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May 6, 2013
Utility Work Updates

School Street Sewer Construction

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission will be working on School Street starting tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 6th).

BW&SC will be installing a structural liner from the corner of School & Tremont Streets down to the Washington Street intersection. BW&SC will maintain one lane of open traffic during construction, and will take every measure to reduce noise-and traffic-related impacts. Please contact 617-989-7450 with any questions.
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Macy's One-Day Sale Starting Friday

The downtown Macy's (450 Washington St.) will be helping shoppers "Make Mom's Day" with a One-Day Sale starting this Friday, May 10th, and continuing through Saturday, May 11th.   

Macys Mothers Day

Participating shoppers will receive a complimentary Mother's Day gift wrap with a qualifying purchase (ask in store for additional details). Contact 617-357-3000 for additional details.
Annual May Sale At DeScenza's

DeScenza's (387 Washington St.) is celebrating
mothers, recent graduates, and brides-to-be, with its annual May sale, which runs through this Saturday, May 11th.


The sale includes 40% off on diamond, gold, pearl, and sterling jewelry. Call 617-542-7974 for more info.
Downtown Events Calendar

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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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  • 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:
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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.  
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Mother's Day Weekend: Home Tour
& Much More

This Sunday is Mother's Day! Treat your mom to a weekend downtown with events, shopping, and brunch. 

On Saturday, May 11th, from 11 am-4 pm, explore Downtown Crossing's new look with "Downtown: Home Where The Heart Is," a self-guided home tour in Downtown Crossing hosted by the Downtown Boston BID.
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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!

For a full schedule of Mother's Day weekend events in downtown, click here.
Filene's Construction Update

Millennium Tower Beacon HillMillennium Partners has
catalyzed construction at the former Filene's site
, with workers having removed the canvas wrap from the Burnham Building and begun restoration of the 100-year-old Beaux Arts masterpiece.

Additional fencing is scheduled
to go up around the Burnham Building perimeter this week.
We will continue to provide updates as this exciting project continues!

For questions or comments relating to construction activity, please contact the project's community outreach coordinator at 617-517-5272.   
St. Paul's Unveils New Look

St. Paul's Cathedral (138 Tremont St.) has recently unveiled its new pediment, "Ship Of Pearl," by artist Donald Lipski. Filling in a portico that had been blank for nearly two centuries, the pediment is
part of a $4 million restoration of the cathedral. 

St Pauls Pediment

The church is hosting an inaugural lighting ceremony this Wednesday, May 8th, at 6 pm. The free event will include food, music, and "surprises" for all ages; call 617-482-4826 for more info.

Congratulations to Rev. John "Jep" Streit and the rest of the St. Paul's staff for having overseen this wonderful transformation!   
Arts, Entertainment, Events 
Hyatt Regency Launches Neighborhood Series

The Hyatt Regency Boston welcomes the return of warm weather and all the new residents coming into downtown with a new Neighborhood Event Series that stretches through the summer.

Hyatt Event Series 2013

Kicking things off is a Wine-Makers Dinner, featuring Markham Vineyards, to take place this Thursday at 5:30 pm. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to Boston Children's Hospital.

Other can't-miss events at the Hyatt this summer include the annual grand opening of the Avenue One Terrace, scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, at 5:30 pm, and the annual Over The Edge fundraiser for Massachusetts Special Olympics, which will take place Saturday, July 20th, at 8 am. Call 617-912-1234 for more info.

First 2013 Block Party Set For Thursday

Back for its fifth year, the Boston Calling Downtown Crossing Block Parties will return beginning this  Thursday, May 9th, at 5 pm, on Summer St. (outside Macy's), weather permitting.

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The weekly Block Parties will feature house bands
like the Swinging Johnsons and Hot Like Fire (above). Local restaurants will provide free appetizers, and moderately-priced beer & wine selections will be available.

Entrance is free; attendees must be 21+ (ID required). Contact [email protected] for more details.
Old State House 300th Anniversary Celebration Continues

A party hosted this past Saturday at Old State House by the Grand Lodge Of Massachusetts Masons kicked off the building's 300th anniversary celebration.  

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The festivities continue with the official 300th "birthday party" for Boston's oldest surviving public building. The celebration begins this Saturday, May 11th, at 10 am, and includes family-friendly activities, special tours, and appearances (naturally) by Revolutionary War reenactors. Contact 617-720-1713 for more info.  
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