Yesterday, my wife and I participated in the Tour de Donuts in the Boston area. The event was held in memory of Rick Archer, who lost his life in a cycling accident involving an automobile this spring. The idea was to teach people about safe cycling, raising money to help advocate for cycling safety, having fun, and…eating donuts.
The group of sixty riders met at Bloc Café in Somerville. We started by eating some Union Square Doughnut donut holes while listening to a cycling safety lecture. There was another talk at a local cycle shop a few blocks away. Much of the talk was on how to use bike lanes and interact with cars/drivers in urban traffic.
Then, we headed out around the MIT campus in Cambridge and over the bridge to Boston. We visited the Back Bay, SOWA and Downtown Crossing areas of Boston. There were more stops to eat donuts at both Blackbird Donuts’ stand at the SOWA market and mini-donuts at Red Apple Farm. All of the city riding gave us the opportunity to practice what we’d learned. Our group had some very experienced riders who helped us with managing in traffic.
It was a blast riding through places we typically only stroll. The ride ended at a local brewery where we shared a drink and a few laughs. My wife and I really hope they do this again next year. We also learned about other venues for finding about cycling outings in the city.
Here is video of our ride through Downtown Crossing:
I chose this image of Boston’s inner harbor for today’s post because the harbor will be anything but quiet today. A parade of tall ships is arriving for a five-day stay in Boston. The list of ships is long and they are expecting two million people to view the parade. As thrilling as that would be, we had already opted for a charity bicycle tour in another part of the city. With any luck, we may get down to Boston sometime this week to see some of the vessels.
A recent shoot in the city brought me by Boston’s ballpark, Fenway Park on a game night. This is just outside the park.
The Brattle Book Shop on West Street in Boston is an antiquarian book shop. They have a wide variety and don’t specialize. You could get 10,000 books at $1 each – or – one book for $10,000. They have an alley next door that they use to put out books for sale. After hours, the books are kept in cabinets and the cabinets are painted to look like books and bookshelves. The second image in the gallery, that break in the books is an old chimney.
For the curious, here is a video about the shop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGlmXRAh5cE
This two-sided, 60 ft (20m) tall sign is a landmark of Kenmore Square and the Fenway Park area. It was originally built in 1940 and renovated in 1965. In 1979, the Governor ordered it turned off to save energy in the city. A few years later, the petroleum company moved to remove the sign and the neighbors complained; they loved the sign. So, the sign got a facelift and has ben in service ever since. In 2005, it was upgraded to more energy efficient LED bulbs. This image was made walking between Fenway Park and Kenmore Square.
This building stands alone next to Boston’s sports and concert arena, the highway, and a federal office building. It wasn’t always alone. There used to be twenty-nine others just like it in a row. And hundreds more that filled the West End. Now, 42 Lomansky Way is known as the last tenement. The sole survivor of urban renewal. The city was just growing too fast and space was needed. The West End had fallen on hard times as families moved out to the suburbs. It was the logical choice to level the area for new construction. A few buildings remained because of their location next to the old sports arena and elevated subway tracks. Now the old arena is gone and the tracks are underground; yet, the last tenement remains
This mural, which pays tribute to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is in a parking lot behind Symphony Hall. I am not sure of the story that this tells. I do know that the middle image features long time conductor Seiji Ozawa.