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Food trucks fueled by fusion

A tantalizing perfume engulfs a corner of City Hall’s sprawling plaza one Thursday afternoon: chicken, lamb, exotic sauces, and pita bread, coupled with the smoky aromas of ribs and grilled cheese.

 

It’s coming from the Chicken & Rice Guys food truck, sitting less than 20 feet from a friendly competitor, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese. The smell overwhelms any aroma coming from restaurants nearby, luring more than 60 people — some in tailored suits, others in Red Sox jerseys — to quick and cheap meals emerging out of well-worn trucks.

 

Why, in a city with eating options ranging from burgers to Vietnamese pho, do hordes of people voluntarily stand in 15-minute-long lines for bowls of rice and meat or grilled cheese?

 

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Boston Celebrates New Arts Space Lawn on D

The Lawn On D, a new outdoor and interactive music, arts, and leisure space was christened earlier today by Mayor Marty Walsh and others on the eve of its public opening tomorrow afternoon. The 2.7-acre grass space — situated along D Street in South Boston, just at the edge of the Seaport District — is officially part of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and will be the source of community-driven programming for approximately 18 months. With free wi-fi, available games, and a focus on community involvement, Lawn On D will serve as a testing ground for some new arts initiatives in Boston, with an eye on planning a new permanent outdoor space as part of the upcoming BCEC expansion.

 

“By having the Lawn On D, we’re taking another step in having the city be more innovative,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at today’s media event, which kicks off two days of opening ceremonies that extends to tomorrow’s public unveiling. “It’s another step in showcasing our city… giving people places to come, giving kids places to come.”

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Boston Celebrates New Arts Space Lawn on D

The Lawn On D, a new outdoor and interactive music, arts, and leisure space was christened earlier today by Mayor Marty Walsh and others on the eve of its public opening tomorrow afternoon. The 2.7-acre grass space — situated along D Street in South Boston, just at the edge of the Seaport District — is officially part of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and will be the source of community-driven programming for approximately 18 months. With free wi-fi, available games, and a focus on community involvement, Lawn On D will serve as a testing ground for some new arts initiatives in Boston, with an eye on planning a new permanent outdoor space as part of the upcoming BCEC expansion.

 

“By having the Lawn On D, we’re taking another step in having the city be more innovative,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at today’s media event, which kicks off two days of opening ceremonies that extends to tomorrow’s public unveiling. “It’s another step in showcasing our city… giving people places to come, giving kids places to come.”

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Tourists & business travelers pump up Greater Boston hotels in June

An increase in tourists and business travelers fueled occupancy rates and revenue at Greater Boston’s hotels in June, according to a new survey by PKF Consulting.

 

The 97 hotel operators in the PKF Trends in the Hotel Industry sample achieved an average 86.5 percent occupancy at a $219.20 average daily rate (ADR) with a resulting $189.61 revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the month. These performance levels represented an occupancy increase of 0.4 percent, a 5.7 percent increase in ADR, and an overall 6.1 percent increase in RevPAR for June 2014 compared to June 2013.

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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'Swing Time' at The Lawn on D Combines Playground Fun & Interactive Art

As if The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre park on D Street next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, doesn't offer Bostonians enough engaging events and innovative installments (it most certainly does), the masterminds behind Boston's next great public park are helping to give you a playground item found almost anywhere. Only, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority isn't breaking ground on any old swing set.

 

Dubbed 'Swing Time,' these swings are no ordinary oscillating seats. Rather, they're more one part swing, one part interactive art. And they're designed so that those who use them will not only interact with the swing, but interact with each other as well. At least, that's the intention of designers Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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