Plus, new affordable housing projects approved.
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Humble brag: This story rocks
A stone with the numbers "1620" carved into it sitting in sand, with a structure built around it.
“1620" was carved onto Plymouth Rock in 1880, when the upper and lower portions of the rock were reunited. | Photo via @jetsetpep
Each year, over one million visitors make the trip to nearby Pilgrim Memorial State Park to behold Plymouth Rock: A symbol of history, passing time, and... let’s be honest...tourist traps.

We don’t mean to dismiss the significance of Plymouth Rock, aka the reputed site where Pilgrims disembarked the Mayflower in 1620. Minds may conjure images of an impressive, towering boulder situated before an expansive sea, imagining Pilgrims stepping foot onto the new land via this very rock many years ago.

In reality, Plymouth Rock is just that — a rock. Remnants of a rock, actually. While the original stone may have been quite grand, what remains is a much smaller piece of the boulder after years of moving locations, human interaction, and the natural effects of time. In fact, parts of the original rock are located in various locations, two of which can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Ironically, no early Pilgrim accounts even mention the landmark. It wasn’t until 1741 that Plymouth Rock was noted as historically significant, when Thomas Faunce, the son of an early settler, protested a project that would cover the rock and even gave it “a tearful goodbye.” Nevertheless, Plymouth Rock has endured, and if its number of annual visitors signifies anything, it remains an important symbol to many.

If the Thanksgiving season has you wanting to connect with history and make the ~50-minute trip to Plymouth Rock, we recommend checking out these spots while you’re there.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • 2023 Trellis Lighting | Monday, Nov. 20 | 5-6 p.m. | Christopher Columbus Park, 100 Atlantic Ave., Boston | Free | Head to the waterfront park for the first holiday lighting event of the season.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • View Boston x lululemon Yoga Class | Tuesday, Nov. 21-Wednesday, Nov. 22 | Times vary | View Boston, 800 Boylston St., Boston | $35 | This 60-minute morning class will provide panoramic views of the city while you flow.
  • “Elf” Trivia + Keg Tree Lighting Party | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Sam Adams Boston Taproom, 60 State St., Boston | Free | Stop at the downtown taproom ahead of the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting for a game of “Elf” trivia and specials like the Old Fezziwig holiday brew on draft.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
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Ring in the holidays with these gifts
holiday gifts
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.

Black Friday
  • 30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
Cyber Monday
There are more savings this weekend for the foodies, pet parents, and more…
News Notes
  • Mayor Wu recently named Boston’s nine-member Participatory Budgeting External Oversight Board. The board will work to ensure that Bostonians have more say in how tax dollars are spent by creating a civic engagement process. (The Boston Globe)
  • The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved eight new affordable housing projects in East Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, and West Roxbury. The projects plan to create 656 residential units, 123 of which will be income-restricted.
  • After last year’s fourth warmest winter on record at Blue Hill Observatory, what can we expect for winter 2023-24? According to the WBZ weather team, it’s likely that we’ll get a “milder than average winter with slightly below average snowfall in Boston.” (WBZ News)
Real Estate
  • In a town meeting, Brookline voted to approve a proposed bylaw that would allow rent stabilization and tenant eviction protections. The bylaw still needs to be approved by state legislators before it can be implemented. (The Boston Globe)
  • $288 million. That’s how much Celtics player Jaylen Brown’s five-year contract is worth, making Brown the highest-paid player in the league. Anyone wanna teach us how to play basketball? (Boston Business Journal)
You A.R.T.a know
a GIF showing four different renderings of the new A.R.T. location

The new location is slated to break ground in March 2024.


Renderings via A.R.T. Marketing

The Boston Planning and Development Agency has officially approved a new home for the American Repertory Theater.

The new location — named the David E. ’93 and Stacey L. Goel Center for Creativity and Performance — will place the theater around the corner from Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex.

Fast facts

  • Size | 70,000 sqft.
  • Completion | ~Fall 2026
  • Location | 175 N. Harvard St., Allston
  • Architect and design team | UK-based firm Haworth Tompkins

What to expect

  • Two flexible performance venues
  • Rehearsal studios
  • Teaching spaces
  • Public lobby
  • Outdoor performance yard (for ticketed and free events)
  • 276-unit residential building (with capacity to house ~500 Harvard affiliates)
The Buy
A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
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The Wrap
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From the editor
I love a good celebrity sighting — especially when it involves Tim Burton. The filmmaker was recently spotted with Jenna Ortega in Melrose while filming “Beetlejuice 2.”

In other rare sighting news: A coyote was spotted roaming the streets of Boston’s North End.
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