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.

More on Latitude with an Attitude…

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:

The proposed Latitude 360 night club project was discussed at the September 10th meeting of Midtown Park Plaza Neighborhood Association (MPPNA).  The meeting had a full agenda so representatives of Latitude 360 only had about 40 minutes. Early in the meeting there was a report from Boston Police Department (district A-1), a request for MPPNA support by an entrepreneur who is planning a shop to be named Argo Tea on Tremont St., and a representative of Roche Bros. told of their plans for the supermarket that will open in early 2015 located in the Burnham building, site of the former Filene’s Basement. The Latitude 360 representatives were their attorney and the national development manager. Mr. and Mrs. Epstein, owners of the proposed location, were there but did not speak. The site is at the corner of Avenue de Lafayette and Washington St., opposite the Legal X restaurant.  Details of the project were incomplete, partly because of inadequate time and partly because certain plans are still in limbo. What was disclosed was that the venue will occupy 46,000 square feet, have a restaurant, a night club, bowling lanes and more. Alcohol will be served at all the locations within the venue. The space is planned to accommodate 1,100 people. 
There were many comments and questions from the audience, which included a number of local residents. There was curiosity about what the project would bring to the neighborhood, but most who spoke had serious concerns. Primary of those concerns were: the pedestrian and vehicular traffic associated with 1,100 customers, especially the prospect of buses unloading groups on Avenue de Lafayette; the inappropriateness of such a large entertainment complex in a residential neighborhood; and the potential rowdy behavior of customers who had been drinking until the  2 a.m. closing time. Latitude 360 has not done a traffic study, but they tried to minimize traffic concerns by saying that many of the customers would come from the neighborhood. Some in the audience thought that unlikely given the demographics of the area. It was suggested that this project would be better located in a suburban mall. With regard to alcohol service, Latitude 360 claimed that the bulk of their revenue would come from food sales. Those in the audience familiar with the economics of restaurants doubted that claim. 
The meeting adjourned at noon with a promise that a followup meeting would be scheduled to continue the dialogue. Subsequently it has been announced that the next meeting will be Wednesday, October 8th at 10:00 am. The location is still to be determined. The main topic will be discussion of the Latitude 360 proposal. Neighborhood concerns voiced through MPPNA, and directly to city officials, will have an influence on this project as it proceeds through permitting. Those who are concerned should attend and be heard.
Thanks David for the update.


Ritz North Make Over…

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.

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AARE Featured in Distinctive Homes …

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.

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Latitude 360 with an Attitude…

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.


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