Map: Contemporary Art in Boston

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Growing up in Boston in the 80s, my teenage punk rock friends and I used to “borrow” a neighbor’s kids in order to have an excuse to take skater boys to the museums. “I have to babysit and I’m going to the Science Museum, wanna come?” was an oddly effective pickup, and worked even on 16-year-olds with mohawks and safety pins in their ears. Boston had options, but back then it wasn’t much of an art town. That changed in the 00s, thanks to a Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed ICA that gets mixed reviews, but still anchors a contemporary art scene. Here’s where to go these days, with or without the sk8tr boys.

map: (Some Of) Boston’s Best Beah Bahs


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If Virginia is for lovers, Boston is for drinkers — and not just because of bigoted ethnic stereotypes. The city is rife with all manner of places to drown your sorrows (or saturate your happiness) in brews of every creed and pedigree. If you’ve ever wanted to live in “Southie” after watching movies like The Town and The Departed, live your Hollywood dreams and pull up a seat at the L Street Tavern, better known as “that bar in Good Will Hunting“. Craft suds more your style? Head to The Lower Depths, where every night feels like hanging out in Jim Koch’s basement. For those looking to get down in Beantown, here’s your answer.

Zachary Feldman