Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

Buildings and brakes

The BAIA has a full roster of items for their meeting on Thursday, April 4, including updates on a proposal to build a two-family and a three-family at 45-47 Murdock Street, Brighton. Meineke will be talking about their plans to add a bay to their garage at 11 Faneuil Street, Brighton. All this and more will be discussed at 7:30PM at the Elks, 326 Washington Street in Brighton Center.

March 30, 2012

Student loans, worldwide protests and local bars

“Noise from the Underground” is offering what may be a once in a lifetime chance to experience the art, music and “youthful consciousness” that animate the basements of Allston.

The website proclaims that the subterranean hipster-fest will be “drawing influences from music, advertisements, and the social and political issues we all face, from student loans and worldwide protests to occupying local bars on a nightly basis…”

Jeez, I was going to some of these watering holes in high school. Didn’t know I was part of an occupation. But this sounds like it could be a blast. Hit their site for info on how to attend.

March 29, 2012

Maybe the coyote was looking for a turkey dinner

Last night I encountered a coyote. This afternoon, three turkeys took a stroll through my yard.

March 29, 2012

We love our landlord

The owner of Stone Hearth Pizza, which opened on Western Avenue last November, really likes his landlord, Harvard University. Meanwhile, some Allston residents aren’t happy with the university’s refusal to provide any plans at all for the Charlesview Apartments site it owns. The buildings will be cleared once residents can move into the relocated, and expanded, complex under construction by the Western Ave. Star Market/Shaws. What residents would like to see is an arts and cultural center, originally proposed in 2007, but Harvard is being cagey about that, too.

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March 29, 2012

Board delivers a decision for Domino’s

The Allston Domino’s Pizza will be allowed to make deliveries until 3AM. The hearing was held this morning.

March 29, 2012

Punk ball

The scene at Ringer Park last Sunday. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the image to get a sense what was happening. Is this related to Calvin Ball?

March 29, 2012

Coyote town

I spotted a coyote at 10:30 last night on Dunboy Street, near the intersection of Hardwick near Oak Square.

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March 29, 2012

Keep starving drunks off the road

Adam at Universal Hub has a report on the Allston Domino’s bid to deliver pizzas until 3 in the morning.

March 28, 2012

New Balance pics

The WGBH video screen overlooking the Mass. Pike will be vying for attention with the New Balance sneaker-shaped headquarters. has a slide show of renderings and site plans.

March 28, 2012

T: filling that Charlie card is gonna cost you more

The MBTA has opted to lean on higher prices rather than service cuts to close its $160 million deficit. Bus rides will go from $1.25 to $1.50, trips on the subway from $1.70 to $2, and a combined monthly pass would jump from $59 to $70. There will be some service reductions, but none that will affect Allston Brighton. The 64, 501 and 503 were spared. The MBTA board must still must approve this plan, but that is almost certain. The drama over T funding is not over, though, and next year’s legislative session looks to be an important one for T users.

March 24, 2012

Sneakers and a whole lot more

An office building in the shape of a shoe will be one of the highlights of New Balance’s plan for its fourteen acres along Guest Street, adjacent to the Mass. Pike. (Globe article may be behind paywall). The company filed its plan with the city earlier this week. Other elements include a 175-room hotel, a sports facility open to the public that might include venues for track and ice hockey, and additional office space. Restaurants and retail will be weaved into different parts of the project. What this all adds up to is 1.4 million square feet of building in structures ranging from roughly nine to twenty stories.

How will people get there? Some of them will drive and leave their car in one of the 1750 parking spaces. Other than that, the plan is vague. A commuter rail stop is mentioned, but in a context of listing all the obstacles to it. Which leaves the bus. Routes 64 and 86 stop at the site but neither runs that frequently. New Balance currently provides shuttle vans to Harvard Square and Kenmore Square during rush hour and is the quickest way to connect to the subway.

When is this going to happen? Spring 2013 is projected for the start of construction. Lots of questions to ask, details to be discussed, many meetings sure to follow.

March 24, 2012

Selling off the past

The Brighton Allston Historical Society focuses on the past, and today they will make money by selling it. The annual Allston Brighton Flea Market is today from 10AM to 2PM at the Smith Senior Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton.

March 24, 2012

BPS school assignment hearing

The student assignment process for Boston’s public schools will be the topic at a meeting the school department is holding this morning at 11. It will be held at the Jackson Mann School in Union Square. A new plan is being devised, and they want to hear from parents.
Visit their website,, for more information and to send feedback online.

March 21, 2012

The fun never stops at BU

An Ashford Street sorority is being investigated after an alleged hazing incident (via Adam at Universal Hub).

March 21, 2012

Harvard makes another try in Allston

Harvard has restarted planning for some of its Allston properties, including the enormous Western Avenue site that it hopes will be a science center.

March 20, 2012

Keep it green

The Boston Tree Party was out at Ringer Park recently, promoting the initiatives of their local ally, the Ringer Park Partnership Group.

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March 20, 2012

What St. Patrick’s followers might have posted on Twitter

From this past weekend:

Katy Love ‏ @ktlove Close
OH last night on Brighton in Allston “Where are we? Are we in the North End?” Wonder if they’ve sobered up yet, cause dang, that’s drunk.

Sarah Groh ‏ @sarahgroh
It’s barely noon & #allston already looks like a sh*tshow – as it should be! #stpatricksday #bostonpride

March 20, 2012

St. Pat’s party hosts escorted to D-14 via the Paddy Wagon

A few Allston hipsters decided to behave like boyos on St. Patrick’s Day on Barrows Street in Allston. Or maybe not, they were indulging in weed along with beer. My least favorite holiday. When asked on March 17, I give my ancestry as Kenyan.

March 20, 2012

No turn on red

The driver of a car has been cited after a collision with a motorcycle last week at the intersection of Harvard and Commonwealth Avenues in Allton.

March 17, 2012

Dropkick Murphys in Allston

The Dropkick Murphys will play a show this Sunday at the Brighton Music Hall, following up on three nights of performances at the House of Blues that end this evening. Not how I’d want to nurse a hangover, but their fans are a special breed.


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