Friday, December 31, 2021

Counting Down To 2022: Festivities Start At Noon Friday

Start your countdown to 2022 with an Ice Sculpture Stroll along the waterfront, First Night activities inland and fireworks on the Common at 7pm followed by fireworks over the Harbor at midnight. 

New Year's Eve Ice Sculpture Stroll

Boston Harbor Now's signature Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll is back! Get ready to count down to 2022 with over TWO DOZEN ice sculptures (a new record!) hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the waterfront.

Join the Boston Fire Museum, Boston Pilots, Massport Fire Rescue, Mass State Police and US Coast Guard for a Touch-A-Truck experience from 12pm - 4pm outside the Envoy Hotel. 

Don your winter boots and start strolling during this FREE, fun, and safe waterfront excursion. A lineup of over two dozen unique ice sculptures will be on display from 1:00pm – dusk on December 31, 2021.

Ice sculptures are located close to transit stations across all major subway lines.  Visit Courthouse (Silver Line), Aquarium (Blue Line), Maverick (Blue Line), Haymarket (Green / Orange Lines) or South Station (Red Line) for a short walk to ice sculptures and the Boston Harborwalk. Check out the MBTA website for service information. 

Visit the Boston Harbor Now event page for all the information on covid safety guidelines.

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season, and the beginning of a new year. In keeping with this fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration will open 2022 with an array of performances. Bundle up. All indoor programming directly maintained by First Night has been moved outdoors this year. Per the City’s indoor masking mandate, masks will be required for indoor concerts at partner churches, and are recommended when in large crowds outdoors. It is also strongly recommended that attendees are vaccinated.  

Performances start Friday, December 31, 2021 at noon. View full schedule.

The Whittier St. Health Center will run a mobile vaccination and booster clinic from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. on Copley Square (near the Bostix booth) and will be open to all members of the public who are eligible, including children. Following that, BPHC will be providing vaccinations and boosters from 7:00pm  -11:00pm in the Boston Public Library for people ages 12+. 

First Night will include a family fireworks show at the Boston Common at 7:00 pm. 

FOCCP Brings Midnight New Year's Eve Fireworks to Boston Harbor!

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park led the effort to bring back the nearly 40-year tradition of Midnight New Year's Eve fireworks to the Boston Harbor, which is possible because of the generous support from local businesses, waterfront organizations, and the City of Boston. Public viewing is free and available along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier, Christopher Columbus Park, and the East Boston waterfront.

A lineup of more than a dozen unique ice sculptures will be on display from 1:00pm – dusk on December 31, 2021. Keep your eyes open for a whimsical "Snow Ball Fight" on the Harborwalk along Columbus Park. 

More details.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

MassDOT Neighborhood Capital Transformation Year End Review

The Red Line Transformation (RLT) team recently completed the installation of the Red Line Test Track and Vehicle testing Facility. Additional upgrades to Red Line signals and to the Cabot Yard and Vehicle Maintenance Facility will continue into 2022 and will ultimately result in increased safety, reliability, and capacity for Red Line riders.

Red Line Test Track Project 100% Complete, Check out the video.

  • The new Red Line vehicle testing facility is now complete. The new facility is the final part of the Red Line Test Track project.
  • With the Red Line Test Track project complete, new Red Line vehicles can be delivered, tested, and commissioned more quickly and efficiently.

The Red Line Test Track project included three improvements:

  • Replacing freight tracks with Red Line-compatible tracks and a third rail
  • Installing a new mobile traction power substation with improved data connectivity
  • Constructing a new vehicle testing facility

The new test track was built next to Cabot Yard (near Broadway station), allowing easy access for vehicle deliveries.

The test track connects to the vehicle testing facility, where crews will commission the new Red Line vehicles built in Springfield, MA.

With these projects complete, the new vehicles will be tested in a dedicated space without interfering with regular maintenance or competing for access on the mainline with regular service.

Red Line Capital Investment Project Overview: The Red Line fleet will be entirely replaced with modern, more efficient, more spacious vehicles by 2024.

 Contract awarded: 2014
 Projected completion: 2024
 Budget: $1 billion (total value for Red Line and Orange Line new vehicles)
 Status: One new train added to the fleet; more in production

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Stay Healthy: Free Covid 19 At-Home Rapid Test Kits

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise among Boston residents, at-home rapid tests are an important strategy to protect friends and family from exposure and help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting today, the Boston Public Health Commission is pleased to offer free rapid at-home test kits at designated community sites across the city. Anyone who drops by a pickup site can take up to one kit (which includes two tests) for each member of their household per visit. Supplies are limited and BPHC is currently working to send additional kits to sites; in the meantime, residents are encouraged to call before stopping by a location.

In South Boston, you may pick up rapid at-home test kits at the Boston Public Library located at 646 East Broadway.

More information on the home test kits distribution timeline, pickup sites, and usage of the kits can be found here.

Community based organizations or service providers who work directly with communities or populations at heightened risk are encouraged to submit proposals for assistance in distributing test kits in the community. Supplies are limited and priority will be given to proposals that address race and place-based inequities in COVID-19 spread and testing access. More information can be found and proposals can be submitted here.


Please help spread the word about these kits and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Abeer Khatana at Boston Public Health Commission at or 401-218-7700.

Monday, December 20, 2021

ReelHouse Oyster Bar Seaport 12/20 (new date) Abutters Meeting

updated 12/15/21: The rescheduled date is Monday, December 20th at 6pm

The will be an Abutters Meeting for Reelhouse Oyster Bar located at 10 Waterside Drive (underneath the steps of the Fan Pier Pavilion on the Harborwalk*):

Monday, December 20, 2021 (originally 12/7**)
6:00 pm
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 834 7386 2327; Passcode: 789709
Phone Access: (646) 558-8656

Reelhouse Oyster Bar is requesting a 7 day all alcohol license and an 1am closing indoors and outdoors. 

Premise consisting of +/- 1,857 SF: On ground floor in one main room with bar area, bar dining area, and chef bar. Kitchen, storage, and restrooms located to left of bar and dining areas. Main entrance located on end of pier with one additional entrance/exit to right of bar and dining area and one additional entrance/ exit located at rear off bar and dining area. Three annual outdoor patios consisting of +/- 1,058 SF located on private property (same hours) . Additionally, Applicant seeks to remove existing conditions on prior Licensee. Thomas Baird Ferguson, Manager. 

The public is welcome to attend.

* The Fan Pier Pavilion is a Facility of Public Accommodation (FPA) and is permitted under the MA Public Waterfront Act, Chapter 91. 

**Due to technical issues with the City's Webex platform, the original meeting on December 7th had to be postponed.

originally published 12.6.21

Friday, December 17, 2021

Boston City Council: 2021 Legislative Year Is Over

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the Council held their last legislative Council meeting of the year. At the start of the meeting, the Council was joined by Mayor Wu, who presented outgoing Councilors Campbell, Essaibi-George, Janey and O’Malley with gifts and words of praise and gratitude for their commitment to the City of Boston.

After their regular order of business, each member of the Council expressed heartfelt remarks and good wishes to the departing Councilors and in turn the outgoing Councilors said their “good-byes” and shared stories of their time on the Body.

To view this week’s Council meeting and hear remarks click here. Starting January 3, 2022, the Council will be joined by four new members, who will take the oath of office and continue the work within the City. 

Sign Up to receive City of Boston newsletters directly to your inbox.  There are a variety of topics and departments. 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Toy Drive At BCEC This Weekend

 State Representative David Biele invites you to join him this weekend for a

Saturday, December 11, 2020 
Sunday, December 12, 2020
10 am - 1 pm

Unwrapped toys for ages 0 to 15 years old can be dropped off at Boston Civic and Exhibition Center (BCEC) loading dock. Enter via the South entrance off of Cypher Street. Containers will be on site for contactless drop-off. 

Donated toys will go to neighborhood children this holiday season 

Looking for gift ideas? The South Boston MOMS Club, one of the participating community partners, put together a toy drive list (including board games, books, arts and crafts, planes, dinosaurs, dolls), which should give ideas. It is not an exhaustive list of items for children aged 0 to 15.  

If you are looking to buy locally, Porter Square Books carries a selection of children's books and young adult books. Porter Square Books is located within GrubStreet at 50 Liberty Dr. 

Any questions?  Email


originally published 12.06.21

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks December 2021 Meeting

 updated 12/9/21 with available presentations


Thursday, December 9, 2021
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id  845 0423 1578# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.


Applicant: Maria Mercier
Proposed Work: Install new signage

Applicant: Sergio Guzman
Proposed Work: Install new signage on windows, install new blade sign

Applicant: Paul Feeney
Proposed Work: Replace existing two (2) rooftop condensing units in-kind.

Applicant: Phillip Marcotty & phase 3 development
Proposed Work: Replace existing transformer and concrete pad.

Applicant:: Donna Bennett
Proposed Work: Remove ornamental steel arch, add new detailing and lighting to recessed building entry. At the entry, remove existing tenant signage and replace with new at upper storefront bays. Replace awnings and backlit sign with transom windows. Replace entry doors.

Applicant: Nicole Hathaway
Proposed Work: Install new roof deck and new rooftop equipment, extend fire escape to roof, install new transformer, install new storm water infiltration system, remove existing signage. See additional items under Administrative Review

II. Administrative Review/ Approval: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building's appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing. 

Proposed Work: Replace existing roof, refinish wood storefront and minor restoration at stairs at A Street entry, renovate elevator exterior entrance. See additional items under Design Review

III. Ratification of 10/14/2021 Public Hearing Minutes

IV. Staff Updates

V. Projected Adjournment: 8:30PM

David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Please note no November meeting due to a scheduling conflict. 

Saturday, December 04, 2021

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" Filming At Lucky's

Dear Neighbor, 

We want to thank you in advance for your support of the Film and Television Industry in Massachusetts, your community has been welcoming in the past and that is appreciated! Anthem Films will be filming in your neighborhood, scenes for its new feature film “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, a biopic based on Whitney Houston’s life. 

Filming is now scheduled to take place at Lucky’s Lounge, 355 Congress St, on Monday, December 6th, 2021, approx. from 7 pm to 12 am.

We will be filming the main entrance to Lucky’s and on the road directly in front, While filming, we will do intermittent traffic control on the street and sidewalks during takes, no more than 3-4 minutes at a time. 


Parking Restrictions: 

Congress St near intersection with A St (12/5 to 12/7) 
A St btw Congress St & Summer St (12/6)
Melcher St btw A St & Necco St (12/6)*

*Filming on Melcher St has been canceled. 

We will have all required permits from the City of Boston for our activities as well as Boston Police Department staff on hand to assist with traffic control and safety. 

If you have any questions or concerns (deliveries, construction, etc.) please feel free to email us at or call us at 617-798-0157 (leaving your name and contact info).

On behalf of the crew we would like to thank you for your consideration as we look forward to filming in your neighborhood. 

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Locations Dept

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Holiday Safety Tips for the Delivery of Packages

 Holiday Safety Tips for the Delivery of Packages
from our 
Community Service Officers at Boston Police Department C-6

During the holiday season, the Boston Police Department advises residents to be aware of delivery packages being stolen from homes. With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to take this time to remind our residents to protect themselves from being targeted.

Tips to protect yourself from home delivery theft:

‣ Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that the friend is ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings.

‣ Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). While we can't promise that this service is available, there are companies that will hold a package for up to 5 days.

‣ Request that your package be marked "signature required." This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you're available to retrieve the package. You could also put a note on your door, requesting the deliverer go to your next-door neighbor for the signature.

‣ Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of the house so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the delivery person to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package.

‣ Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when your package is scheduled to arrive.

‣ Have the items shipped to the nearest store for "in-store pick-up."

‣ If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work.

‣ If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Community Service Officers of your district. 

These simple tips that can help make the holidays much less stressful and protect your deliveries. 

Have a safe and happy holiday!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Don't Miss The Last Neighborhood Gathering of the Year

 Join FPNA

Fort Point Seaport
Last Neighborhood Gathering of 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today

Our New City Councilors-At-Large
Ruthzee Louijeune
Erin Murphy

Representative David Biele
Our C-6 Community Officers
Neighborhood News & Conversations

A New Restaurant
Gordon Ramsa
y Street Pizza
368 Congress St
requesting a beer & wine license

We invite you to become an FPNA member or to renew your membership. An individual membership is $35 and a family membership is $50. You can pay by check or via venmo @FPNA-Boston.  Join FPNA today!

In The Holiday Spirit

Saturday, November 27: The City of Boston, Friends of Martin's Park and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department invite you to the Martin's Park Ship Holiday Lighting With Santa who will be arriving by boat, of course. This free, fun, festive event runs from 4pm - 6pm. The Friends of Martin's Park are also looking for day of event volunteers. More details.

Snowport Holiday Market now through January 2nd and Curling runs through February 2022.

Thursday, December 2: South Boston Christmas Stroll starts at 4pm with Santa riding in an antique fire truck. East & West Broadway. The Stroll kicks off "Shop, Dine & Splurge" events the next two Thursdays, December 9 & 16.

Thursday, December 2:
Opening for 249 A Street Artists Annual Holiday Sale Paper Clips, small artworks priced under $200, from 5pm to 7pm at 249 A Street.  

Friday, December 3: Light Up Seaport + Holiday Stroll from 5 pm - 9pm on Seaport Common. Shop, sip, and stroll across the neighborhood, enjoying exclusive holiday deals at your favorite Seaport stores. Tree lighting at 7:15pm.  

Sunday, December 5: Mayor's Tree Lighting at Medal of Honor Park from 12pm - 2pm.  Mayor Wu will light the tree at 1pm. There will be a bounce house and obstacle course, balloon animals, music, special guests, food and more. 

Monday, December 6: SeaportStrong Holiday Social from 6pm - 9pm at bartaco. Bring a toy and enjoy complimentary food and drink while mingling with your neighbors. 

Let's build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA today!

Friday, November 19, 2021

Santa Is Coming To Martin's Park

Santa Claus is arriving by boat and landing at the Harborwalk. From there Santa will enter Martin's Park and magically illuminate the much loved wooden play ship on:

Saturday, November 27, 2021 
4 pm - 6 pm
Free holiday event

Join Santa for some hot cocoa, caroling, and holiday fun. Hot cocoa will be provided by Flour Bakery and Tuscan Kitchen. Entertainment is by the a cappella group, Ball In The House, performing a selection of holiday classics, along with special guest, the Seaport’s Betty the Yeti.

Martin's Park, built in memory of eight-year-old Martin W. Richard, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is an inclusive, resilient Boston City Park along the Fort Point Channel at the Smith Family Waterfront next to the Boston Children's Museum.

The Martin's Park Ship Lighting is presented by Friends of Martin's Park and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The Friends of Martin's Park is looking for volunteers to help:

set up starting around 2pm
serve hot cocoa
manage the photo props
breakdown around 6pm 
Sunday walk through to make sure the Park is shipshape

Get in the holiday spirit by volunteering at this fun family holiday celebration. Contact Sierra Rothberg for all the details. 

Martin's Park is located at 64 Sleeper Street 
within the historic Fort Point Channel Landmark District. 

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Boston City Council Looks At Mass Ave Bridge Safety, Parking Minimums, Homelessness & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from October and her final City Council meeting yesterday, November 3, 2021 with a special message:

This week’s City Council meeting will be my last as City Councilor At-Large, as next week the Council will not meet in observance of Veteran’s Day. It’s been a true honor to serve on this body over the last eight years. I am humbled by the trust that has been placed in me to serve as Boston’s next mayor, and I look forward to continuing the work. 


Safety Improvements on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Resolution: We voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Bok supporting key safety improvements on the Mass Ave Bridge, also known as the Harvard Bridge, including flex post-protected bike lanes by the end of the year and mode-separated travel for buses and bikes as soon as can be feasibly coordinated with the MBTA and MassDOT.

Youth and Young Adult Homeless Awareness Month Resolution: We voted to approve a resolution from Councilor Essaibi George recognizing November 2021 as Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Awareness Month, in support of the efforts of organizations, educators, and volunteers dedicated to meeting the needs of Boston’s children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing: We voted to approve an ordinance that I sponsored in partnership with Councilor Arroyo on surveillance oversight and information sharing. This legislation establishes clear safeguards to ensure that the surveillance technologies used by the City are deployed with transparency, public accountability, and democratic oversight. It also prevents Boston Public Schools safety specialists from sharing sensitive student information with the Boston Police Department to protect students from inappropriate surveillance and ensure that BPS is a welcome and safe environment for all students, regardless of race or immigration status.

Parking Minimums for Affordable Housing: We voted to approve a text amendment to the Boston Zoning Code with respect to parking minimums for affordable housing. This amendment will eliminate parking minimums for residential housing where at least 60% of the proposed residential units are income-restricted at or below 100% of the area median income (AMI), preventing the use of parking minimums as a tool to delay or prevent the construction of these affordable housing projects. This amendment still needs approval from the Board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the Boston Zoning Commission before it takes effect.


Landmark Center Chapter 121A Project: We received communication from the City Clerk of the filing by the Boston Redevelopment Authority of the Application for the REport and Decision on the Eleventh Amendment to the Report and Decision on the Landmark Center Chapter 121A Project. Chapter 121A is the section of the Massachusetts General Laws that authorizes the creation of urban renewal corporations to undertake residential, commercial, civic, recreational, historic or industrial projects in areas considered to be decadent, substandard or blighted open space.


Housing Stabilization Home Rule Petition: We received notice for City Council approval of a home rule petition for a special law, Expanding the Authority of the Public Facilities Commission with Respect to Housing Stabilization. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.


Reparations and their Impact on Civil Rights of Black Bostonians: Councilor Mejia reported back as Chair of the Committee on Civil Rights regarding a hearing recently held to discuss reparations and their impact on the civil rights of Black Bostonians. At the hearing, we heard from advocates, community members, and members of the Administration about health and wellness, land and gentrification, education, arts and culture, economic empowerment, and more. This conversation is not just about slavery, but about the repeated injustices and policy decisions that have been made to disenfranchise Black communities. We heard strong support from the community for continuing the work of creating a reparations program and process. (Remains in Committee)

Literacy Task Force: Councilor Edwards and Councilor Flaherty reported back as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, respectively, regarding a hearing recently held to discuss creating a literacy task force to address literacy rates in the City of Boston and develop a plan to enact policies and programs to serve both adults and children with literacy challenges. (Remains in Committee)

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Be A Boston Bloomer This Sunday

Boston Blooms 
200 Daffodil Bulbs To Plant
Sunday, November 7th (rain date 11/14)
12pm -3pm*
Wormwood Park (A & Wormwood Streets)

Create future joy and beauty by planting daffodils in November to bloom next spring. Those who don't like to garden can help spruce up the A Street fence line.
 Gloves, tools and apple cider will be provided. 

Special thanks to the City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department for the donation of 200 Daffodil bulbs. 

*Daylight Savings time ends Saturday evening 11/6 and the clocks turn back.  

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

FPNA October Neighborhood Gathering & Spooky Happenings

You Are Invited To A
Fort Point Seaport
Hybrid Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm

in person at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.)
 via Zoom

Sign Up Today


Seaport Winter Wonderland
Upcoming Programming at Martin's Park

Our C-6 Community Officers

District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn

Neighborhood News & Conversations

Construction & Development Updates from the Channel to the Harbor
Latest News on Redistricting & Reprecincting 
Neighborhood Cleanup and Daffodil Planting Day

A New Restaurant
Marcelino's Boutique Bar
2 Northern Ave (formerly the Daily Catch)
requesting support for all liquor alcohol license

Your Choice: In Person or Online
You choose how you would like to participate when you 
Sign Up. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note: the sign up confirmation will include the zoom link even if you plan to attend in person. Please remember if you are visiting us at District Hall to wear your mask. We look forward to seeing you all. 
Upcoming Neighborhood Happenings

October 15 - 17: 42nd Annual Fort Point Open Studios throughout the neighborhood and online.

October 19: 776 Summer Street (L Street Power Plant) Deconstruction Informational Meeting at 6pm. Register.

October 20: Conservation Commission Meeting 
Neighborhood Topics
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-1824 and BOS File No. 2021-049 from Epsilon Associates on behalf of Channelside Acquisitions, LLC for the proposed replacement and reconfiguration of subsurface utilities located at 244-284 A St, South Boston, MA
  • Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-18XX and BOS File No. 2021-XXX from Nitsch Engineering on behalf of Seaport D Title Holder LLC for the proposed demolition of a parking lot and construction of a new building and underground parking garage located at 65 Northern Ave/88 Seaport Blvd, South Boston, MA
Saturday, October 23, through Friday, October 29: Early Voting for the 2021 Mayoral & City Council Municipal Election (November 2)
  • Saturday and Sunday at Condon School (200 D St.) from 11am to 7pm. 
  • Thursday, October 28 at District Hall (75 Northern Ave.) from 12pm to 8pm.

Halloween Fun 
Boston Children's Museum: Visit the Bootanical Garden starting October 20 and the. Halloween Spooktacular on October 29 from 6pm - 9pm.
Spooky Movies on the Greenway at 6pm: Get Out (R) on October 21 and Hocus Pocus (PG) on October 28.
Pappas Way: October 24th Barks, Brews & Boos: Family and pet friendly Halloween Fun from 3pm - 6pm.
Trunk or Treat for Children aged 0 - 8 years old on November 1st at South Boston Neighborhood House Preschool Parking Lot (1187 Columbus Rd) from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. (Rescheduled to 11/1 due to weather) 
Trick or Treat on Broadway: October 29 from 4pm - 6pm hosted by South Boston Chamber of Commerce businesses & South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation.
(new listing)

Let's build a better neighborhood together. Contact FPNA  today!

originally published 10.16.21