Atlantic Associates Exclusive Ritz-Carlton Sales!

JUST SOLD!! 2 Avery Street Unit 34F

The only 1 bedroom available at the Ritz-Carlton! Over sized 884SQFT 1 bedroom, 1.5 marble baths. Brazilian cherry wood floors and recessed lighting throughout. Granite kitchen equipped with Viking gas range, Miele dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator, washer/dryer. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel, & restaurants. Includes 1 valet garage parking.  Exclusive $1,050,000

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JUST SOLD!!  2 Avery Street Unit 26C

Enjoy three dazzling exposures from this magnificent high floor “C” unit located in the highly desired South Tower of The Ritz-Carlton Boston Residences. Watch the sun rise over Boston Harbor and set over the winding Charles River & Back Bay skyline. Walls of windows showcase the amazing views and abundance of light. Impeccable condition! 3 beautifully sized bedrooms, all en suite. Spectacular wrap-around living room and dining, ideal for entertaining. Gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking gas range, double wall oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher & U-Line wine cooler. Remote control electric shades and recessed lighting throughout. Includes 2 garage parking spaces. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel lobby & restaurants. Live a luxurious lifestyle with all Ritz-Carlton Signature services including 24-HR concierge, doorman, security, valet parking plus guest parking, room service, and housekeeping services. Exclusive $3,650,000

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Meet Your New DOR…

James Zaratin

Mr. James Zaratin will begin soon at the new Director of Residences, replacing the recently depart former DOR Brian Clark …more details to follow.

Lights On…

From The Boston Business Journal

If you see a street sign around Downtown Crossing that seems brighter than usual, you’re not imagining anything.

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The city of Boston has recently been installing illuminated street signs around Downtown Crossing as part of a pilot program.

The signs, manufactured by a subsidiary of FLN-MAR of Holyoke, cost $1,000 apiece, according to Tracey Ganiatsos , spokeswoman for the Boston Transportation Department. The city has purchased a total of 24 signs to be mounted on 12 poles in the neighborhood. The signs operate using 110-volt light-emitting diodes and have a very low energy consumption rate, according to the city.

The signs were paid for out of the Streetscape Innovation Fund, which helps with funding to test new technologies and design, Ganiatsos said. The fund, which amounts to $1 million earmarked for fiscal 2013, is managed by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

“Downtown Crossing was chosen in an effort to help visitors navigate the area,” said Ganiatsos. “City of Boston officials worked closely with [the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District] to identify specific locations in Downtown Crossing.”

The installation of the signs comes a year after the city tested out the technology using three different vendors.

Ganiatsos said there are currently no plans for the city to purchase additional illuminated signs after this round.

Boston is taking a cue from other cities, including New York City, which installed the signs in recent years to make it easier for tourists and others to see what street they were on.

By David Harris

Roche Brothers Moving Along…

From the Boston Business Journal

 

Thomas Grillo
Real Estate Editor-

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A supermarket has been on the Downtown Crossing wish list for a decade, and judging by recent construction updates, a new store should be up and running by next spring.

It started 10 years ago when the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common opened on lower Washington Street, bringing hundreds of new condo owners who needed a place to shop for groceries. As more housing was added to the neighborhood and Suffolk University built dorms, that need only grew.
Roche Bros. answered the call. The grocer is in the second week of construction of a 25,000-square-foot supermarket located in the Burnham Building, the former Filene’s store that is being redeveloped by New York-based Millennium Partners.
Renovation of the 102-year-old property began a year ago. Its restoration is part of Millennium Partners’ $689 million redevelopment of the shuttered Filene’s site. Adjacent to the Burnham will be Millennium Tower, a 625-foot building comprised of 442 luxury residences above 95,000 square feet of additional retail space on its lower floors.
Headquartered in Wellesley, Roche Bros. was founded in 1952 and has 18 stores in Greater Boston. The company’s new supermarket will feature 3,000 square feet of street level retail and 22,000 square feet in the historic Filene’s Basement.
Suffolk Construction is the general contractor for the project and Ohio-based BHDP Architecture was responsible for the design of the Roche Bros. store. The supermarket is scheduled to open next year.
“People are thrilled because the one thing that the growing number of Downtown Crossing residents have been asking for is being realized,” said Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District. “Not only is it a supermarket but they will offer prepared foods and they deliver.”
Roche Bros. isn’t the property’s only new retail tenant. In April, Primark, one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, unveiled plans to open a store on four floors of the Burnham. The Dublin-based company signed a lease for 112,000 square feet of space in the landmark property. About 70,000 square feet of the space will be used for retail, and the rest will be for corporate offices.
Last year, Millennium signed the advertising firm Arnold Worldwide and its sister agency, Havas Media, to occupy about 125,000 square feet in the Burnham, which sits at the corner of Washington and Summer streets.

Million Dollar Baby…

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This is it…The Ritz-Carlton property values have reached a new record for 0ne bedroom units with the listing of unit 34F by our office at $1,050,000.

While the unit went quickly under agreement and we can’t  reveal the sale price, it will be the first one bedroom to break the Million Dollar ceiling when it closes.

The details: 1 bedroom with 1.5 baths and 1 parking space.

Happy 3rd of July???

Breaking news…

Boston’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held tomorrow, July 3rd officials announced late this afternoon.

The reason is Tropical Storm Arthur, which is forecast to hit the area Friday or early Saturday.

Meteorologists, however, are warning that a separate set of storms could blow through the area during the day Thursday.

 

Storrow Drive is set to close at noon Thursday. The area near the Esplanade is set to open at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The show is scheduled to include the Boston Pops in addition to the fireworks, but if fireworks are rescheduled a second time, the concert is unlikely to also be rescheduled, officials said.

One Greenway Project gets State $$$…

More construction and more housing around the corner.

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The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded a $3.9 million grant to the One Greenway mixed-income housing project in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

The project, sponsored by the New Boston Fund and Asian Community Development Corp., will set aside 46 of 51 condo units in the South Building for families earning at or below 80 percent of the median income in the area. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2015.

The North Building broke ground last fall and will include 217 market-rate rentals and 95 affordable rentals. The project also includes 135 garage parking spaces, approximately 8,500 square feet of retail and community space and a new pedestrian connection between Hudson Street and Albany Street.

Boogey Nights…

Start practicing your dance moves.

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Latitude 360, a giant nightclub that features food, alcohol, bowling and live music, is planning to open in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

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Real Estate Editor- Boston Business Journal

A Florida-based nightclub operator has its eye on a 63,000-square-foot space at the Lafayette City Center in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

Latitude 360, a combination restaurant and entertainment venue with bowling lanes, bar, dance floor, HD sports theater, a dine-in movie theater, high-tech game room and live music, has signed a letter of intent with the Abbey Group, owner of the 615,000-square-foot office and retail building at Washington Street and Avenue De Lafayette, the Boston Business has learned.

Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, said the club would be a great addition to the shopping district that is undergoing a boomlet of construction with Millennium Tower, the 60-story condominium project at the former Filene’s site, as well as the renovation of the adjacent Burnham building.

“There will be mixed reactions because it is new and it will take education, communication, collaboration and the involvement of many people,” she said. “But David Epstein of the Abbey Group has a very solid reputation in the kinds of facilities and tenants that he brings and he has been one of the champions of this district. He would not put in any kind of business that in any way would be a negative.”

Still, Sansone said the neighborhood will raise questions.

“Whenever a new business comes in, people look at the numbers of people who will go to the facility, the hours of operation and the number of people on staff,” she said.

The plan requires city approvals as well as a liquor license from the Boston Licensing Board. In addition, city officials will look to the neighborhood for their reaction. Latitude has scheduled a public meeting with the Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association for July 9.

New Atlantic Associates Ritz-Carlton Listing!

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Spectacular “D” floor plan high above the city on the 34th floor of the Ritz-Carlton! Enormous entertaining size living/dining room with wraparound floor to ceiling walls of glass overlooking The Charles River, Beacon Hill and the iconic gold dome of The State House, the Dazzling city skyline, and beyond to the harbor islands! Absolutely no obstructions, watch the sunrise and sunset from this unique floor plan. Sunny over sized eat-in kitchen with gorgeous breakfast bar overlooking the harbor to the East. Two wonderful en suite bedrooms with abundance of closet space and indescribable views! Includes guest powder room and full size washer/dryer. Includes 2 deeded valet garage parking.  Exclusive $2,950,000

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Atlantic Associates Exclusive Ritz-Carlton Sale!

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Just Sold!  Stunning direct views of Boston Harbor and the outer islands from all rooms! Fabulous combination home of over 1,800SQFT with hardwood floors throughout! 3 bedrooms and 3 full marble baths. Expansive living and dining area ideal for entertaining. Over sized granite kitchen equipped with Viking double wall oven and separate gas cook top, Miele dishwasher, U-Line wine cooler and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Includes 2 valet garage parking. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel lobby and restaurants.  Exclusive $2,495,000

 

Say Goodbye to Hollywood…

Well, actually  to our DOR.

     The South Tower Board of Managers     

                                           

Cordially invite you to a Fond Farewell Reception

 

In honor of Brian David Clark, Director of Residences

 

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

 

In our Lobby

 

From 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Just Listed! Ritz-Carlton 3 Bedroom

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Exquisite wraparound views from The Charles River and The Public Garden to the iconic gold dome of the State House and The Financial District! Entertainment size living/dining room opens grand eat-in kitchen equipped with Viking gas cook top and separate double wall ovens, Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator and U-Line wine cooler. Fabulous master suite with ensuite bath including double sinks and separate soaking tub and glass shower. 2 guest bedrooms both en suite. Includes 2 valet garage parking. 

Exclusive $3,350,000

37,000 and Counting…

Since the Civil War,  37,000 Massachusetts Servicemen and women have given their lives of our country.

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These American flags are planted on Boston Common this Memorial weekend to honor each an everyone of those Americans.

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Volunteers were working for many   days to create this very special event.

37,000 fallen soldiers shall never be forgotten.

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And now just a little piece of History from my home town.

 

Deborah Sampson (1760-1827)

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Deborah Sampson, who fought in the American Revolution disguised as the soldier Robert Shurtlieff, was born on December 1, 1760 in Plympton, Massachusetts, near Plymouth. Although descended from distinguished Pilgrim stock, the Sampson family was poor. When Deborah’s father failed to return from a sea voyage, her mother, unable to provide for her seven children, placed them in various households.

After spending five years in two other homes, Deborah, at age 10, was bound out to Deacon Benjamin Thomas, a farmer in Middleborough, who had a large family. At age 18, when her time as an indentured servant was over, the self-educated Deborah made a living by teaching school during the summer sessions in 1779 and 1780 and by weaving in the winter.

Slowly the idea of joining the army dressed as a man took hold. After venturing out undetected in her disguise, she resolved to enlist, which she did in the spring of 1781. In May she arrived at the fortifications at West Point, New York, on the west bank of the Hudson River, where she was detached to Captain George Webb’s Company of Light Infantry and issued a uniform and accoutrements.

It was soon after that she was assigned to a scouting party given the dangerous task of marching through the Neutral Ground of what is today Westchester County to assess the British buildup of men and materiel in Manhattan, which General Washington was contemplating attacking. On the return trip, she had her first taste of battle when her group was attacked by British sympathizers and troops.

Most of July was spent encamped with the French army in lower Westchester. The third week of August, however, found the soldiers on a forced march to Virginia where they began the siege of Yorktown. Deborah endured the incessant cannonade from the enemy, got blisters digging trenches, and was part of a detachment that stormed a British redoubt. On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington. Although this was the last major battle of the Revolution, the war was not officially over. The French stayed in the south, while the American soldiers headed back to West Point for the winter.

In June of 1782, Deborah and two sergeants led about 30 other infantrymen on an expedition into the Neutral Ground. They departed at sunset and went as far south as Eastchester. They were heading north again when they became engaged, often one-on-one, with a band of Tories. During this encounter, Deborah received a gash from a sword on her forehead, which covered her left side in blood. Her distress increased immeasurably, however, when she discovered that she had been shot in her left thigh just below the groin. She was able to conceal this wound from the doctor and extracted the pistol ball herself. She took care of this injury as best she could, but before it was completely healed, she was pronounced fit enough to rejoin the army.

She was thankful when she received permission to nurse a sick soldier in a private home because it would give her leg more time to recover. Unknowingly, she was placed in the house of a Tory, Abraham Van Tassel, who consigned her and the ill private, Richard Snow, to a stuffy attic made hot by the August sun. After Snow died, Deborah left, but was determined to avenge Van Tassel’s hospitality to marauding gangs. With the help of Van Tassel’s daughter, Private Shurtlieff led a night raid on his house, capturing 15 men.

In February, 1783, Deborah was removed from the ranks to serve as a waiter to General John Paterson, who commanded the First Massachusetts Brigade. Although the cessation of all hostilities had been proclaimed in April, troops were sent to Philadelphia the last week of June to quell a protest by disgruntled soldiers. By the time Deborah arrived, the mutiny was over, but she fell victim to an epidemic stalking the city’s streets. In late July, she was carried to the hospital where she lost consciousness.

For over two years, Deborah’s true sex had escaped detection. She had had close calls with both discovery and death: fainting on that first march to West Point, lying that she had had smallpox when the soldiers were culled for vaccination in the winter of 1782, receiving a revealing wound in June of 1781, and nearly drowning in the Croton River in December of that year. In the first half of 1783, she had taken a perilous trip through the snow to the frontiers of upstate New York, had been attacked by robbers, and had avoided bathing in the Hudson River with the rest of the troops. All this and more she had successfully navigated. She knew that unconsciousness was her greatest danger because then she could not rely on quick thinking to get her out of trouble. She also feared being in a hospital where she could be subjected to the unwanted probing of the doctor. Now both things that she had dreaded the most, even more than the prospect of death, had happened. Dr. Benjamin Binney did discover her secret, which he eventually made known in a letter to General Peterson on Deborah’s return to the army.

Receiving an honorable discharge on October 23, 1783, Deborah traveled home to Massachusetts. On April 7, 1785 she married Benjamin Gannet, from Sharon, and they had three children, Earl, Polly, and Patia. Although Deborah’s life after the army was mostly typical of a farmer’s wife, she was the first woman in the country to go on a lecture tour. This lasted almost a year beginning in June of 1802.

She died on April 29, 1827 at the age of 66. Benjamin later petitioned for pay as the spouse of a soldier. Although he was not married to Deborah at the time of her service, the committee concluded that the history of the Revolution “furnished no other similar example of female heroism, fidelity and courage” and he was awarded the money.

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The military service of Deborah Sampson has perplexed researchers because the year of her enlistment has always been in question. Most writers have concluded that 1782 is the correct date. This, however, makes for a garbled story. The summary of her life related above uses the 1781 date, which the author believes is the right one. For detailed information see the author’s four articles published in 2000 in The Westchester Historian by The Westchester County Historical Society (Elmsford, New York). A well-documented book that provides a comprehensive picture of Deborah’s life is Masquerade the Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier by Alfred F. Young (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004).

From the National Womens History Museum

Written by Jane Keiter.

Got Balls?

You need a permit for everything around here…

Their will be a hearing of The City’s Environment Department for a design review  for a change to  the Onieda Football Monument on Boston Common.

What is the Onieda Football Monument you ask?

Well, I am so glad you did!

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The Oneida Football Club, founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1862, was the first organized team to play any kind of football in the United States. The game played by the club, known as the “Boston game”, was an informal local variant that predated the codification of rules for soccer, rugby, or American football. The team, which consisted of graduates of Boston’s elite preparatory schools, played on Boston Common from 1862–1865, during which time they reportedly never lost a game or even gave up a single point.

So it seems they got the wrong ball for the monument.

The current application is to “recarve the monument to match historic photos showing the correct football”

BTW, the application was approved, so happy someone is watching out there…

Just Listed!! Ritz-Carlton Dramatic Corner Home

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Panoramic views from every window of the gorgeous south east corner unit! Floor to ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of Boston Harbor and outer islands! Dramatic city skyline is the backdrop in the evening sky! 1,573SQFT, expansive living and dining area, chef’s kitchen, 2 bedrooms with en suite baths plus guest powder room. Includes 1 valet garage parking. Direct elevator access to Sports Club/LA, hotel lobby and restaurants.  Full Ritz-Carlton signature services 24 hr doorman, concierge, security, valet parking, guest parking, Sports Club/LA, hotel and fine dining.  Exclusive $2,350,000

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