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Weekly Top Reads: N. Washington St. Bridge, Haymarket Hotel Construction, City Smoke Shop, Life on the Corner, Northern Avenue Bridge, & Trellis Lights Photos

This week’s top posts on featured construction updates, bridge planning, new businesses, historic neighborhood stories, holiday decorations and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Video: Traffic Flow Changes for Temporary North Washington Street Bridge

Two months into the construction for the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge, MassDOT held a community meeting on Tuesday night in the North End to highlight recent project changes. Most notably, the decision to build a temporary bridge will allow three lanes of traffic to persist throughout the project and reduce construction time by up to six months. Read more and see videos here.

Under Construction: Haymarket Square Hotel at Parcel 9

Construction at Greenway Parcel 9 has commenced for the Haymarket Square hotel proposal with the area being cleared and cordoned off by Suffolk Construction. A 6-story, 225-key hotel with a 1-story market hall will be located along a renovated Blackstone Street and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Read more here.

City Smoke Shop Opens at 87 Salem Street in Boston’s North End

City Smoke Shop opened recently in the third retail spot at the former True Value Hardware Store location. The smoke shop offers traditional cigarette, cigar and chewing tobacco along with the more recent smoking innovations including Vape, JUUL and CBD oil. Read more and see photos here.

Life on the Corner: A Shave and a Shine

Lifelong North Ender and columnist Nicholas Dello Russo shares a story about local barbershops and famous North End individuals in his latest historic neighborhood column. The piece also spotlights an interesting piece of history in the life of Old North’s weathervane. Read the whole article here.

Residents Want a Pedestrian Only Northern Avenue Bridge

Residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night at a community meeting in the Seaport as plans move forward for a renovated Northern Avenue Bridge. Many of the neighbors shared their support for a pedestrian and bicycle only bridge. Read more here.

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Photo Gallery: Blue Lights Aglow at Columbus Park Trellis

Since the trellis lighting event on November 19th, residents and visitors continue to gather nightly in Christopher Columbus Park to soak in the seasonal glow of the 50,000 blue lights on the 260 foot signature trellis. See photos of this beautiful holiday scene here.