Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208
Friday, May 6 is SoWa First Friday, a monthly event that celebrates our community of artists and those who love art. The monthly celebration is free and open to the public and includes more than 20 galleries and 60 studios, that stay open from 5-9 PM with most of the participating galleries and artists located at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa district of the South End.
If you’ve not been recently or if you are looking for something to do this Friday, come by after work to admire the local talent and to show your support for the local artists and galleries. There is something for everyone including fashion designers showcasing their latest garments, sculpture, abstract art and more.
For more information about the participating art galleries link here, and link here for more information about SoWa First Friday’s.
“Brain Wash” by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries
GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7
Jaqueline Cedar exhibit: Be real at Steven Zevitas Gallery at 450 Harrison Ave.
In less than a month, the farmer’s, artist’s and food truck markets will reopen on Sunday, May 1, but this year you may think that you are seeing double.
This year the South End Market and GTI are hosting separate markets just blocks from each other. The South End Market is relocating to the Ming’s Supermarket parking lot across the street from the Ink Block and closing Traveler Street between Washington St. and Harrison Ave., lining it with many of the 100+ participating artisans to consolidate and expand their space.
Just two blocks away the newly branded SOWA Open Market will take place in the same space as previous years, stretching from Thayer Street through the parking lots for Cinquecento and Gaslight along Harrison Ave. Fortunately the two markets are literally separated by mere blocks so it will be relatively easy to visit both and hopefully alleviate some of the increased traffic the market has created as it has grown in popularity in recent years.
The organizers of the South End Market have not published a list of participating Farmer’s Market vendors but if they do I’ll do my best to share it. The SOWA Farmer’s Market list of participating vendors is available here.
Starting Sunday, May 1, 2016 the South End will host two weekly markets that will be separated by about 3 blocks. For those familiar with where the Sunday market has traditionally resided nothing much will seem different. The South End Market as it was previously known is moving closer to the Ink Block and will be located in Ming’s Supermarket parking lot. The artist market by the studios and farmer’s market by Cinquecento will now go by the name SOWA Market.
One notable difference with this year’s SOWA Market is their intention to be open on both Saturday and Sunday following the grand opening. The Saturday Farmer’s Market will be slightly smaller with more vendors initially participating every Sunday alongside the Vintage and Artist Markets as well as the Food Truck court located one block away in the Gaslight and BSC parking lot. Below are the names of the vendors lined up to participate for the SOWA Market 2016 season.
For more information about the SOWA Market visit here.
Another restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block. You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building. This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.
The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th. You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.
345 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End
You may not have noticed but the old Greybar building that occupied a city block between Washington Street and Harrison Ave has been demolished and construction appears to be underway (or soon to be underway) for the new residential development currently known by its address, 345 Harrison Ave.
345 Harrison Avenue, formerly home to commercial space owned by Greybar
Tomorrow the BRA Board of Directors will meet and is expected to approve changes to the project. According to the BRA agenda notes, the developer – Nordblom – would like to increase the retail space from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, decrease the number of units from 602 to 587 apartments and increase the number of parking spaces to 270 spaces. Who knows when this project will finally be finished but it is nice to see activity here and it will be interesting to see how the project will add life to this part of the South End.
Last week The Boston Globe wrote that a notice was filed with the city just before the end of the year that the developer who purchased the now-closed Quinzani’s Bakery and Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co. on the corner of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Streets will develop a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project.
There were no other specifics provided but the developer indicated the project would “provide for 18-hour uses and result in an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly public realm”. The Boston Globe pointed out that by submitting the application on the last day of 2015, Related Beal (the developer) will not be subject to new requirements from the city of Boston for additional affordable housing benefits that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
No doubt more details will be forthcoming in the months that follow. You can read the full article on the Boston Globe, Housing heading for old Quinzani’s site in South End.
Neighborhood rumblings about the rift between Chris Masci (owner of New England Open Markets) and Mario Nicosia (GTI Properties) have continued since my last post in early December, Can the South End host two farmer’s markets in the South End.
This past week I was contacted by another source who asked I not mention them by name. They indicated that Chris Masci has opted to expand his market on The Greenway to a three-day market (Friday – Sunday) and if true would presumably not host a South End farmer’s market in 2016. But this makes no sense to me since that would mean The New England Open Market would compete with the Boston Public Market (open Wed – Sun from 8AM-8PM). The Boston Public Market is close enough to be viable competition and it has the added advantages of having more vendors, public parking and access to the T.
I’m currently in Brazil and have not been able to connect with New England Open Markets to ask if this latest rumor is true but since my previous questions have either resulted in no response or denials about GTI hosting their SoWa Farmer’s market it is hard to say if I’d get a reliable response. Maybe larger blogs dedicated to such topics (e.g. EaterBoston or Hidden Boston) may be able to get more clarification. One thing that is quite clear, the proposed relocation of the South End Farmer’s Market under the I-93 expressway appears to be a deal breaker for many long-time vendors as yet another confirmed with me that they would not participate in the farmer’s market if it was located there.