Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Fantasy Bros, Harbor Garage, BRA Values, Public Market Success, BYOB at Restaurants and More!

Whether it is the restaurants, real estate market, developments, or even fantasy sports, there is always something to talk about in the lively neighborhood of the North End / Waterfront. Proof? See below!

BRA chief holds line on limits to Harbor Garage project

Negotiations have stalled between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and developer Chiofaro Company regarding the size of the Harbor Garage project. Facing increasing opposition from the New England Aquarium, BRA director Brian Golden said that the aging harbor garage may need to stay if the Chiofaro proposal is, “too big and not in the public interest.” The Boston Globe has more.

The Fate of Daily Fantasy is All About These Bros

It would be a good bet that you have seen the commercial a dozen times, or at least the billboard of Dave and Rob Gomes winning their $1 million prize on DraftKings last year. The brothers were recently interviewed at their mother’s restaurant, Antico Forno on Salem Street where ESPN maintains that these two “fantasy bros” have an impact on the fate of online fantasy football.

Commute time versus price per square foot in Greater Boston

NeighborhoodX, a neighborhood-specific reporting and data startup, is taking a look at commute time for workers relatively speaking to the cost of their housing per square foot. Aside from the North End where the commuting time is minimal, Brighton can have a similar public transportation commute time to people living in towns like Andover or Lowell, continue reading at Real Estate.

The Boston Public Market has seen great success since their opening in July. Photo courtesy of Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe.
The Boston Public Market has seen great success since their opening in July. Photo courtesy of Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe.

New Boston Public Market fills appetites, coffers

How popular is the Boston Public Market? The Market has seen over 500,000 visitors since it opened July 30th. Sales have exceeded more than $3 million in the first three months, way ahead of projections which forecasted the annual sales to be $8 million. Read the article at, The Boston Globe.

Judge rejects Boston suit to block Wynn casino

Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston lost their lawsuit to stop the $1.7 billion casino from being built in Everett. With the judge citing that the Gaming Commission properly issued a casino license to Wynn Resorts, the plan for a 24-floor, curved glass tower on the Mystic River waterfront is continuing its construction. Continue reading at The Boston Globe.

Does the BRA value community input?

In addition to how the BRA values public process through public input, why do they not take community input into account as much as the city has with Boston 2024, and IndyCar Boston?  Specifically speaking on the reaction to the Lewis Wharf proposal, which drew so much community support that a group “Save Our North End Waterfront” was established to organize an opposition, continue reading at MASSter List.

9 warm pasta bowls that will help you survive Boston winter

If you also believe that there are four good reasons to eat a warm bowl of pasta in the winter, the North End neighborhood may be your best spot to get one. has a breakdown of some of their favorite North End establishments to get “3,000 calories of hot, steamy, food-coma-inducing goodness.”

Michelle Wu, one of the City Councilors sponsoring the proposed lift on the BYOB ban. Photo by, The Boston Globe.
Michelle Wu, one of the City Councilors sponsoring the proposed lift on the BYOB ban. Read the article at

City Council is weighing BYOB in some neighborhoods

City Councilors are working on an ordinance that would allow BYOB in smaller restaurants across some of the city’s neighborhoods. This would not be applicable to the North End, the initiative is focused on restaurants without liquor licenses that have fewer than 30 seats in “in less established neighborhoods.” has more on the story.

Analyzing ‘The Blob’

Finding a correlation between the 1958 movie ‘The Blob,’ and the Great Molasses Flood that took place in the North End in 1919.  ‘‘The Blob’ takes something usually harmless and makes it threatening, similar to the molasses disaster, “it seems ridiculous that syrup is dangerous and something that people have to run from.” Read the article at,  The Boston Globe.

Boston Harbor gets a seal of approval

Boston Harbor is not just home to the New England Aquarium which houses dozens of seals, the Harbor itself was a destination for this seal who was swimming off the Black Falcon pier, see more at UniversalHub.

Strolling The North End . . .

Besides the reputation for great Italian cuisine, cannoli’s and cappuccinos, many may be as surprised about the North End shopping scene as this woman was with the 9th Annual North End Holiday Shopping Stroll. Rarely Taken Seriously has dozens of photos to go along with the rest of the story.