Southie's Next Massive Development—The Edison

Earlier this year in April, South Boston's century-old power plant whose smokestacks loom above Summer and East 1st streets was sold to Hilco Global and Redgate Real Estate.

On August 10th, Hilco and Redgate began their first conversation with the South Boston community about some high level ideas they had for the 18-acre waterfront property.

The meeting, with about 40-60 in attendance was short on details but they did share 8 guiding principles as a reference point to start a conversation:

  1. De-commission and continue the cleanup of this heavily industrial site so that it is healthy and safe
  2. Take down the walls and fences surrounding the site and create connections into and through the site so it's accessible and inviting to the South Boston neighborhood to the waters edge.
  3. Convert the site to a live, work play mix of uses that fits with the neighborhood.
  4. Preserve and protect the continuing operation of an active, thriving Conley Terminal.
  5. Include retail and other uses, and significant public spaces that will be used by the neighborhood.
  6. Preserve some significant building elements to give the site character and a sense of history.
  7. Minimize the use of cars by providing better transportation alternatives.
  8. Make the site green, sustainable and resilient.

The meeting ended on a positive note when members of the South Boston Arts Association presented a case for a South Boston Arts & Cultural Center being built as part of the 18-acre redevelopment plan. Now that's something I would get fully behind!

More to come! Next community meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30PM at the Tynan School. 650 East 4th Street, South Boston. See you there!

The power plant that looms over South Boston on Summer Street and East 1st Street

The power plant that looms over South Boston on Summer Street and East 1st Street

Music at Marine Park

Thank you to Christine Fennelly and Maureen Dahill at Caughtinsouthie.com who recently covered my efforts to bring our neighborhood bandstand back to life. After 8 years living in the neighborhood, I've been looking at ways to become more involved and give back. I'm thrilled to say music is back in South Boston to stay!

“Music at Marine” coming July 28th to Marine Park

July 16, 2016 by Christine Fennelly

He runs by it every day. It never seemed to be in use. The beautiful brick bandstand in Farragut Park was just sitting there, a wonderful community spot not being enjoyed by the community.

K Street resident Corey Dinopoulos is what you might call a “do-er.”  So he started making some calls to see how he could help revitalize the bandstand and bring some music to the neighborhood. “I grew up in Dracut and we used to go to the town center on summer evenings and listen to live music performed in the town’s gazebo – it was a big part of my childhood. So I thought ‘well, why can’t we bring some of that here to Southie?’”

Corey reached out to the City’s Director of Arts and Culture Julie Burros as well as the City Point Neighborhood Association’s Joanne McDevitt to include them in the thinking and planning process. Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry’s office got behind the idea as well, and on Thursday July 28th at 6:30 pm the bandstand in Farragut will host its first concert in a long time, featuring Curragh’s Fancy, a local band well known for their annual participation in the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.

“It’s been great working with the neighborhood associations and other interested groups in the area. It’s important to bridge that perceived “millennial/yuppie vs. originally from Southie” gap and let people know that we are just as interested in improving our neighborhood as everyone else. We want to create events and places for all to enjoy. We are also hoping to get some shuttle service lined up for the concert so we can bring some of our older residents out for an evening of live music,” he said. 

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will staff the event and make sure the bathrooms are open and clean for the evening. Corey and his partners have received generous donations from Senator Forry, Rep. Collins, Caught in Southie and other sponsors to cover the cost of the band and insurance for the event.

Put it on the calendar! Thursday July 28th 6:30 pm at Farragut Park.  You can find out more details on Facebook.

Over 150 people showed up for the first Music at Marine concert in South Boston

Over 150 people showed up for the first Music at Marine concert in South Boston

Buck a shuck in Boston? my $1 oyster cheat sheet

I have to say I'm hooked on these little guys! A lil' lemon, dab of horseradish and cocktail sauce and we're good to go! I'm not willing to pay $3.75/oyster and most of you probably aren't either so here's my cheat sheet of where you can find dollar oysters any night of the week. Know of other locations I'm missing in Boston or Cambridge, let me know in the comment section below! Enjoy!

MONDAY:
Back Bay Social Club (4–6PM)
Bar Boulud (4–6PM)
Carrie Nation (5–7PM)
Les Zygomates (4–7PM)
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar (great selection, 5PM–til they last!)
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Playwright (all night)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)
Tavern Road (5–7PM $1 oysters, $2 Miller High Life ponies)

TUESDAY:
Back Bay Social Club (4–6PM)
Bar Boulud (4–6PM)
Carrie Nation (5–7PM)
Les Zygomates (4–7PM)
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Nix’s Mate (4–7PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)
Red House (all night! 2/$1 for first half-dozen)
Tavern Road (5–7PM $1 oysters, $2 Miller High Life ponies)

WEDNESDAY:
Back Bay Social Club (4–6PM)
Bar Boulud (4–6PM)
Les Zygomates (4–7PM)
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Nix’s Mate (4–7PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)
Red House (all night! 2/$1 for first half-dozen)
Tavern Road (5–7PM $1 oysters, $2 Miller High Life ponies)

THURSDAY:
Ashmont Grill (5PM–till they last)
Back Bay Social Club (4–6PM)
Bar Boulud (4–6PM)
GEM (all night, $5 lobster rolls)
Les Zygomates (4–7PM)
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Nix’s Mate (4–7PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)
Red House (all night! 2/$1 for first half-dozen)
Tavern Road (5–7PM $1 oysters, $2 Miller High Life ponies)

FRIDAY:
Back Bay Social Club (4–6PM)
Bar Boulud (4–6PM)
Les Zygomates (4–7PM)
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Nix’s Mate (4–7PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)
Red House (all night! 2/$1 for first half-dozen)
Tavern Road (5–7PM $1 oysters, $2 Miller High Life ponies)

SATURDAY:
Marliave ($1.50 4–6PM & 9-10PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)

SUNDAY
Boston Chops (3–5PM)
Precinct Kitchen & Bar (4–6PM)

Dollar Oyster Monday at LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar in South Boston

Dollar Oyster Monday at LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar in South Boston

Bill H.4049 should support the people, not the taxi industry.

As Massachusetts legislators mull over regulating the ride for hire industry in our Commonwealth, they need to balance our safety without stifling innovation. Currently, a bill sits in the State House that is trying to both regulate our safety while also giving our corrupt taxi industry a break by banning Uber, Lyft, & Fasten from pick-ups at MA Convention Centers and Logan Airport for 5 years. Banning ride-sharing from any location in Boston is the wrong approach and I encourage residents to write to Senator Jamie Eldridge & Rep Aaron Michlewitz to change this bill. Below is what I sent to them today:


The Honorable James Eldridge
Room 218, Massachusetts State House
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator Eldridge,

Uber, Lyft, Fasten and other ride-sharing companies have changed the way we move around our city. For years, I can recall waiting on sidewalks late into the night to hail down a cab. The cabs were far and few between. Occasionally one would slow down to ask where I’m going. “K Street in Southie!” I’d shout out. And the cab driver, not impressed with the short ride, would drive off. Similarly, I can recall a few occasions when I’ve arrived on a red-eye flight from California to a cue of cab drivers unwilling to drive me to South Boston because it doesn’t provide them with a large enough fare.

Since the revolution of ride-sharing, residents are no longer left behind. Uber, Lyft, and similar companies are a more convenient, cost-effective alternative to a cab. I agree that these new companies needed some regulation and safety oversight but after reading proposed House Bill 4049, I believe it makes it harder for people to take full advantage of getting around efficiently and affordably. Banning the ride for hire industry on the properties of our convention centers or Logan Airport is a backwards approach to an antiquated system. Like many things in Boston, our taxi network needs to evolve with the changing times. If they cannot be innovative like the companies replacing them, then they don’t survive. Many drivers have made the switch from traditional cab driving to Uber and Lyft because they manage to make more money and work when it’s convenient for them.  

Yes, the ride for hire industry needs safety regulations but this bill should focus on doing just that. Rather than trying to salvage an old, corrupt taxi system, our lawmakers should spend their time on ways to remake this government-created market. Ending the old system would be a win for the people and taxi drivers and a loss for medallion owners. At the end of the day, you are working for the people and any regulation should benefit the people you serve, not the wealthy oligarchs who’ve had control of this corrupt system for decades.

Thank you for your time and I hope you reconsider banning the ride for hire industry from the protection zones noted in Bill H.4049.

Sincerely,
Corey Dinopoulos

PHOTO VIA BOSTON GLOBE FILE

PHOTO VIA BOSTON GLOBE FILE

It's all Greek to me!

As a Boston resident for 11 years, I've always wondered why our city has a lack of good authentic Greek options. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, I grew up surrounded by Greek culture, family and amazing restaurants such as the Olympia, Athenian Corner and Olympos Bakery. Boston once had Steve's on Newbury but the 30 year old staple closed in early 2014 leaving our city a Greek food desert! Boston once had a "Greek corner" within its South End, but that population dissipated to Roslindale and the suburbs while taking along with them their culture and food.

Twice a year, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosts a Grecian Food festival in the South End. My friends and I look forward to the festivals but we need more! Thankfully, our city has come to its senses as many new Greek & Mediterranean eateries are opening their doors across town. Check out my list of new & soon to open establishments:

Committee, at 50 Northern Ave. (http://committeeboston.com/), served its first souvlaki in June of last year and is frequented by late 20-somethings who mingle and nosh on small plates within the rustic loft-style decor with high ceilings and brick accent walls. Try the grape leaf dolmades filled with rice, sumac, pine nut, and saffron avgolemono; the grilled haloumi with blistered grapes, and ouzo, or the carrot kofte with shredded carrot, kefalotyri, greek yogurt, pomegranate petimezi.

Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, 79 Park Plaza at The Heritage On the Garden (http://www.dorettaboston.com/), last September. Inspired by his wife Adrienne’s family recipes, Michael Schlow transformed the former Via Matta space into Doretta, with an expanded outdoor seating area and an approachable menu that avoids Greek names for dishes. Try the grilled octopus with sweet onions, capers, & greek olive oil, the crunchy eggplant with smoky yogurt, harissa compote & crushed pistachios, or the 15-hour lamb shoulder that’s served on the bone and great for sharing with the table.

KAVA Neo-Taverna 315 Shawmut Ave http://kavaneotaverna.com/ across from the South End Buttery. Kava, in Greek means a neighborhood wine and spirit shop. I've now been three times and can't get enough of this place and it's authentic Greek cuisine and atmosphere. Try the lahano dolmades (stuffed cabbage leaves), the maritha (fried smelts), spanikopita, horiatiki salad, layraki (sea bass), and a bottle of the Thalassitis wine from Santorini—it's a light and crisp white wine to die for!

Pelekasis at Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St. (www.pelekasisboston.com), started its 6-month residency at the South End incubator space. Labeled as modern Greek, Chef Brendan Pelley bridges tradition and modern techniques through his menu of small, medium, and large dishes. Respectively, check out the foie gras dolmades with brown butter, pine nuts and golden raisins, the rooster giouvetsi that’s braised in a cinnamon-tomato sauce, and the pan roasted local fish with quinoa, braised fennel, cara-cara orange ladolemono, and pickled caper leaf.

Saloniki 132 Brookline Ave. (www.salonikigreek.com) by Jody Adams (Rialto and Trade), projected to open March 14th, near Fenway. Adams is partnering with Trade team members Eric Papachristos and Jonathan Mendez on this new Greek concept. It gets its name from the Greek city of Thessaloniki in Northern Greece.

Reviews written by Boston Herald food writer Kerry Stanton.

Village Salad via Doretta Taverna

Village Salad via Doretta Taverna

My Open Challenge to Mayor Walsh

Dear Mayor Walsh,

Three years ago after the flame was put out at the London 2012 Games, I began drafting letters to Boston City Hall & elected officials at the state house. My hopes were high; to bring a Summer Olympics to our city.

With steadfast determination and belief in my cause, the opportunity for our city became a reality. Support was garnered, a team was formed and three years later, Boston was chosen as the U.S. bid city by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The journey hasn't always been easy and like any big project, there were some growing pains. I know as well as you do that good things don't come easily. From day one, you had an open mind and you embraced an idea that many find unimaginable. I wanted to personally say thank you for being a fearless leader and supporting Boston's Olympic movement.

"Let's show the City of Boston that dreams can be realized and that when we work together as a community, we can do anything we put our heart into."

As a co-founder of the organization, I too believe in the opportunities for Boston. After traveling to cities around the world, I always come back home and feel thankful for where I live, work and play. We don't need the Olympics to be great; we already are. But we cannot be complacent in a fast changing world. Boston desperately needs to modernize its infrastructure & transportation. We need to ensure that our residents can live affordability & have access to good paying jobs. Whether we get the Olympics or not, I would like to present a challenge: to ensure that all of the wonderful ideas from the Olympic conversation are implemented with a plan for completion by 2024. For example, improving our underfunded green space, improving traffic flows & transportation, or building new affordable & transit oriented development. Let's show the City of Boston that dreams can be realized and that when we work together as a community, we can do anything we put our heart into.

I appreciate all that you do for our city, and I look forward to seeing more positive change in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Corey Dinopoulos
Co-Founder, Boston 2024

Eric Reddy & Corey Dinopoulos, Co-Founders of Boston 2024

Eric Reddy & Corey Dinopoulos, Co-Founders of Boston 2024