March 2015, Museum, South Boston Waterfront
The Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN) is a 24 hour TV station as well as a non profit media center located in Egleston Square and Kenmore Square.
It acts as a public forum for all Boston residents, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and governmental and educational institutions, providing them with affordable training and access to emerging media technologies.
You can find News and Info on Channel 9 (Comcast), Channel 15 (RCN) and
Community TV on Channel 23 (Comcast) and Channel 83 (RCN).
Some programs include:
- Pyschic voices
- LaShena's Hour
- Talk of the Neighborhoods
- Seniors Count
- Boston Profiles
- Pulla's Hood Famous TV
- Toward a Quality of LIfe
- The Arabic Hour
- Style it Up
- Mature Hypnosis
- The Struggle
BNN has a People's Platform where Boston residents can express what's on their mind on TV.
You can also live stream BNN here.
March 2015, Jamaica Plain
a victorian home in jp built in 1890 (sonya kovacic)
Boston's history can be visualized by its architecture. In Building Victorian Boston, the Architecture of Gridley J.F. Bryant, author Roger Reed writes about Boston's Victorian period and the architect who was responsible for many of the buildings of that time. Here is a description of the book:
"Much of Boston's rich heritage of Victorian buildings dates from the mid-nineteenth century when Gridley James Fox Bryant (1816–1899) dominated the profession of architecture in the city. At that time, Boston was undergoing a transformation from a quaint post-colonial town to a rapidly expanding Victorian metropolis. Bryant led this transformation, providing an important link between the earlier architecture of Charles Bulfinch and Alexander Parris and the later work of such practitioners as H. H. Richardson and Peabody & Stearns."
152 of his buildings were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1872.
For my friends who went to Bates, Bryant was responsible for Hathron Hall.
What Was Here is an online tool that lets you explore historical photos with current street views/google maps. Take a look at the Allen House, a Victorian mansion in the South End, from this perspective.
March 2015, South Boston Waterfront
Today is Friday the 13th. We wrote about that date in our 15th post on May 23, 2015. Enjoy!
dancing on the deck at ICA first fridays
Although the unlucky origins of "Friday the Thirteenth" are historically unclear, one historian suggests that the superstition became widespread after a Boston millionaire wrote and published a novel in the early 20th century. The man was Thomas W. Lawson, and he was well-known in Boston as a stockbroker, copper magnate, businessman, and even U.S. Senate candidate. In 1907, he published Friday, the Thirteenth, which tells the story of a stockbroker who uses the day to create a stock market crash. The story was a precautionary tale about stock market manipulation, but it's also one of the earliest instances of the day being considered unlucky.
The story doesn't end there. Lawson was known for several other ventures, including his namesake: the giant seven-masted schooner, named, appropriately, the Thomas W. Lawson. The ship was the largest pure sailing vessel ever built, but ultimately crashed and wrecked in a storm. The date? It was the night of December 13, 1907 (a Friday).
Not unlucky: over sixty Boston-area museums and cultural venues will open their doors for free this summer in a series of "Free Fun Fridays."
March 2015, Downtown, parks
On July 22nd, 1927 Boston held a parade for Charles Lindbergh as part of his 48 state, 92 city tour of the United States flying the Spirit of St. Louis. It was the same single engine plane he flew on his record breaking solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris. The trip took more than 33 hours.
As you can see, Charles Lindbergh was a big draw.
You can read more about his famous flight as well as his US tour here.
March 2015, Museum, Fenway
new american cafe, mfa (sonya kovacic)
The Boston Public School System offers free breakfast at each of their schools. Students can chose from "2 fruit options (or take both!), low fat milk and a rotating selection of reduced-sugar cereals, whole wheat muffins, bagels, egg sandwiches, and more."
Take a look at the March menu for K-12 schools.
It's part of a greater initiative from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.