Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: Modern Underground, Old Northern Ave Bridge Closes, Science Guy Sandwich, AirBnb & Solar Energy

Every week I go on a scavenger hunt through all types of news outlets, looking for the noteworthy stories that pertain to the North End / Waterfront. As time consuming as it can be, keeping up with the news is important and this is our way of making things just a little bit easier. 

Modern Underground and More

In addition to the cannoli craze at Modern Pastry in the North End, they have ventured to new heights with their business. Modern Underground is a full bar with wings, beer and pub snacks like chicken tenders, nachos, potato skins, and Buffalo wings amid the flat-screen televisions showing sports games. Read more at, The Boston Globe.

Bill Nye and Paul Barker, photo from The Boston Globe
Bill Nye and Paul Barker, photo from The Boston Globe

Bill Nye, the Sandwich Guy

Before his appearance at the Wilbur Theatre, Bill Nye the Science Guy requested a club sandwich, leading to Paul Barker of Pauli’s, the sandwich shop in the North End taking the order. View the article at, The Boston Globe.

Airbnb Has Made a $51 Million Impact

Since Airbnb came to Boston in 2013, it has been the talk of possible regulations for their unique “home sharing” services. Whether you agree with the service or not, from May 2013 through April 2014, Airbnb has made a $51 million economic impact on the city and aided 490 jobs. Read more at BostInno.

North Bennet Street School Installs 50 kW Solar Array

The North Bennet Street School is the first nonprofit to complete the Race to Solar program which provides competitively-priced solar lease agreements to nonprofits by aggregating demand. The 50 kW system installed on two of their buildings will generate over 20 percent of their electricity over the course a year. Continue reading at, City of Boston.

Holiday Lights Around Boston

You can see holiday decorations in Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, Faneuil Hall, Downtown, and just about anywhere in the city. Yet, there is nothing quite as special as private homes showing their holiday cheer. has more coverage.

Many locals will be able to tell where this pizza is from, just by looking at the photo!
Many locals will be able to tell where this pizza is from, just by looking at the photo! © Flickr/Nick Sherman

101 Best Pizzas in America 2014

The famous Galleria Umberto in the North End came in at number 45 on the list of 101 best pizzas in the country. The secret is out, “because there’s usually a line outside for these thick, over-the-edge-of-the-pan cheesy, saucy, completely over-the-top and enjoyably so Sicilian slices anyway.” Read the story at, msn.

Former Patrick, Coakley flack named Walsh spokeswoman

Bonnie McGilpin of the North End, will assume the role of deputy press secretary for Mayor Martin J. Walsh. McGilpin is a former spokeswoman for Govenor Deval Patrick and press secretary for Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial campaign. Continue reading at, The Boston Herald.

How Did Boston Buildings Get Their Names?

Whether its Faneuil Hall or Quincy Market, for some of Boston’s most iconic buildings, the history behind their names are not always as obvious as The Paul Revere House (he lived there). Old North Church was originally called Christ Church, but it’s located in the North End so it seems geography beat out religious nomenclature. has more on how places came to be named.

Santa Claws

Outside James Hook on the waterfront is a lobster in the holiday spirit! Standing next to a lobster decorated Christmas tree, this put a new spin on Santa Claus. View at, UniversalHub.

The following articles pertain to the closing of the Northern Avenue Bridge:

Boston’s Northern Ave. Bridge Closes

The century old Northern Avenue pedestrian bridge which was built during the Industrial Era, was locked due to safety issues. The Boston Harbor Association, has long worked to make aesthetic improvements to the bridge. NECN

Photo by Josh Reynolds, The Boston Globe

City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

In hopes of revitalizing a strip between the North End and the Fort Point Channel, the Boston Redevelopment Authority said it hoped the bridge would open again. This closing marks the second time in recent months that the city has shut down a bridge for safety reasons. The Boston Globe has the story!

Another crumbling city bridge shut as unsafe

A safety inspection revealed that the bridge is no longer even safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, read more UniversalHub.

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