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Your Roadmap to Wednesday’s Fenway Parking Nightmare

No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Wednesday & Thursday 4PM to 2AM

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get my car towed/ticketed/flipped/broken-into-during-riots, since I always try to keep my car at top, and I even got insurance from the cheap auto policies online, so my car is always safe… so I checked out the City of Boston’s parking ban list… and I was lost as I read down the laundry list of roads.

I help myself out (and you) mapped out the bans… if it is in red…or close to the red… don’t even think about pulling over.


From the Department of Transportation:

Red Sox fans are strongly encouraged by the City of Boston to leave their personal vehicles at home and take the T whether they are heading to Fenway or another destination in Boston to watch the World Series games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  On-street parking will be restricted on several streets in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood of the City.  Parking will also be restricted on streets in Brighton, as well as near Northeastern University, Faneuil Hall and North Station.

Additional Parking Enforcement staff will be working before, during and after the games to assist with public safety needs.  They will also be concentrating on ensuring that only vehicles with Fenway/Kenmore Resident Parking Permits are parked in curbside spaces designated for residents in that neighborhood.

For more information on the parking ban check out the City of Boston’s Press Release for the official road closings… I wouldn’t want you to get mad at me if you park on a street that I missed!

Fenway, OUT & About, Sports Department

‘The Sandlot’ to be Screened at Fenway on Aug 21st

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the all time classic baseball movies, the Red Sox will be showing ‘The Sandlot‘ at Fenway Park on August 21st at 8pm (park will be open at 7pm).

Admission is free for season ticket holders and members of the Red Sox Kid Nation. Other general admission tickets for the public are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and free for kids 2 and under. They can be purchased at, by calling (877) REDSOX-9, or by visiting the Fenway Park ticket office.

Don’t be an L7 weenie, this is not to be missed.



Photo of the Week, We Love Beantown

Photo of the Week: May 15, 2013

Boston Marathon 2013

Where we were a month ago.

Literally – this photo was shot by We Love Beantown’s own Alex Dupnik.

And we were cheering on Beacon and Boylston streets, frolicking in the sun with our dogs, toasting friends in bars, watching the Red Sox at Fenway – and then.

Today, let’s look at and reflect on how things have changed, and, more importantly, how they haven’t.

Where we are now: Eating and shopping on Boylston street, running and frolicking in the sun, toasting friends in bars, watching the Sox and Bruins – and more.

Better yet, post your Boston Strong badassery on our Flickr page. Because this city rocks.

Fenway, Sports Department

Sox Target Lansdowne Growth With $10.5m Garage Purchase


The Red Sox didn’t offer that many big ticket contracts this off-season. Shane Victorino got $13 month a year for the next three, Ryan Dempster the same for the next two and Mike Napoli would have gotten that had it not been for his health.

After the slicing and dicing of the biggest contracts from the 2011 payroll, the Sox had lots of money to throw around. Looks like one of the investments from that saved money won’t be back into the team, but continuing the improvements around the hallowed Fenway Park.

The Herald reported this morning on a $10.5 million deal that gives the Sox the parking garage directly across Lansdowne from the Green Monster. Organization brass were mum on what they plan to do with the space, but the Herald notes that current zoning provides a pretty big window – that footprint could be redeveloped to contain up to an eight-story building, double the height of the Monster. Interestingly, that Pike-abutting property is also the one that has the rights for the Stop Handgun Violence billboard (the Herald indicates that it will stay for the time being).

Like it’s Yawkey Way perimeter, the Lansdowne side of Fenway has gotten some upgrades in the past decade (although it’s still the more reliable spot for a Chi-Chi’s post game), most notably the reconstruction of the less-than-fantastic-but-still-memorable Avalon/Embassy into the House of Blues, alongside the neutering of Jake Ivory’s </pour one out> into Lansdowne Pub.

The good news: the only person with nostalgia for that parking garage may be Mark McGwire, as he looks back to the 1999 Home Run Derby. Tear it down…Fenway Rooftop, anyone?

(photo by mattfour)

Quotes, Sports Department

QOTD: Straight Talk from Bobby V

“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” Valentine said. “I thought what had to be done there was done except for winning a pennant. But Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team.”

We wish to note Mack posted a .484 winning percentage in his 50 years managing the Philadelphia Athletics (source).

h/t Yahoo! Sports, quoting from WEEI.