Sunday March 9, 2014
Monday, March 10, marks a watershed day for air travelers in and around Boston. Starting Monday, we've got a new international airline offering direct flights from Logan Airport, and the Callahan Tunnel re-opens (two days early!).
Emirates Comes to Logan
The new airline on the block is Emirates, which will offer daily flights to Dubai from Boston. Boston is the eighth North American city on Emirates's roster, joining Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. The schedule will work as follows: Flights will leave Dubai at 9:45 a.m. local time and arrive in Boston at 3:15 p.m. EST. The return flight from Boston to Dubai will depart daily at 10:55 p.m. EST, arriving back in Dubai at 7:10 p.m. local time.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
It's sure to be a festive game and a celebratory homecoming: Fresh off their World Series championship season, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park for their opening game on Friday, April 4, 2014. The game, against the Milwaukee Brewers, gets going at 2:05 p.m.
Now, you know what I'm going to say next: Good luck getting a ticket. It's a Boston--and Major League Baseball--rite of passage to attend Opening Day, and at the game you'll see families with kids playing hooky, professionals taking the day off, and tourists making the pilgrimage just for the occasion.
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Gambling, night clubs, restaurants, hotels, concert venues--and everything, the good and bad, to go along with it--Revere voters have approved a new casino complex. The Boston Globe reports 63 percent of voters (out of 44 percent of total city residents voting) have sided in favor of Mohegan Sun's plans to develop a gaming complex on 42 acres on the former Suffolk Downs racetrack site. WBUR reports that Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo is also on board with the Mohegan Sun plan.
The Revere approval sets up a showdown with nearby Everett, which also wants the state's sole Boston-area gambling license for its own destination casino with Wynn Resorts.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Some Bostonians mark spring by seeing birds in and around town, particularly at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the Boston Common, or the Arnold Arboretum. Others might say spring has arrived in Boston once all the snow has finally melted. For Boston parents, it's the arrival of April school vacation week.
But for those in and around South Boston, spring officially arrived last week, with the re-opening of Sullivan's at Castle Island. And with last weekend's unseasonably warm temperatures, it felt especially appropriate (never mind about the polar vortex returning this week).
A Castle Island/South Boston institution since 1951, Sullivan's features classic New England picnic fare, from burgers and hot dogs to lobster rolls and fried clams. (Early birds, take note: Hot dogs are half price--90 cents--through March 2.) The line out the door looks intimidating, but don't worry, it moves fast; I don't think I've ever waited more than five minutes to order, and typically the food arrives very quickly after that. It's an impressive feat, given that everything is made to order.