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Well, that’s a wrap, Somerville. Gratitude is essential every day of the year, but the New Year allows us to reflect on how fortunate we are at Boynton Yards. Our community of Somerville united together in the most challenging days of the pandemic. We saw businesses helping other businesses to keep their doors open and community organizations rallying around citizens that needed an extra hand.  We saw Flagship Pioneering Companies begin their move into our first Somerville lab building in Boynton Yards, the evolution of new City leadership with Mayor-elect Katjana Ballantyne, the celebration of a dedicated public servant in Mayor Curtatone, and the legacy work of outgoing City Councilors and the future work of newly elected ones.  So many selflessly put their individual priorities aside for the greater good of our city. Boynton Yards is building the future in the best city we know. Happy 2022 Somerville, we are proud to be part of this community we call family!


On December 3rd at 8:00 a.m., the most significant advancement to date was made in the Green Line Extension (GXL) project. Passenger free test trains made their way from Lechmere station to Union Square in Somerville. Opening this spring, the GXL will provide service to neighborhoods that historically were light on public transportation access. It will connect East Somerville, Gilman Square, Magoun Square, and Ball Square before ending in Medford near the Tufts University campus. The MBTA is expecting an increased ridership of 50,000 trips per day, significantly reducing vehicle emissions. Somerville and Cambridge both made substantial financial contributions to the project – Somerville contributed $50 million and Cambridge $25 million; both cities will be repaid in full.
Outgoing Mayor Joseph Curtatone said that the GXL gets 25,000 cars off the road, creating 10,000 new homes in the region and 30,000 new jobs, and generating $3 billion in new economic activity. He went on to say, “It’s really the best light rail project on the books in generations.”  This milestone will help the City tackle its historic traffic issue and help us all architect a forward-thinking mobility strategy for the future.  Our thoughts on this issue are outlined here in our Boynton Yards Mobility Management Playbook authored by Gehl, a global expert on the issue.



Slurry wall installation is ongoing and on track to allow for mass excavation to begin early next year.
Cycling has the lowest carbon footprint of any mode of personal transportation…. even walking.
From concept design to the more granular details -  Flick, the cafe at 101 South to life.


What a beautiful blur that was; we’re in a holidaze after a rockin’ shoppin’ WinterFest at Boynton Yards.  We were in excellent company as we welcomed dozens of locally owned businesses at our FIRST (woohoo!) gathering on the NEW public green at Boynton’s 101 South. All in collaboration with Union Square Main Streets as the “last mile” event of USMS’s 7th Annual Winter Stroll!  A big round of applause to Union Square Main Streets and mighty Jessica Eshleman for the continued positive energy.  It was a great way to shop local and support our AMAZING merchants as we created a veritable bazaar of crafters, makers, and local vendors—a community effort where you could feel the local love.


One of the best things about the holiday season is that our kids are home with us. Yes, I am aware that the last year has given us A LOT of home time with our kiddos, but this school year has been trucking along without too much upheaval, so we’re probably ready for some uninterrupted time with our little cherubs. Somerville has lists and lists of great activities for our littlest residents. Try out this itinerary for a cost-effective, crowd-pleaser of a day.
Start with a donut at Union Square Donuts. Union Square Donuts is an award-winning donut company with Boston, Brookline, and Somerville locations. They make their treats by hand every day, and with choices like Gingerbread Friend and Milk and Cookies for Santa, this is a perfect start for kids during this festive season.
Next, with full bellies, bring your little ones to one of the many branches of the Somerville Public Library for storytime with Miss Meghan or Miss Ann. For the cold weather, they have brought the fun indoors but remember, per city mandate, masks are required inside the library for ages two and up.
After a merry holiday story, the kids might be ready to burn off some energy. Why not skate the afternoon away at Skate Canal District Kendall. Get out there and enjoy our New England winter. The rink does not require reservations during public skate times; one day and season passes are available, you can rent or bring your skates.  
When you’re ready to warm up, make your way back over to Boynton Yards and take a tour of the Taza Chocolate Factory. Watch them make their unique stoneground chocolate and finish it off with a delicious chocolate treat. Don’t forget, buy tickets in advance and masks are required.
At the end of this day, you should expect tired, happy kids who think their grownups are as magical as the holidays!

HERE'S TO YOU, 2022!

Ok, Somerville, there are a few different ways to approach New Year's Eve this year. Are we sitting quietly on our couch and watching the ball drop in our PJs while we cross our fingers that this year treats us better than the last two have? Or, are we celebrating all the things we are grateful for with a (super safe) New Year's bash? If you haven't decided, here are a few things happening around the city that the Boynton Yards team is excited about. Remember, before you go, call or check online for reservation requirements and other COVID-19 protocols.
Somerville Arts Council
Time to light it up! Leave it to the Somerville Arts Council to develop a dazzling way to light up the holidays. This is an excellent chance for the whole family to usher in 2022, and if you haven't seen the display, there is no better night for sparkles than New Year's Eve!  This year, you can take a self-guided tour of decked-out houses using their handy map.
Friday, December 10, to Saturday, January 1, 6 PM – 8 PM nightly.
The Crystal Ballroom
There is no better way to celebrate our first New Year's Eve party since 2019 than with a roaring 20's shindig. Go back in time this New Year's Eve at the newly renovated Crystal Ballroom on top of the historic Somerville Theater! Salem's Haunted SpeakEasy is hosting a Gatsby Ball, where attendees will be immersed in a Roaring 20's style party. Whether you're feeling like Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan, you will be swept away by the glamour of the jazz age and its spirit of liberation. From foxtrot lessons to Drag performers, this is a party to remember – and the on-site photo booth won't let you forget. Munch on canapes, drink champagne, enjoy the live vintage music, and dress to the nines – let's kick off 2022 with a bang. This 21+ event is for fully vaccinated folks only, and you will have to show your card, so don't forget.
Click for tickets, dress code requirements, and Covid restrictions
Friday, December 31. Doors at 8 PM.
Crystal Ballroom at The Somerville Theater, Davis Square 
Remnant Brewing
No tickets, no problem. Remnant Brewing is hosting a New Year's Eve party for everyone. As usual, the vibe is communal as all of Bow Market comes together for a New Year's Eve Masquerade to remember. They'll be wearing black and gold and gettin' down with DJ SumJ's retro funk and soul dance party! Bow Market celebrates with food specials, late-night offerings, champagne pours at Rebel Rebel, and other parties! You can bar-hop within Bow if you're looking for an outdoor vibe.
Following the city of Somerville COVID-19 protocols.
Fri, Dec 31, 2021, 8:00 PM –Sat, Jan 1, 2022, 1:00 AM
Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, Somerville
Vera's Union Square
Who isn't ready for a few laughs after the past two years? Celebrate 2022 at The Comedy Studio in Union Square. Be sure to visit the comedy studio in its residency at Vera's in Union Square before heading back to Harvard Square. They'll be ringing in the New Year with a hilarious show featuring some comedy favorites and maybe even a surprise guest or two! The Comedy Studio keeps things safe, so if you are unvaccinated, this is not the show for you.
Click for tickets
Attendees must be 21+ and fully vaccinated
Fri, December 31, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Comedy Studio
at Vera's in Somerville, MA
70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
And this list is just the tip of the party iceberg. If you're feeling anxious and would rather spend the night in your own home, we get it, it's scary out there, but if you're like us and can't face one more night of HBO Max, then grab a mask and your vax card and head out to one the great events that make Somerville, Somerville.


Field and Vine, the name perfectly captures the vibe of this Somerville eatery. The light, fresh dining room is teeming with plants and herbs on the windowsills and vines hanging from the ceiling. Coming in from the bustle of Union Square, we felt as though we were entering a secret garden or perhaps the dining room of a beautiful farmhouse. Field and Vine opened their brick-and-mortar location in 2017 on the back of their hugely successful popup foray. Although Field and Vine is a relative newcomer on the farm-to-table scene, they have securely earned their place on Boston Magazine's top 50 list.
We'd suggest starting with either the cheddar cornbread: baked in a cast-iron dish and served with sweet and salty miso butter and crunchy pickles. Or, if you're in the mood for fresh-caught fish, start with the ever creative and layered tastes of their Crudo or Ceviche. They put the wood-fired grill to good use, offering a blackened sea bass with lobster broth, grilled steak with sweet potato, and roasted duck. But it's no surprise that the star of the show was a salad made from nectarines, pickled peppers, and nasturtium. The wine list can't go without mention either; they have a flawless selection of sustainably sourced wines from small organic producers. They also feature a New England base beer list that includes a style for every pallet.
If you are considering Somerville to ring in 2022, you will do yourself a favor by including dinner at Field and Vine in your plans. Before you go, remember they have your safety in mind, and proof of vaccination is required as well as a mask when you're not sitting at your table.  Visit the Field and Vine website to view the NYE sample menu and book a reservation.
Boynton Yards, rolling into 2022!
Boynton Yards loves this city. We want to turn up the volume on the Somerville soundtrack and highlight all that is unique and wonderful about living and working here. Join us next month for more construction updates and stories about the art, industry, food, and culture that creates the bewitching Somerville vibe. Subscribe to the Boynton-Beat, or to learn more about Boynton Yards, visit our website.  
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