee, water and wine.

Now that the month has passed I have to admit I was surprised by how easy it was (and how much money I saved). I’m not so certain this would be as easy to do during the summer months but I am considering trying this again, possibly later this year. However, for now I’m going to celebrate the end of dry January by going to the Godfrey Hotel’s second anniversary bash. I think we can all agree that the swanky Godfrey Hotel and its delicious restaurant Ruka which I previously reviewed here is a great place to enjoy a delicious cocktail or two.

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2017 South End real estate stakeholder’s report

South End, Julian LevesqueI recently received Steven Cohen’s South End Stakeholder’s Report (Winter 2017).  The report, compiled by SCT, includes interesting details for those of you interested in real estate.  Here are some of the findings shared about the South End market and Boston that caught my attention.

  • The median sales price for the South End in Q3 2017 has increased over the past year to $939,500 (in Q3 2016 it was $858,250).
  • There are currently 8 construction projects underway in the South End including a 200 room hotel, office space and residential projects that will add approximately 1,000 new apartments and condos.
  • There are an additional 4 projects that have received Board Approval but have not started construction that could add as many as another 1,000 residential units and 900,000 square feet of commercial and office space.

The report also shares some interesting data points about the city of Boston including the following:

  • JLL City Momentum Index (CMI) tracks the speed of change of a city’s economic and commercial real estate market and ranks Boston in the top ten in the world. Only Silicon Valley and Austin, TX ranked higher in the US.
  • Boston joins London, Stockholm, Sydney, Melbourne and Silicon Valley as cities with strong short-term momentum and attributes for sustainable long-term momentum.
  • Boston ranks as the third most preferred US city for foreign investment in real estate behind NYC and LA.

You can read the full report online at stevencohenteam.com/publications.

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.

Back Bay/South End Gateway project is approved

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Click on image to enlarge  ||  Source: bldup.com

ICYMI, another HUGE project was approved by the city of Boston last week. Boston Properties received unanimous approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency board last Thursday for their air-rights project above the MBTA’s Back Bay Station.

The project will add 1.3+ million-square-feet of mixed-use development, including a new 34-story building,office building with ground floor retail, two new residential buildings, a one- to two-story vertical retail expansion of the existing Back Bay Station building, and the partial redevelopment of the existing 165 Dartmouth Street Garage. For more information visit bldup.com.

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.