I've lived my whole life in the Midwest/Rust Belt and the South. A year ago, I moved to Boston, and I am floundering, struggling really hard to adapt to the aggressive conversational style people have here. I feel like I can't get a word in, can't ever finish a sentence, never get a positive or encouraging reaction to anything I say, and spend most of my time smiling and nodding stupidly as others talk over me. I know I need to "be more assertive" and "grow a thicker skin" and whatever, but... how? [more inside]
I'd like to get into a more regular schedule with weightlifting workouts—but I'm imminently moving from Copenhagen to split my time between New York and Boston. How do I do this? Looking for trainer/gym recommendations, especially: [more inside]
I am traveling to Boston/Cape Cod for about 48 hours next week. [more inside]
My friend and I were supposed to catch a bus tonight from Boston to Lincoln, NH (White Mountains area). Unfortunately, we're going to miss the bus! What can we do? [more inside]
I am watching Chef's Table. I love good food and dream to go to Massimo Bottura's restaurant some day... some day. Until then I am hoping to find some place in Boston that has a chef that loves food as much as him! It's for a birthday celebration but doesn't need to be fancy or amazing service or anything - just terrific, inventive food. Do I have to go to New York or is there something here in Massachusetts?
I'm hoping to identify a good place to stop and get some exercise/fresh air on our drive from Boston to Portland, Maine. [more inside]
I'll be moving to Boston/Cambridge in September for my first job! Help me find a neighborhood in which to search for housing, and feel free to share any tips for a transplant from the west coast (the San Francisco Bay Area). [more inside]
I'm reconsidering my plan to camp overnight and watch the Perseids on Friday night at the Boston harbor islands, because it will be rainy/cloudy. Where could my friends and I go instead? [more inside]
I am a European going to Boston and Philadelphia in August, and would like to watch a baseball and American football game. Help me! [more inside]
I'm going to Boston/Cambridge later this month and have pretty much everything planned except where to shop. Any favorite quirky/eclectic places I should be sure to stop by while I'm there? [more inside]
Hi, I am looking for a divorce attorney in the Boston/Cambridge area. Would love any recommendations, thank you!
In a few weeks, I'll be moving into a house with a very dirty unfinished basement. I want to hire a company to really, really clean it, but I haven't been able to get any good responses from the local companies I tried. It seems like there is dust and grime everywhere. After everything is moved out, what kind of company would do this sort of clean up? [more inside]
Help me solve my transportation conundrum! [more inside]
I am going to Boston this weekend. I have been there a billion times but have never really done any Bostony things. What should I plan to do? Things I like: seafood, New Englandyness, American history, public transportation, and roast beef but I think I've got that covered.
I'm meeting a friend in Boston on June 11th and we'd very much like to watch the England v. Russia Euro football (soccer) in a pub. We'd be looking for ideally the closest experience to watching it in a pub in England, i.e. a place dedicated to watching just this match with a partisan crowd shouting for England, or as close to that as possible. Anyone got any suggestions for venues? Thanks!
My wife and I are currently driving a moving truck to the Boston area. We were supposed to arrive at a storage facility to unload some things by 6pm and return the truck to Uhaul this evening, but we won't make it to the storage facility in time. So now we need a place to park the 15' truck overnight. Does anyone know who can take our money and let us do this in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area tonight? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for hair salons/stylists in the Boston are that are good with short women's styles, without veering too much in the direction of "old practical lady" on one hand and "edgy butch punk rocker" on the other. [more inside]
I just moved to Boston (Jamaica Plain, specifically) and I'm looking for a regular cat sitter since I often travel, sometimes for good chunks of time, so it would be ideal if pet watching could be in exchange for staying in my apartment. How can I find a trustworthy person amenable to such an exchange? [more inside]
I'm planning a visit to Boston where I grew up but haven't been in a while. I don't like stressing about traffic and parking. Should I take the T or rent a car? [more inside]
I came back to take care of some personal stuff in New England this week, but it's all already done! So outside of a couple evenings and dinners with family and friends, I have the next few days free. I have some money and some time and a rental car - what adventures do you recommend?
A friend is looking for a divorce lawyer in Boston who is reasonably-priced and ideally offers a free consultation. Also, any advice about what he should bring to/ask at the consultation would be extremely helpful. [more inside]
Help me find a map of the United States from the perspective of a Bostonian. I saw this map in 2007 and haven't seen it since, so it may not be in print anymore. I've been thinking about it for almost 10 years. Please help me find it! [more inside]
Does anyone have personal recommendations for reputable eating disorder treatment facilities anywhere in the US and/or individual therapists with eating disorder expertise in Boston or the Washington, DC area? Details inside. [more inside]
Where would be fun to stop along the way during a road trip from Seattle to Boston? [more inside]
Is there a way we can calculate our chances of getting into a given school in the Boston Public Schools lottery? [more inside]
My brother qualified for the Boston Marathon, so I'm looking for practical tips for him on running the track, and for me on supporting someone who is running. [more inside]
Anniversary date concept: while in Boston, we get tattoos (each of us has a small, straightforward one we've been wanting) and then eat fondue. Ideally without spending an hour on the T in between. Where can our inky, cheesy desires be satisfied?
I'm visiting my boyfriend in the Cambridge/Boston area, and am trying to plan a fun date night. I'm vegetarian, and he's gluten free, dairy free, and has some other allergies. I'm very happy with cheese and nice cocktails, he's usually happy with fish or chicken and cooked green things. Any ideas of a good Friday night place? [more inside]
My cat and I are relocating from Seattle to Boston at the end of March. Help me decide where and how to look for an apartment when I visit for four days at the end of February. [more inside]
I am cooking Christmas dinner and may have bought the wrong kind of ham/pork. But maybe not? Either way, I need different cooking times than I first expected. Can the meat-experts of the green help me out? [more inside]
My girlfriend wants a smaller dog to live in our suburban house with fenced in yard, to get along with our 4 year old Border Collie, and we're not sure which breed would work best. [more inside]
I'll be seeing Thievery Corporation at the House of Blues in Boston next Wednesday. The show starts at 7:00pm. Has anyone seen them recently? What time do they actually go on stage?
My family will be joining me in the Boston area for Christmas this year, for the first time, for only a few days surrounding the 25th. If we were in NYC, near where I grew up, I'd know exactly what to do - see the windows, Rockefeller Ctr, St. Patrick's, the Grand Central train show...but I don't know what the Boston equivalents of these sightseeing traditions are. One caveat: Boston seems big on performing arts events for the holidays, and we probably aren't going to be able to coordinate schedules for ticketed events. I'm looking for things you can just drop in to. [more inside]
My family is looking to move out of our small condo in Cambridge to a nearby suburb that will give us more space, great schools, green space, and a community to call our own for our growing family. Among the various features we are looking for in our next community, it important to us to live where there is an active Jewish community. We are already familiar and considering Brookline/Needham/Lexington/Sharon, but are less familiar with the vibe in Natick, Winchester, Needham, Andover, and Belmont. [more inside]
I'm looking for the best fish market that has good quality and low prices in Boston Ma.? I want to buy and cut up salmon and freeze in portions.
I'm moving from Seattle to Boston sometime in the first half of 2016 and I'm looking for a software engineering position at an organization with strong social purpose. Help me find some places to investigate that are either near Boston or support working remotely. [more inside]
I've never done the commuter flight thing before....realistically, how early do I need to show up to JFK (NYC airport) for a 6:30 AM flight to Boston this Saturday? [more inside]
I'm heading to a sf writing workshop in Massachusetts and I was planning on staying with some friends in Boston on Friday night (TOMORROW) on my way there. I was planning on enjoying a day in Boston and hanging out with these friends. Unfortunately, they are sick – pneumonia or something. Uh oh. [more inside]
Am looking for suggestions for a nice restaurant in Boston/Cambridge that is vegetarian friendly. Am looking to get a gift cert for dinner for 4, 2 of whom are vegetarian, so looking for somewhere with more than a token pasta primevera or grilled asparagus on the menu. Budget up to $100 per person including wine. [more inside]
I know the MBTA (or a historical org related to) sometimes hosts rides of their vintage buses and trains. Unfortunately I can't find a schedule online (and most searches for "vintage MBTA" take me to maps and schedules). Any idea how I'd learn more about this?
Help me determine the design elements in these outfits for a few famous Bonnie and Clyde photographs for a costume. Also, ideas on how to find a gun prop for rent or cheap purchase in Boston. More beneath the fold. [more inside]
My wife and I live with our 20 month old daughter in Cambridge, MA and we're researching options for moving to the suburbs. We live in Inman Square and love what we have but want to (affordably) have some more living and outdoor space. Which communities in the Boston area should we consider? [more inside]
We're driving up for a wedding from DC to Boston, and decided to take our time on our way north! What are some fun attractions along the route that we could hit? We'll be driving on 95, past Philly, NYC, New Haven, and Providence. Our interests tend towards the foodie, the wacky, and the scenic. We're open to driving off the route for a ways. Hive mind, what are your suggestions?
A friend of mine has a craving for a banana milkshake from Steak and Shake. Unfortunately, there's no Steak and Shake anywhere close to here. Specifically, she wants the artificial banana flavor, and weirdly, it seems like it's easier to find real banana than fake. Is there an equivalent available in the Boston area that will help soothe her nostalgia?
Tomorrow I have a meeting on Beacon St. in the mid-afternoon. I'm coming from Western Mass. I have a car and I'm happy to drive most of the way but I really hate and fear driving in downtown Boston. What are my best options for avoiding that? I'm looking for good park-and-ride locations, mostly, preferrably cheap, that I can take the T from.
Need feedback on renting a car from Sixt at BOS... [more inside]
I'm driving a U-Haul from Cambridge, MA to Brooklyn and within Brooklyn on Saturday -- can you confirm my route is OK and a couple of other sundry questions? [more inside]
I have a three mile commute to work. On public transportation it takes 45-60 minutes. On a bike it’s under 20, but I don’t ride every day because biking hurts. Please help me get pointed in the right direction for cycling comfort! [more inside]
I just moved to Boston and don't know much of anything about it's history as a music town. I mean I'm generally aware of classic rock bands being from Boston, and then Mission of Burma, but what else? What books, documentaries, websites, magazine archives, etc should I read to find out more about the Boston (and surrounding area) scene? [more inside]
I am looking for a good therapist in the Watertown or Brighton area of Boston - say within a 5-10 minute drive from Brighton Center. Would prefer female and someone who has experience with relationship issues and/or mortality issues. Can anyone make a recommendation?