The Weekender: IMAX/Harbor Garage Deal, Tall Ships Security, Cross St. Demolition, Long Wharf Battle, New NEMPAC Board Member & Historical Novel

New and changing sights to be seen in the North End / Waterfront area are at the top of this week’s posts. Read the most popular five posts from this past week below!

Marathon-Like Security on Waterfront for June 17th Tall Ships “Parade of Sail”

Sail Boston, Inc., Boston Police, US Coast Guard and other public safety officials held a community meeting last week, emphasizing the tight security procedures to be in place for the arrival of the Tall Ships Regatta in Boston. With over 1 million spectators expected along Boston’s waterfront, Conventures head Dusty Rhodes described the magnitude of the festivities beyond that of the last Tall Ships visit. Read more about public access and streets that will be impacted.

Aquarium’s IMAX Theater Deal Would Increase Footprint of Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Project

Harbor Towers residents and the Wharf District Council are reeling from undisclosed dealings that the Boston Planning & Redevelopment Authority (BPDA, formerly BRA) would allow Chiofaro Co. to acquire the Aquarium’s IMAX theater, tear it down and include that land in the 50% open space calculation stated in the Municipal Harbor Plan. Read more about the project and residents’ concerns.

NEMPAC Welcomes North End Resident Tina Natale to Board of Directors

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) welcomed it’s newest Board Member and lifelong North End resident, Tina Natale, to the Board of Directors this past January. Learn more about Tina.

Landmarks Commission Demolition Delay on Cross Street Properties Ends in June

The Boston Landmarks Commission voted to invoke a 90-day demolition delay regarding the buildings on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem (198 Hanover St., 60 Cross St. and 53 Salem St.). To date, Charter Realty has not adjusted its design and continues to plan for a modern, 2-story, 5,500 square feet development that would span from Hanover Street to Salem Street. Read more.

BRA Continues 9-Year Legal Fight for Development Over Picnic Tables at Long Wharf

The Boston Redevelopment Authority filed an appeal this week of a Superior Court judgement protecting Long Wharf from development. The March 2017 ruling was the latest loss by the BRA in the “Long War of Long Wharf” versus a North End resident group (dba “North End Ten“) and the National Park Service. Read more about both sides of the battle.

Editor’s Choice

The Saturday Evening Girls Club, New Historical Novel About the North End, by Jane Healey

The Saturday Evening Girls Club, the debut historical novel by local writer Jane Healey, will be released on April 25th by Lake Union Publishing. The novel is based on the true story of the real Saturday Evening Girls Club that existed in the North End in the early 1900s. Read more about Jane and her novel.



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