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January 9,  2017
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In The News
This Week's Featured Event
Arts, Entertainment & Events
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Deals & Promos
BID Services & Links
Construction & Utility Work Updates
City of Boston Services
In The News
WBUR: Emerson College's Colonial Theatre Reopening Powered by British Production Company 1/8/17

Boston Globe: At RUKA, Cocktails Come In Alligator Pitchers and Murals Channel Peter Max's Asian Vacation 1/6/17 

BBJ: DraftKings Staying in Downtown Boston, Says CEO 1/6/17

Boston Globe: haley.henry wine bar and PABU Among Best New Restaurants 1/5/17

Boston Globe: Milk Street Cafe's 3-D Printer Latte Machine Among Best New Services and Shopping 1/5/17 State Rep. Michlewitz and State Sen. Boncore Sworn Into State Legislature 1/5/17

Boston Globe: After Being Acquired, Shoebuy Will Continue to Operate in Downtown Crossing 1/5/17

Forbes: VERTS Mediterranean Grill Co-Founder Dominik Stein Honored in 30 Under 30 Food & Drink Category for 2017 1/4/17

Boston Magazine: EverybodyFights Among 12 New Gyms Opening This Year 1/3/17
This Week's Featured Event
'Something Rotten' Opening at 
Boston Opera House on Jan. 17th

Direct from Broadway in New York City is "Something Rotten," which is opening at the Boston Opera House on Jan. 17th

The musical is set in the 1590s and tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare keeps producing hit after hit. 
The show runs through Jan. 29th. Click here for showtimes and tickets. 
Arts, Entertainment & Events
'Unlocking The Zodiac Code' with Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox on Jan. 12th

Marlo Marketing's Health & Wellness Series continues with "Unlocking The Zodiac Code" on Thursday, Jan. 12th. Authors and astrologers Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox will discuss the ancient science of interpreting the influence planets, stars and other heavenly bodies may have on your life. 

Space is limited so RSVP here. The cost is $25 per person. This event is from 6 to 8 pm at marlo marketing (38 Chauncy St., 3rd Floor)
Ice Skating Path and More at Winter Wonderland on  City Hall Plaza

The first-ever Boston Winter wonderland has been a great success on City Hall Plaza and while the holiday market has ended, the ice skating path and urban lodge are in operation through February.
Photo by Craig F. Walker for
The Boston Globe

The ice skating path loops around a main stage and marquee Boston sign. There are ice skating lessons at select time and dates, Saturday skating with cartoon characters and a rock 'n skate on Friday nights. Skates are available for rent and you can also bring your own skates. Click here for hours of operation, prices and more info about the skating path.
Some of the other special attractions include the Urban Lodge and some food chalets.  Click here for more info about Boston Winter.  
BisNow Panel: The Future of 
Downtown Boston on Jan. 19th

Learn about The Future of Downtown Boston from a BisNow panel of several distinguished downtown stakeholders on Thursday, Jan. 19th.  

Larry DiCara, above, partner at Nixon Peabody, will offer openings remarks. Panelists include BID President & CEO Rosemarie Sansone, above; Katherine Craven, CAO of Babson College; Doug Manz, Partner & Director of Development at 
The HYM Investment Group; Tim KirwanPrincipal at HCNE; and Kishore VaranasiPrincipal & Director of Urban Design at CBT Architects.

This event is at the Boston Harbor Hotel (70 Rowes Wharf) starting at 7:30 am. Click here for tickets and more info. 
'Our Secrets' Being Performed at Paramount Center Starting Jan. 19th 

The Bela Pinter & Company will be performing "Our Secrets" at Emerson College's Paramount Center (559 Washington St.) starting Jan. 19th and running through Jan. 22nd

The play is set in Communist Budapest in 1980, in a dance hall, when a musician confesses his private sexual desire for his 7-year-old step-daughter. With the government taping his every word, he is blackmailed into becoming a government informant. 

This show is being co-presented with The Baryshnikov Arts Center and Dartmouth's Hopkins Center. Performances are in Hungarian with English subtitles. Click here for more info, showtimes and tickets. 
ArtsEmerson Black Box Sounds Presenting  6 Concerts in 3 Weekends at 
Paramount Center

ArtsEmerson's Black Box Sounds is offering six concerts of local Boston musicians during three weekends at the Paramount Center (559 Washington St.). The series starts on Friday, Jan. 20th. Visit for info on all the concerts.

On Friday, Jan. 20th, The Lights Out; Gene Dante & The Future Starlets; Zip Tie Handcuffs; and The Sun Lions, are all scheduled to perform. Click here for more info and to purchase advance tickets at $8, which can also be purchased for $10 at the door. 

On Saturday, Jan. 21st, Haybaby; Creaturos; Mini Dresses; and Jack (above), are scheduled to perform. Click here for more info and to purchase advance tickets for $8, which can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Seminar on Hollywood Musicals Starts Jan. 22nd at Paramount Center

An 8-session lecture series about Hollywood Musicals led by David Maister is starting Jan. 22nd at Emerson College's Paramount Center (559 Washington St.).

The series will present videos of songs and dances from Hollywood's golden age of musicals (1927 to 1959), with interesting facts about the performers, cast and crew.  In between classes, each and every day, Maister will send an email with another movie song and dance performance.

The eight sessions will be on Jan. 22nd and 29th, Feb. 12th and 19th, March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. The cost of the seminar is $30 total. Click here for more info and to register. 
A Great Holiday Tradition:
Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Strolls
The Freedom Trail Foundation's Historic Holiday Strolls, one of Downtown's best holiday traditions, is being offered through January. 

These merry 90-minute tours are led by Dickensian costumed guides leaving from Faneuil Hall Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 pm. The stroll includes a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail, and a visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments and its world-famous Boston Cream Pie.

Guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at several Freedom Trail sites. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. For reservations and more info please call 617-357-8300.
Shoveling, Parking and More:
What to Know About Winter in Boston

Whether you're a property owner, a homeowner or a resident with a car it's important to know about shoveling and parking regulations, snow emergencies and more. The City of Boston has a resourceful webpage providing all necessary info here, and below is important info to know for when the white stuff comes down.

Shoveling Info:
Click here for City of Boston rules on clearing snow.
Property owners must:
  • Clear sidewalks within three hours of snowfall ending or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight, and
  • Clear at least a 42-inch-wide path for wheelchairs and strollers.
Do not shovel snow into the street or you can be subject to fines.  Also please remember to: 
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, sawdust, or similar material.
  • Please clear any snow that may be blocking a handicap ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.
  • Don't leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes. All common means of exit must be clear in case of fire or another emergency.
What To Do With Your Car When It Snows: 
During a snow emergency main roads need to be clear for plows and emergency vehicles. If you're parked on one of these main roads during a snow emergency, you may be ticketed and your vehicle may be towed.  How do you know if you can't park on a street during a snow emergency? Check the signs posted on the street. Also, here is a map of restricted roads due to a snow emergency.

Click here for a City of Boston list of discount parking garages available during snow emergencies. Click here for the BID's webpage of local parking garages. It is recommended you contact the parking garages to see if they are open for vehicles.  

Please also call the BID's dispatch line at 617-261-0066 to report sidewalks, handicapped ramps or other Downtown Crossing public ways that need to be shoveled. Our Ambassadors will be out in the snow 24 hours a day making sure the sidewalks are clear!
You Can Submit Your Own Event to the Downtown Boston BID Website

If you have an upcoming event you can now submit it to the Downtown Boston BID website. Click here to submit your own event.
Once approved by BID staff your event will be on the BID's calendar section and could be featured in the newsletter or on the BID social media accounts and promoted elsewhere. 
Construction & Utility Work Updates 
New Developments Under Construction, Proposed Projects and More

Downtown Boston is continually transforming, with new buildings rising, as well as transportation projects taking place underground and at street level. 

Looking for the latest u pdates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click  here.  
City of Boston Services

Featured Stories
Lots of Choices For Getting Healthy This Year with  Downtown Boston Businesses 

The New Year is upon us and that means it's time for people to stick to their resolutions of getting in shape, losing weight, exercising and eating better. There are numerous ways to get healthier and we're highlighting a few options in Downtown Boston. 

BRICK Boston (133 Federal St.) is a cross-fit gym with coaches who tailor fitness regimens to individuals. Programs include CrossFit: The Academy, Mobility and Yoga, the BRICK Barbell Club and more. BRICK is offering a free month after three months of membership and $99 for your first month. They also offer a free trial. Click here for more info or call 617-752-3428 

B/SPOKE (101 Federal St.) is an indoor cycling studio and is offering first time rides for $15 and a new rider special of two classes for $35. There is also a basics class on the first Sunday of every month for new riders. Click here for more info. 

Planet Fitness (17 Winter St.) prides itself on being a "
Judgement Free Zone," which is good for first time or casual gym goers so they can feel comfortable regardless of their fitness level. Classes are available, as are exercise machines and more. It's also affordable, with memberships costing just $10 a month and its offering memberships for just $1 down and $10 a month with no commitment through Jan. 11th. Click here for more info or call 617-482-1210.

Weight Watchers (currently operating in the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette) brings mindfulness to eating. Weight Watchers educates on how much someone should eat based upon their age, current weight and gender. You can join for three months for $8 per week, which also provides members with 24/7 access to coaches so you can call someone at 2 am when your willpower is faltering and you're desperate for an Oreo. Meeting times vary throughout the week. Click here for more info and a meeting schedule.

Women's Fitness of Boston (27 School St.) is a female-only gym that has a nutrition center, fitness equipment, classes and personal training. There is currently an offer to join for free in January so you will save $59.99 on not having to pay an enrollment fee. Click here for more info or call  617-227-1221.
Communicating, Shoveling, 
Sanding, Snowblowers:  This Is 
What The BID Does When It Snows 

When it snows in Downtown Boston, the BID's Clean & Hospitality Ambassadors spring into action, shoveling, sanding and using snowblowers to keep area ways safe and clean. Before, during and after the storm BID staff are constantly communicating to provide updates internally and externally through the BID website and social media, targeting areas that need to be cleared and more.

For big snowstorms, such as this weekend's storm, more ambassadors are put on the schedule to meet the demands of keeping the streets clean and safe. During and after winter storms, BID Ambassadors are out in the street 24 hours a day, seven days a week, cleaning and clearing snow from crosswalk ramps, fire hydrants, storm drains and trash/recycling receptacles. 

During this weekend's storm ambassadors cleared snow from 380 crosswalk ramps, 87 fire hydrants, 204 storm drains and 179 trash/recycling receptacles. 

If you see an area way in Downtown Boston that needs to be cleared please contact the BID dispatch line at 617-261-0066.
 Please click here for information about snow shoveling regulations, parking garages, snow emergencies and more.
The 10 Best  Downtown Boston Restaurants, According to TripAdvisor 

What's your favorite restaurant in Downtown Boston? Do you prefer one of the many high-end offerings? A quick line at a lunch spot? Seafood? Vegetarian options? Below are TripAdvisor's top 10 restaurants for Downtown Boston located in the BID and keep in mind that rankings can change daily. 

TripAdvisor ranks restaurants on more than user reviews. They use a Popularity Index, which is a "proprietary algorithm to take into account what travelers like you think - quantity, quality and recency of TripAdvisor reviews."

TripAdvisor categorizes 453 restaurants in the Downtown Boston (many outside of the BID) -- and Sam LaGrassa's (44 Province St.) is ranked #1!

Teatro (177 Tremont St.), above, is ranked #4, followed by Yvonne's (2 Winter Place) at #14, then comes Ruth's Chris Steak House (inside Old City Hall, 45 School St.) at #16 and The Oceanaire Seafood Room (40 Court St.) is ranked #17.

A couple of Downtown Boston restaurants land in the 20s with Legal Crossing (558 Washington St.) at #20 followed by Parker's Restaurant (inside Omni Parker House, 60 School St.) at #21. The Marliave (10 Bosworth St.) kicks off the 30s, then Beantown Pub (100 Tremont St.) comes in at #31 and Barracuda Tavern (15 Bosworth St.) is ranked #43.  
Oxford Properties Redesigns 
125 Summer Street in a Big Way

The office building at 125 Summer Street recently went through a redesign by property owner Oxford Properties. 

The central lobby and entrance was repositioned, creating a public plaza, which faces the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and South Station. 
The new entrance is more open and features seasonal Adirondack chairs.
(Photo by Catherine Carlock for the Boston Business Journal)

"We're taking more of a hospitality approach to the lobby, in the sense that we want it to be a third space," said Chad Remis, Managing Director for Oxford's Boston office and BID board member, to the Boston Business Journal. "We want our tenant base to feel comfortable and to want to use it, want to interact in it, and want to have meetings in it."

For several months prior to the redesign the property had a large sign saying that "something big" was coming to the property. Now everyone knows and sees the great "big" thing at 125 Summer St.
Meetings & Notices
Tonight: Downtown Boston 
Residents' Association Meeting 

The Downtown Boston Residents' Association is holding its next meeting tonight (Monday, Jan. 9th) at the Modern Theatre

The agenda includes hearing an update from the Millennium Partners project team of the proposed development at 115 Winthrop Square. This meeting is at 7 pm
Deals & Promos
New Sandwiches at 
Marliave's Espresso Bar

Marliave's Espreso Bar (51 Province St.) has a new sandwich press and is offering several new sandwiches.

All of the sandwiches are $6 and they can be made pressed or non-pressed. There are five new sandwiches: Jambon-Beurre (ham, Gruyere, butter); Pomodoro (tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil); Muffaletta (mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, provolone, giardiniera); Tonno (olive oil cured tuna, capers, olive oil, touch of aioli, Gruyere, tomato); and Formaggio (it's a grilled cheese with mozzarella, fontina, Gruyere, cheddar). All sandwiches are available starting at 11 am. The Espresso Bar closes at 4 pm.
New Winter Menu Items at sweetgreen 

sweetgreen (13 School St. and 87 Summer St.) introduced three new salads as part of their winter menu, which uses what's growing during colder months, such as butternut and acorn squashes. 

One of the new menu items is a curry chickpea bowl that includes warm quinoa, hot chickpeas, organic carrots, shredded cabbage, cilantro, raisins, almonds, roasted chicken, sweetgreen hot sauce and curry yogurt dressing. There's also a winter waldorf salad with warm quinoa, shredded kale, apples, warm local squash, local blue cheese, raisins, umami walnuts, roasted chicken and balsamic vinaigrette. The other new option is a portobello taco bowl that includes organic wild rice, organic spinach, warm portobello mix, shredded cabbage, roasted sweet potatoes, feta cheese, tortilla chips and lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette.
BID Services & Links
BID Ambassadors Provide Clean & Hospitality Services  in Downtown 

The  Downtown Boston BID Ambassadors provide clean and hospitality services seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day. Ambassadors create a friendly, welcoming Downtown presence by helping visitors with directions, notifying fire and police personnel of incidents and more.

B ID Ambassadors  provide walking escorts all day or night  -- they'll even tote an umbrella if it's raining or snowing! Please call 617-261-0066 to arrange an escort or for other BID ambassador services. You can also email  
  • Ambassadors remove litter and graffiti
  • Ambassadors clear handicapped ramps and storm drain openings
  • Ambassador powerwash in Downtown Boston during warm weather
  • Ambassadors maintain the BID's landscaping 
  • Masonry Ambassadors fix sidewalks and more
Additional BID Services & Info
  • Communication and Business Networking
  • Meetings with individual BID members to discuss neighborhood issues 
  • Entertainment programming
  • Member Advocacy
  • Capital/Public Improvements
  • Wayfinding
  • Please click here for the 2016 BID Report to learn about the transformation of Downtown Crossing 
  • For additional details and information on the complete range of BID services please contact Doug Meyer, Membership Services & Database Manager, at
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