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Boston Marathon Attacks

The Downtown Boston BID was deeply saddened by yesterday's horrific events at the Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon attacks

We extend our prayers and sympathies to everyone touched by the tragedy. For more information: 
  • The City of Boston's hotline for families of victims is 617-635-4500;  
  • The Boston Police witness hotline is 800-494-8477;
  • The Greater Boston Visitor & Convention Bureau's Facebook & Twitter pages;
  • The Back Bay Association's Twitter page.
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April 16, 2013
MeetingsAndNoticesMeetings & Notices
Downtown Home Tour On May 11th

Explore our neighborhood's new look with "Downtown: Home Where The Heart Is," a self-guided home tour hosted by the Downtown Boston BID on Saturday, May 11th, from 11 am-4 pm.

Home Tour web graphic

Attendees will see what it's like to live downtown in residences of all shapes and sizes, including 45 PROVINCE, The Kensington, The Devonshire, The Millennium Place model unit, and more. For tickets and more information, please visit here.There's no place like home!

Macy's Spring 2013 Friends &
Family Sale: Reserve Now!

The Downtown Macy's annual spring "Friends & Family" sale will take place Wednesday, 24th-Monday, April 29th.

Macys F&F Spring Sale

Now is the time to reserve the best styles, colors, and sizes in advance of the season's biggest event. Friends & Family features an extra 25% off on regular, sale, and clearance items, including the designer names you love: Michael Kors, Cole Haan, The North Face, Calvin Klein, INC, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Hugo Boss. Call 617-357-3000, ext. 7276, for more info.
Internships Available

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking  interested students to help out with a variety of projects. Please send cover letters
and resumes to [email protected]
Downtown Events Calendar

Last Will      

Visit the Happening Now section at for a listing of all the exciting activities going on in downtown Boston right now and in upcoming weeks and months.

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Ask An Ambassador  
  • 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 [email protected] for more.
Development & Research

With so much going on in the downtown area--new businesses, major development projects--it is important to keep tabs on all the changes occurring in our dynamic neighborhood.
The Downtown Boston BID website maintains the following databases, free to browse:
CityServicesCity Services
RealEstateListingsReal Estate Listings   
Office, Residential, Retail/Restaurant

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is pleased to run real estate listings on for available office, residential, and retail/restaurant space on behalf of Downtown Boston BID members.

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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.  
FeaturedThisWeekFeatured Stories
Filene's Redevelopment Resuming!

Millennium Tower Beacon Hill Downtown was electrified with last week's news that Millennium Partners is set to resume development at the Filene's site shortly.

Catalyzing the relaunch is Millennium Partners' signing of Arnold Worldwide and its sister company, Havas Media, to a lease in the Burnham Building. Arnold and Havas will take occupancy of the Burnham Building in September 2014.

Millennium Tower (right) a 625' tower with 450 residential units and 95,000 square-feet of retail space, will be built alongside the Burnham Building.

We congratulate BID member Millennium Partners, the City of Boston, the BRA, and everyone else involved in launching this landmark redevelopment. 
"Book of Mormon" Ticket Lottery Policy

In response to the unprecedented demand for tickets to "Book Of Mormon"--now playing at the Boston Opera House through Sunday, April 28th--Broadway in Boston has instituted a daily ticket lottery for the show. Please visit here for the lottery policy.

Book Of Mormon

The lottery starts two-and-a-half hours prior to each performance. We ask that lottery patrons form an orderly line and not spill out onto Washington Street--especially given that the adjacent Millennium Place development is still an active construction site.
Deals & Promotions
Uno Due Go Debuts Spring Specials

UDG Spring Sandwich
Uno Due Go (52 Summer St.), is celebrating the spring season with a new line of specials.  

Among the highlights are house-brewed ice tea, all-natural lemonades, a tenderloin sandwich (right), and lemon whoopie pies. To sign up for the restaurant's rewards card, visit here; for more info, please call 617-233-6055. 
Back Deck, Fajitas & 'Ritas
Will "Give 5" On Earth Day

BID member restaurants Back Deck and Fajitas & 'Ritas have joined the "Give 5 For Earth Day" campaign, an innovative initiative that will raise funds for Boston's greenspace organizations.

Earth from Space

On Earth Day (April 22nd), dozens of Boston restaurants and retailers will contribute 5% of their sales to the fund, which will support the Charles River Conservancy, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Esplanade Association, Friends of the Public Garden, and Greenway Conservancy. Interesting in participating? Visit here for information.

Arts, Entertainment, Events 
2013 Boston Shines In Downtown

The annual "Boston Shines" spring clean-up for downtown will take place next Friday, April 26th, from 9 am-noon.


As in years past, the Downtown Boston BID will coordinate and oversee the downtown neighborhood's clean-up effort. Businesses interested in volunteering can register here. Participants should meet on Summer Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. on the 26th to receive their assignments. See you at Boston Shines!
Tom Ragno At Life Sciences Summit

BID member Tom Ragno, principal at King Street Properties, will be a keynote speaker at Bisnow's 3rd Annual Life Sciences Real Estate Summit, being held this Thursday at the Long Wharf Marriott.

Tom Ragno headshot

Featured topics include: the state of capital markets, new initiatives and trends, investing by the federal government, and more. Ragno will be joined by fellow panelists Robert Beal, Bill Kane, Shawn Seaman, and Frank Wuest, with Chris Leary moderating.

When: Thursday, April 18th, 7 am-10 am
Where: Long Wharf Marriott (296 State St.)
Contact: Visit here to register and for more info.
"Trojan Women" Descends On Paramount

War is hell--and few plays capture that reality more vividly than Euripides' "Trojan Women," which opens tomorrow night at the Paramount Center for a five-night run.

Trojan Women

Staged by the SITI Company--which brought "Cafe Variations" to the Paramount Center last year--"Trojan Women" is directed by Ann Bogart. LA Weekly hails the play, which was first staged in Los Angeles, for its "poeticism and cadence."

When: Wednesday, April 17th-Sunday, April 21st
Where: Paramount Center (559 Washington St.)
Contact: Visit here for tickets and more info. 
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