It wouldn’t be a good weekend without those three things! See what’s happening in Boston today and this weekend, June 9–12, 2016.
Thursday, June 9
•Hear about the Untold Stories of The Public Garden. 10am & 4pm
•The Tito’s Vodka Stardust Lounge will be making an appearance at the Charlestown waterfront for a fun night. 5pm
•Free Admission to the ICA! 5-8pm
Friday, June 10
•Take in spectacular views of historic and contemporary Boston architecture on the Charles Riverboat Architecture Cruise. 2:30pm
•Snap some great photos of your pup enjoying the Esplanade and enter the Dog Days of Summer photo contest!
•See an exciting performance at the Berklee Faculty Concert. 8pm
Saturday, June 11
•Chocolate Walking Tour. Enjoy sampling chocolate and strolling through Boston’s scenic Back Bay neighborhood. 10:15am
•Boston Pride Parade and Festival starting at Copley Square. 12-6pm
•Tour SoWa’s flourishing new South End Arts District, ranked among the top 10 in the country. 2:00-3:30pm
Sunday, June 12
•Out of the Park at Boston Common, recreates the excitement at Fenway Park for you and your family. Big screen, fun and food. 1:15pm
•The Annual Boston Dragon Boat Races and Festival. 7am-5pm
•Register for the Spectacle Island 5K and Kid’s Fun Run! 10am
P.S. I will be going to the Esplanade Dock Party, July 21. Come have a drink with me! Get your ticket soon.
Try Metro Boston Before You Buy Metro Boston
Often the worst part about needing to move from an area you know to an area you don’t is figuring out where you should begin your housing search on the other end. Each year countless people move to metro Boston for reasons ranging from job transfers to schools to retirement, but they don’t know Back Bay from Bay Village. It’s a terrible feeling, but now there’s a new, low commitment solution.
In an interesting new partnership between Realtor.com and Airbnb you can search for sale property listings and get suggestions for nearby Airbnb rentals to “try out” before you buy at the same time. Naturally the Airbnb units aren’t what you’re trying out, it’s their neighborhoods and nearby amenities.
What Do Homebuyers Consider Most When Choosing A Neighborhood?
- 69% Quality of neighborhood
- 52% Work Commute
- 47% Affordability of homes
- 43% Close to friends and family
- 31% Nearby shopping
- 30% School district
- 28% Neighborhood design
- 25% Entertainment and activities
- 25% Proximity to schools
- 23% Parks and recreation
Data from the 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
What makes this Realtor.com and Airbnb partnership venture even better is right now they’re running a “Try Before You Buy Sweepstakes” where you could win $500 toward your local experience. Check it out. One winner will be chosen each week through August 25, 2015.
It’s that time a year again when September 1 to August 31 metro Boston apartment leases flip and moving permits, AKA street occupancy permit signs, crop up like weeds.
With renters’ moving permits seemingly everywhere this time of year, street parking can be more than a little frustrating. We’re all very familiar with the need to move our cars for street sweeping by 8 AM, but moving permits throw an unexpected wrench in our habit of vacating a parking space by a required time.
Why is this? It’s because street occupancy permits in Boston can start as early as 7 AM, or an hour earlier than we’re used to for street sweeping. As a city street parker, I’d love an across the board “no threat of towing before 8 AM” rule for BOTH street cleaning and moving permits.
And while I am creating my moving permits wish list, I’d also love it if the “no parking” time and date printed on the sign was large enough to read from inside my car. I mean, how often have we all had to double park, block traffic and get out to closely read the details for competing moving permits?! Here’s another one for my wish list—what’s with the tiny printed arrow indicating the direction of the parking restriction? I’d love it if that was readable too.
I’m guessing the City is used to hearing complaints about street occupancy permits because it has several programs in place to help street parkers navigate these uncertain waters. Check them out here:
Owing to the craziness of this time of year it’s clearly time to get out of town. Here’s wishing you a very happy and safe Labor Day holiday weekend!