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

What a Great Idea!



Live from Governor Debate…

And who is in the front row? Why our own Mary Kakas!


Halloween is on it’s Way…

BID-Sponsored ‘A Doggone Halloween’ Dog Costume Parade on Halloween Day 

The BID and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is cosponsoring a Doggone Halloween costume dog parade on Halloween Day.

This event will take place at One Summer Street from noon to 2 pm. Dogs in costumes may win prizes for Cutest Costume, Scariest Costume, Dog Least Liking His/Her Costume, and Best Dog and Human Costume (think Scooby-Doo and Shaggy). There will be dog-themed music, gifts for all contestants, and a dog parade.

Then get the kids into the act…

Halloween Week at Salvatore’s
Kids in costume will eat for free at Salvatore’s Restaurant (545 Washington St.) on October 27th through November 1st


Children ages 0 to 12 must be accompanied by a parent making a qualified purchase.

For more info on events around town the Business Improvement District (BID) at






It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown…

Fall Pumpkin Fest at the Boston Common Frog Pond on October 19th

The Boston Parks & Recreation Department sponsored Fall Pumpkin Fest on the Boston Common Frog Pond is free to attend, and will take place on Sunday, October 19th

Bring an 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkin to float and help set the Frog Pond aglow for twilight. There will kid-friendly experiments conducted by the Mass Horticultural Society and Science on the Street. Watch magic tricks and a fun bubble show by Jim “Bubble Man” Dichter. There will also be scarily delicious treats, refreshments, games and more. All pumpkins will be given to the Boston Natural Areas Network for composting. This event is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

from the folks at BID…check them out

Bird’s Eye Views..


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From the BRA news…

Something like looking out the window of a Logan-bound plane, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics invites visitors to take in an overland view of downtown Boston’s ever-changing landscape in a new City Hall exhibit, “Bird’s-eye Boston.” This 3D model, originally created by the BRA in 1975 and recently restored by CBT Architects, shows three square miles of the city on a scale that reduces the 790 foot high Hancock tower to only eight inches.

Starting this week and running through mid-December, the exhibit will be located in the third floor lobby of City Hall and open to the public weekdays, from 8AM to 5PM. City Hall staff will lead brief guided tours that offer insights on the history of downtown’s redevelopment. While the model does not capture all of the intricate details of Boston’s most recognized structures, it uses color to differentiate between building types.

The exhibit’s curators are encouraging visitors to share their favorite views of Boston on social media using the hashtag #BirdseyeBoston. Visitors can tweet questions and photos to @BostonRedevelop.


I’ve Been Negligent…

If you haven’t discovered BID, you have been missing some important info. You can sign up for their weekly newsletter, loaded with neighborhood  news. I have posted some of their  news and didn’t give


them proper credit. My bad. Check it out, your welcome.


Third Round of Latitude 360…

The   Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA) meet yesterday for the third presentation by Latitude 360, the  new 53,000 sq ft restaurant/bar/bowling ,video and entertainment complex (did I miss anything?) proposed for the corner of Washington Street diagonally across from the Opera House and Legal Crossing. The entire agenda for the  2 hour meeting was dedicated to the topic.

The complex  will encompass the first floor with stairs to the larger 2nd floor area that would be created for   several food and beverage areas. To the rear, in what was previously office space, will be the bowling lanes, game room ,comedy club and kitchen facilities.


At 10AM about 100 area residents and others gathered for a tour of the interior where construction has started. Representatives from the landlord and tenant  led the group through the  areas currently under construction.


Leading the tour for the Latitude team: far right is Bob Davidson and to the left of him is CEO Brent Brown.

Immediately after walking thru the site, the group moved to Millennium Place for the formal meeting with questions and answers. Mr. Davidson tried to answer question and concerns about the traffic implications, parking, noise and crowd control among several other topics. Their occupancy capacity  is over 1000 , with possible as many as 1300 people on hand, and he noted that after 10 pm there would be a strict admission policy with no admittance of anyone 21 years of age.  The establishment promised police details paid for by the company.

The MPPNA reserved judgment  on the proposal until after this meeting.


Below are some of the mock up boards to give you a sense as to the finished product.











Hunter Moon…

Last night as the full moon rose over the Ritz-Carlton… thanks to   David Williams for the evening photo.

Hunter Moon

Baby You Can Drive My Car…

Coming up for Ritz-Carlton residents this fall are a number of social events with some pizzazz.


The first event has been fittingly named “Test Drive in Style” and is scheduled for Sunday, October 26th, 2014 between the hours of 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Local car dealerships, Viti Mercedes-Benz and Kelly Maserati will have new models from each of their represented manufactures on-site. Residents from the three towers will be able to view these vehicles and sign-up to test drive each vehicle around Boston Common.

While test drives are occurring, Residents will be able to speak with representatives from each dealership and enjoy brunch inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the South Tower lobby.

Hopefully, they will take the test  drive first than the cocktails…

Just Listed!

The Ritz- Carlton Boston at 2 Avery Street. Unit 19D . A beautiful 2 bedroom home with views of Boston Common.  An Atlantic Associates Real Estate Exclusive offered at $1,995,000.

From Curbed Boston an Update…


First Phase of Chinatown’s One Greenway Topping Out


Construction on One Greenway’s 24-story North Building, which includes 217 market-rate apartments, started last fall (the stumpier South Building has yet to get under way). While its towers are nowhere near amongst the tallest new residential spires in Boston, the ultimately 363-unit One Greenway does occupy a significant spot in the city’s real estate psyche. It’s going up on the so-called Parcel 24, filling part of a section of Chinatown demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Southeast Expressway

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.

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