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April 29, 2013
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Downtown Home Tour On May 11th

Explore the neighborhood's new look with "Downtown: Home Where The Heart Is," a
self-guided home tour in Downtown Crossing 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!

Walgreens Debut: Mobile Truck Appearance   
The Walgreens emporium at the corner of School & Washington St. is ready to make its debut!
Walgreens Eve Of Opening  
The grand-opening festivities kicked off yesterday with the appearance of a Walgreens Up Market Mobile Truck. The mobile unit, staffed by Walgreens brand ambassadors, is dishing out FREE smoothies, frozen yogurt, and fresh juice today and tomorrow, 10 am-2 pm daily. The store debut will follow immediately thereafter.      
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.

BID Services 
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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 [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
Downtown Boston Shines Recap  

The City of Boston's annual Boston Shines clean-up of downtown was another great success. 

2013 Downtown Boston Shines

Dozens of volunteers, representing a wide cross-section of the downtown community, spent last Friday morning painting lamppoles and sweeping up and disposing of cigarette butts--nearly 8,000!
The Downtown Boston BID thanks all who participated and helped support the event.Shown above: the CBRE-Grossman team.
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.  
Downtown Boston BID Weekly News Update

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For questions and comments, please contact Doug Meyer, newsletter editor, at: [email protected]
FeaturedThisWeekFeatured Stories
Summer Events In Downtown: Art Markets, Block Parties, And More!

It's an exciting time on Summer Street: the Filene's redevelopment is resuming--and May brings the start of another summer of music, art, and entertainment sponsored by the Downtown Boston BID! 

Art market woman
On Wednesdays and Fridays, from May through October, Summer Street hums with the vibrancy of
the Summer Street Art Markets (above). A sea of white tents, showcasing artisanal crafts from over a dozen vendors, fills the scene.  
On Thursday nights, from next Thursday (May 9th) through September, the streetscape comes alive with the Downtown Crossing Block Parties, co-sponsored this year by Crash Line Productions. Featuring great bands and a modestly-priced beer & wine selection, the Block Parties make for a perfect after-work hangout. 

Complementing the Art Markets and Block Parties, the Downtown Boston Brass return for their second summer. A quartet of horn players, the Brass serenade downtown on Wednesdays and Fridays from May through October, playing a selection of all-time favorites at various outdoor locations.  

All events are FREE to attend (must be 21+ and present valid ID for the Block Parties). Contact [email protected] for more details.
LCC Previews New Look For Lobby

The Abbey Group's Lafayette City Center (LCC) recently previewed its upcoming lobby renovations, which are slated to begin this summer.

LCC New Lobby Rendering

sleek new lobby (above) will feature lounge seating, a modern glass staircase, and a new security desk. The renovations capitalize on the incredible revitalization occurring in downtown and especially along the Avenue de Lafayette corridor, including the Millennium Place development, the Hyatt Regency's lobby renovation, and Synergy Investments' renovation of 99 Chauncy St. 
For inquiries about leasing at LCC, contact Jones Lang LaSalle at 617-531-4122.   
Old State House Tricentennial

Three hundred years ago, the royal government of colonial Massachusetts took up administration in a new building: Old State House.

Old State House unicorn

This May, Old State House celebrates its 300th anniversary with a series of celebrations. Highlights include a 300th Anniversary Commemoration (Tuesday, May 7th, 11 am) and the Old State House 300th Birthday Party (Saturday, May 11th, 10 am).
For more events at Old State House, visit here
DealsandPromotionsDeals & Promotions
Macy's Friends & Family: Final Day
To Save

Today is the final day of the Downtown Macy's
annual spring "Friends & Family" sale. The sale
will last until store closing at 10 pm tonight.

Macys F&F Spring Sale

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.
Eddie Bauer Outlet's "Adventure Everyday" Sale

The Downtown Eddie Bauer Outlet
(500 Washington St.) is hosting an "Adventure Everyday" sale starting Wednesday.

Eddie Bauer Outlet

The sale, which lasts through Sunday, May 5th, features 25% off on all items. In addition to the sale, customers can enter to win the "Trip Of A Lifetime National Sweepstakes," co-sponsored by Outside Magazine/Mountain Travel Sobek. Call 617-423-4722
for more info.  
Long's Once-A-Year Sale This Week

The Downtown Boston Long's Jewelers (100 Summer St.) is now hosting its annual "Once-A-Year" sale! The promotion runs through this Sunday, May 5th.  

Long's Once A Year Sale
The savings are big--from 25% to up to 70% off--and include jewelery, watches, diamonds, and more. Please call 617-426-8500 for more information.
Arts, Entertainment, Events 
Ben Harper Returns To The Orpheum Theatre

Two-time Grammy award winner Ben Harper (below left) is back in Boston.

Ben Harper Charlie Musselwhite

The legendary singer-songwriter, known for his eclectic blend of blues, soul, and reggae, is on tour with Charlie Musselwhite promoting his 12th studio album, "Get Up!" They play the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday.

When: Saturday, May 4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre (1 Hamilton Pl.)
Contact: Please visit here for tickets.
Trio Cleonice At Old South Meeting House

On Thursday, the New England Conservatory of Music's graduate trio-in-residence, Trio Cleonice, returns to Old South Meeting House to give a "playful" performance inspired by the museum's history.   

Trio Cleonice

Consisting of (from l-to-r) pianist Emely Phelps, cellist Gwen Rosnick, and violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, the trio has played at venues as diverse as Boston's Jordan Hall and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The show will include a rendition of Beethoven's "Ghost" trio. 

When: Thursday, May 2nd, 12:15 pm.
Where: Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.)
Contact: 617-482-6439.