MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022
Bike To Work Day, Little Free Library, Preservation Month & More
The arrival of summer-like weather coincides perfectly with Friday's Bike To Work Day, which is being hosted in Downtown Crossing--read below for more details. And the warm temperature is also ideal for a visit to the Downtown Boston BID's Little Free Library, redeployed for another season--keep reading for more info. Of course, May also brings commencement season in Downtown--and it also brings Preservation Month to our city. Enjoy!

We are excited to announce the search for the next President of the Downtown Boston BID. Applications are now being accepted. Please refer to the community update section below for more information.

With the City's COVID-19 metrics indicating a significant increase in new cases since mid-March, it is important to stay vigilant. For a map of facilities in Boston offering COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit here.
Cycle Your Way Downtown
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As part of National Bike Month, the City of Boston is celebrating Bike To Work Day this Friday, May 20th, from 7 am-9 am--and the hub of the festivities will be in Downtown Crossing!

To register for the event, please visit here. The City's Boston Bikes department urges all attendees to register so as to facilitate planning--plus, registered participants receive a free t-shirt, along with free coffee and breakfast! (NOTE: registration closes on May 18th at 5 pm.) The day-long extravaganza will feature a number of cycling-oriented vendors operating out of vendor tents on Summer Street Plaza; for info on the Bike To Work Day vending set-up and registration form, visit here.

Finally, Bike To Work Day needs volunteers! (A variety of roles are available, scroll-down to the Plaza Volunteers section to learn more.) Those who are interested should email bostonbikes@boston.gov.
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little free library
Downtown's Best Little Free Library . . . Is Back!
Book-lovers, rejoice--the Downtown Boston BID's Little Free Library has returned! Launched in spring 2017, our library is registered with the Little Free Library organization--visit the group's online map, type-in "Boston," and you will see ours appear adjacent to the Irish Famine Memorial (10-24 School Street), where it has operated since inception.

Every spring, the BID staff works diligently to restock our Little Free Library for the coming season--this year, we have already received over 1,000 donated books! (Indeed, Twitter has taken notice of our unit's amply stocked shelves.) The Downtown Boston BID Little Free Library operates from 9 am to sunset everyday. Stop by and pick up a great book or leave some of your bestsellers on our shelves!
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Salute To The Class Of '22
Among our district's diverse array of identities, we are a community of colleges: the BID area includes five student dormitories (with four more immediately adjacent), two college-run theaters, and nearly 14,000 students overall. Every May, our status as a collegiate hub is accentuated, as Emerson College and Suffolk University celebrate their commencements.

This year, Emerson College hosted its commencement on May 8th at the Agganis Arena; Adele Lim, Class Of 1996, delivered the commencement address, while Toshi Reagon and Steve Samuels received honorary degrees. For video recordings of all of this year's Emerson College-related graduation ceremonies, visit here.

Suffolk University will host its commencement on May 22nd at the Seaport's Leader Bank Pavilion; for details about the celebration, visit here. Claire Cronin, Suffolk University Law School Class Of 1985, Manny Lopes, and Tim Ryan will deliver the commencement addresses, as described here. The Downtown Boston BID congratulates the Class Of 2022 and wishes it the best of success!
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Preservation Month Returns To Boston
As one of North America's oldest cities (its 400th anniversary is just years away), Boston possesses one of the continent's richest collections of historic architecture--and May, being Preservation Month, is the time to celebrate it!

The Boston Preservation Alliance has published a comprehensive guide to various Preservation Month events and activities around town. Scroll-down to Item 6 for coverage of City Archaeologist Joe Bagley, whose book, Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, highlights 50 buildings in our City that predate 1800. Bagley's book is a great resource for learning about Downtown's most historic buildings, as it profiles a number of them. Another handy resource is the Boston Landmarks Commission's map.

The great unifier of the venerable Downtown structures profiled by Bagley is the Freedom Trail: our district's hallowed red-brick path includes a quartet of pre-Revolutionary War edifices (King's Chapel, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, and Old State House). Visit here to learn more about Freedom Trail tours currently being offered. Finally, Revolutionary Spaces, the stewardship organization for Old State House and Old South Meeting House, is now offering a "Massacre and Memory Tour", exploring how Revolutionary-era Downtown Boston and the Boston Massacre intertwined to create a new uniquely American consciousness.
Highlighting Barista Excellence
Ogawa Coffee (10 Milk Street) has been serving top-tier coffee in Downtown Boston since the cozy little shop opened its doors in 2015. Ogawa's leadership decided to make Boston its first international location (the company is based in Kyoto), and the benefits for our community's coffee connoisseurs have been numerous: the team has brought a unique knowledge and mastery of the artistry of coffee-serving, as well as sustainable and innovative values, to our district.

Last week, WCVB-TV's Chronicle highlighted the work that goes into creating one of Ogawa's sublime caffeine-fueled concoctions. As captured in the video, all Ogawa baristas first must apprentice at the company's half-year training program, which includes a special focus on the art of latte-making, Ogawa-style. Ogawa proudly boasts some of the most creative and impressive coffee designs, accompanying its one-of-a-kind beverages, purveyed anywhere in the world!
Community Safety Walk Hosted
Last Friday, the Downtown Boston BID was pleased to host one of its periodic community safety walks through our district. Boston City Councilor Flynn, along with representatives from the Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police, City of Boston (including the Mayor's Office, Office of Public Safety, Boston Transportation Department), SOAR, Suffolk University, Emerson College, Downtown Boston Residents Association, community outreach organizations, and local business owners and property managers attended the walkabout, which reviewed public safety and quality-of-life issues. Topics of traffic issues, street infrastructure, and pedestrian access were also addressed. There was direct communication between the partners and various Downtown businesses to highlight specific problems that need to be mitigated.

Said Tucker Husband, the BID's Senior Safety Manager, "bringing together Councilor Flynn and key Mayor’s Office representation will allow issues and concerns to be addressed in a collaborative way using a community approach." The BID will continue to host these community safety walks, as we have continuously received positive feedback on them. Please contact Tucker Husband at thusband@bostonbid.org with any questions or comments.
Public Meeting Schedule And Community Updates

NOTE: City hearings and public meetings continue to be hosted remotely/virtually. Keep reading this e-newsletter for future updates regarding when City hearings and meetings will revert to being hosted in-person.

  • The Downtown Boston BID is seeking its next leader: Koya Partners is overseeing the organization's search for its second-ever President. Please visit here to review the opportunity; to apply, click here.


  • The MBTA's "See Something, Say Something" awareness guidelines for riding the T are available here. To download the "See Something, Say Something" app for your cellphone, visit here.



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