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December 5,  2016
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This Week's Featured Event
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Construction & Utility Work Updates
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In The News
Boston Magazine: Here's Your First Look at the RUKA Menu 12/2/16

WBUR: Longest-Running Production of 'Black Nativity' at Paramount Center Through Dec. 18th 12/2/16

Boston Globe: Japanese Luxury, Up on the Second Floor at PABU 12/1/16

Boston Globe: City Hall Plaza Being Turned Into a Winter Wonderland 12/1/16

Eater: PABU Among the Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now 12/1/16

Boston Globe: Boston Ballet's 'Nutcracker' Continues to Delight 11/28/16
This Week's Featured Event
Vocal Revolution Performing in Downtown Crossing on Dec. 8th

The all-male a cappella group Vocal Revolution will be performing on Summer Street outside of Macy's three times this holiday season. 

This year's winners of WGBH's Sing That Thing, Vocal Revolution, will be singing barbershop-style melodies in Downtown Crossing. They will perform on three Thursdays, Dec. 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 5 to 6 pm. All performances are free to attend and are BID-sponsored events.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
StreetTalk 10-in-1: Sharing Innovative Ideas to Transform Our Streets at 
Old South Meeting House on Dec. 7th

The Old South Meeting House is hosting 
LiveableStreets' popular StreetTalk 10-in-1 on Wednesday, Dec. 7th. The event will feature 10 short-form presentations highlighting innovative ideas around transportation in Metro Boston to transform our streets.

General admission is $15, free for LivableStreets members and Old South Meeting House members. Click here for more info and to register.
JVS CareerSolution: 
55, Unemployed & Faking Normal
Dec. 8th

JVS CareerSolution (75 Federal St., 3rd Floor) is hosting an event for the the long-term unemployed and mature worker with Lizzy White, author of "55, Unemployed & Faking Normal" on Thursday, Dec. 8th

Having trouble landing a job in your field? Struggling to keep up appearances? Ready for a new direction? This workshop is for you. Registration fee is $15 and you can RSVP here. This event is from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Network Breakfast with Iris Bohnet at Omni Parker House on Dec. 9th

Join the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for a Women's Network Breakfast with Iris Bohnet, a behavioral economist at the Harvard Kennedy School, on Dec. 9th. This event will be at the Omni Parker House (60 School St.) and is open to non-members of the Chamber, as well as members.

All attendees will receive a copy of Bohnet's book "What Works: Gender Equality by Design." The cost is $65 for members and $110 for non-members. Click here to register and for more info. 
Norah Jones with The Candles at the Orpheum Theatre on Dec. 10th

Musician Norah Jones will perform with The Candles at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10th at 7:30 pm. Click here for tickets. 
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th

The Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery St., Washington Junior Ballroom) is hosting two sugar plum fairy teas on the next two Saturdays, Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th

Visit a magical Nutcracker dreamland in which guests mingle with characters from the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" while enjoying a delicious buffet of desserts, tea sandwiches, singalongs, holiday crafts and more. These special teas are being offered from 11 am to 1 pm and costs $60 per adult and $42 per child. Call 617-574-7184 for more info and reservations.
One-Man Show of Dickens' 
'A Christmas Carol' at 
Omni Parker House on Dec. 11th

Join Al LePage for a one-man dramatic performance of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Omni Parker House (60 School St.) on Dec. 11th. LePage will portray all 26 characters using Dickens' full script. 

Attendees will receive a cup of warm cider and Parker House mince tarts, plus at least one special gift will be given to some audience member during the performance, too. All proceeds to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. This event is from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here
Nutcracker Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at The Ritz-Carlton Dec. 11th and 18th

Visit The Ritz-Carlton (10 Avery St., Ballroom) for an elegant breakfast buffet with Mrs. Claus and her friends from the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" on Sundays, Dec. 11th and Dec. 18th

There will be live musical entertainment, storytelling and interactive holiday activities. Catching a Joy, a local charity, is offering craft projects for everyone. This special breakfast is offered 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for $72 per adult and $44 per child. Call 617-574-7184 for more info and to make reservations.
Metro Meeting Centers Annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 13th

Metro Meeting Centers (101 Federal St., 4th Floor) is hosting its Annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 13th
Metro Meeting Centers is supporting Christmas in the City, a 100% volunteer-driven organization organized by Kennedy Brothers Physical Therapy (45 Franklin St.) that through the years has benefited more than 200,000 homeless children during the holiday season. You are welcome to bring a gift to donate, or you can donate to Christmas in the City by clicking here. This free event is from 3 to 5 pm. RSVP to this event by clicking here.  
The 243rd Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment on Dec. 16th 

Join Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and other historical figures for the 243rd Reenactment of the Boston Tea Party at the Old South Meeting House on Friday, Dec. 16th

After a fiery debate about the tea tax at the Meeting House follow the Sons of Liberty on a march to the tea ships to make salt water tea for the fish. Tickets are $30 and on sale while they last by clicking here. This event starts at 6:30 pm.
National Center of Afro-American Artists' 'Black Nativity' at Paramount Center Through Dec. 18th

The longest-running production of Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity" will be at the Paramount Center 
through Dec. 18th

"Black Nativity" is based on the Gospel of St. Luke and weaves in black vernacular narration. This performance is for people of all traditions and is enthusiastically performed by children and adults and includes dancing. Click here for showtimes and to purchase tickets. 
Get Your Tickets Now for Boston Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' 

The Boston Ballet's beloved "The Nutcracker" will be at the Boston Opera House through Dec. 31st

See dancing sugar plum fairies, mice and more as The Nutcracker comes alive. Click here for tickets and showtimes. 
Holiday Bands, Carolers, 
Santa and  Sweet Harmony

Downtown Boston will be flush with musical holiday performances -- and Santa Claus -- this holiday season.The BID is sponsoring strolling musicians, strolling carolers and it is free to visit Santa every Saturday and Sunday!

Santa Claus will be outside of Macy's on Summer Street on weekends through Dec. 23rd from noon to 2 pm and 3 to 4 pm. It is free to visit Santa, but please bring your own camera if you want to snap a photo with St. Nick.

There will be three four-piece strolling bands: brass, dixie and trombone. They will be roaming the Downtown Boston area daily from noon to 2 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm through Dec. 23rd
There will be three four-piece strolling caroling groups daily through Dec. 23rd from noon to 2 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm. They will be singing holiday-themed songs throughout the Downtown Boston area.

The musical group Sweet Harmony will be performing on weekends outside of Macy's on Summer Street through Dec. 18th from 12:30 to 3 pm. They will be performing hits from the 1970s through today, including holiday-themed songs.   
Music on the Porch Series at St. Paul's on Mondays and Thursdays

The BID-sponsored Music on the Porch Series outside of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St.) features solo artists performing on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm.

Austin Lightfoot will perform on Thursday, Dec. 8th and Monday, Dec. 12th.
A Great Holiday Tradition:
Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Strolls
The Freedom Trail Foundation's Historic Holiday Strolls, one of Downtown's best holiday traditions, is being offered through January. 

These merry 90-minute tours are led by Dickensian costumed guides leaving from Faneuil Hall Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 pm. The stroll includes a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail, and a visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments and its world-famous Boston Cream Pie.

Guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at several Freedom Trail sites. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. For reservations and more info please call 617-357-8300.
Construction & Utility Work Updates 
New Developments Under Construction, Proposed Projects and More

Downtown Boston is continually transforming, with new buildings rising, as well as transportation projects taking place underground and at street level. 

Looking for the latest u pdates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click  here.  
Downtown Boston BID Weekly News Update

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Featured Stories
Highly-Anticipated RUKA Restaurant Now Open on  Washington Street  

Downtown Crossing's burgeoning restaurant scene was further bolstered by RUKA's weekend opening on Washington Street. RUKA mixes Peruvian and Asian cuisines to create delicious food and drinks.

RUKA embraces the exquisite presentations and bold flavors of Nikkei and Chifa fare with menu items like tiradito (Peruvian sushi) and  sauces that use one of Peru's beloved peppers -- the spicy-sweet  aji panca. The restaurant's decor encompasses numerous hand-painted Asian-themed murals. The wood for the tables and the bar comes from a tree found by the restaurant's decorator. 
Partners Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta , the owners of the very popular Yvonne's (2 Winter Place), and culinary director Tom Berry teamed up with Ting Yen, of  Oishii Boston, to create the chic restaurant.

"A must-have is the Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche," said Jamison, who was stumped recommending just one menu item.
Suspiro limeno dessert (Boston Magazine photo by Toan Trinh)
RUKA is open daily from 5 pm to 1 am at  505 Washington St. inside the Godfrey Hotel Boston. Click here for RUKA's website
or call 
Drybar Now Open On Kingston Street 
Focuses On One Thing: Blowouts 

A new business has blown into Downtown Crossing -- Drybar. The business, created by curly-haired founder Alli Webb, focuses on being the best at one thing -- blowouts. 

"We are so pleased to announce our fourth (Boston) shop in Downtown Crossing. [We're] excited to be apart of this vibrant neighborhood!" said Webb. 

The 1,955 sq. ft. location consists of 11 styling chairs providing professional blowouts at a flat price of $45, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included). And there are complimentary drinks!

Signature blowout styles sound like a drink menu: Cosmo, Straight Up, Southern Comfort, Mai Tai, Manhattan and the Dirty Martini. Each one offers a blowout for different styles.

Drybar is open at 8 Kingston St. on Monday to Wednesday from 7 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday from 7 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. Appointments can be booked online at, through the Drybar iPhone app or by calling 877-379-2279.
Two-Floor Caffè Nero Now Open on 
Summer Street

The European coffee company Caffè Nero opened its second store in Downtown Crossing this past weekend. People quickly flocked into the two-floor shop in the Burnham Building (corner of Summer and Hawley streets) for espresso, pastries and more. 

Caffè Nero is a relaxing and comfortable coffee house serving Italian coffee while patrons sit on soft leather chairs, café stools or private booths. Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, pastries, salads and lunch sandwiches.

The new C affé Nero is located at 10 Summer St., and is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm  
Meetings & Notices
Tonight: Public Meeting About
Winthrop Square Proposal  

The Boston Planning & Development Agency is hosting several public meetings in the coming weeks for the proposed redevelopment of 115 Winthrop Square

Tonight (Monday, Dec. 5th) there will be a Public Meeting (Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Moot Court Room, 4th Floor) at 6:30 pm. This is the appropriate forum for the broader public to provide feedback about the project.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13th there will be an Impact Advisory Group meeting (290 Congress St., Fort Point Room) at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting is different than a traditional public meeting as IAG members will work with the BPDA to identify the impacts of the project and recommend appropriate community benefits to offset those impacts.

On Friday, December 16th there will be an Article 80 Scoping Session (BPDA Board Room, 9th Floor, City Hall) at 2:30 pm

On Monday, Dec. 19th, there will be another Public Meeting (290 Congress St., Fort Point Room) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

All meetings are open to the public. Please contact Christopher Tracy at or 617-918-4259 for more info.
Downtown Boston Residents' Association Meeting on Dec. 12th

The Downtown Boston Residents' Association will meet on Monday, Dec. 12th at 7 pm at the Modern Theatre. This meeting is open to the public.

Deals & Promos
Everybody Fights Pre-Sale 
Membership Deals Now Available

Everybody Fights will be opening a new gym at One Federal St. in February -- and you can sign up now for a great membership rate and gifts.

If you're one of the first 500 to sign up you'll receive a custom jersey and EBF swag bag with gloves, wraps, hat, bag, water bottle and an invite to the pre-opening party. 

Everybody Fights offers classes in three classrooms, has a full-sized ring, private training, locker and showers, a playground, pro shop and an open gym. Click here for more info and to sign up.
Marliave Serving Up $1 Oysters and 
A Buck a Slice Pizza

Marliave (10 Bosworth St.) is offering two great and tasty deals. House-baked pizza is being served for $1 a slice only in the cafe (first floor) Monday through Friday from noon until supplies last.  

Also, Marliave is offering four different varieties of fresh local oysters for $1 each all December from 4 to 6 pm and 9 to 10 pm. This offer is available seven days a week.
Mayor's Holiday Special 2016 Offers Discounts on Holiday Events and Dining

You can save money on lots of events and restaurants with the annual Mayor's Holiday Special. It features discounts and deals on two months of performing arts, offering thousands of tickets to more than 500 performances, dining deals and free festivities.

Some of the shows included are the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker," Boston Pops performances and more. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Save $$ on Tuition at Boston Area 
Spanish Exchange with BID Discount

The Boston Area Spanish Exchange is offering BID newsletter readers a 5% discount on tuition for winter classes starting Jan. 16th. 

Click here to register for classes and use the coupon code: BostonBID5. As of January the Boston Area Spanish Exchange will be located at 101 Arch St. 
Donate to Hyatt Regency Boston's 
Winter Necessity Drive 

The Hyatt Regency Boston, St. Francis House and BID are cosponsoring a Winter Necessity Drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Hyatt Regency Boston through Dec. 16th.

Coats, winter boots, jeans, long sleeve shirts, long underwear, hats, socks, scarfs and gloves are all desired as donations.

Items will go to those in need in Downtown Boston.
You Can Submit Your Own Event to the Downtown Boston BID Website

If you have an upcoming event you can now submit it to the Downtown Boston BID website. Click here to submit your own event.
Once approved by BID staff your event will be on the BID's calendar section and could be featured in the newsletter or on the BID social media accounts and promoted elsewhere. 
BID Services & Links
BID Ambassadors Provide Clean & Hospitality Services  in Downtown 

The  Downtown Boston BID Ambassadors provide clean and hospitality services seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day. Ambassadors create a friendly, welcoming Downtown presence by helping visitors with directions, notifying fire and police personnel of incidents and more.

B ID Ambassadors  provide walking escorts all day or night  -- they'll even tote an umbrella if it's raining or snowing! Please call 617-261-0066 to arrange an escort or for other BID ambassador services. You can also email  
  • Ambassadors remove litter and graffiti
  • Ambassadors clear handicapped ramps and storm drain openings
  • Ambassador powerwash in Downtown Boston during warm weather
  • Ambassadors maintain the BID's landscaping by watering flowers
  • Masonry Ambassadors fix sidewalks and more
Additional BID Services & Info
  • Communication and Business Networking
  • Meetings with individual BID members to discuss neighborhood issues 
  • Entertainment programming
  • Member Advocacy
  • Capital/Public Improvements
  • Wayfinding
  • Please click here for the 2016 BID Report to learn about the transformation of Downtown Crossing 
  • For additional details and information on the complete range of BID services please contact Doug Meyer, Membership Services & Database Manager, at
City of Boston Services