category: Allston/Brighton

Boston, the city that never sleeps… in

By: - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 - 12:23pm

Boston redditor DJG513 reminds us of Boston’s lackluster late-night culture:

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All that could be soon be changing as newly appointed Marty Walsh recently announced plans to appoint a “Late-Night Task Force.” Amongst various initiatives, Walsh said he plans to have the task force “look at 3:30 a.m. closings” for bars and restaurants. Read the full story via WBUR.

#youneedtofollow @thebostoncal

By: - Friday, Mar 7, 2014 - 9:49am

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“Cold sunset on the Esplanade last night.” Posted to IG by @brianmcw.

As you already know, The Boston Calendar launched an Instagram (IG as we in the biz like to call it) account less than a month ago.  We gained 332 followers and 75 posts in such a short amount of time!  Before we delve into our own Instagrammers (IGers), let’s check out who we think you should be following.  This is my biased list of the Top 10 Boston-Based Instagrams: (more…)

Where to celebrate Mardi Gras in Boston

By: - Monday, Mar 3, 2014 - 1:03pm

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Photo by gnuckx on Flickr. Posted under the Creative Commons license.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is a traditional New Orleans expression that roughly translates to “Let’s get drunk on a weekday!” Go out and raise a glass to Thomas Jefferson for totally fleecing Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase, even if we had to take all those flyover states whose only contributions to American culture are meth and high-fructose corn syrup. (more…)

Former Mayor Menino holds “coffee hour” with BU students every Thursday

By: - Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 - 11:55pm

Mayor Menino has tweeted multiple times about a recurring “coffee hour” event for BU students every Thursday afternoon. The Daily Free Press (independent newspaper at BU) reports that those office hours take place at his new office (75 Bay State Road) every Thursday from 3:30 to 5p, and “any students interested in speaking with him can drop into his office and explore their city-related concerns.” There is no official event listing or anything like that, so we went ahead and put it on The Boston Calendar. Keep in mind that this event is most likely open to BU students only.

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From Menino’s twitter account

If you’re a student at BU this seems like a cool opportunity. Meet with the former mayor of Boston in a relaxed, informal setting? (more…)

How to hunt for an apartment in Boston

By: - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 11:11pm

Searching for an apartment in Boston is a unique process…and a big pain in the ass. 79 percent of all rentals in Boston turn over their leases between September 1st and 14th, setting the stage for aggressive rental agents and frantic tenant hopefuls. Signing on something that’s not a complete piece of shit requires some legwork and a little bit of patience. Having lived in four different apartments over eight years in Boston, I thought I’d share my experience in finding a decent place for a good price.

1) Figure out where you want to live: Budget and location are the two most important things to consider when looking for an apartment. The image below is a rental heat map put together by Jeff Kaufman — he used data from the website PadMapper. We took it a step further and added geographically accurate T stops. There’s a lot of useful info packed into this little map. For example, you can identify cheaper neighborhoods by looking at cooler colors. A quick glace at the map shows somewhat reasonable prices in Brighton Center/Oak Sq, Assembly Sq, Lower Allston, Ward 2 Somerville, and certain parts of JP and Dorchester.

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Click on map to enlarge (more…)

Chris P. Bacon visits Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton

By: - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 - 8:07pm

Pig in a wheelchair, Chris P. Bacon, paid a visit to Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton today to bring some cheer to patients.

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Photo via the Franciscan Hospital twitter account @FranciscanHFC (more…)