Tag Archives: Boston

Bullfinch Crossing development by Gov’t Center

The HYM Investment Group, Government Center Garage Redevelopment, Boston RealestateThe demolition of the hideous Government Center garage is underway according to the website bldup.com. Replacing the ugly garage will be “Bulfinch Crossing”, (referred by many as Government Center Garage Redevelopment). The massive project that totals 2.9 million square feet will include a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, plaza and six mixed-use buildings on two blocks spanning 4.8 acres. The development is sandwiched between Government Center, The North End, Beacon Hill and The West End.

When fully built, there will be 800+ housing units, 200 hotel rooms, 1.15 million gross square feet of office space and 82,500 gross square feet of retail space at Bulfinch Crossing. The reconfigured garage will contain approximately 1,100 parking spaces which is significantly less than the original garage held but the transformation will hopefully be worth it.

What to do this week: January 9 – 15

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Queer Trans Liberation Rally is on Saturday, January 14 at 2PM at the State House

What to do this week:  January 9th – 15th

Men’s Group of JP hosts their monthly social is at Sofia Italian Steakhouse from 7PM-9PM on Monday, January 9 in West Roxbury

What She Said join South End resident and celebrity chef Kristen Kish who will moderate a discussion aimed to inspire and empower women on Monday, January 9, starting at 6:30PM at the Gallery at the W Hotel in Boston

Fascination Mondays is a gear / kink / fetish party hosted the second Monday at Jacques in Boston

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All Star Monday: George Michael Tribute is at Machine on Monday, January 9th – doors open at 10 the fun starts at 11:30PM in Boston

Every Dog Has Its Day is David Costa’s photography exhibit from 7-9PM on Monday, January 9 at Ashmont Grill in Dorchester

Geek Trivia is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

OUTBreath LGBTQ Meditation Community hosts an evening of meditation at 7PM on Tuesday, January 10 at the Arlington St Church in Boston

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Show Tune Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

Tuesday Night Trivia is at The Alley Cat every Tuesday starting at 8PM in Providence

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

November Project: Stair workout at Harvard takes place at the Harvard Stadium from 6:30-7:30AM every Wednesday in Boston

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Boston Gay Professionals Meet Up starts at 6:30PM on Wednesday, January 11 on the mezzanine at the Liberty Hotel in Boston

Stump Trivia impress your friends with all the trivia you know from 5 – 10PM every Wednesday at Cathedral Station in Boston

Worcester Gay Professionals Networking starts at 6PM at Sweet Kitchen & Bar in Worcester

ICA Boston every Thursday from 5PM – 9PM admission is free to the public

Thump Thursdaes! takes place every Thursday at Peggy O’Neil’s Pub in Dorchester

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, January 13 in Somerville

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf opens at the Lyric Stage Co. on Friday, January 13 (and runs through February 12) in Boston 

Twerk Fridays at is an 18+ night at Ego in Providence

The Coolidge After Midnight Presents: The Running Man starting at 11:59PM on Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14 in Brookline

Trans Queer Liberation Rally at the State House starts at 2PM on Saturday, January 14 in Boston

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Saga Saturdays is Boston’s newest gay night featuring some of the best DJs and plenty of great dancing at Paradise Saturday, Janaury  14 in Cambridge

ICRI Halves Show hosted by the Imperial Court is a benefit for AIDS Care Ocean State and Alzheimer’s Assoc RI on Saturday January 14 in Providence

Back 2 Basics Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 5PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe 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’s No Pants Subway Ride is happening

One of Boston’s cheekier traditions, The No Pants Subway Ride, is happening today on the MBTA so don’t be surprised if you see a fair number of men and women commuting in their underwear this afternoon.

Want to join last minute? Check out the details here.

Boston is getting wicked expensive

Boston Back BayWhile it is no secret that Boston is an expensive city to live in as compared to most of the United States, Boston Magazine article “Boston Is Getting Really Expensive” highlights just how expensive.

Boston’s cost of living is 39.7% above the U.S. average, with groceries and healthcare running 26% above average, while median household income remains on par with the rest of the country. According to the article more than 1/3 of the city’s homeowners work 4 months or more each year just to pay for housing.

Boston’s condo costs range dramatically, depending on location. Hover over each neighborhood below to see costs per square foot in 2015.
—By Neighborhood X and Mary Catharine Witt

PROPRIETARY ANALYSIS OF CLOSED MARKET RATE TRANSACTIONS. ANALYSIS EXCLUDES AFFORDABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSING UNITS AND FORECLOSURES.

The Boston Magazine article correctly pointed out that in the long run Boston will lose if more is not done to make the city more affordable. Our political, business and community leaders need to stop thinking small and learn to act more boldly. As Boston launches its major planning effort, a.k.a. “Imagine Boston 2030”, regional planning must drive the discussion.

What to do this week: January 2 – 8

No Pants Subway Ride

Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride is Sunday, January 8th

What to do this week: January 2-8, 2017

Men’s Mary Monday Meal Meetup is a social group for gay men that takes place at 6:30PM on the first Monday of each month at Mary Chung Restaurant in Central Square on Monday, January 2 in Cambridge

Geek Trivia is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

Tuesday Night Trivia is at The Alley Cat every Tuesday starting at 8PM in Providence

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

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Work off those pounds you gained during the holidays with the November Project

November Project: Stair workout at Harvard takes place at the Harvard Stadium from 6:30-7:30AM every Wednesday in Boston

Stump Trivia impress your friends with all the trivia you know from 5 – 10PM every Wednesday at Cathedral Station in Boston

Hand to God from The SpeakEasy Stage opens at The Calderwood Pavilion on Friday, January 6 and runs through February 4 in Boston

SoWa First Fridays allows you to peruse galleries and artist studios in the South End from 5 – 9PM on Friday, January 6 in Boston

Guerrilla Queer Bar

The exact location will be announced on their website later this week

Guerrilla Queer Bar takes place at a location to be named later this week on Friday, January 6 in Boston

MFA First Friday is at the MFA from 6-9PM on Friday, January 6 in Boston

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, January 6 in Somerville

dbar Karaoke starts at 10PM each and every Friday in Dorchester

The Coolidge at Midnight presents Surviving the Game Friday and Saturday, January 6 & 7 at The Coolidge at 11:59PM in Brookline

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Mirabar’s first black light party of 2017 is this Friday

Black Light Party: Fearless in the Dark is hosted the first Friday of each month starting at 10PM on Friday, January 6 at Mirabar in Providence

Thurgood from the NewRep Theatre the one-man show and tribute to the enduring legacy of Thurgood Marshall, opens on Saturday January 7 and runs through February 5 in Watertown

Monthly Pub Night is hosted by the Meetup group, “Non-Scene” Gay Friends of Boston at 7PM at a place yet to be mentioned on Saturday, January 7 in TBD

Wild & Precious is the dramatic Arc of the Gay Civil Rights movement and the Arc of our shared American Culture told through one man’s story at Club Cafe starts at 2PM on Sunday, January 8 in Boston

Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride from 2-5 PM on Sunday, January 8 in and around Boston

Back 2 Basics Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 5PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

Why so many gay bars are closing

Show Tune Tuesday @dbarOn Christmas Eve The Economist published “Gay bars are under threat but not from the obvious attackers“. Although Boston is not mentioned, the transformation of our city’s traditional gay neighborhood, The South End, from a gritty cityscape into a trendy, upscale place young married couples and retirees are now choosing to live highlights one of the many challenges facing gay bars.

What constitutes a gay bar and what is the fate of these spaces remains to be seen. There have been times when I’ve been in “gay bars” that are so overrun by heterosexual couples and or packs of single women that I’m hard pressed to think of it as a ‘gay bar’.  Club Cafe in Boston, The Boatslip Tea Dances in Provincetown and Mainestreet in Ogunquit are all good examples.

drink, cocktail, boston, bar, nightlifeThe Economist asserts that where there is growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community, bars are more likely to be mixed or the LGBTQ community may feel less of a need to be a patron at a designated “gay” bar. It also suggests that the advent of “dating” apps has added another challenge, but I think it is mostly what I think of as a gay diaspora that poses the most significant problem for gay bars. As cities lose traditional gay enclaves, all sorts of businesses that cater to the LGBTQ community suffer. An early casualty to this was the gay bookstore followed by sex shops and gay gyms.

In my opinion bars have held out longer because even after many gay men move away from a traditional ‘gay neighborhood’ they return at night for dinner or drinks. However, I think the impact of losing a gay neighborhood means the long term prospects for many gay bars is grim. I don’t necessarily think Boston will lose all its gay bars but the density and numbers of gay bars has been severely cut over the past two decades since the South End migration started.

Boston’s 10th No Pants Subway Ride is Jan. 8th

No Pants Subway Ride BostonMark your calendars for Boston’s 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday, January 8th.  Details for participating and the inevitable “No Pants After Party” will be posted on the event page and will also appear in the Boston SOS email newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

Boston’s No Pants Subway Ride Facebook Page

If you are still unsure of what this is all about check out my video of all the fun from Boston’s 2012 No Pants Subway Ride, which I posted on YouTube.