The tree canopy is strong near Jamaica Pond. | Photo via @drone_van_gogh
Wood you believe that there are currently 38,000 street trees in Boston? We’ll go out on a limb to say this number will keep on growing, thanks to the new Forestry Division that will branch out within the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
The new division will expand the department’s tree-related staff from five to 16 employees to help plant new trees + maintain existing trees.
Trees are an unbe-leaf-ably important part of Boston’s infrastructure. Urban forests help to reduce heat levels + remove air pollutants. Trees also support water quality and reduce the impact of flooding. The idea to focus on Boston’s trees was planted as part of the newly released Urban Forest Plan.
We rooted around and discovered the plan outlines seven major strategies for tree canopy management, including protecting existing trees, expanding the tree canopy, improving access to neighborhood tree data, and creating solutions to make space for more trees in Boston.
The plan also outlines neighborhood-specific strategies for tree planting, preservation, and care, focusing on under-canopiedneighborhoods like Chinatown, East Boston, Roxbury, and Allston/Brighton.
The new tree team will be in charge of ensuring that a variety of trees are planted in strategic locations that support species diversity.
Speaking of biodiversity efforts — the announcement was made yesterday at the Arnold Arboretum, and the organization gifted 10 dawn redwood trees to be planted in neighborhoods across Boston.
Did you know that dawn redwoods have been featured on the Arnold Arboretum’s logo since 1995? These trees were thought the be extinct for millions of years and are known as “living fossils.” Since 1948, the Arboretum has shared seeds with 600 other botanical institutions across the world. What a treet for our city.
Make like a tree and share this newsletter with people who have roots in the community.
First to Fest: Remnant x Saus Dinner | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $45 | This pre-Oktoberfest dinner + beer event includes Saus Currywurst, potato salad, a pour of the Fest Lager, and a Stein to keep.
8th Annual New England Fashion Week | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 10 p.m. | Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St. | Free | Tonight kicks off the fashion shows — events continue over the weekend. 👠
Oktoberfest | Fri., Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25 | Times vary | Samuel Adams Boston Taproom, 60 State St. | $10 | Enjoy local fest brews with live music, stein hoisting contests, and food specials. 🍻
Hops and Homes | Fri., Sept. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Dorchester Brewing, 1250 Massachusetts Ave. | Price of purchase | Bring your home buying questions to the brewery and ask the experts.
2022 Watercolor Painting Workshop | Sat., Sept. 24 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ronan Park, 92 Mt. Ida Rd., Dorchester | Free | Practice your landscape painting skills at this workshop, hosted by a local artist. 🎨
CX Fit | Sat., Sept. 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 222 Jacobs St., Cambridge | Free | Work on your fitness at this 45-minute full body class with Dani Ferreira.
Jake Owen | Sat., Sept. 24 | 5-10 p.m. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St. | $100 | Support the Greg Hill Foundation while enjoying a show from one of country music’s best — Annie Brobst and Spencer Crandall will open.*
Boston Women’s Market | Sun., Sept. 25 | 12-5 p.m. | Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave. | Free to attend | Shop over 30 women-owned vendors at this pop-up market in Brighton.
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At BOStoday, we love everything about fall — except the inevitable allergy spike. (No, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.) But — news flash — you don’t have to suffer (read: sneeze) in silence. 🤧
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Estella, a modern American restaurant, is now open at Downtown Crossing at 49 Temple St. The breakfast menu features dishes like chicken and waffles + pumpkin pancakes, in addition to lunch and dinner items. If you are wanting a peaceful and quiet meal, check out the upper level. (Boston.com)
Hokkaido Ramen “Santouka”is opening a third location on Fri., Sept. 23. The new ramen noodle soup restaurant is located at 169 Brighton Ave. in Allston and proceeds from the first night will go to Community Servings. 🍜
Eldo Cake House in Chinatown has closed. The bakery was known for the sponge cake slices loaded with cream and fresh fruit + treats like pork buns and coconut tarts. (Eater Boston)
23,267. That’s the number of applications that were submitted to participate in the Boston Marathon. All qualified athletes have been accepted to the April 17 race. The 2023 event will host 30,000 runners and the remaining field will be made up of charity runners.
Celebrate the new mural at Washington Manor in the South End on Sat.,Oct. 1 with the City of Boston + the artist Victor “Marka27" Quiñonez. The mural “Souledad” is part of the Transformative Public Art Program that will invest $1 million into 10 new murals in nine neighborhoods. The free event will be held from 12-2 p.m. at 1701 Washington St. 🖌️
The Pro Football Hall of Fameannounced that 129 modern-era players were nominated for the class of 2023, including 24 football players that spent time in Foxborough. Vince Wilfork and Rodney Harrison have both been on the ballot before + wontwo Super Bowls in New England.
Today is World Car Free Day, and to celebrate, Bluebikesis offering free Adventure Passes all day. Use code BLUECARFREE in the app to enjoy a free bike ride.
Market Basket has taken the top spot on a recent report of grocery stores that offer the lowest prices. The data analysis firm dunnhumby studied 69 stores, and the New England-based supermarket was the only one to land in the top five nationally for value of everyday prices and promotions. (Boston Business Journal)
No. 12. That’s where Bostonranked on WalletHub’s list of the best cities for coffee lovers. The study compared12 key indicators, including the number of coffee shops, coffee houses, and cafés per capita + the average price per pack of coffee. Tell us: what’s your favorite coffee shop? ☕
Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” broke records for new Prime memberships last week, with more sign-ups over a three hour periodto view the Chiefs-Chargers game than on Prime Day, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. Tonight’s game? Steelers vs. Browns. Join the party with a 30-day free Prime Video trial. 🏈 (CNBC)*
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All drinks will have a Halloween twist. | Photo provided by Shore Leave
Trick or treat yourself at Shore Leave this October at the month-long Halloween pop-up Scare Leave. Things will get spooky at the South End tropical bar and sushi spot with hundreds of Halloween decorations.
Creep it real in “The Spider Cave” — a section of the restaurant covered with spiders, webs, and lights. Or, take a seat at the bar to experience “The Bat Cave” with plenty of bats + skeletons to set the mood.
The seasonal cocktails will raise your spirits. Drinks like the marGHOULritaville will be served in black glasses and have a Halloween twist with flavors like pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, coconut, and passionfruit. Thirsty ghouls can order large format cocktails that will be served in trick or treat pails.
Come as you aren’tto theseextraevents at Scare Leave:
Surf Rock featuring The Electric Heaters | Thurs., Oct. 6 + Thurs., Oct. 27
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