And who is in the front row? Why our own Mary Kakas!
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 DowntownBoston.org
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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
This month, you can experience London’s renowned Shakespeare’s Globe on stage and screen at ArtsEmerson with two unique theatrical events:
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.
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
559 Washington St.
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont St.
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:
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.
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.
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.