|April 5, 2018|
The John Endicott statue is located on Forsyth Way between the Fens gardens and the Museum of Fine Art.
Strong valiant John wilt thou march on, and take up the station first, Christ cal'd hath thee his soldier be, and faile not of thy trust. Edward Johnson 1654
Bequest of George Augustus Peabody, Esquire of Danvers, Massachusetts.
On a separate plaque:
"Ralph Weld Gray, architect/Carl Paul Jennewein, sculptor/1936."
The statue is located on Forsyth Way near the Museum of Fine Arts. If you take the Green Line and get off at the Northeastern University stop.
|March 29, 2018|
Just off of Arch Street, just a few blocks from Downtown Crossing, is a shortcut alley to Otis St. Look closely on the ground as you walk by to get a glimpse of Boston History.
Some of the markers on the ground - including a recipe on how to make the best Boston Baked Beans. (You can learn a lot of things on the Streets of Boston.)
There is a plaque by the entrance which briefly describes the lane.
Winthrop Place, originally known as Snow Lane, was restored in 1985 through support from the Browne Fund Commission Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, Chairman City Councillor Christopher Iannella, Treasurer George A. Russell. This fund was made possible by the generous legacy of Edward Ingersoll Browne (1833 - 1901)
It's been 33 years since Winthrop Lane has gotten updated. There's has been a lot going on in the City of Boston since then. Here are my thoughts on new bricks that should be added to the street:
What do you think? Are there any special bricks that should be added to the street?
Winthrop Lane is located next to the St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street. The nearest T station stop would be the Downtown Crossing. The alley is located at the second crosswalk on Arch Street (When you walk from Downtown Crossing)
|March 22, 2018|
In the Back Bay there is a unique set of decorated brown doors. These doors are a reminder of how the building once played an important part of the growth of the Commercial Industry in Boston.
The building was once the United States Headquarters for the Salada Tea Company. They not only had executive offices in the building but the building also had a warehouse where tea bags were manufactured.
A sign next to the door reads...
English sculptor Henry Wilson was commissioned to design these doors by the Salada Tea Compay founder Peter Larkin.
Cast by The Gorham Company in 1926, the bronze panels depict the 1920's Ceylon tea industry from planting through harvest and export. Figures representing Indian deities frame the bronze panels. The bronze door was awarded the highly distinguished silver medal at the Paris Salon of 1927.
The Marble surrounding the door consists of reliefs executed by French sculptor M. Caesar Caira and show Demeter, Triptolemus, and Persephone; Greek gods associated with agriculture and harvest. Projecting elephant heads form the capitals of the pilasters and profiles of elephants form the frieze above the doors. Salada Tea Company moved its headquarters from this building and Liberty Mutual owns the building today.
The Tea Doors is located at 300 Stuart Street, Boston Ma. It's located between the Berkeley Street intersection and the Stuart St Pedestrian overpath. Next to the Grill 23 & Bar.
|March 15, 2018|
As you walk through the city of Boston looking for landmarks for selfie pictures, one place you should visit is the Boston City Hall Plaza. You’ll see the largest ‘Boston’ sign in the city of Boston.
This sign is sponsored by BerkshireBank and has been on the City Hall Plaza since 2016. (Actually not too difficult to miss the sponsor)
The sign is part of the “Boston Seasons” event and showcases seasonal events including an ice skating rink in the early winter and concerts in the summer.
The sign is available all year round. At night the sign is lit up to Red and Green in the Winter Months, and white in the summer months.
The best way to see the sign is to take the Green line to Government Center. Head upstairs and look for the big City Hall Building, and you'll see the Boston sign right under it.
The sign is in the middle of the plaza, so it doesn't matter what time of the day you take pictures. I found that noontime is the best chance to have fewer shadows.
|March 8, 2018|
Spring is just around the corner, it’s time to look at when various venues are opening up because of the warm weather.
Here’s an updated calendar on when things are opening in Boston:
|Duck Boats||March 21|
|Boston Green Way||March 24|
|Red Sox Opening Day||April 5|
|Swan Boats||April 13|
|Boston Marathon||April 16|
|City Of Boston’s Outdoor Pools And Family-Friendly Beach||June 17|
|March 1, 2018|
The Boston Marathon is oldest and one of the most known marathon. Many runners set goals to one day run the Boston Marathon.
In Copley Square, there is a monument to all those that run the Boston Marathon.
At one of the sites where a bomb exploded, people have left special messages to commemorate those that lost their lives at the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Occasionally the city will remove the memorabilia so the street doesn't get cluttered with flowers and makeshift monuments.
This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the Bombing. Next Month, the City of Boston will be putting two monuments marking the location of the acts of terror on Boylston Street.
Check out sport-fitness-advisor.com for some great advice in Marathon Training.
The site is packed with expert tips on getting ready to have a great marathon day. The articles are useful even if you're just starting out a coach to 5k program.
The Boston Marathon Memorial is located in Copley Square near the intersection of Boylston Street and Dartmouth Street. It's located near the John Singleton Copley Statue.
|February 15, 2018|
As you walk around the Boston Public Garden's you may encounter a large bronze tablet on granite - its a replicate of the Declaration of Independence.
You can see John Paramino "signature" on the bottom right of the tablet. It also looks like a number appears after his name. Can't really read it well, looks like it says - 1915.
The tablet is located in the Boston Public Commons along Tremont Street. H&R Block is directly across the street.
Check it out what you think the number after John Paramino says. This would make a great scavenger hunt item:
What is the number to the right of the artist who made the Declaration of Independence tablet in Boston?
If you found out, please comment below!
|February 8, 2018|
There's plenty of reasons for visiting Boston during the summer - Red Sox Baseball, Dinner Cruise on the Harbor, Duck Boat tours and so much more.
Did you know that there's still plenty of things to do around the city in the winter?
It's a quiet time of the year for the City of Boston. Some of the Boston Best Hotels offer incredible discounts. Check out The Westin Copley Place, Boston , Fairmont Copley Plaza , Inn at St. Botolph , Omni Parker House and others. This is your chance to stay at some historical places without paying a premium price.
|February 1, 2018|
There are two memorials to law enforcement in Boston; the Boston Police Memorial and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial.
The Boston Police Memorial is located at the Boston Police Headquarters (1 Schroeder Plaza, Roxbury Crossing, MA.). The Boston Police Memorial commemorates the founding of the police department in 1834, the professional successor to the Boston Watch which protected Boston since the Colonial Days. An eternal-flame illuminated by a blue light reminds visitors that the police department is on duty at all hours of the day or night.
The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial is located at the Massachusetts State House. The 400-square-foot memorial to all those that lost their lives protecting the citizens of Massachusetts. Next to the Massachusetts State House, on the east side, is the Mass. Law Enforcement Memorial, which is in the shape of a badge and has names carved around it and a blue light.
The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial is located at the Massachusetts State House grounds. Walk down Bowdoin Street at the corner of Ashburton Pl and Bowdoin St you'll see the entrance to the memorial.
|January 25, 2018|
This year our company annual Holiday party was at the House of Blues, which is directly across Fenway Park.
We had a company party last night, we reserved the entire venue. Here are some notes about the event specific to it being hosted at the House of Blues:
|January 18, 2018|
There are three states in the United States that don't offer residence to the sitting Governor: Arizona, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
When Massachusetts Bay Colony was originally founded, the forefathers thought having a Governor residence was a necessity. It was so important, that they made it the second item mentioned in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Record in 1655 (336 Years ago).
The founders did this because the locals complained that the current Governor, John Endicott, wasn't spending enough time in Boston.
Here is the entry from the Record of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Vol III (May 23, 1655). (This is unedited in the original Old English spelling)
It is ordered by this Court, that who sour shale chosen Gounor from yeare to yeare shall, wth the first oppertunity, make his abode in Boston, or some adjacent town or place within fowre or fire miles of Boston, & shall there contynue his abode dureing the tyme of his government, that so he may be the more serviceable to the country in general, both in respect of straungers & otherwise ; & it is further order, that wither now or next sessions suteable acomodation may be pvided, which may encorage the same for the future, & for present doe desire the Governor to reside at Boston, or neere thereunto, as much as his own necessary occasions will pmitt.
Once Massachusetts Bay Colony adopted the rules, John Endicott moved to Boston where he spent the last year of his life serving the people of Massachusetts Bay Colony. He died a year after moving to Boston.
John Endicott contributed a lot to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He had a very impressive resume:
When Massachusetts became a State, the need for a residence for the Governor was no longer an issue and was left out of the Constitution of Massachusetts.
Today, those that argue for a Governor's Mansion, have brought up the above rule of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They argue that it makes sense to have a nice secure location near the Governor office. "It makes just as much sense today than it did 336 years ago."
In Pemberton Square, just behind the Center 3 Plaza, near Government Center is a plaque to remember where John Endicott house once stood.
The plaque was done by John Francis Paramino. It was placed in 1930 by the City of Boston.
John Francis Paramino other Artwork include:
|January 11, 2018|
If your looking for a fun practical place to take your team for team building - try Blazing Paddles. It's not your ordinary Boston Sports bar.
There are a lot of choices on tap at Blazing Paddles, you don't have to settle for Bud Lite Lime (Unless that is your thing.) Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Harpoon, Harpoon UFO, Blue Moon, Stella, Sam Adams Seasonal, and Yeungling are some popular choices.
There's lots of really good food here too! Game On! has a great selection of stationed hors-d'oeuvres.
Ping Pong is a great strategy game. There are six tables around Blazing Paddles. You can create a Ping-Pong Championship bracket and see who is the best Ping-Pong player in the company.
Even if you're not serious about playing the game, it's a fun way to break the ice and have a little fun at a company event. (Nobody likes to sit around and chat about how the last project could have gone better.
Serious Gamers should bring their own paddles. The ones at Blazing Paddles are a bit used.
What makes Blazing Paddles unique is that you have the opportunity to practice hitting baseballs. No, this isn't some little arcade game. This is a real batting cage, real baseball, real fast.
Paddles has an exclusive access to the visitor batting cages of Fenway Park. That's right, you have the opportunity to try to hit the same baseballs as the major league's players do.
The Batting Cages isn't always open, it's closed on game days and other functions. You should call ahead to see if it will be open when you visit.
Blazing Paddles is located on the outside of Fenway Park in the basement of Game On at 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston Massachusetts.
|January 4, 2018|
The Great Molasses flood occurred in Boston in January 1919. A tank explosion causes a sea of Molasses to cover parts of the North End of Boston.
Location of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company is now a Park and Ice Rink.
A list of the fatalities can be found on Wikipedia.
|December 28, 2017|
This was a great year for creative Boston Blog post. Lots of great content was discovered this year.
It was a lot of fun researching different topics and learning more about the city along the way. Hopefully, the post was entertaining and informative.
In no particular order....
There's still lots of great content planned for 2018. If you have any topics that you would like to see get covered let me know.
|December 21, 2017|
There are lots of places to park in Boston. I thought it would be interesting to find out the size of the parking garages in and around Boston.
These were gathered from various sources:
The Prudential Center Garage biggest claim to fame is they are the "Largest Parking garage in New England with 3,600 spaces." Actually the largest garage in New England is the Mohegan Sun garagewith spaces for 13,000 vehicles.
Here's an interesting list of other parking garages sizes in and around Boston. This information is accurate as of December 21, 2017.
|Copley Place Garage||1,400 spaces|
|100 Clarendon Street Garage||2,000 spaces|
|Boston Commons Parking Garage||1,350 spaces.|
|Motor Mart Garage||1,037 parking spaces||Once the largest Parking Garage in the World!|
|Government Center Garage||2,310 spaces||Also known as the One Congress Garage.|
|Harbor Garage (New England Aquarium)||1,300 spaces|
|Parking Garage at North Station / TD Boston Gardens||1,275 spaces|
|Boston Museum of Science Garage||850 vehicles|
|Logan International Airport Central Garage||12,000 vehicles||1,700-spaces were added in 2016|
Some Parking Garages along the MBTA routes:
|Alewife Parking Garage||2,733 spaces|
|MBTA North Quincy Station||1,206 spaces|
|MBTA Wonderland||1,862 spaces|
|Amtrak Garage on 128||2,589 Spaces|