Friday, June 7, 2013

How to Stay Dry on a Rainy Day


Let’s just get right to it, shall we? It’s wet out, and there are plenty of options to stay dry.

Here are some you might not be inclined to try: create umbrella fashion (like you’re a Project Runway star), dress up like the Gorton’s fisherman (another fashion statement!), hide under a dog (suggested by someone else – not mine). Please ignore this last suggestion entirely, as there is little chance your dog will keep you dry, and you are very likely to just make him or her upset.

Here are some other suggestions:

If you are hardwired for efficiency, perhaps a trip to the Prudential Mall and Copley Place is in order. How could you not love having so many options under only one roof? 

For all you escapists, consider a movie or two at the Regal Fenway, Lowe’s on the Common, or Coolidge Corner Theater (or another theater of choice). Summer movie season has kicked off, and there are plenty of alternate realities to exist in for two hours at a time. Or, try Redbox; there are plenty of them scattered around, too.

Maybe you love collecting things. Try rain drops. There's lots today.

Perhaps you enjoy the Bean’s food scene. While the food trucks are not out in full force just yet, takeout never goes out of season, and delivery is even a possibility.

Or, you could do what most of us will anyway – watch the Bruins.

Til next time!

Monday, June 3, 2013

157 Berkeley - The Flatiron's Grandkid

I hope all of the Bean’s residents have noticed its newest addition to the skyline. In case you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed: 157 Berkeley St, the new Liberty Mutual building, is a breath of edificial fresh air.

always look up

This is going to sound crazy, but the best way to explain how I felt when I finally snapped these pictures is to remind you of The Nightmare before Christmas’s song, “What’s This.” I’m not exactly sure how I looked, but I was probably just as out of place and excited as Jack Skellington was in Christmas Town. And I obviously disguised myself as a dancing snowman, too.

In all seriousness, though, the architects have designed a building that has a stance, a kind of permanence, that hasn’t been seen in decades. In an age of all-out transparency (from the overexposure of social media to the overexposure of a glass-front condo), this building proves that there is something to be said for a solid (and solid-looking) construction. Even if the windows are a little smaller, it’s nice to see a building that bucks the trend.

And glory-be-hallelujah -- because this is a trend worth bucking. When I see this building, I see the skyscraper race. I see New York during that boom time just after the century turned and barely into the Great Depression.

157 Berkeley is the grandkid of the Flatiron (just look!), and it is awesome for it. Now back to dancing as a snowman.


Til next time!