All I want for Christmas…

Santa paid an early surprise visit this week as he arrived in the South Tower lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Santa ritzMuch to the delight of all the kids that gathered to see the big guy in person.

I was told there was some difficulty though. It appears trying to valet park his 8  reindeer and sleigh  proved problematic but the expert staff handled the situation perfectly.

And it wasn’t just the kids having some fun…

Lauras dog

Lead Concierge Laura Brennan introduced “Papa”.



Midtown Association Meets Again…

A few nights ago , a standing room only group crowded into Sip Restaurant a for another general meeting of the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association.

With attendance doubling to 100  from the last meeting, new folks were brought up to date on exactly what the Association was all about, plus the issues in the neighborhood.

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Many were particularly interested in hearing about the proposal of Latitude 360 entertainment complex on Washington Street.

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Pictured above  is  Rishi Shukla of the Association’s Executive Committee leading the presentation for the evening.

Also on the agenda was a very popular discussion of the new Roche Brothers supermarket scheduled to open at the new Millennium Tower . Store doors of the first phase will be open in March of 2015.


VP of Roche Bros., Paul McGillivary, filled us in on the details . The first phase will be a full supermarket and by the end of 2016 the entire store will take up about 30,000 sqft. There will also be some seating including an area on the patio. Needless to say, his presentation was very well received!

Below are some of the renderings he brought along to share with the group.



The next meeting of the Association is scheduled for January 12th with a location to be determined.

Learn more at





Without the Irish, no Thanksgiving…

Without the Irish, there wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving
Many people don’t know the strong connection that an Irish ship had with this week’s beloved American holiday. The first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on February 21st and not in late November as we celebrate it today.
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims had just arrived in the New World and had no idea how wild a New England winter would be. Many of them starved and the thought of heading back to Europe was prevalent.
On February 20th, an Irish ship called The Lyon arrived and delivered much needed provisions to those who survived the winter. The ship was sent by a Dublin merchant whose daughter was married to one of the Pilgrims.
Grateful for their salvation, the Pilgrims dubbed the 21st as “a day of much thanksgiving.”
My backyard friends

My backyard friends

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

Light it Up…

Boston’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4th

The City of Boston’s annual Christmas tree was delivered to the Boston Common on November 21st. The tree is near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont St. 

The official tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, December 4th, with the tree being lit at approximately 7:55 pm.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Boston’s Christmas tree being an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia. This is a way for the people of Halifax to thank Boston for providing emergency assistance when Nova Scotia’s capital was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

Courtesy of BID


250 th Sale and Counting…

Recently, we just completed  our 250th sale at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Boston. Since 2001, when the North and South Towers first opened with  the newly built condominiums for occupancy,   Atlantic Associates Real Estate has been the leading Boston real estate firm in sales and leasing of these luxury homes.

Now we are pleased to announce the sale of unit 36E at 2 Avery Street in the  South Tower.  Exclusively listed by Kathleen Cook, this stunning 3,246 square foot home was listed at $5,965,000. The sale closed and was recorded on November 14th.

With sale number 251 , we look forward to number 300…

unit 36 E ...stunning luxury home at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

unit 36 E …stunning luxury home at the Ritz-Carlton Boston

Annual BID Meeting…

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Corporation , affectionately know as BID, held it’s 4th annual meeting yesterday at the Parker House on Tremont Street.

Each year, one third of the board of directors is appointed and this year Oliva Brown, the General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel was added to the list. Ms Brown had previously been involved with the BID in Philadelphia, which has the oldest BID organization in the country.


Following official business, Mayor Marty Walsh was introduced and reported that over $1.4 Billion in real estate sales occurred in the neighborhood this year.  Other interesting tidbits included the report of 4.2 million visitors to the Freedom trail, 900,000 theatre goers and over 800 new residential units have been built. A brief Q&A session followed his remarks.




Below, the names of this year’s Board members.


You can learn more about BID at


Last night Ritz-Carlton residents were treated royally as 1, 2, and 3 Avery Street residential buildings open their lobbies for a chance to taste and toast during a demonstration of KitchenSurfing.

This social event, as well as future events, was planned and organized by the Director of Residences Barbara Capasso and James Zaratin, along with Resident Managers Barbara Gillman and Michael Diaz.

You can learn more at


Above,  Chef  Gato was stationed in the South lobby preparing  a special pasta while below, Chef  Hallahan offered his creations.





Surf’s Up…

Kitchen Surfing that is.

The Condo Crawl with KitchenSurfing event will take place today, November 19th from 5:30-7:00pm. Ritz-Carlton Residence have the opportunity to enjoy five-star cuisine from Chef Joe Gatto, Chef Chris Hallahan and Chef Geoff Lukas. Each chef will have a culinary station setup in each of the tower’s lobbies for their instructional demonstrations. Chef Gatto will be located in the South Tower while Chef Hallahan will set up in the North Tower High-Rise and Chef Lukas will be in the North Tower Low-Rise.

Chefs will be paring wines, champagnes and craft beers with each food selection to provide a full presentation of how they recommend each course be served.

KitchenSurfing is a personal chef service that works with Boston-based chefs to provide unique menus and culinary creations at parities, meetings and other special occasions.

For more information on this event, contact Director of Residences, James Zaratin at

This is Important and You Should Know…

Or better yet, get involved.

A new resident’s association has formed in our neighborhood.

The Midtown Cultural District Resident’s Association and it has a pretty cool looking website to check out: .

Last night I attended their meeting with about 40 other folks from the surrounding area. Owners from Tremont on the Common, Parkside, Grandview and other buildings met for more than an hour at Millennium Place to discuss various issues which have generated interest on the street.

This new association was born out of the concern for the recent revelation that Latitude 360 was planning to open a mega entertainment/restaurant/sports bar/bowling alley…you name it,  complex. (see my post from October 9th for more details).

The Association is a bit unique in that it is only open to residents, no businesses or commercial aspects which is different from most other associations.

Their mission is: ” to facilitate community building” in the neighborhood. 

Looks like the next meeting will be held on December 15th at 7pm. Location to be determined but probably back at Millennium Place.

Update: The Association is really only open to residents that live in the Neighborhood, so shoot them an email and they will keep you post on meetings and agendas.


I Hate to Say It…

But it is just around the corner and I haven’t even had my turkey yet!


Boston’s Official Christmas Tree Arrives on Nov. 21st, will be Lit on Dec. 4th

 Xmas tree

The City of Boston’s annual Christmas tree will be delivered on Friday, November 21st at 11 am to the Boston Common. The tree will be installed near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont St., where it will be met by the Boston Parks Commission Chris Cook, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Energy and Minister of Communications Andrew Younger, and local schoolchildren.

 This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Boston’s Christmas tree being an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia. This is a way for the people of Halifax to thank Boston for providing emergency assistance when Nova Scotia’s capital was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

The official tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, December 4th, with the tree being lit at approximately 7:55 pm.

Reported from the BID



Safe and Sound…

Meet Robert Skane…

 security guy

South Tower’s newest member to the Security team on the 8am to 4pm shift.

Another New Walgreens on Washington …

A new Walgreens store (620 Washington St.) opened at the corner of Washington and Boylston streets across and adjacent to the Chinatown MBTA station.

The store is open seven days a week from 7 am to 10 pm. The pharmacy is open the same hours, but 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The store’s phone # is 617-279-0662.


And the Survey Says..

The Boston Business Journal is conducting a poll and so far this  is what folks are saying:

Results: Do you think Downtown Crossing can support so many high-end condos?


It’s too early to say for sure, but the redevelopment under way promises to radically transform that area.


No. It’s crazy to spend up to $37M for a place in a neighborhood that’s still in transition.


Yes. Boston’s an international city and the demand is there for luxury high-rise units.

You can vote for yourself at

Put Down the Phone and…Eat!

Think you could do it?
Turn In Your Smartphone and Get a Free Lunch at Salvatore’s on Mondays 

Salvatore’s (545 Washington St.) is now offering guests free food if they can part with their smartphones long enough to enjoy a meal. Beginning Monday, October 20th, all five locations will offer a buy one entrée, get one free deal every Monday from noon to 3 pm if diners turn in their tech at the host stand.

Every diner in a party must agree to turn over their devices before being seated. The phones will be tagged and bagged and returned when the diner finishes their meal. Those dining alone are also eligible with a 50% discount on Mondays if they join the revolution.



Got Furniture?


The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Needs Your Help…

Dates: November 10 and 11, 2014 | Location: Greater Boston Area

Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Gentle Giant Moving Company have partnered to help fill the furniture bank at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH). Please participate in our furniture drive where we will have moving trucks collect items from you, which will then be donated to families making the transition from homelessness into permanent housing. The families will “shop” at the MCH warehouse and select the items that will suite them best in their new home.

To schedule a pickup, please contact Gentle Giant Moving Co. at 1-800-442-6863. The deadline to request a pickup is October 31st. You must provide Gentle Giant with an explanation of items you are donating so that they are able to efficiently plan the truck route. Gentle Giant will gladly accept smaller items such as radios/TV’s, lamps, and small appliances if the trucks are already at your home to collect larger furniture, or you can drop items off at the Gentle Giant headquarters (29 Harding St., Somerville) or the MCH warehouse (15 Bubier St., Lynn).

Acceptable items include:

Desks                                        Sofas/Love Seats             Dining Tables
Headboards and Footboards          Nightstands                     Coffee/End Tables
Entertainment Centers                 Recliners/Ottomans           Bed Frames
Dressers                                   Buffers or Sideboards         Rugs
Book Shelves                             Hutches or Cabinets

**All items must be in clean and usable condition. No rips or tears. GBAR reserves the right to refuse unsuitable items**

Please share this with friends, family, and coworkers!

For additional questions or to help determine if an item will be acceptable, please contact the MCH at 781-595-7571

Sponsored by Gentle Giant Moving Company

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