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November 5,  2018
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BID Services & Links
In The News
Metro: ILLUMINUS Contemporary Arts Festival Lights Up Boston 11/4/18

Boston Herald: Macy's Tree Lighting Performers Announced for November 23rd 11/4/18

Exhale: Looking For an Awesome Date Night? Go to Versus for Arcade Games and Cocktails 11/3/18

Boston Globe: Boston Ballet Women Step Up in 'BB@home' 11/2/18

Curbed: Millennium Tower Grand Penthouse on Sale for $45 Million 11/2/18 Better Sorts Social Club is One of Best Restaurants and Bars to Open This Fall 11/2/18

NECN: Contemporary Arts Festival Illuminus Lights Up Downtown Boston 11/1/18

WBUR: At ILLUMINUS, This Artist Brought Her Nightmares to Life with Ice Installation 11/1/18

Boston Globe: Boston Ballet Program Aims to Lift Up Women Choreographers 11/1/18

Boston Globe: ezCater Moving Into WeWork Space at 40 Water St. 11/1/18

Eater: Boston Chops is One of the Hottest Restaurant in Boston 11/1/18

CBS Boston: 10/31/18

Eater: Sweetgreen a Great Option for Gluten-Free Dining 10/31/18

Boston Business Journal: CVS Pharmacy Launches Membership Pilot Program in Boston 10/31/18

Eater: Take a Booze Crawl Through Downtown and Hit Up Yvonne's and Silvertone 10/31/18

Hoodline: Versus and Better Sorts Social Club are Two New Places to Get Cocktails, Food and More 10/30/18

Eater: Try Yvonne's Giant Cocktails to Share with Your Friends 10/30/18

This Week's Featured Event
ArtsEmerson Presents 
'Wet: A DACAmented Journey' Starting Nov. 8th

"Wet: A DACAmented Journey" will be opening at ArtsEmerson's Paramount Center on Thursday, Nov. 8th

The play is written and performed by Alex Alpharoah, who risks his own freedom to share his true story to become a documented American citizen. The play focuses on the unending process to become a citizen while flipping between hilariousness and heart-wrenching drama.

Click here for more information, showtimes and to purchase tickets. The show runs through Nov. 25th
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Bridge Over Troubled Waters' Bridge 2 The Future Fundraiser Nov. 8th

Support Bridge Over Troubled Waters (47 West St.) at its Bridge 2 The Future fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 8th

All proceeds will benefit Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The event provides attendees an opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded supporters for an evening in support of homeless, runaway, and high-risk youth that rely on Bridge programs and services.

The Godfrey Hotel Boston, Ruka, George Howell Coffee Co. and the Hyatt Regency Boston have all donated prizes for the prize wheel. To contribute a raffle prize please contact Barbara Baxter at

This event is from 6 to 9 pm at City Winery (80 Beverly St.). Click here to purchase tickets.
Julien Baker with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus at Orpheum Theatre 
Nov. 8th

Julien Baker will perform with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 8th. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

Hanson String Theory at 
Orpheum Theatre Nov. 10th 

Hanson String Theory, comprised of the 1990s pop star Hanson brothers, is performing at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 10th. Doors open at 7 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.  

'Lest We Forget' Photo Exhibit Presents Portraits of Holocaust Survivors in Boston Common

Photographer Luigi Toscano's "Lest We Forget" photo exhibit of 70 large portraits of Holocaust survivors from around the world is in the Boston Common through Nov. 10th.
Toscano, a German-Italian, started the project in 2015, and has photographed more than 200 survivors in seven countries.The exhibit has been staged in Germany, in Ukraine, and was recently surrounding the Lincoln Memorial's Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. Each survivor is identified and biographical details are provided at the portraits. 
'The Future of Transportation: Global Foresight for Boston's Commuter Rail System' at Old South Meeting House 
Nov. 14th

A Better City is presenting "The Future of Transportation: Global Foresight for Boston's Commuter Rail System" at the  Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) on Wednesday, Nov. 14th .

The MBTA's commuter rail service is a key transportation option into and out of Downtown Boston. It supports our economy, connects people to jobs, healthcare, places of worship and education.

The focus of this event will examine lessons learned from comparable models of service such as London and Toronto. Both of those cities have transformed their rail systems to improve service within dense urban environments. 

This is a free event that is open to the public thanks to funding from the Lowell Institute. The events starts at 5 pm
'Vision of Television: Early Experimental Artists TV Broadcasts' Exhibit Debuts at Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery Nov. 15th

The Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery's (25 Avery St.) newest exhibition, " Vision of Television: Early Experimental Artists TV Broadcasts," is debuting Thursday, Nov. 15th.
Courtesy Electronic Arts 
Intermix (EAI),  New York

The exhibition looks at the development of broadcast television in the 1950s and 1960s. TV was in its formative stage of program development during this time and postwar artists became interested in the medium as a way to reach more people.

This exhibition examines a period of experimental artists' television programming in Europe and the United States that was first initiated by public television program broadcasts by WGBH in Boston and  West German Broadcasting (WDR).

There will be a reception for the exhibit on Nov. 15th, from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit runs through Jan. 19th. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to 7 pm
Suffolk University Presenting 
'Loss of Breath: The Unfinished Life & Death of Edgar Allan Poe' 
Nov. 15th - Nov. 18th

The  Suffolk University Theatre Department is presenting  "Loss of Breath: The Unfinished Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe" from Nov. 15th through Nov. 18th

Written and directed by Wesley Savick, the play weaves together Poe's stories and biography with sideshow illustration, puppetry and Japanese Noh Theatre. The Puppet Showplace Theater has created puppets and masks to depict a realm between the life and death of Poe, his mother, spouse and more. 
Click here for showtimes and to purchase tickets.
Boston Bhangra at Orpheum Theatre Nov. 17th

The 2018 Boston Bhangra competition will take place at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17th.

Bhangra is a folk dance from the Indian state of Punjab and parts of Pakistan. It has been compared to a fusion of hip-hop and cheerleading with a cultural twist. There will be 12 of the Bhangra teams from North America, who will vie against each other to be the Boston Bhangra champions. 

Click here to purchase tickets.
 Doors open at 6 pm.
Get $10 Tix to 'Hamilton':  
At Boston Opera House Thru Nov. 18th

The Broadway smash hit, Tony Award-winning musical  "Hamilton"  made its Boston debut at the  Boston Opera House on Sept. 18th and will be in town through Nov. 18th. 

The musical is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, was a Founding Father and America's first Treasury Secretary.

The show blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway to have America's present tell Hamilton's story from back in the 1700s.

Also, if you haven't purchased tickets there's still a chance get $10 tickets on the day of show! There will be a release of 40 $10 tickets for every show -- click here to learn more.  Click here for showtimes and more info about the musical.
Live Music at Exchange at 100 Federal St. and  Strolling BID Bands

The Downtown Boston BID's 2018 performance season features more than 1,600-plus live musical performances spread across the district. This week Ilana Katz Katz is performing at Exchange at 100 Federal Street from 4 to 6 pm

Downtown Boston BID bands will also be strolling twice a day, six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 2 pm and 5 to 7 pm.  
City Services & 
Important Hotlines    

Important Phone Numbers
Boston Fire, Police & Emergency Services: 911
Non-emergency requests: 311
Eversource gas and electric: 1-800-592-2000
National Grid: 1-800-322-3223
Boston Water & Sewer Commission: 617-989-7000
Mass Water Resources Authority: 617-242-6000
City of Boston Tow Lot: 617-635-3900
National Weather Service: 508-822-0634
Verizon: 800-837-4966
Boston Animal Care and Control: 617-635-5348
Cold Relief Heatline: 800-632-8175
Elderly Commission: 617-635-4366
Emergency Shelter Commission: 617-635-4507
MBTA: 617-222-3200
MEMA: 508-820-1428
Mass. Road and Traffic Conditions: 617-374-1234
City of Boston Neighborhood Services: 617-635-3485
State Police: 617-740-7600
Transit Police: 617-222-1212
City of Boston Veterans Services: 617-635-3957
Construction, Utility 
Work and City 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 updates on developments, construction, sidewalk closings, and more? Click here. 


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 when needed and they'll even tote an umbrella if it's raining! Please call 617-261-0066 if you want to contact our BID ambassador services program. You can also email                
  • Ambassadors remove litter and graffiti
  • Ambassadors clear crosswalks, handicapped ramps and storm drain openings
  • Ambassadors shovel in Downtown Boston during winter
  • Ambassadors maintain the BID's landscaping 
  • Masonry Ambassadors fix sidewalks and more
Featured Stories
ILLUMINUS Brought Adventurous Art with Light and Love to Downtown Boston 

Thousands of fun-seeking families, residents, students and more came out to enjoy the two-night ILLUMINUS Light & Art Festival on Friday and Saturday.

This year's festival included an ice sculpture to convey climate change, audio and visual components to address topics such as immigration and artistic projections, controlled by spectators, shone onto buildings.

"ILLUMINUS was amazing because local artists came together to combine science and technology to create adventurous art that was engaging and exciting," said Anita Lauricella, BID Senior Planner. "This year's festival was really awesome because it gave everyone, young and old, the opportunity to be part of the art, often controlling it!"

This is the second year that the ILLUMINUS festival has taken place in Downtown Crossing. This year's two-night, 10-hour festival drew more than 126,000 to the Downtown Boston BID.  

People lined up in droves for "Antipode Tunnel," which was in an alley off of Washington Street. The piece, made by  Vanessa Hafenbrädl and Ellen Oliver, was  a tunnel made with projection video and fog, with a professional dancer at the center. It was designed with the interest of constructing creatures of a hybrid nature that project the fears and hopes of human beings as they relate to current international politics, while also portraying a timeless projection of escapism.

While people were in line to enter the "Antipode Tunnel" they were entertained by Stephanie Houten's "Play," an interactive audiovisual installation that was activated through the triggering of buttons by passersby. 

This year's festival even inspired an engagement proposal! 
The HeartHug installation by Izobrulo Polylight, Ilya Sobol and Ivan Kabalin lit up when spectators hugged beneath the sculpture and the more people hugged, the brighter the heart shined!  

ILLUMINUS 2018 was a partnership between the Downtown Boston BID, LuminArtz and ILLUMINUS. We would like to thank the sponsors of the event: The Boston Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, Boston Properties and Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. We would also like to thank the following property owners for participating in this year's festival: The Druker Company, Markley Group, MP Boston, Boston Properties, L3 Capital, Midwood Investment & Development, Clarendon Group USA and HBI.

Click here for descriptions and renderings of this year's installations.  
Boston Red Sox Nation Celebrates 
World Series Victory with 
Rolling Parade Through Downtown Boston

Thousands of Boston Red Sox fans lined the streets from Fenway Park down past City Hall Plaza for the Sox's championship parade on Halloween. 
Confetti fell from rooftops and windows as the Duck Boats made their way down Tremont Street. 

Among the riders on the duck boats was Downtown Boston restaurateur Ed Kane, below in red sweatshirt, who relished what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people.

"My first parade was in 2013 and it was great, but this year was one for the books," said Kane, owner of Explorateur and Versus. " Having grown up in Dorchester, it was surreal to have the chance to ride on a duck boat in a World Series victory parade surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Red Sox fans who are so proud of this team. It was amazing seeing all the creative signs, cheering, screaming and just being so full of joy throughout the entire experience."
HomeGoods Opening in Downtown Crossing Nov. 6th

A new HomeGoods (350 Washington St.) store will hold its grand opening in Downtown Crossing on Tuesday, Nov. 6th

From top brands and designers to unique finds from all over the world, HomeGoods offers an inspiring selection in countless styles for every room of the house.

"Our amazing values, brand names, and vast assortment make HomeGoods an exciting destination for shoppers," said John Ricciuti, President of HomeGoods. "With a large variety of special merchandise from around the world, customers will always find something thrilling in our treasure hunt environment at great values. We are happy to provide Boston with a local HomeGoods."


Opening day will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:45 am done by store management along with a check presented to a local charity. 

The store will be open from 8 am to 9 pm for its grand opening on Nov. 6th. Regular store hours are 9:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday.  
Flying Tiger Copenhagen Opening  Nov. 9th

Flying Tiger Copenhagen is holding a grand opening of its new store at 7 Winter St. (Corner Mall) with a ribbon-cutting at 10 am on Friday, Nov. 9th

Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores are packed with more than 1,500 products and limited edition collections every second week. The inventory at Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores are never the same!

Flying Tiger is expanding into the U.S. and already has more than 900 stores across 30 countries.    

The store will be open 1 0 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 1 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
Election Day is Tuesday: 
What You Need to Know

Election Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 6th). There are numerous contested statewide races. Polling locations will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Click here to find your polling location.

Volunteers Needed for 
Boston Tea Party Reenactment

The Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) 
is seeking volunteers to help at the Boston Tea Party Reenactment on Dec. 16th, 2018. 

The volunteers who are needed will wear modern-day clothes and will not be costumed reenactors. Volunteers are needed for crowd management at the event and the parade.

Please contact Dan O'Neill at for more info.
Vendors Wanted for 
2018 Downtown Boston Holiday Market

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the Downtown Boston BID 2018-2019 Downtown Holiday Market presented by Bank of America. 

This year's market is in a pop-up location at 467 Washington St. The market will run from November 23rd through January 6th. There will be  numerous local vendors showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, food, candles, clothing, holiday goods and more throughout this holiday season.
The market is open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays. The market's last day will be January 6th. 

BID Little Free Libraries at 
Readers Park and 175 Federal St.

The Downtown Boston BID's very popular  Little Free Library  at  Readers Park (School and Washington streets) is for anyone to take a book and leave a book. The Readers Park Little Free Library was so popular that a second one was added to the district at 175 Federal St. (Summer Street side)

The general public is invited to donate free books to the BID's Little Free Libraries by dropping off books at the libraries or by contacting Kristen Flanagan at to organize a pickup in the downtown area.

The BID's Little Free Libraries are officially registered with the  Little Free Library non-profit organization. There are actually more than 50,000 registered little free libraries across the country and world!  The BID's Little Free Libraries are  open daily from 10 am to 6 pm   (closed during inclement weather). 
Deals & Promos
Bogie's Place Daylight Savings Wine Dinner Nov. 12th

Bogie's Place (21 Temple Place, inside JM Curley's) is hosting a Daylight Savings Wine Dinner on Monday, Nov. 12th

This is a limiting seating 5-course meal with sturgeon caviar, seared foie gras, lemon and yuzu sorbet, grilled filet mignon, a chocolate souffle and more. There are four wine pairings with the meal.

Please click here to purchase tickets. The dinner starts at 7 pm.
Metro Meeting Centers Offering 
Pre-Cyber Monday Sale

Metro Meeting Centers (101 Federal Street, 4th Floor) is offering a pre-Cyber Monday Sale leading up to the actual day on Nov. 26th.

You will receive 20% off a full-day package value of the meeting when you reserve space for a new meeting to occur in 2019. A deposit of 50% or more for that space by Nov. 26th must be made to take advantage of the offer.

Please call 617-737-1200 for more info and to make reservations.
Take Your Shot at These 
Special 'Hamilton' Deals

Local businesses are very excited about "Hamilton" being in Boston and are offering special menus, drinks, parking discounts and more. 

Artisan Bistro (10 Avery St.) is serving three "Hamilton" inspired cocktails:  Eliza, A Despicable Opinion, and The Price of Truth. Each cocktail is $15.

Back Deck (2 West St.) is offering a "Hamilton" inspired menu with a Hamilton Old-Fashioned, Monticello White Bean Soup, Cider-Braised Beef Brisket Pot-Roast, Indian Pudding and a Rattle Skull (Goslings dark rum, Blacklash Molasses Stout, lime and nutmeg). Click here for the full menu and descriptions.

Hyatt Regency Boston (One Avenue de Lafayette) is offering two tickets to the Nov. 2nd "Hamilton" show when you reserve a semi-private dining experience. This offer is valid for dinner receptions with a $5,000 food and beverage minimum by October 31st.

The Marliave (10 Bosworth St.) is offering 10% off entrees with a ticket from that day's performance. 

The Merchant (60 Franklin St.) is offering 
10% off food only with a ticket from that day's performance. Also, the restaurant is offering $6 validated parking at the 33 Arch Street Garage after 3:30 pm during the week and all day on the weekend. The restaurant will validate your parking ticket. 

PABU (3 Franklin St., 2nd Floor) is offering 
complimentary chicken karaage or edamame for anyone who presents their theater ticket for that date's performance.
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 Downtown Boston BID's Welcome Guide that provides a look at many of the BID's accomplishments in leading 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
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