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November 13, 2012
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"The Fall & Rise Of Lafayette Place Mall," 11/13/12    
Annual Meeting Of The Downtown Boston BID 

Save the Date: the Annual Meeting of The Downtown Boston BID will take place Tuesday, December 4th, at 4 pm, at Petit Robert Central at 34 Summer St. (101 Arch St., 2nd Fl.).

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Please RSVP to Details about the meeting will follow in coming newsletters.
New Footpaths Location Now Open

Twice the value and convenience: Footpaths now has two locations open in downtown.

Footpaths New Location

The original store (489 Washington St.) will remain open until sometime after New Year's. After that, it will transfer operations to the new Footpaths location at 415 Washington St. (former Aldo store). Call 617-338-6008 for more information. 

59 Temple Place Meeting: Recap

Last week's public meeting to discuss the hotel proposed for 59 Temple Place was a great success.

59 Temple Place Hyatt Meeting Recap    

Oxford Capital CEO John Rutledge (right) gave an overview of the proposal. Some highlights: 
  • The proposal calls for a 240-room upscale hotel with a ground-floor restaurant and fitness center;
  • The developers will improve the Temple Place Orange Line portal and restore the building's historic facade;
  • The building's "as-of-right" zoning means the developers do not need zoning relief.

Construction should start in early 2013. 

Ways To Help Out This Thanksgiving Season

The demand for Thanksgiving dinners amongst those in need is as great as ever. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to help out this season: 
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  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, and more. 
  • Downtown beautification and capital improvement initiatives.
  • Summer arts & music shows; winter Holiday Market.
  • contact for more.
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One Boston Place image The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is pleased to run real estate listings for available office, residential, and retail/restaurant space on behalf of BID members.

Visit the Doing Business section of to view the current set of listings. All questions pertaining to individual listings should be directed to the broker(s) affiliated with the listing.  
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Holiday Preview: Macy's Tree Selected

Downtown has a winner--of Macy's annual contest to select the holiday tree to go on top of its Summer Street overhang.


The Crowley family, of Mansfield, won the contest with their 45-foot, 1,800-lb. blue spruce tree. The tree will be lit on Friday, November 23rd, at 5 pm, to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season in Downtown.

On Saturday, November 24th, at 11 am, the fourth-annual Downtown Boston Holiday Market opens for business. Keep reading for more updates as the holidays draw closer!
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Macy's "Friends & Family" Coming Soon!

The Downtown Macy's fall 2012 "Friends & Family" sale is just weeks away!

Friends & Family
Friends & Family shoppers can save an extra 25% off regular, sale, and clearance items, including designer names like Michael Kors, The North Face, Coach, Hugo Boss, and Cole Haan.

Visit Macy's through Tuesday, November 27th to reserve items in advance; call 617-357-3000 for more info.

Discount & Free Shipping At City Sports

The Downtown City Sports is kick-starting its holiday season with a 20% discount as well as free shipping to the store for all online purchases.

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The sale runs through New Year's. Call 617-423-2015 for more info.

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Old State House: Grant Award, Wedding Dress Event

Old State House continues its run of securing major preservation grants with its latest award, a $250,000 grant from the Manton Foundation. The impressive gift will go to restoring the west facade, shown below.    
OSH facade west side

Tomorrow, at 5:30 pm, the museum is hosting a special preview of the Elizabeth Bull wedding dress. The dress, made in 1735, is now being fully restored. It will go on display at the museum next year as part of the building's 300th anniversary.

When: Tuesday, November 13th, 5:30 pm
Where: Old State House (206 Washington St.)
Contact: please visit here for tickets 
"These Seven Sicknesses" At
Modern Theatre

Opening at the Modern Theatre this Friday, Sean Greaney's production of  Sophocles' "These Seven Sickness" has been hailed by the New York Times as "entertaining and fresh."

These 7 Sicknesses

The show, which runs through next Monday, also features Suffolk University students.

When: Friday, November 16th-Monday, November 18th
Where: Modern Theatre (525 Washington St.)
Contact: visit here for tickets and more info

"Leading The Business Of Real Estate Enterprise" At Suffolk University

Even with the recovery from the financial crisis,
real estate remains a challenging landscape.     


This Thursday, Suffolk University and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board present "Leading The Business Of Real Estate Enterprise." Leading Boston real estate executives--including Robert Beal, Larry Curtis, Tom O'Brien, and John Rosenthal--will describe how their firms cope with change. The forum is moderated by Brenda McKenzie, with Michael Barretti giving the introduction. Lunch will be served.

When: Thursday, November 15th, 11:45 am
Where: Suffolk University Law School (120 Tremont St.)
Contact: please visit here to register

Downtown Events Calendar

Visit the Happening Now section at for a listing of all the exciting things going on in downtown right now.

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If you are interested in promoting your events through us, please email Event details should be sent no later than Friday at 12 pm for inclusion in the following Monday's newsletter. Thank You. 
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