Paul Revere
  Boston

Charlie on the MTA Dirty Water
Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, change due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.
*
* (or today's Sox game is cancelled)

-- John Hancock weather beacon

Boston map
Boston Harbor Boston memories Buildings Boston accents Boston driving The Big Dig
Sightseeing Going out Portals Civic Transportation Maps Massachusetts Colleges Sports Media Webcams Other

  I came to Boston in 1973 for college and like many of the area's students, I grew roots while I was here and never left. I'm happy to make Boston my home, a city with some of the world's best colleges , hospitals, and high-tech development, and the liberal policital view corresponds well with mine. I love Boston's restaurants, neighborhoods (SoWa?), theaters (we always enjoy the touring Broadway shows, like the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Rent, which I saw 3 times!, and the comedies like The Producers, Hairspray, and Spamalot).

Cheers
The city has such a rich history and I am fascinated to see the locations of events from America's past that took place in Boston. I regularly pass by Ben Franklin's birthplace, which is identified by a bust of Franklin that nobody seems to notice above the 2nd floor windows of an office building at 17 Milk Street (there is a big red Sir Speedy sign on the first floor now), just around the corner from the front of the Old South Meeting House (see intersection on Street View¹). On my daily walks at lunchtime I take a route that circles around the Boston Common and Public Garden (see map), strolling past the Bull and Finch pub on Beacon Street that was the supposed setting (shown during the theme song) of the TV show, Cheers (see actual building in Street View¹).
  I get a feeling of pride when I notice how many people there are on the streets of Boston carrying tourist maps, knowing they have chosen to come and explore the city where I am thrilled and privileged to be every day. Sometimes I am a tourist here myself, once even going on the Boston Duck Tours.

History of Boston
Sites of interest in Boston
Full of BeansScot Lehigh, The Boston Globe Magazine1, October 19, 2003
Downtown Crossing through the years – longtime residents have lived through many changes
You know you're from Massachusetts if...
Things you should know if you're coming to Boston
You know you're from Boston when...
How Boston prepared me to travel the world – great Kate McCulley article (see more at Adventurous Kate)
Boston aerial
photographs

Lunch favorites
  For decades I have lived on the South Shore and worked in the Boston Financial District, taking a commuter boat into the city every day. The following eating places are near my office and I go to them regularly. I believe these are primarily for office workers to grab lunch so they might not be available on weekends, but I could be wrong and a lot of these places might be catering to tourists and always be open.

COSI – great salads! (14 Milk Street and other locations)
Flame Cafe – a Greek and Armenian place with great a chicken gyro plate (2 Oliver Street)
Jane's Salad & Buffet – a Japanese buffet with Teriyaki, Tempura, and Sushi (274 Franklin Street)
Boston Kebab – Turkish and Mediterranean delights including a buffet (7 Liberty Square / Kilby Street)
Lanta – Thai cuisine, formerly Rock Sugar, I love their Massaman Curry with Chicken (38 Batterymarch Street)
Thai's Bistro – Thai cuisine (184 High Street)
Chacarero – the only makers of a chacarero sandwich (101 Arch Street)

  Another type of eating establishment that is popular are the lunch trucks that appear daily around downtown at lunchtime. There are several at intersections or parking lots near my office in the financial district. There is also one on the Boston Common. You order food to go and eat it elsewhere.

Milk Street

Boston Common

Battermarch
Food Truck Schedule – see what trucks are where on any day

 
Quincy Market (aka Fanueil Hall Marketplace) is also located near my office, and I eat there sometimes at the food court.

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Boston Harbor      this beautiful photo was taken by my former colleague Cathy

(read more)
Rowes Wharf from
commuter boat

  In recent decades Boston harbor has gone through a lot of changes, both in cleaning up the water and improvements along the waterfront. To get to work I ride a commuter boat from Hingham to Boston, so my first sight of the city each day is a spectacular view from the harbor (see my photos). An interesting feature of Boston Harbor is that Logan Airport is located directly across the water from downtown, so one method of getting to the airport is by water taxi (there used to be a water shuttle that left from Rowes Wharf every 15 minutes—maybe it will come back someday). Many people traveling to the airport from the South Shore take the commuter boat to Rowes Wharf and a water taxi to the airport, or take the Harbor Express from Hingham, which goes directly to the airport and also functions as a commuter boat to Long Wharf in Boston.

Seaport District

The Seaport District (historic view), the part of South Boston that borders the harbor, is getting a lot of recent development. The Federal Courthouse (built 1999) is located there now, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) (2006) has a museum there. The Boston Convention Center (2004) has a huge facility and there are hotels and restaurants coming up nearby.

Seaport District
historical view
I pass the Seaport District every day on my commute to Boston by boat. About the only original parts of this section of South Boston remaining are Fish Pier, home of Boston's seafood restaurant, No Name (see video) which has the best seafood chowder!, and the World Trade Center (I still call it by its orginal name the "Commonwealth Pier").

Fan Pier, the part of the Seaport District closest to downtown Boston, has had a lot of development in recent years and I made this Fan Pier slideshow that shows the changes I have seen in the last few years as my commuter ferry passed by it. Fan Pier (part of Boston Wharf) used to look like this (1930) and now it looks more like this (2010).

The Boston Harbor Association
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
     Swimming at Boston Harbor Beaches
Tide Chart Index
Boston Harbor Islands
The old Northern Ave. bridge operator's house
Boston By Boat
Commuter boat photos

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Boston memories

Trolleys

John Hancock
"plywood palace"

Ho Chi Minh
on gas tank?

Kenmore Square

Fenway Park

Harvard Square

John Hancock
Observatory

FAO Schwartz Bear

  I have lived in Metro-Boston since I came here for college in 1973. My first apartment was on Beacon Street near Cleveland Circle. To get to school, or anywhere in the city on public transportation, I took the Green Line trolleys (some of which were actually orange in those days).  "More than a feeling", a wonderful article in The Boston Globe Magazine1 by a writer who's early memories of Boston are similar to mine, contained the rhyme at the top that corresponds to the weather forecasting light on top of the old John Hancock building. In 1972, the year before I came to Boston, the old Hancock building had become overshadowed by the new, all glass John Hancock Tower (history), and the new building was having problems with windows falling out and crashing onto the streets below. Until the problem was solved there were many sheets of plywood replacing missing panes of glass and the building was referred to as the "Plywood  Palace." Twenty years later Robert Campbell, the Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic of The Boston Globe, wrote a great article about all this in the Globe, " Builder Faced Bigger Crisis Than Falling Windows," and he also described the problems that occurred when the foundation for the tower, which was built in the ground fill of the Back Bay, created structural problems for Trinity Church across the street. Once in the mid-70s when I was in Copley Square I stepped inside Trinity Church to look around, and the treasurer of the church happened to be there and he showed me that if I stood in a particular spot and looked up into the corner of the room I could see the sky outside because the walls had separated from the stress of the Hancock construction. The Campbell article also has a good description of the damper system used in the tower to prevent the building from swaying too much in the wind. Because of its central location, the observatory on the 60th floor of the tower, still the tallest building in New England, provides some of the best aerial views of Boston, but unfortunately it has been closed since 9/11.
Gone but not forgotten
  There are many places that had their heydays in my early years in Boston. Some are no longer there, like the Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, a club where I regularly heard some of the greats of jazz play; Debbie's, another jazz club near North Station on Merrimac Street, featuring mostly local musicians and no cover charge; the Orson Welles cinema on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge; the Combat Zone, Boston's district of x-rated clubs and bookstores (and the associated illegal activity).

Now that the Filenes building at Downtown Crossing has closed for remodeling, several great food take-out places located on the outside of the building have gone, but I will keep my "reviews" here for awhile. One was the Mediterraneo, a takeout window on the front of the building on Washington Street. They specialized in gyros (pita bread wrapped around salad and rotisseried beef+lamb or chicken) but I liked their delicious Greek salad with the gyro meat as a topping and balsamic vinagrette dressing. Another associated eatery just around the corner on Franklin Street and serving great Mexican food, was Sabroso. Nearby was a hugely popular takeout place, the Chacarero (with a website), named after a Chilean sandwich, the only item they served. They still have a restaurant on Province Street and their current takeout location is at 101 Arch Street. Their website has a great Phantom Gourmet video review. One of the things that made the takeout experience at Chacarero special (besides the delicious sandwich) was the line of customers. You had to wait in one line to order and another line to pick up. I used to get the Chacarero when it was only sold on a cart.

Commonwealth Pier (great photos) became Boston's World Trade Center in 1986 (but it took me years not to think of the WTC as being located in New York). The elevated road you can see in the early photo on the left has been replaced by a lot of development in the Seaport District (another new name to me). A long-time favorite fish restaurant, Jimmy's Harborside, has been replaced by other restaurants including Legal Sea Foods (read more here). Anthony's Pier 4 has closed now, soon to be replaced by new development. The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, spanning the Fort Point Channel and connecting downtown Boston with the South

Jimmy's
Harborside
Boston seaport, was a drivable swing bridge until around 1996 when the fixed-span Evelyn Moakley bridge was built nearby (2010) and the old bridge became a pedestrian bridge (see more on these bridges here). For a long time it had Julian Opie's LED walking figures ("Suzanne walking" and "Julian walking") mounted on it, signifying its pedestrian use. My commuter boat docks across from it and I enjoyed watching these figures in motion. They were sponsored by the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art), an art museum nearby, but they were removed after the promotion of the opening of the museum where Opie had an exhibit in 2005-2006.

Government Center replaced Scollay Square before I came to Boston (Last Days of Scollay Square: 1940 - 1960).

The Blizzard of '78
  We had a snowstorm in 1978 that dumped 3 feet of snow on Boston in 36 hours, totally shutting down the city for days. I took a series of photos which I have since scanned and put on my website. When I first created this Blizzard of '78 section on my Boston page, I mentioned having photos I had taken of the storm that I would be posting someday. I was contacted by Bostonia, the alumni magazine of Boston University (my wife Patti's alma mater), about the possibility of using some of these in their Spring 2003 issue's Blizzard of '78 25th anniversary article. Unfortunately, I didn't locate my photos before they went to press. Since then I have been provided with another chance to get my photos in print. I was contacted by Alan Earls, who was writing a book about the storm, Greater Boston's Blizzard of 1978, and he borrowed them (with credits) for his book published in 2008. When I took these pictures, I had no idea they would provide me with my 15 minutes of fame in the future!
My wedding
  Another event that occurred in my Boston life in the seventies was my wedding to Patti in 1979. We were married in an antique house in Waltham named "The Vale" (the Lyman Estate). We had previously been to a wedding in this beautiful house in the fall, and decided that it was where we wanted to have our wedding, but when we got married in July the temperatures were in the 90s, and we couldn't use the unair-conditioned house for much more than a setting for photos. All wedding activities were outside under a big canvas tent. "The Europeans," a British film starring Lee Remick, was filmed at The Vale. You can see photos of this great house here.
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Boston buildings & settings       
  Boston tries to preserve its history as well as promote new development2, so you can walk around downtown and see skyscrapers right next to buildings and cemeteries dating back to the 1600s. The routes of some of the streets are centuries old, originally having only foot, cart, and animal traffic, which causes them to be pretty narrow and windy (giving directions can be a real challenge).

People are probably most familiar with the local buildings that are famous from

Old Corner
Bookstore
the War for Independence, which you can see by walking the Freedom Trail, but there are other buildings, some not quite so old, that are also of historical interest. The Ames Building (1893), on State Street at Washington Street (Street View ¹), is one of the tallest load bearing-wall structures in the world. Taking Photographs From Tall Buildings shows the view in 4 directions from the top of the Ames Building in 1894. A few blocks up Washington Street from there, at the corner of Water Street (right across from the Old Corner Bookstore), is the Winthrop Building (2 views), built in 1893, the first steel frame 'skyscraper' constructed here.

Here are some links to photos and images of Boston buildings. See more below under Sightseeing.

A View on Cities - Boston
     Boston Buildings – photos & stats of individual buildings
Boston Pictures & Travel Journal – by Keith Stanley
Boston Skyscrapers – from Skyscraper Picture Collection
List of tallest buildings in Boston
Boston's Tallest Buildings (SkyscraperPage.com)
Boston Images – paintings of Boston settings
HelloBoston.com
Boston Online - Historic Photos
City Views – this Harvard Medical School page has some nice photos
Aerials Only Photo Gallery of Boston
Boston Aerials Photo Gallery by Della Huff – beautiful photos here
     tree view many, many more pages of photos here

2 In his article Urban Scrawl, Boston Globe architecture critic, Robert Campbell, says Boston's obsession with history may be stifling new architecture.

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Boston accents
  (and terms)
click on image to hear a classic "Bawstin" accent
  (Doahchestah. You cahn't get theyah from heah.)

When I first came to Boston, as a newcomer to the Northeast I had to adjust to the local accent (chowder is pronounced "chowdah"). Then I had to learn the local vocabulary, which (sadly) has become somewhat watered-down over the last few decades with words used throughout the rest of the country, probably because so many of us outsiders have chosen to live here. Shelley Murphy of The Boston Globe, is a native Bostonian with a true Boston accent.

Here are videos with some good examples of Boston accents.

Boston city councilor

Whatayou, retahdid?

Boston Sports Nuts

Parking machine

Good fake accents

Some people born and raised in Boston try to lose their distinctive accent, sometimes for professional reasons.
 
 
Shelley Murphy pronounces the Boston accent – (this page seems to have disappeared but I made my own version above)
Listen up: Just say 'ah'
Bostonspeak Primer – from an email
As heard in Boston – terms spelled with a Boston accent
Wicked Good Guide to Boston English – Adam Gaffin's definitive glossary
Boston accent - Wikipedia
U.S. Regional Vocabulary Differences – has a great map showing terms for "soft drink" by county
Locals try to lose Boston accent in class – from The Boston Globe1
A typical example – from Facebook
Boston accent on the Today show

  For a silly (but true) page of Boston facts see "Things you should know if you're coming to Boston".
 Colorful terms
  In Boston we have our own terms for many things which are found everywhere, and some things which are only local. A few of my favorites are:
  • tonic (soda, any carbonated soft-drink)
  • frappe (a milkshake, pronounced "frap," not "frappay")
  • bag (you leave a store with your purchases in a "bag," not a "sack" as they say in some parts of the country)
  • rotaries (traffic circles)
  • expressways (never called "freeways")
  • "the T" (the MBTA, the local transit system)
For an hilarious take on the language and cultural discrepancies between the Northeast and the Midwest (or the rest of the country for that matter), see Jenna's "Culture shock" posting on her blog.

 Local places
  Some of the local places have wonderful nicknames, such as:
  • "Southie" (South Boston)
  • "Eastie" (East Boston)
  • "the Cape" (Cape Cod)
  • "the Vineyard" (Martha's Vineyard, pronounced "vinyihd" with the local accent)
  • "Comm Ave" (Commonwealth Avenue)
  • "Mass Ave" (Massachusetts Avenue – the state name is abbreviated as "Mass" regularly in names)
  • "Mass Pike" or "the Pike" (Massachusetts Turnpike)
 Town names
  Sometimes we pronounce the name of a local town very differently from the way it is spelled (a good guide is "How to Pronounce Massachusetts Town Names").

Here are some local places:
  • Worcester ("woos'-ter" or "woos'-tuh", where "oo" is the sound in "book", not "moon")
  • Green Harbor ("green hahbuh")
  • Leominster ("lem'-inster")
  • Peabody ("pee'-bdee", not "pee'-body")
  • Quincy ("quin'-zee", not "quin'-see")
  • Woburn ("woo'-burn", where "oo" is the sound in "moon")
  • Haverhill ("haev'-eral", the second "h" is silent)
  • Scituate ("sih'-chuat") - originally an Indian name, Satuit
  • Dedham ("ded'-um", not "ded'-ham")
  • Chatham ("chat'-um")
  • Needham ("need'-um")
  • Hingham ("hing'-um", rhymes with "gingham")
After hearing these terms so many times over the years (since 1973) they have become part of my vocabulary. I don't think I speak with a Boston accent, but I have been told that I do by people I knew from my youth in the Northwest. Hmmm? I'll have to ask my muthah. I know I pronounce the names of some Western places differently than I did growing up. I now say Nevada as NEVAHDA and Colorado as COLORAHDO, but I DON'T say OREGAHN . . . yet!

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Boston driving        
  "Survival of the fittest" summarizes the philosophy of the Boston driver, a very interesting breed. When I first drove in the traffic here, I thought Boston had the most out of control drivers I had ever seen. Now, after so many years of living here, I have become a Boston driver and I understand the concept. In Boston, somewhat regardless of traffic laws, as a driver you are basically on your own. Everything you encounter on your journey behind the wheel is treated with equal respect, whether it is a traffic light, road sign, or pedestrian. What this means is that you assess what influence each object really has on you and act accordingly, and in Boston traffic you are in a continual state of assessment and adjustment. OK, I admit it, this does tend to raise your stress level a bit, but it might be the only way to function in our traffic, which can be pretty overwhelming. This way of thinking also applies to pedestrians. We J-walk freely, judging our ability to cross the street safely using survival instincts, rather than depending on Walk signs. ("Power to the people!") I think this makes us some of the most aware pedestrians and defensive drivers anywhere. (Unfortunately, this also makes us terrors to drivers coming from elsewhere!) I think these methods are necessary because of the volume of traffic on our inadequate roads. It often seems that if the current laws, many written years ago when traffic was much lighter, had 100% compliance we would have eternal gridlock. When we are several cars back from a traffic light that is turning yellow, we know we will make the light because at least 2 or 3 cars tailgate through the intersection after every light changes to red. Sometimes it's the only way you will make that left turn. When we are the first car waiting at a red light, after the light changes to green we always pause before proceeding to watch for drivers on the cross-street continuing through after their light changes to red, and you must also watch the car waiting opposite you who may "bang a left" and cut you off. Driving in a rotary is another situation with its own set of unwritten rules. By law, the car in the rotary has the right-of-way over a car entering the rotary from a street. However, what occurs is that a car in the rotary is traveling at a speed slow enough to manage the tight curve, whereas the car entering the rotary is driving on a straight road and could be going 40 mph. Typically the car in the rotary yields to the faster car entering the rotary. An interesting concept in Boston driving is that if you can make another car yield you assume the right-of-way, and usually the other driver accepts this as a normal condition of driving here. Crazy! My advice to outsiders driving here is:

    Be assertive—but also be alert and cautious.

They say if you can drive in Boston you can drive anywhere!

More information about Boston driving . . .


Honk if you drive like us - from The Boston Globe1
Go with the flow - from The Boston Globe1
Excerpts from "The Boston Driver's Handbook"
More Boston Driving Rules
Massachusetts Driving Rules – from an email
Basic rules for driving in Boston
Yelling at the car in front of you – this Facebook page fits right into Boston driving
The Boston Driver Song – this is hilarious!
Drive through Boston in 1964
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The Big Dig
The Greenway  
Today        

The Central Artery
Before        
  Please note:   Now that the Big Dig is officially finished some of this content, which was written prior to that, may have to be adjusted.

  The largest public works project in U.S. history, bigger than the Panama Canal or the Hoover Dam, took place in Boston, concluding in 2007. The old Central Artery highway opened in 1959 to handle 75,000 vehicles a day, but by the 90s it was carrying almost 200,000 vehicles a day, making it one of the most congested highways in the United States. The ground was broken in 1991 for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (the Big Dig's official name) with a projected cost of $2.2 billion, which has grown to an estimate of over $14.6 billion (and it has come to light that $1.1 billion of this was due to mistakes by the engineering firm). The scheduled completion date for the project is December 2004.

The Big Dig consists of several main components:

  • Replacing the elevated six-lane highway (I-93) that slices through downtown Boston with an eight-to-10-lane underground expressway directly beneath the existing road
  • Extending the Mass. Pike (I-90) to Logan Airport, including a series of two tunnels
  • Building a new bridge for I-93 across the Charles River (see the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge)
  • All the interchanges to connect these components
I walk across the new Rose Kennedy Greenway every day on my way to work (see my building), so I see the day-to-day construction progress.
Current Street View on Google Maps – looking across Atlantic Avenue at the Boston Harbor Hotel
Then and Now – a series of photos from the Globe Magazine, March 2, 2008
The Central Artery/Tunnel Project - The Big Dig
The Greenway Today – photos from the Globe, July 22, 2007
Beyond The Big Dig – ideas for using the new ribbon of land
Aerial photos (Aerials Only Gallery)
A colleague's photos
The Grass Isn't Greener1 – the writer makes a good point—joining the two sides instead of separating with a greenway
Boston Greenway provides new look to old neighborhood – a mile of gardens, walkways from North End Park to Chinatown

Rose Kennedy Greenway

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(click to enlarge)
Jack Williams, an anchor on WBZ-TV News, was a small-town DJ at a local radio station where I grew up in the 60s, KSRV in Ontario, Oregon (across the Snake River from my hometown, Payette, Idaho) and he is actually from Idaho, same as me. I wasn't sure if there was an appropriate place on my website for this photo, but it was emailed to me in 2009 by our mutual acquaintance, Bob Dye (a rock promoter in those days), and I HAD to put it someplace.
(Jack probably wouldn't be thrilled to see this but I think it is amusing!)
 
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B   O   S   T   O   N         L   I   N   K   S

Favicons for sites that have them are shown next to the links.

Sightseeing
     Historical buildings & sites

The Boston Historical Society and Museum – located at The Old State House
     Historical Marker Program – includes a list of historic markers by neighborhoods
The Paul Revere House
The Old North Church
Boston's North End Website
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
     Where was the actual Boston Tea Party site?
USS Constitution – aka ""Old Ironsides"
Bunker Hill Monument
Old City Hall
Faneuil Hall Marketplace – (also known as Quincy Market)
Boston History and Architecture
Architecture of Boston, MA - Great Buildings Online
Digital Archive of American Architecture
     Architecture in Boston: Walking Tour
     Walking tour 2 Downtown Boston
Postcard Museum - Boston – buildings and places at different times
Boston Travel Guide of Historic Sites, Attractions, Museums and much more
     Site Map
Fan Pier – across the water from downtown, now under development
     Master plan (pdf)
The Boston Harborwalk
Retro Snapshots – Old Boston Photos and Panoramics

     Museums & exhibits

John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
New England Aquarium
The Children's Museum
Museum of Science
The Computer Museum – (now part of the Museum of Science)
Museum of Fine Arts
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Museum of Afro American History
The New England Holocaust Memorial
Boston Tea Party Museum Aerial and Bird's Eye View
The Institute of Centemporary Art (ICA)

     Tours

The Freedom Trail – take the Virtual Tour
     Freedom Trail Map
     Interactive Map – click each red light for more info
Boston Duck Tours
Swan Boats at Public Garden
Boston By Foot - Guided Tours
Boston National Historical Park (National Park Service)

     Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
     Ten Islands – island profiles, facts, tidbits, maps
Official Boston Harbor Islands Guides
Boston Harbor Islands State Park
Friends of Boston Harbor Islands

     Public restrooms

Wicked Good Guide to Boston Restrooms
Relief Map of Boston (Gone, but archived)
Public relief – article from The Boston Globe1
Boston's High Tech Toilets


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Going out
     Entertainment

The Boston Phoenix Listings Section
Boston.com / Arts & Entertainment
     Movies (find theaters by town)
     Events (30 days)
Broadway In Boston
Boston.com - Arts & Entertainment
Blue Man Group – you must see this show!
American Repertory Theatre
Jambase Shows – local musical event finder
Ticketmaster
FleetBoston Pavilion – formerly Harborlights
FleetCenter
Tweeter Center
Shear Madness – a hilarious whodunit!
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Ballet

     Restaurants

Boston Phoenix Restaurant Reviews
Chacarero – they also have a takeout location at 101 arch street
Boston Magazine Restaurant Reviews
Yahoo! - Boston Restaurants
CitySearch: Boston: restaurants
DiningGuide Boston
Boston Restaurants' Menus

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Portal sites and other collections        
Boston Online – check out the Wicked Good Guides
     The Boston FAQ
Boston.com – from the Boston Globe
CitySearch: Boston
The Boston Information Server
CityBuzz Boston
Yahoo! Boston Metro
About.com - Boston, MA
Digital City: Boston
BostonHot.Com – what's HOT in Boston and the suburbs

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Civic        
City of Boston – the official homepage
     Crossroads Initiative – some aerial photos
     Maps of Boston – Redevelopment Authority zoning maps
Boston Public Schools
     Neighborhood maps – find a school by location
The Boston Public Library
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Coast Guard Group Boston

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Transportation         "Oh,will he ever return?"
     Agencies
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
     Highway Division
     Transit Division – trains, busses, boats
     Registry Division (RMV)
     FAST LANE – breeze through the toll booths on the Pike
MBTA – Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the
     Subway map
     Boston Subway Station Map – zoomable with streets
     CharlieCards & Tickets – name inspired by the Kingston Trio song
MASSPORT - Logan Airport
     Arrivals
     Departures
     Getting to and from Logan

     Boats
Boston Harbor Cruises – harbor cruises, whale watches, commuter boats
Massachusetts Bay Lines – harbor cruises, whale watches, commuter boats
Harbor Express – commute by boat from South Shore to Boston and airport

     Other
Boston Transit: The MBTA – great train photos and info
SmarTraveler Boston – Boston area traffic report
Mass Highway 511 – traffic webcams
Traffic.com Boston – traffic conditions and accurate current drive times
Bostonroads.com – all about roads in the Boston area

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Maps        
MapQuest Maps: Boston
Yahoo! Maps: Boston
Boston Subway Map
Boston Online - Boston maps
Maps Over Time – explore the transformation of Boston by overlaying old, new and future maps
Microsoft TerraServer Image Page – a zoomable satellite view of Boston
MapQuest: GlobeXplorer – another zoomable satellite view of Boston
Wizeguides.com – interactive site locator
Travel Graphics – another nice locator
The Boston Atlas – a zoomable, photographic map

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Massachusetts        
Official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
     State Agencies
     Massachusetts Judicial Branch
     The 182nd General Court of Massachusetts
     Senators and Representatives by City and Town
     Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
     Divison of Insurance
     Office of Consumer Affairs
     State Library
Massachusetts Area Code Map
     Area Codes by town
Department of Education
Board of Higher Education
Massachusetts City / Town / Locality links
Cape Cod by Philip Greenspun – beautiful photographs
Better Business Bureau
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
National Register of Historic Places: Massachusetts
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Do Not Call Registry – shut out telemarketers
State Symbols, Facts, & Trivia

Senator Ted Kennedy's website
Senator John Kerry's website

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Colleges (a more complete list at Boston Online)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston University
Boston College
UMass Boston
Northeastern University
Berklee College of Music
Harvard University
Tufts University
Emerson College
Massachusetts College of Art
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Architectural Center
Campus Visit Boston

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Sports

New England Patriots – the Pats won the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004, 2005, and were undefeated (16-0) in 2007!
Boston Red Sox – the Sox won the World Series in 2004, 2007 (highlights & parade), and 2013! (victory parade photos)
     Fenway Park Aerial View
Boston Celtics – the Celts have won 17 NBA Championships, most recently in 2008 (view the victory parade)
Boston Bruins – the Bruins have won the Stanley Cup 6 times, most recently in 2011
New England Revolution
Boston Marathon
Boston teams' championships

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Media
     Newspapers & magazines

The Boston Globe
The Boston Herald
The Boston Phoenix
Boston Magazine
The Harvard Crimson
The Tech – MIT's web newspaper
     Television

Google Maps: Boston Television Stations
Boston: Television Stations
The Boston TV Market – a list of all Boston area TV stations
City of Boston - Film Bureau &ndash includes television
    
     Radio  (more FM streaming audio on the Music page)

Boston Radio Archives
Boston Radio Watch – latest news on the Boston radio scene
The Archives @ BostonRadio.org
RadioBoston.com – live Internet radio
Boston Radio Stations
    

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Webcams (see more webcams at Favorites and New York City)
EarthCam - Boston Cam – a webcam view from the top of the Prudential
WB56's CityCam view of Boston
WCVB's CityCam5
MMA Webcam: Corner of Temple Place & Washington St.
LiveWave: Camera Browser – Logan Airport, Boston I-93, Providence I-95, others . . .
Aberdeen LiveCam – showing Custom House Tower with airport in background
BU Alumni Web :: Web Cams
BostonHarborCam

     Traffic cams
Boston Traffic Cameras
WHDH-TV - Traffic Cams
Boston.com - Current traffic

     Other New England cams
United States Traffic Cams, others too...
Nantucket Live Cameras
The Maine Webcam Network
Mount Washington Observatory | Webcam Network
Baker Tower Camera – Dartmouth University

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Other

Boston on Wikipedia – lots of information
PBase.com Boston photos one of the best sites I've seen for Boston photos
National Weather Service - Boston
BostonWeather.com
Jewish Boston Online
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Bayside Expo Center
Government Center – a webpage of info on the neighborhood
Arnold Arboretum
Boston Library Consortium
Citywide Reservation Services – hotels
Welcome to Harvard Square
walkBoston – a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts
Boston MA Weather Satellite by Intellicast.com – live image of New England
Digital Atlas of Boston and Vicinity
Boston Harbor Sailing Club
Discover Newbury Street – Boston's Rodeo Drive
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
I'll miss the Sagamore rotary - The Boston Globe², May 1, 2006, an interesting perspective by Maria Flook
The Boston Harborwalk – a walking path through the city's waterfront neighborhoods
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy – this replaced the Central Artery in the Big Dig project
Map Collections – historical Boston aerials
Panopticon Gallery of Photography
Last Days of Scollay Square: 1940 - 1960

¹ Click on Street View to see actual location.
² Some links expire too quickly so I save the pages offline.