Long time lurker, first time poster ;)
Problem: I am a single 30 year old guy who moved from downtown Seattle to the suburbs of Boston (Marlborough to be exact), for work. As you can imagine this is a somewhat of a difficult adjustment given that I love city life and being able to walk around town and not having to use my car! I used to work for a big name online retailer headquartered in downtown Seattle, and even though living and working in downtown was great, I missed out on quite a lot of fun the city life has generally to offer, primarily due to the working hours. That being said, my new job, still in the suburbs and further west from where I live (and Boston), affords a lot more time. I'd like to go out and experience the city (both Boston and New York).
My questions are:
1) How have single folks adjusted to living in the suburbs, if at all?
2) How do I go about making the most of not living in Boston, yet being able to experience everything it has to offer? Should I drive up Friday night, get a hotel for the weekend and drive back Sunday? Any other options? (Just as an FYI - Marlborough is 45 minutes west of Boston. I'd like to not drive back late at night given an option).
3) What are some sources (sites, e-mail news letters, clubs) that could introduce me to what is happening in both Boston and New York. Some of the things that I like are things along the line of Stomp, Blue Man Group, Gypsy Kings etc. Basically, performing arts and interesting off beat events. Oh, also food! I love trying out new restaurants. I know about Ticketmaster and curated news letters like Thrillist. Also, as a side note, how do I go about being informed about some offbeat events - for example I heard about a unique broadway show called Sleep No More
on the Freakencomics podcast. I would like to get lucky and find out about shows or events like this. I feel i would have never known about it, had I skipped the episode.
In a nutshell: How do I go about getting the most out of living within driving distance of Boston and a train ride from New York. Help me fill up my weekends with interesting and never ending supply of fun events, shows and excursions around town. Help me get lucky and discover smart, entertaining stuff.