Real Estate

“Go Bananas” Moving To Larger Space Across Salem Street

“Go Bananas” is moving directly across the street to 64 Salem Street.  The neighborhood grocery will continue to be operated by Frank Scire who has been on Salem Street for the last 20 years. At 1600 square feet, the new space is twice as large as compared to the existing location at 65 Salem Street. Read More…

Real Estate

Board of Appeal Approves Barber Shop Expansion and Deck with Conditions

The controversial Barber Shop extension and deck at 113 Salem Street, was “Sustained with Proviso” by the City’s Board of Appeal which roughly translates to “approved with conditions”. After weeks of discourse at neighborhood meetings, the owner, Arthur Caras and abutters at 44 Prince Street came to a last minute compromise agreement before the hearing Read More…

Community Real Estate

BRA Scenario Shows Large Developments On North End Side of Greenway

In a public meeting at City Hall, the Boston Redevelopment Authority presented scenarios for substantial North End development along the Greenway, filling in most of Cross Street including structures well over the established 55 foot height limit. The slides were released as part of its Greenway District Planning Study. (Click here for a PDF file Read More…

Community Government Real Estate

Fun Facts From Greenway Conservancy’s Annual Report – Following the Money

Browsing through the pages of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s Annual Report reveals some interesting facts about how the Conservancy is managing the parks. On the revenue side, State is providing nearly half of the funding being used for the burgeoning Conservancy. But the most surprising element that pops out from the numbers is on the expense side. Read More…

Arts & Culture Event Notices Real Estate

NEWNC Goes to the Movies, Hears Fortunes & Zoning Issues

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) met on several community issues at its September 14th meeting. See for the detailed minutes. Here is a summary: Movie Filming in the North End – Three movie companies presented their plans to the council regarding the use and impact of North End streets over the next few Read More…

Business Food & Drink Real Estate Transportation

Supermarket Committee Asks for Support

This week, Lia Tota and the Supermarket Committee came back to the neighborhood seeking support for a reinvigorated effort toward a supermarket project in the Bulfinch Triangle. The proposed site is next to the Avenir, a new apartment complex adjacent to North Station on Parcels 2A and 2C which are currently owned by MassPike and Read More…

Real Estate

105 Prince St Headhouse Change Receives NEWRA Support

The North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association voted 43-0 in support of a headhouse modification at 105 Prince Street. The condominium association is seeking zoning relief to rebuild and expand the headhouse on the roof of the 5-story residential building. The headhouse and surrounding roof area had leak and drainage issues. Their contractor intends to add 2 Read More…

Community Real Estate

Debating Development & Conflict Issues at the Greenway Conservancy Meeting

Getting snapped at by the smug Peter Meade, Chair of the Conservancy’s Board, was the highlight of my night at the Greenway’s Annual Meeting held downtown on Tuesday, September 1st. In the public comment period, I summarized my comments on their proposed improvement and development protocols, imploring the Conservancy to incorporate basic conflict of interest Read More…

Community Meetings Real Estate

Greenway Conservancy Annual Meeting Agenda

The Annual Meeting of the Greenway Conservancy will take place on Tuesday, September 1, at 6:00 pm at the Metro Meeting Center, 101 Federal Street, 4th Floor. The meeting will be followed by a Public Hearing on the draft Design Protocols for Capital Improvements within the Greenway Parks and Open Spaces and the draft Protocols for Reviewing Proposed Development Projects Abutting the Greenway at 7:00 pm. There is a reception before the meeting at 5:30 pm.
An agenda for the meetings is shown below. Copies of the draft protocols may be found at

Parking is available on site at 101 Federal Street (between Franklin and High Streets), at a City garage nearby on Devonshire, or at the Post Office Square garage. The closest T stop is South Station.

Email Priscilla Bradley to be put on the building security list for entry at:

Click the “Read More” link below to view the agenda for the meeting and public forum.

Food & Drink Real Estate Transportation

Opposition Growing to Cross Street “Woonerf” Plan

After two presentations by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, neighborhood residents are questioning the logic of the “woonerf” plan on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets. Woonerf is a Dutch word for an area, usually residential, where motorists and other users share the street without boundaries such as lanes and curbs.  This type of arrangement Read More…