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December 23, 2013 
In The News
Boston Globe, "Homeless Children Get Star Treatment At Jake Kennedy's 'Christmas In The City' Event," 12/23/13

Banker & Tradesman, "South Station To Close Red Line Escalator, Stairs At Night," 12/20/13

Boston Business Journal, "Year In Review: Boston's Biggest Groundbreakings In 2013 [Filene's Project]," 12/19/13

Boston Magazine
, "Boston City Council Votes In Favor Of Home-Rule Petition To Help Ease Cap On Liquor Licenses," 12/19/13

Boston Globe, "A Strategic Plan For Boston Will Reform The BRA [Op-Ed]," 12/18/13

Boston Globe
, "The Shifting Terrain Of Power In 'Henry VIII' [Theater Review]," 12/18/13
Meetings & Notices
Martin J. Walsh Inaugural Celebration: Tickets Info
The inaugural celebration for Mayor-Elect Martin J. Walsh will take place Monday, January 6th, at 7 pm, at the Hynes Convention Center.

Scheduled to perform are the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart conducting, the Dropkick Murphys, Blue Man Group, Lenny Clarke, and many more. For tickets, please visit here. Please visit here for more info about the inauguration.
South Station Expansion Project Update & Current Construction

MassDOT has issued a newsletter update on the $850 million South Station expansion project.

Feasibility studies are currently underway on the project, which seeks to alleviate congestion and accomodate future demand. Visit here for MassDOT's South Station expansion project subpage. There is also currently a small construction project at South Station, lasting through early January. For a listing of significant infrastructure projects in downtown, visit here.
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
Yo Gabba Gabba's "Very Awesome" Holiday Show At Orpheum

The wildly-popular children's TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! brings its zany madcap fun to the Orpheum with a special holiday show!

Created by two young fathers with no prior TV background, the "very awesome" production performs at 2 pm and again at 5 pm on Saturday, December 28th. Visit here for tickets.
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
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Featured Stories
'Tis The Season Of Giving: Hyatt Regency Generously Leads The Way

The Hyatt Regency Boston has generously embraced the spirit of holiday giving with two major charity fundraising efforts.

Hyatt Regency GM Phil Stamm (above left) recently presented Boston Children's Hospital's Charles Savicki (above right) with a check for $25,000. The donation was generated by proceeds from the Hyatt's "Room For Hope" guest room. Please visit here for more info about this special partnership between the Hyatt Regency and BCH.

The Hyatt Regency is also donating $25,000 this holiday season to the non-profit organization Room To Read, which focuses on literacy in the developing world. The Hyatt will also match every Facebook or Twitter "share" of Room To Read with a $1 matching contribution, up to $75,000. Please visit here for info.
Old South Meeting House Hosts
Basic City Services Forum

Old South Meeting House, celebrated through the centuries for its commitment to free speech, transformed once again into a forum for vigorous discussion last Thursday night during the Basic City Services public hearing.

Joined by Walsh 2014 Transition Committee co-chair Sam Tyler, President of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Basic City Services team leaders Rosemarie Sansone and My Lam heard comments from many Bostonians on issues ranging from animal control, to trash collection, how to create a more business-friendly climate, and the right to clean water. The feedback was collected and sent to Mayor-Elect Walsh.

For more info on the Walsh Transition Committee's public hearings--which continue through January 25th--please visit here.
Downtown Boston Holiday Market:
Plenty Of Time For Last-Minute Gifts!

The fifth-annual Downtown Boston Holiday Market continues through this Saturday, December 28th, so there's plenty of time to make last-minute purchases.

The Holiday Market Tent features several new vendors this week, along with perennial favorites such as Allston's very own Swissbakers (above). Please note this week's Holiday Market Tent hours:

Today: open until 7 pm
December 24th: 11 am-2 pm
December 25th: closed
December 26th-28th: 11 am-7 pm

The Downtown Boston BID wishes its readers a safe and happy holiday week!  
Restaurant News
Holiday Dinners In Downtown

There's still plenty of time to book a holiday dinner in downtown!


A number of restaurants are serving special meals tomorrow and on Christmas Day:

Check in next week for updates on New Year's Eve specials in downtown!

Arts, Entertainment & Events
"The Mirror Of Race" Exposed At
New Adams Gallery Exhibit

Since the 1840s, photographers have captured arresting images of people of various ethnic backgrounds. Now, Suffolk University's Adams Gallery displays some of this fascinating archive with "The Mirror Of Race" exhibit.

On exhibit through Tuesday, February 25th, the exhibit includes not only vintage photo formats--ambrotypes, daugerrotypes, and tintypes--but also modern-day tintypes created by aficionados of vintage photography. Contact 617-305-1910 for more info.
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