Getting around Boston: The Places I Love


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I spent ten years in Boston, at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, EBSCO, and the Countway Library of Medicine (Harvard Med School), and … I got around. Here’s how you do it.

Boston is organized into squares, on a somewhat linear line from the Seaport (where we will be) to Alewife, in the Urban-urbs. Here are the squares, in order on the Red Line subway:

Copley Square (Red line, transfer at Park to Green line, get off at Copley)
If it’s window shopping you love, Copley Place is where you want to go. Dior! Stuart Weitzman! Ferragamo! Barneys! Eileen Fisher! You can relax afterward with a cocktail at the enormous sports bar/cocktail lounge at the Marriott, located at the far end of the mall. It’s got a huge color-changing wall, tons of screens to catch up on the latest scores (attention, World Football Caucus), and great bartenders. The skywalk will then take you into the massive Prudential Center mall, full of your more affordable stores, including the inexplicable existence of Vineyard Vines. There’s also the funky stores on Newbury Street, like Fluevog. There are other great stores, but this is me, so it’s Fluevog.

Kendall Square
MIT. The MIT bookstore. Hordes of biotech geeks. Best southern food in the city at Hungry Mother. Kendall Square Cinema, a great movie theater that shows independent films. Lots of bars and restaurants full of biotech geeks. Check out MIT’s Stata Center, a Frank Gehry building. Also, lots of coffee shops full of biotech geeks.

Central Square
If you want record stores, game stores (Pandemonium) or interesting clothing/shoe/accessories, Central Square has a lot of weird little shops. Green Street Grill is the place to go for a cocktail, while The Field is a dive bar/pub/soccer/football mecca. There are too many great coffee shops to mention, so just go find one!

Harvard Square
Bookstores. Of course, the Harvard Book Store, but I’m a big fan of Raven Used Books. Small, but affordable. Also, if you like exciting hosiery (and who doesn’t, really?) you MUST go to Penti. Not cheap, but gorgeous, weird, lovely tights and hosiery, and they last! My favorites are my skull-and-crossbones fishnets. If you want to watch Harvard cognoscenti getting their drunk on, go to the basement bar at Russell House Tavern. Ultimate dive bar? Charlie’s Kitchen. Roof deck dining? Daedalus (it may be the best outdoor dining space in the city).

Davis Square
A huge concentration of Harvard/MIT/Tufts students and staff live around here, so there are a ton of great bars, restaurants and shops. If you want a lovely walk or run, the Community Path runs through Davis Square and will take you on a beautiful paved and lighted path that shows you a lovely glimpse of old, urban, vital neighborhoods. Ride the subway to Davis, walk the path to the Alewife station, and take the Red Line back to any of the squares or straight back to the South Station!

See everyone in June!

—Juliane Schneider

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