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Boston Needs: 1) courthouse, 2) gamers, 3) car service

My husband and I will be in Boston the first week of November. I am coming for a conference, the husband is coming along so we can get a federal government recognized marriage. I am originally from the Boston area, but have not be back in 15 years. We have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by hworth on Oct 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Dancing in Boston this Saturday night (10/19)

My housemate wants to go dancing for his 40th birthday this weekend. We're looking for a venue with high energy danceable music. It should also be friendly to both queer and straight folks. A place popular with burners or other countercultural sorts would be ideal. I almost never go out dancing, so I have no ideas; maybe you do?
posted by spindrifter on Oct 15, 2013 - 7 answers

GI BOS

Please recommend a gastroenterologist in the Boston area.
posted by Behemoth on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for temporary, simple, affordable housing south of Boston/Quincy

I'm taking a temporary job near Duxbury, MA. I'll be working there for 3 months, potentially renewing for another 3 months. I'm starting next week. I really don't need anything more than a place to sleep, but I'm having a hard time coming up with something temporary and affordable <=$1000 a month. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Taking action about a dangerous road/intersection

Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Great histories of Boston and/or the American Revolution?

I recently moved to the Boston area, and realized that I don't know anything about it, or the main period that it's famous for. Please recommend me some non-fiction page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 23, 2013 - 17 answers

ATT vs T-Mobile in the Boston area

We are currently on an (expensive, $180 / month) ATT family plan with out iPhone 4Ses. We want to upgrade to the 5Ses and are wondering if t-mobile's coverage in the Boston area is good enough. Also, what plan would you recommend for the following parameters? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by reddot on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Going away present for someone moving from Boston to Seattle

My sister is moving from Boston to Seattle. Looking for recommendations for going away gifts. They could be related to Boston or Seattle, or just nice going-away gift ideas in general. [more inside]
posted by htid on Sep 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Asian hair in Boston

Help me find an Asian hair salon in Boston. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Do you live in Boston? Do you have curly hair? How?

I'm white, I have curly hair and I live in the Boston area. Around this time of year, every year, I have massive problems with frizz (my hair doubles in size, and not in a good way). I don't have this problem when I'm a few states south, in the tri-state area. I'm seeing tons of girls with curly hair in Massachusetts right now who don't have this problem. What's the secret? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Aug 31, 2013 - 16 answers

Boston Ikea how-to: difficulty level, no car

Boston-area Mefites: share your wisdom! We are looking to furnish our Medford, MA, apartment. We'd like to shop at Ikea. The problem is, we don't drive (we aren't legally qualified, so Zipcar doesn't help). Ikea will deliver from the store, which is great but leaves one problem: How do we get to and from the store? Any advice helpful; more details inside. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 25, 2013 - 9 answers

ISO creamy Greek salad dressing

I'm looking for a tried-and-true recipe for creamy Greek salad dressing. When I lived in the Boston area, the Greek salads I got from my neighborhood Greektalian pizza places (like Aram's #2), as well as from the small local pizza chain Upper Crust, came with a wonderful creamy, tangy dressing. Here in California and everywhere else in the country as far as I can tell, Greek salads come with a vinaigrette-type dressing, and searching for Greek salad dressing recipes returns nothing but vinaigrettes as well. I've spent some time experimenting with ingredients, but I'm hoping someone here is familiar with this type of dressing and has a good, tried-and-true recipe. Are you? Do you? I'm looking for recipes only, please, not suggestions for what might be in the dressing.
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to get Haircut and lip waxed in Roxbury, Boston MA on the CHEAP?

I am new BU Med student and just moved to Boston- in the Roxbury neighborhood. I need to get my hair cut and styled and my lip waxed on the cheap, ASAP. I am used to getting these service done in Chicago in different ethnic areas for super cheap. So where to go and how can I get there from the Roxbury area or Med campus? Thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS on Aug 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Green Acres Redux: From Boston Metro to NH or RI

My husband and I live in Boston. As part of its annual employee survey, his employer is asking whether he would be willing to relocate. The most likely locations would be facilities in southern New Hampshire or northern Rhode Island. It would be theoretically possible to stay where we live and he would reverse commute to those locations, but based on past experience, it would be over an hour each way. So, if his job were moved, we might relocate—and so we turn to you, MeFi, for your perspectives on those locations and whether we’d be happy living there or nearby. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Aug 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I afford to live around Worcester, MA?

I'm thinking of taking a postdoc in at UMass in Worcester, MA but am having trouble ironing out cost of living expenses. Where can I can I afford to live around there, preferably with a (relatively speaking) easy commute to Boston? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey on Aug 19, 2013 - 19 answers

I know I live here, but what should we do this week in Boston?

Suggestions on activities in and around Boston for my brother and I this wk? We are up for comedy shows, arts, music, boating, etc. [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Aug 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Boston bars where a bro can have beers with his MacBook open?

Is there a bar in town where I can work on my computer whilst enjoying a local brew and plates of unhealthy appetizers? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Name our co-op!

We're trying to start a co-op in the greater Boston area. Our values are kid-friendliness, parent-friendliness, social justice, and intentional community. We'd like it to be a peaceful, welcoming place. What should we name it?
posted by woodvine on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Boston/Camberville Catering

I'm hosting my sister-in-law's baby shower the second weekend of September and I need some catering recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Aug 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Boston and New Hampshire area - what to do and see with a baby?

My husband and I are flying to Boston this month with our 11 month old. We will arrive in Boston early on a Thursday then have an event to attend at the University of New Hampshire on Friday. We leave the area the following Tuesday afternoon. What should we make a point to do and see when we've never visited the New England area before? [more inside]
posted by justlisa on Aug 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Science Fiction Book set in Boston/Cambridge Involving a Volcano Crater

Help me find this science fiction book set in Boston involving a volcano crater. A long time ago, I read the first chapter of a science fiction book set in Boston and Cambridge where the premise was that the greater Boston area was located on an extinct volcano crater. For the life of me, I can't remember its title, and Google is failing me. [more inside]
posted by deanc on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Boston-area salon that does finger waves

My friend is getting married in September in Somerville, MA. She wants her hair in finger waves. She's struggling to find a salon in metro Boston that can do finger waves. Any personal recommendations (especially reasonable-cost ones) from people who have gotten finger waves in the Boston area? The wedding is on a Saturday afternoon (so hair would be Saturday morning). Transit accessibility is not an issue; assume she'll have a car. [more inside]
posted by snowmentality on Jul 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Great mini-tattoo artist?

I'm interested in a mini tattoo and am looking for recommendations for an exceptional artist. It's a hard thing to do (Oliver Peck is obviously the best) so any thoughts you have for anyone you know about (ideally in the Boston or San Francisco area) would be appreciated.
posted by KathMuse on Jul 16, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm Shipping up to Boston

Hello MeFites, Mr. Kitty and I are spending a long weekend in the fall up in Boston for our anniversary. We would love to find some amazing restaurants to try. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jul 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Broker recommendations/apartment tips for Boston with a child

Hi, I would love any recommendations people in the Boston area might have for rental brokers for an apartment in the Boston area, specifically nearish to Tufts. Someone who has successfully worked with a family with a small child would be ideal. General apartment hunting tips are also welcome. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I find travel wallets in Boston?

I'm looking for one of those anti-pickpocketing organizers for storing passport, money, etc while traveling. Anyone know where I can find one? [more inside]
posted by circumspice on Jul 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Boston filter: How do I make new friends?

Trying to put myself out there and blossom socially! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 6, 2013 - 26 answers

I know that none of those words go together.

Boston MetroWest parent filter: I need an affordable full-time preschool in Needham, MA or between Needham and North Waltham. And by "affordable" I mean < $1000/month. My son will be 3 in October. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

What iPhone plan should a frequent Canada-US traveler get?

I currently live in Toronto. From September to April, I'll live in Boston, with regular short trips back to Canada during that period. After that I'll come back to Canada. I am, alas, a total iPhone newb and I'm looking for advice on what someone in my position should do. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Where around Cambrigdge, MA to aquire a better physique.

For the longest time I have been doing some kind of lifting or mild strength training (benching or pushups, curls, etc. mostly free weights) and am in fairly decent but skinny shape. At the moment I am regularly running 5 to 8 miles every other day and, without access to a gym, doing my darnedest to wing it with the free weights I have and pushups. I am looking to put on a good amount of muscle and am willing to put in the time and effort if I can find an approachable and worthwhile gym. Some googling suggests Total Performance Sports might be worth a look. I am a male in my 20s and I'm hoping to do a couple weeks of personal training to help get a routine down. Any suggestions, Hivemind?
posted by sendai sleep master on Jun 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Yellow Watermelon in the Boston Area?

Boyfriend and I had some wonderful watermelon salad at Stella in the south end, for which they gave us the most basic recipe. Tastes delicious, even out of my kitchen, but their version had red and yellow watermelon, and I can only find red. Anybody know of a source in the Boston or north suburban area to find yellow?
posted by xingcat on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to get a good chop?

Bostonians/Cantibridgians/Somervillagers: Know anywhere to get a WICKED AWESOME haircut for around 60 bucks? Bonus points for being near inman. Not looking for anything crazy-fashion, just something easy to take care of, chic, doesn't require blowdrying, bonus points if it has a slimming effect. (if you have anything specific to suggest along these lines, send me a picture!) Don't mind waiting a bit for an appointment, but probably not more than a month.
posted by Calicatt on Jun 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Finding an apartment/roommate at Boston-Grad Student

It looks like I am going to Boston University - School of Public Health in the fall. How do I go about finding affordable and safe housing? I am from Chicago, so I was thinking of paying $900 for a studio. I have quickly learned that will not happen in Boston. So hivemind, what is a safe neighborhood that I should look into that will be close to campus? And, how do I go about finding a roommate? I learned of a program house called Fisk house which is only 1800 a semester and is a women's grad co-op- but it is full.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

I'd like to live in Provistonfansisco

Can you compare living in Boston with living in Providence? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Which Boston Zoo? Or no zoo?

Boston mefites! Would like to take my husband and 4 year old to the zoo tomorrow for Father's Day. Which zoo, Franklin Park, or Stone Zoo, is the most fun? Also, any restaurants around the zoos that are recommended? [more inside]
posted by MadMadam on Jun 15, 2013 - 9 answers

A brief vacation.

I'm going to be in the Boston area on the 29th and 30th of this month, and I'm looking for a bed-and-breakfast type place to stay over that weekend. Small and cheap is preferred, and outside the city - I've been thinking south, near (probably not actually on) the Cape. Does anyone have suggestions, either of particular places or of general areas I should aim for?
posted by koeselitz on Jun 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Kongming Lanterns in Massachusetts

Where can I buy sky lanterns in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Subscribe to Boston

I’m interested in getting a subscription/membership to a museum or similar location in the Boston area as a gift. I’m really looking for something that would appeal to a younger adult without kids who likes a broad range of cultural activities. I’ve considered the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, but I’d love to hear first hand impressions of those and get other suggestions. It doesn’t have to be a museum specifically (could be, say, a theater subscription), but I'd like to keep it under $150ish and it does have to be MBTA accessible and let in at least 2 adults.
posted by fermezporte on Jun 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Short term healthcare coverage in Massachusetts

Short term health insurance options in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 8 answers

I'd be Appy if I Could Find the Right Designer

After a lot of research, I am having trouble finding an affordable, trustworthy financial app (iPad) designer, Boston area a plus. Any suggestions?
posted by Xurando on May 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Recommend a rheumatologist in Boston

Can anyone recommend an excellent rheumatologist in the Boston area? Cambridge or Somerville would be ideal, but travel isn't a huge problem.
posted by Meg_Murry on May 20, 2013 - 3 answers

What are your family-style, urban living life hacks?

Mrs. Quizicalcoatl and I are finally moving to the Boston area with our 9- and 7-year old. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on May 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Won't you help me solve a thirty-year-old puzzle?

Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on May 14, 2013 - 186 answers

Roommate have right to renew lease and, if so, how to ask her to leave?

I live in a two-bedroom apt in Cambridge, MA. I have lived here since Sept '10 and current roommate ("CR") has lived here since Sept '12. The dynamic between CR and I is not so hot. I'm also just very much wanting to live alone and finally able to afford it. [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on May 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Is the Post-Marathon-Bombing One Fund a Worthwhile Charity?

I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Comparing Proton Beam Therapy in New Jersey and Boston

A friend of mine has a 15 month old son who was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma (brain cancer). He had a complete surgical resection of the tumor, and the next step is proton beam therapy. She has her choice between pursuing therapy at MGH in Boston, or in New Jersey at either Procare in Somerset or Robert Wood in New Brunswick. The New Jersey facilities would be more convenient for her and her family, but if the Boston facility is better, she'll make it work. Can you give me any information about how these three facilities compare in terms of both effectiveness of the therapy and patient experience, particularly with very young pediatric patients?
posted by KathrynT on May 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Yet another question about moving to Boston...

My partner and I are moving to Boston! We would like to live in an up-and-coming area (as opposed to "established," getting the most space for our limited budget) close to public transportation, but are having some difficulty determining which areas are safe and fit our lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Apr 30, 2013 - 12 answers

How to decide between 2 Grad Programs: Chicago vs Boston

Hey All, I would love some advice. I am not sure what to do. So I am going to grad school in health policy. Option A is to attend a University in Boston. I have applied and been accepted. Now Boston is twice as expensive as the local university in Chicago. However, I plan to apply for a scholarship to attend Boston. I will not find out if I am awarded this scholarship until the summer. If I am a recipient of the scholarship it comes with a 50% tuition waiver. One of the benefits of the scholarship is that there is a leadership development component and you are assigned a mentor, who is a leader in the field, in the Boston area. To apply for the scholarship, I have to commit and accept the offer to attend the school. However, if I do not get the scholarship, I would financially not be able to attend the school. So you might be able to see where this is going. On the one hand, I would like to start looking for housing and a roommate in Boston (I understand cost of living is much higher than Chicago, so I am a little freaked about that) right now, but how can I do this if I do not know if I will be attending the program? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 30, 2013 - 9 answers

A week between Cape Cod and NYC (via DC)

What to see during a spare week in August between leaving Hyannis on a Friday (having had a few days there and before that Boston) and need to be in NYC the following Friday for a long weekend of sightseeing? [more inside]
posted by brettski on Apr 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Where should we live in the Boston area?

You guys helped me land the job, now please help us figure out where to live! I'll be working in the Back Bay area and my husband in Waltham, near Prospect Park (thus not near the train station). [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Apr 24, 2013 - 16 answers

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