Double Shot of Shakespeare…

 This month, you can experience London’s renowned Shakespeare’s Globe on stage and screen at ArtsEmerson with two unique theatrical events:


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Experience the acclaimed Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Twelfth Night, starring legends Mark Rylance in his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Olivia and Stephen Fry in his Tony-nominated performance as Malvolio.

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Followed by King Lear ,led by Joseph Marcell (popularly known for his role as Geoffrey in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), an ensemble of eight actor-musicians play multiple characters and instruments in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, unfolding on an Elizabethan booth-style stage. A story of divided family loyalties, the struggle of aging with grace and a stroke of madness, Lear wrestles with man’s limitations, the forces of Nature and the power of redemption.

Box Office Info
Emerson/Paramount Center
559 Washington St.

Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St.

More on Latitude with an Attitude…

Since I wasn’t able to attend the last meeting in early September for the proposed mega entertainment plan, Latitude 360, I asked a fellow resident who was on hand  to give me his take on the presentation .

David Williams was happy to fill us in. Here is what he has to report:

The proposed Latitude 360 night club project was discussed at the September 10th meeting of Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA).  The meeting had a full agenda so representatives of Latitude 360 only had about 40 minutes. Early in the meeting there was a report from Boston Police Department (district A-1), a request for MPPNA support by an entrepreneur who is planning a shop to be named Argo Tea on Tremont St., and a representative of Roche Bros. told of their plans for the supermarket that will open in early 2015 located in the Burnham building, site of the former Filene’s Basement. The Latitude 360 representatives were their attorney and the national development manager. Mr. and Mrs. Epstein, owners of the proposed location, were there but did not speak. The site is at the corner of Avenue de Lafayette and Washington St., opposite the Legal X restaurant.  Details of the project were incomplete, partly because of inadequate time and partly because certain plans are still in limbo. What was disclosed was that the venue will occupy 46,000 square feet, have a restaurant, a night club, bowling lanes and more. Alcohol will be served at all the locations within the venue. The space is planned to accommodate 1,100 people. 
There were many comments and questions from the audience, which included a number of local residents. There was curiosity about what the project would bring to the neighborhood, but most who spoke had serious concerns. Primary of those concerns were: the pedestrian and vehicular traffic associated with 1,100 customers, especially the prospect of buses unloading groups on Avenue de Lafayette; the inappropriateness of such a large entertainment complex in a residential neighborhood; and the potential rowdy behavior of customers who had been drinking until the  2 a.m. closing time. Latitude 360 has not done a traffic study, but they tried to minimize traffic concerns by saying that many of the customers would come from the neighborhood. Some in the audience thought that unlikely given the demographics of the area. It was suggested that this project would be better located in a suburban mall. With regard to alcohol service, Latitude 360 claimed that the bulk of their revenue would come from food sales. Those in the audience familiar with the economics of restaurants doubted that claim. 
The meeting adjourned at noon with a promise that a followup meeting would be scheduled to continue the dialogue. Subsequently it has been announced that the next meeting will be Wednesday, October 8th at 10:00 am. The location is still to be determined. The main topic will be discussion of the Latitude 360 proposal. Neighborhood concerns voiced through MPPNA, and directly to city officials, will have an influence on this project as it proceeds through permitting. Those who are concerned should attend and be heard.
Thanks David for the update.


Ritz North Make Over…

Out with the old for the Ritz-Carlton North Residences with stage one for the lobby redecoration. Soon to be followed by the common areas on each floor. Posted in the lobby are some mock up boards to check out.

In addition, The North Tower recently held their annual election for the Board of Managers on September 22nd. Re-elected were: Jean Bachouchin as President, David Maister as VP, David Silverstein serving as Treasurer, Jim Marshal will be the Asst Treaurer, and Carol Marlin is the Clerk.

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AARE Featured in Distinctive Homes …

This month, Atlantic Associates Real Estate is featured in  a full page of Distinctive Homes Magazine.

Be sure to check out the full issue here.

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Latitude 360 with an Attitude…

Following up on the recent presentation by  reps of the mega club Latitude 360,  which is seeking approval to operate in Downtown Crossing, there will be another chance for folks to see what might be coming soon to the neighborhood.

October 8th is the date for the Neighborhood Association ( Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA), meeting and club representatives will be there for another go at winning support for the club.

More details to follow.

Not sure what it is all about? See my blog post from 9/4.


Do You Know Your Beantown History?

Suffolk University has launched its first free online courseThe History of Boston. Registration is now open, and the course will be available beginning October 20th.

The History of Boston class will engage Bostonians, tourists, history enthusiasts, and students worldwide. The great thing about this class is that you take it at your own pace.

Moving On Up…

The RMV has Moved from Chinatown to Haymarket Center

The Registry of Motor Vehicles in downtown has moved from Chinatown to 136 Blackstone St., Haymarket Center. The new location is on the second and third floors of Haymarket Center above the Boston Public Market.

The new branch will offer an E-Z Pass Service Customer Center, and more modern customer-friendly features, such as “enhanced privacy during customer service transactions and hearings” and better licensing and registration counters to improve efficiency.

Bringing Home the Bacon…

Or at least the veggies…

Roche Bros. Farm Stand Opens on Summer Street
Roche Bros. Farm Stand debuted last Wednesday outside of 10 Summer Street where the company will be moving into a 25,000 square-foot flagship supermarket. The supermarket is expected to open next spring, but in the meantime downtown shoppers are getting a taste of what Roche Bros. has to offer.


The open air market is operating seven days a week, from 10 am to 6 pm. The food stand is featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seasonal baked goods. The Roche Bros. team hopes to keep the farm stand open until late October or early November, as long as weather allows.


“We are so proud to be a part of revitalizing Downtown Crossing, and we couldn’t wait to be an active part of this dynamic urban neighborhood,” said Gary Pfeil, President of Roche Bros. “This is both a thank you to the community for tolerating our construction dust this summer and an early welcome our new Roche Bros. store. We want everyone to know we are working hard, and we are anxious to open our doors.”

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Gossip Report…

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Dog Day Afternoon…

Friends of the Boston Common, in collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, has recently developed a plan that allows dogs to play off-leash in certain areas of the Common. The plan which was approved in 2013 by the Parks Commission, protects grass from overuse and minimizes interference with others enjoying the Common, while providing essential recreation for dogs. This is the first approved off-leash area in a city park that is not fenced off.


For more information on the program, visit Friends of the Public Garden’s website here.

Meet and Greet…New DOR and New Residents…

If you missed last night’s social gathering in the South Lobby, you missed the chance to meet some new neighbors and our new DOR.

You were not there? Well I was and here is the proof…


New Director of Residences,  Mr. James Zaratin (left ) and long time resident Mr. Steve Dexter (right). Below, Board President Mr. Mark Winkeller and new member Ms. Varda Konstam.


Three Amigos

Three Amigos

Resident Ted Alexio and Resident Manager Barbara Gillman

Resident Ted Aleixo and Resident Manager Barbara Gillman

Everyone's favorite bartender from the Bistro, Sterling!

Everyone’s favorite bartender from the Bistro, Sterling!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMs . Rachel Winkeller and Mr. Steven Director

Ritz-Carlton 2nd Quarter Newsletter

As the last days of summer linger in Boston, the Ritz-Carlton looks to new events and changes for the Fall.

Published in their 2nd Quarter Newsletter, James Zaratin introduces himself as the new Director of Residences, inviting residences to A Wine and Cheese Social on Wednesday, September 10th from 5:30-7:30 in the South Tower lobby.

Additionally posted in the newsletter are events to look forward to in September.  A new Irish Festival, iFest, will be in the South Boston Waterfront from September 26-28, 2014. The festival celebrates Irish culture, sports, food and entertainment and will host traditional Irish cuisine, music and dance, and workshops on genealogy.

To view the whole newsletter, click below.

Ritz-Carlton 2nd Quarter Newsletter

Returning from Summer Hiatus…

As Summer ends, lots of news at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

The South Residential Tower has a new Director of Residences, James Zaratin, and you can meet him this week on Wednesday, September 10th. There will be a Wine and Cheese social that will also feature the work of a new Executive Chef from the Ritz bistro, Frank Kassner. The event will be held in the lobby of the South Tower from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Mr Zaratin takes over from Brian Clark, who left the position recently after serving 2 years as the DOR.

There has also been a change with the Board of Managers for the South Tower with the recent move by Bob Kozick. Bob served as Treasure for the past few years and his seat on the Board has been taken over by Varda Konstam. She will serve as Assistant Treasurer with Faith Arter stepping into the role of Treasure. Jack Tsai will fill the role that Faith carried as Clerk. Mark Winkeller continues as Board President. That leaves Joe Bidden, whoops, I mean me as Vice President. These changes went into effect August 1st.

Bye ,Bye Sports Club LA .


Equinox  recently bought out the Boston club along with several others around the country. Look for changes and upgrades there soon. But don’t ask me what those changes will be . Obviously I don’t work out.

Flash Back Time…

Check out these photos from the 1950’s… Avery Street at Washington Street.

Shot by Nishah Bichajian and found in the MIT collection under the  “Modern Era”.

In the bottom shot we see a film being shown at the Mayflower Theatre called the French Touch, which was released in 1952. The movie had the following plot:

Mario (Fernandel), a bumptious sheep-shearer, discovers he has a inimtable touch that makes women, as well as sheep, swoon at his professional caress. He is soon the most sought-after hairdresser in France and is awarded the Legion of Honor. Among the women whose lives are changed by a hairdo(and his “touch”) are Renee Devillers, his understanding wife; Arlette Poirier, a busy demimondaine, and Blanchette Brunoy, his most appreciative customer who sets up his ritzy establishment.

I think you get the idea…

Thanks to Emily Paul for sharing the site from

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