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December 16, 2013 
In The News
CBS Boston (WBZ-TV), "Returning Downtown Crossing To Prominence," 12/13/13

"Downtown Crossing Dining Guide," 12/13/13

Boston Business Journal, "Walsh: 'Thoughtful Change' Coming To BRA,"

Boston Business Journal,
"Related Beal Co.
To Buy Fidelity's 82 Devonshire St.
," 12/13/13

Banker & Tradesman, "Georgetown Co. Buys One Washington Mall For $57 Million," 12/13/13

Boston Globe
, "Marketing A Much Better Boston Brand [Op-Ed]," 12/13/13, "Is Downtown Boston
The Next Innovation District?
," 12/12/13

WECB [Emerson College] News, "The Secret Theater Beneath Boylston St.,"  12/5/13

Meetings & Notices
Walsh Administration Transition: Public Hearings Schedule

With Mayor-Elect Martin J. Walsh's inauguration just around the corner, it's a busy week for public hearings hosted by the Walsh Transition Committee.


The following is this week's public hearings schedule:

Transportation Public Hearing | Monday, December 16th, 5:30-7 pm | 280 Congress St., Boston, 02210

Environment Public Hearing | Tuesday, December 17th, 7-9:30 pm | English High School | 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, 02130

Public Health Public Hearing | Wednesday, December 18th, 5:30-8 pm | English High School |
144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Basic City Services Public Hearing | Thursday, December 19th, 6-8 pm | Old South Meeting House | 310 Washington St., Boston, MA 02108

Community members are invited to attend the hearings to present ideas as to how they would improve the City of Boston. Please visit here for more information.
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
This Week's Featured Calendar Event
Christmas On Arch Street: Celebration At St. Anthony Shrine

The Friars of St. Anthony Shrine invite the downtown community to celebrate Christmas on Arch Street with a performance by the Shrine's Arch Street Band.

Featuring "songs and stories of expectation and celebration," the show takes place this Saturday, December 21st, at 7 pm, with an additional performance on Sunday, December 22nd, at 2 pm. Please visit here for tickets and more info.
CityServicesCity Services
BID Ambassador Services


  • Shoveling snow off of handicapped ramps and other key sections of public sidewalks in downtown. 
  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Providing walking escorts 24 hours/day: contact 617-261-0066 to arrange. 
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, etc. 
  • contact for more.
Additional BID Services
  Lafayette City Center
Featured Stories
"Christmas In The City" Seeks Donations

The Boston Globe annually hails Kennedy Brothers Physical Therapy's "Christmas In The City", and it's no secret why: owner Jake Kennedy (below) runs one of Boston's most ambitious holiday toy drives.

Unfortunately, the demand for gifts continues to grow--and Jake needs your assistance to help make sure that all underprivileged children in Boston receive a gift this year. You can contribute by
donating online or by dropping off cash or check donations to Kennedy Brothers (45 Franklin St., 2nd Fl.). The BID thanks its readers for their generosity.    
Downtown Boston Holiday Market Appears On "Keller At Large"

The Downtown Boston Holiday Market was featured on a recent "Keller At Large" segment on WBZ-TV. The piece, which spotlights Downtown Crossing in general, opens with a performance by the Downtown Boston Holiday Brass inside the Holiday Market Tent.

The arrival of Week 3 to the Downtown Boston Holiday Market brings new artisan vendors, such as Janice Toth (above), to the Holiday Market Tent. Visit here for info about Jan's fine art.

With just over a week left until Christmas, now is the time to visit the Holiday Market Tent, say hello to Santa Claus, and take in performances by the Brass Band and Berklee College Twilight Carolers!

Deals & Promotions
UDG Launches Holiday Season Menu

Uno Dué Go swings into the holiday season with a yummy sampling of wintertime treats.

The holiday menu, available through December 31st, includes a trio of scrumptious beverages: gingerbread latte, peppermint hot chocolate, and chai apple cider (above). Additional highlights include raisin spice cake and holiday shortbread cookies. Call 617-695-1834 for more info. 
Hyatt Regency's "Uber-ific" Offer

Highlighting the Uber livery service's rapid expansion, the Hyatt Regency Boston is "keeping guests moving" with an "Uber-ific Boston" package.

Reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency through March 31st of 2014 and you will receive a $20 Uber credit, along with complimentary Wi-Fi service in your room and a late (4 pm) checkout. Contact 617-422-552 for more info.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
This Week's Trunk Shows At Artists Crossing

Artists Crossing celebrates the holiday season with two trunk shows this week!


The first trunk show features hand-blown glass by Aron Leaman (above left) and runs through 7 pm this evening (Monday, December 16th). The second show, hosted this Wednesday, December 18th, from 11 am-6 pm, showcases semi-precious gemstone jewelry by Deborah MacFail (above right).

Contact for more info about Artists Crossing trunk shows and artists. 
Henry For The Holidays: "Henry VII"
At The Modern Theatre

Henry VIII was England's most celebrated and notorious tyrant--yet the play Shakespeare wrote about him remains one of the playwright's most obscure and overlooked.

The Actors' Shakespeare Project restores Shakespeare's forgotten gem with its production of "Henry VIII," performing at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre through Sunday, January 5th.
Visit here for tickets and more info.
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