The Weekender: Molasses Flood Anniversary, Downtown Supermarket, Future of North End Parks

The Weekender is a useful post to determine if you are keeping up with the local news. If you did not have a chance to look at the website this week, a few minutes of reading this post will catch you up in no time!

Top Posts This Week:

Molasses Tank BFD Photo
Molasses Tank BFD Photo

Remembering The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

This infamous date marks an event of the local story that will never be forgotten. Many North Enders who have lived here for generations, grew up listening to stories about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 which sent a river of molasses flowing through the narrow streets of the neighborhood, killing 21 people and injuring 150 people. View the post.

Residents Group Questions Legality of Zoning Variances at Board of Appeal

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Zoning, Licensing & Construction (ZLC) Committee questioning Boston City Hall where variances are heard by the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA). Stating that the ZBA consistently ignores the primary three “Conditions Required for Variance” as stated in the Boston Zoning Code, it was argued that most variances sought in the North End do not meet all of the subject conditions.  Read the article

Top 10 @NorthEndBoston Tweets This Week: Bruins at the Barber, Local #Butcher Closes, Smart Phone to Pay Parking Tickets and more!

Keeping up with social media is a good way to get a feel for whats going on in the neighborhood. Tweets come from community leaders, local organizations, businesses, tourists and many more. The top 10 tweets of the weeks are compiled based on the relevance of the content, the source of the information and a few other criterias. See the top 10 tweets of the week.

Looking from the North at the Boston Garden development project (Epsilon Associates Inc.; BRA filing)
Looking from the North at the Boston Garden development project (Epsilon Associates Inc.; BRA filing)

Star Market Signs Lease at Boston Garden Development Project

What is set to be the largest supermarket in downtown Boston just signed a long-term lease at the new TD Garden / North Station. The supermarket will be below ground level, accessible through escalators. The resident-based North End / West End / Beacon Hill Supermarket Committee has been working with city officials and developers toward an affordable supermarket as an alternative to Whole Foods. The Star Market deal has been in negotiation since last year and includes city tax incentives of $7.8 million, read more.

Downtown View: The More Things Change . . . 

This weekly column explores the business side of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, exploiting how local businesses are removed to make room for chains.  An out-of-town manager believes the pushcart vendors, with their dubious tchotchkes, bring down the tone of the place. While the vendors accuse the manager of shutting them out of decision making and imposing unsustainable restrictions on them. Read the article.

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Video: Commissioner Chris Cook Talks About Improving North End Parks

Put yourself in the meeting with the new Boston Parks & Recreation Department Commissioner, Chris Cook as he speaks about the parks and open spaces around the North End / Waterfront. Cook expressed the need for new revenue streams in order to complete many projects, with public / private partnerships.  View the post.