1,2 and 3 Under Agreement…

The  Winter weather has been awful , the traffic a mess, and then there is the parking! But it hasn’t stopped us here at Atlantic Associates RE!

Lined up and ready to close are these three Ritz-Carlton Boston Residences:

2 Avery Street #25 H

1 Avery Street #17 B

1 Avery Street #34 D

And we have a new home just listed at 2 Avery Street!

Enjoy three dazzling exposures from this high floor “C” unit located in the desirable 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 floor to ceiling windows showcase the amazing views and abundance of light.  3 generously sized bedrooms, all en suite. Spectacular entertainment sized, wrap-around living room and dining area.  Gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking gas range, double wall oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher & U-Line wine cooler.  Includes 1 valet garage parking.  Direct elevator access to Equinox, hotel lobby and restaurants.  Exclusive $3,695,000photo.aspx (1)

Get Up To Date on What’s Happening…

From your DOR

Dear Resident:

Change is underway in our neighborhood, Downtown Crossing.  There are new residential developments under construction, as well as new hotels, retail stores, and a Roche Bros. Supermarket.


In order to assure all our Residents are up-to-date with this information, we have scheduled a Community Update Social Event with Roche Bros and a representative from the BID.  Roche Bros will cater this event and provide a food and beverage offering to give Residents a taste of what is yet to come, along with displaying some detailed drawings of their new supermarket!

Unfortunately Rosemarie Sansone is unable to attend but her associate will provide Residents with an overview of the new construction in our area, as well as an overview of possible future developments.

Rosemarie will be available to answer any questions that Residents may have about newly proposed nearby developments and clarify processes that would need to be undertaken in order for those to occur.

We cordially invite you to attend this event on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the North Low-Rise Library, 3 Avery Street. We look forward to seeing you there!

Warm Regards,

James R. Zaratin
Director of Residences
The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Easier than a Trail of Breadcrumbs…

Navigating Downtown Crossing Just Got Easier

wayfinding-sm-(1).jpgThe Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) recently rolled-out the first phase of its pedestrian wayfinding program along Summer Street, between the MBTA’s Park Street and South Stations. The four kiosks are the first in the city built to the new display guidelines established by the BRA in partnership with the BID and local consulting agencies. The collaboration between the BRA Planning Division, led by John Greeley, Corey Zehngebot and Jill Zick, and design firms omloopand KMDG, has resulted in an ambitious and innovative framework for future, standardized wayfinding throughout the city.
wayfinding-sm-2.jpgTo achieve the goal of creating a more seamless pedestrian experience, concierges and BID ambassadors were consulted on behalf of downtown’s diverse population. Gone is static one-size-fits-all signage; maps now differ from one location to the next, providing passing tourists, students, and workers with tailored sidewalk navigation. And the wayfindings’ new, clean design makes it something area residents can take pride in as a feature of the Downtown Crossing landscape—not just a tool for travelers.
The new wayfinding shows Boston in its best light by utilizing innovative, energy-efficient light to illuminate kiosks 24-hours a day. These kiosks, powered by pilot wayfinding-sm-3.jpgsolar technology, are the first of their kind in the city. And it’s the hope of the Downtown BID and the BRA that this newly designed, energy-efficient model of wayfinding helps point pedestrians and neighboring communities alike in the right direction.

Passersby are encouraged to get an up-close look at the new wayfinding. But the differences are just as clear from right here, thanks to reader-friendly typeface and an easily digestible layout. Each feature is made even easier to see thanks to inviting, solar-powered soft backlighting. Summer Street and Winter Street kiosks shown.


Less Business- More Social…

Will March come in like a lion or a lamb?
Regardless of the weather…

Come join your neighbors from the MCDRA for coffee!

Sunday, March 1st
10:00am – Noon
Tremont on the Common, 151 Tremont Street (Function Room – 6th floor)
Please let the concierge know that you are attending the MCDRA coffee get togetherRSVP
Laurie LaConte | (617) 936-4294llaconte@comcast.net

As you may have heard if you attended the last monthly meeting, we are kicking off an effort to add a social component to the MCDRA!

The coffee gathering on the 1st will be a very casual occasion to meet some neighbors and get some conversation going on what sort of social and community activities would benefit the neighborhood.  What would YOU like to enjoy with others in your neighborhood?  Come to share ideas or just to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet some neighbors.

It would be helpful to get an idea of numbers.  Please RSVP (Laurie LaConte, (617) 936-4294, llaconte@comcast.net) with the name and number of guests – but feel free to just show up even if you don’t have a chance to reply.  We will have plenty of regular coffee and snacks, but if you prefer another beverage, please bring your own.  Also, feel free to e-mail me with any suggestions and ideas for the social arm of the MCDRA, especially if you are not able to make it on the 1st!  Watch for a survey soon on interests for connecting in the neighborhood.

Hope to see you!!!

Laurie and Mark LaConte, Parkside
Jane Fine, Tremont on the Common

About the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA)The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA) is an independent organization that was formed in October 2014 by residents of Boston’s Midtown / Downtown Crossing neighborhood. The organization, run exclusively by volunteer residents of the neighborhood, facilitates community building and ensures that residents are informed and have a voice in key decisions that stand to impact the quality of life in and development of Midtown / Downtown Crossing. MCDRA requires that members disclose any conflicts of interest and that they reside in the neighborhood. To learn more, please visit us at www.mcdra.org.

Dig It…

Big Night Entertainment Helping Restaurants with #DigOutDineOut 

From the BID…
Kevin Long, executive chef and partner for Big Night Entertainment, which includes GEM (42 Province St.,)has created the #DigOutDineOut hashtag on social media to build support for the restaurant industry and offer deals for customers.

 “These historic storms have walloped Boston and buried us in snow, but we are hardy New Englanders,” said Long. “We all may compete, but we also band together to support each other in times of need. We are all in this together and these deals are a great way for us all to start to bounce back.”

At GEM all-week long deals include $1 oysters and $3 Stella Artois drafts. The Merchant (60 Franklin St.) is offering a free appetizer with every two entrees purchased from 4 pm until closing.

Preview our latest…


See us in the upcoming issue of Distinctive Homes


The Little Building that Wants to Grow Up…

Emerson College Little Building Project Public Meeting on Feb. 19th

Emerson College has submitted an institutional master plan amendment for its Little Building Renovation Project (80 Boylston St.). The Boston Redevelopment Authorityis hosting a public meeting on Feb. 19th to discuss the proposed project that includes adding a 14th floor to the dormitory, as well as renovating the inside and outside of the building.

This meeting was originally scheduled for January but needed to be rescheduled due to weather. This meeting will take place at 6 to 7:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Boston (One Avenue de Lafayette). For more info please email Katelyn Sullivan at Katelyn.Sullivan@boston.gov or call her at 617-918-4425.

Reported by the BID

Snow Knocks Out Monday MCDRA Meeeting

Originally scheduled for Monday, February 9th…

Due to the expected snowstorm early next week, we have decided to reschedule our February meeting to Wednesday, February 11th:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7:00PM
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston Common
Grand Ballroom
10 Avery Street, Boston
Cash bar for those interested!

We look forward to seeing you then!


Rishi Shukla, George Coorssen, Deva Hirsch
Executive Committee

Coming Up….Another Ritz-Carlton Sale by AARE

Under agreement at 1 Avery Street.

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, 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 set 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 as well as 2 deeded valet garage parking and guest parking. Exclusively listed by Atlantic Associates RE at $2,800,000

We Are the Champions…

and all Patriots!

Scenes from today’s Super Bowl Champs New England Patriots  parade down Tremont Street. Job done!

imageJulian  Edelman  waves the flag.

image  Tom Brady starts his own videoimage image Bob Kraft and the trophy.

Upcoming MCDRA Meeting

On Monday February 9, 2015, The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association meeting will be held at 7:00pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston Common at 10 Avery Street.

MCDRA is very happy to welcome both Liz Vizza, Executive Director of Friends of the Public Garden and Chris Cook, Commissioner of the City of Boston Parks & Recreation. Liz will deliver a presentation on the history of the iconic Public Garden and the Boston Common up through present day activities. Liz and Chris will engage MCDRA members in upcoming plans and opportunities to become more involved.

The agenda for the evening is as follows: 

Welcome: James Zaratin, Director of Residences, Ritz-Carlton

Safety Update: Sgt. Jimmy Chin

Boston Public Garden/Common Presentation: Liz Vizza and Chris Cook

Social Sub-Committee Announcement 

Other News

 There will be a cash bar available. 

Grab A Movie and a Beer….

AMC Lowes wants you to leave the brown bag home!

imageAMC Lowes Theater hope to open a new MacGuffins’ Bar and Lounge similar to the existing one at Assembly Row 12 in Somerville. The Tremont Street location at the corner of Avery Street would be serving you at their bar with drinks to take to  your seat. No more need to smuggle that flask in your hip pocket.



                            Mix, shake or stir up the movies at  MacGuffins Bar and Lounge.

If it gets approval, you can grab your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail for the show. Meet at MacGuffins and take your drink with you to the movie.

Where does the name originate? Glad you asked.

A  MacGuffin is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot. The most common type of MacGuffin is an object, place or person; other, more abstract types include money, victory, glory, survival, power, love, or some unexplained driving force.

The MacGuffin technique is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and thereafter declines in importance. It may re-appear at the climax of the story, but sometimes is actually forgotten by the end of the story. Multiple MacGuffins are sometimes derisively identified as plot coupons.-Wikipedia

Macguffin /mə-‘gə-fən/ n.

A term coined by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939; a plot device that motivates the characters and advances the story, like the ring in LORD OF THE RINGS, or the Ark of the Covenant in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Hope they serve Guinness…

More from the MCDRA…

Dear Members,Thank you for joining us on a cold, rainy evening at the Modern Theatre for our January meeting!  More than 100 of you from across 12 Midtown / Downtown Crossing residential buildings were in attendance.  We were also honored to be joined by Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, Sophia Wang of Councilor-at-Large Michelle Wu’s Office, and Patrick Lyons of State Representative Aaron Michlewitz’s Office.  A special thanks to John Nucci, Jason Wright, Ben Sigla and the rest of the Suffolk University team for hosting us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our next meeting on Monday, February 9th at 7:00PM at theRitz-Carlton, Boston Common (Grand Ballroom; 10 Avery Street).  We would like to thank the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common for providing us with this meeting space.  Unless other matters arise, we plan to have a prominent speaker and discussion about opportunities, issues, and future plans related to the Boston Common.

January 12th Meeting Notes:

First, we were fortunate to welcome Sgt. Jimmy Chin of the Boston Police Department (BPD) and Lt. Cmdr. Chris Maynard of the MBTA Transit Police.  Sgt. Chin provided an overview of Midtown / Downtown Crossing’s history to illustrate the district’s progress in terms of safety and quality of life.  He urged residents to call 911 when noticing something amiss in the area.  Lt. Cmdr. Maynard discussed collaborative efforts underway, including with the BPD.  There was an active Q&A with residents and residents were appreciative of Sgt. Chin and Lt. Cmdr. Maynard for their attendance.  Additional information about the BPD’s Text-A-Tip initiative and the MBTA’s See Say mobile application can be found here:


We plan to make police updates and safety issues a standing agenda item.

Members Margaret Carr and George Coorssen presented information about the proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 21 Milk Street. Similar to the survey we conducted for the proposed Latitude 360 project, we will be setting up a special page and survey on our website to ensure that you have an opportunity to have your voice heard.  We will send out a follow-up message once the survey is live.

George Coorssen presented an overview of the proposed condominium project at 171 Tremont Street.  Once more details are available, the developer and his team will be invited to speak with our Association.

As always, thank you for your engagement.  Please be in touch with any suggestions for speakers, meeting venues, and / or topics to explore. We look forward to working together to continue to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood in 2015 and beyond!

Our very best,

Rishi Shukla, George Coorssen, Deva Hirsch
Executive Committee

About the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA)The Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (MCDRA) is an independent organization that was formed in October 2014 by residents of Boston’s Midtown / Downtown Crossing neighborhood. The organization, run exclusively by volunteers residing in the neighborhood, facilitates community building and ensures that residents are informed and have a voice in key decisions that stand to impact the quality of life in and development of Midtown / Downtown Crossing. MCDRA requires that members disclose any conflicts of interest and that they reside in the neighborhood. To learn more, please visit us at www.mcdra.org.

Got Snow?

Well we did, right at our front door.




Yet, a few steps down the street and it is all clear for the folks at the Ritz Hotel.


It’s the Louisville Basketball team vs. the South Tower squad at  pm tonite

Don’t forget the Resident owners’ association meeting tonite at 7pm.

Just Listed and Don’t Wait!


 Ritz-Carlton Residences South Tower. Stunning, coveted 2 Bedroom “D” floor plan featuring 1,600 sqft of luxury Boston living. Beautiful panoramic Westerly views over Boston Common to the Charles River and beyond. Floor to ceiling windows offer spectacular sunsets over the Back Bay. Spacious chef’s kitchen with gas Viking range, double wall ovens, Miele dishwasher, sub-zero refrigerator  plus built in wine cooler. Gorgeous Brazillian cherry flooring.  Two luxurious, full baths in marble plus guest powder room. Master en-suite bath with soaking tub and separate shower. A wonderful home for an entertaining life style with all Ritz-Carlton Hotel signature services: 24 hr concierge , doorman, security,porter service, valet parking and complimentary guest parking. Direct access to the Equinox Sports Club.

MLS Exclusive $2,100,000

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