Greenway Conservancy Meets Council

At the first joint meeting between the Greenway Conservancy and the appointed Leadership Council, participants reviewed a brief history of the Greenway's first year and looked forward to fiscal 2010. The Greenway Conservancy was originally tasked with just the maintenance of Chinatown Park, but given budget cuts elsewhere, the Conservancy will now be responsible for all the parks maintenance...

Motorcycle Noise Ordinance On Track

The North End/Waterfront is about to get a bit quieter. In preparation for a City Council vote, the Committee on Government Operations recommended on June 2nd to pass an ordinance regulating the noise levels of motorcycles. This follows a public hearing by the committee on May 26. The ordinance was introduced by District 1 Councilor Sal LaMattina and calls for...

Fairmont Battery Wharf Updates Neighbors

Don Birch, consultant to Fairmont Battery Wharf, updated the neighborhood on recent actions regarding its proposals for outdoor patios and valet parking on Commercial Street at NEWRA’s ZLC committee meeting.  For background, please see this previous post, the reference diagram of buildings and proposed patios. Building 3 (Sensing Restaurant) - The Licensing Board granted the Fairmont Battery Wharf’s petition for...

Flu Concerns Close North End’s Eliot School

Concerns regarding the spread of the flu has caused officials to close the North End's Eliot School during the first week of June, in addition to other Boston schools. Excerpts from the press release: "BOSTON – Superintendent Carol R. Johnson announced today that three additional Boston Public Schools will be closed for seven calendar days because of concerns about influenza. ...  Eliot...

City OKs Year-Round Outdoor Dining

With the enthusiastic support of restaurant owners, the City Council approved outdoor patio service on public sidewalks year-round. Previously, outdoor tables were limited to the months of May through October. Restaurants will still need city permits from the Public Improvement Commission. Privately-owned patios are not impacted by the ruling because alcohol licenses state the allowable period for outdoor patio service...

Feast Season Arrives in the North End

Next weekend begins the feast season in the North End with the 104th anniversary procession for Madonna Di Anzano. Most of the June celebrations are processions only with the larger multi-day events in July and August. The North End feasts are a long-standing tradition of our neighborhood. Many residents take part in organizing and participating with the religious societies. Others...

North End Union Looks to Raise the Roof

Joe Perroncello, owner of the North End Union building at 20 Parmenter St., wants to add one-story to his building which will include three new duplexes on the top floors. The addition of a fourth floor will bring the building to 46 feet, not including rooftop equipment. However, the total height including the roof houses will not exceed the...

Al Dente’s Outdoor Patio Stirs Residents

The Patios and New Restaurant Al Dente Restaurant owner Joe Bono is looking to open a 16-seat outdoor patio in back of his existing 40-seat restaurant at 109 Salem Street. A second 14-seat patio next door at 111 Salem Street is also being proposed that would connect to a new 40-seat restaurant at the space that was formerly Trani Ice...

Greenway Team Shows Development Scenarios

Last Thursday night at the third public meeting for its $250,000 Greenway development study, the BRA’s Kairos Shen and Peter Gori allowed their Toronto consultants to present various developmental scenarios for neighboring areas. See the previous post (Harbor Garage Dominates Greenway Meeting) regarding the Wharf District which is being used as a prototype and the furthest ahead in terms...

Harbor Garage Dominates Greenway Meeting

Last night, the third public meeting on development around the Greenway introduced controversy on many fronts, but the most provocative issue surrounds the Harbor Garage Redevelopment. As part of the Greenway District Planning Study, the BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority) presented six scenarios for the existing garage space, in order from low scale to very dense. Scenario 1 – Build over...

North End’s Aaron Michlewitz Wins Election

The North End's Aaron Michlewitz pulled out the win in a hard fought Democratic primary race for State Representative. Michlewitz and the South End's Susan Passoni each ran very strong campaigns and the results showed Michlewitz with 2,116 votes to Passoni's 1,945. Lucy Rivera from Beacon Hill and Brian Ross also from the North End, received 103 and 44 votes,...

Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) Election Results

The results are in for the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) election that was held on Saturday, May 16, 2009. There were 10 candidates running for 6 seats, although that has expanded to 7 seats due to an open seat formerly held by Aaron Michlewitz who is running for State Representative. There was also a tie for 6th place...