As I write my 1825th review of 2018 (that’s a five a day average if you’re paying attention), I feel it’s only appropriate to summarize the year with one city that caught nearly half of my Yelping efforts. This year, I wrote 489 reviews that were in the City of Boston but there were also 38 in Cambridge and 28 in Brookline and 27 in Somerville for a total of 811 that I would consider “Greater Boston.” So yeah, I think I’m qualified despite living in North Carolina. I spent more time at the corporate apartment near the Aquarium than I did at home.
Well known for its sports teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics) and as the headquarters of the Dunkin’ Donuts, Boston is “The Hub.” It is the commercial and cultural center of the Northeast. Boston Logan International Airport is the 16th busiest airport in the United States with flights to as far away as Tel-Aviv and Tokyo and Dubai. (I was the Duke of BOS for a while this year.)
Boston’s accent is well known, if you’ve ever “Pahked yah cah” or head of “Fenway Pahk.” Local drivers are known as “massholes” (can I say that on Yelp?) and the city map is a complete cluster of confusion. You will not be able to get from one part of town to the other without a GPS but be aware that it might not work well when you’re driving in one of the tunnels from the Big Dig. Stop by Beacon Hill – you can’t miss the big gold dome at the highest point next to Boston Common.
If you’re parking your car, look out for the “unofficial state flower,” the fluorescent pink of a parking ticket. Or you can walk – the city’s pedestrians jaywalk and will flip you off even if they’re crossing in the middle of the street. Or you can take public transportation. Boston’s metro system isn’t the “tube” or the “subway.” It’s the “T” and the MBTA is the oldest underground railroad in North America with 1,193 miles of track. The “subway” part is a single zone which means that you can roll from Riverside to Wonderland for $2.25 on your CharlieCard.
The skyline is ever growing but the main anchors of the Prudential Center (my 10,000th review!), the John Hancock Tower and the Boston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank as well as the control tower at the airport are unique fingerprints.
Looking to get educated? Harvard, MIT, Boston University and Boston College are here. More than 136,000 students move in to the city the first weekend of September, of which a quarter are headed to Northeastern University. 20% of the city’s population is made up of students.
Lobster rolls, baked beans and clam chowder are the “official” foods of Boston. The best Italian food is in the North End but you’ll need to decide if it’s Mike’s or Modern with the best canolis. Of course, you need to get yourself a Sam Adams beer but if you go to the Cheers pub, you’ll be disappointed to learn that the inside looks nothing like what it does on the TV set. I never did find anyone named Denny Crane or the offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt from Boston Legal.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Boston. I completed my quest to get to every T station on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines. I even rode the ferry to Wahlburger’s in Hingham!
Boston. It’s a hell of a town.
[Review 10237 overall, 1825 of 2018.]