Tag Archives: Boston

Back Bay/South End Gateway project is approved

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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
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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.

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.

HOCR

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