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2014 in Photos: 45 Beautiful Pictures Taken in Boston This Year

December is a month for reflection – if you can find some quiet time between holiday parties, online shopping and flight delays. Whether you find yourself clicking through lists charting the year's best albums, red carpet outfits or Taylor Swift moments, it's the perfect time to pause on the year that was before barreling into 2015.

 

And while we're at it, why not look back on some of the best photos taken in Boston in 2014? Not only do we get to revisit the year in chronological order, but we have the privileged perspective of dazzling photography. Some of the shots we found worth revisiting include the Esplanade in the snow, the Public Garden in the spring and the TD Garden's homage to Mayor Thomas Menino after he passed away this fall. But the post serves almost as a rewind, then fast forward of the year in Boston: Watch as the snow melts, spring blooms, Red Sox season returns, Memorial Day flags pop up, Boston Calling goes by, the Fourth of July fireworks pop off, the leaves fall and Christmas lights reappear, all in 45 shots.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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'Food & Wine' Says These 2 Boston Restaurants Have the Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.

There’s something about 20 degree weather that really ignites our cravings for a grilled cheese sandwich. The simple comfort food (often accompanied with tomato soup) is a dish we all grew up with. And thankfully, it’s not hard to find in Boston restaurants.

 

Two of which landed in Food & Wine’s round-up for having the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the U.S. The list included 22 restaurants in the U.S. with the “Best Grilled Cheese,” and Boston was well represented.

 

The article names Roxy’s Grilled Cheese as having one of the best in the country. The food truck and brick-and-mortar restaurant creates some of Boston’s tastiest and most creative grilled cheese sandwiches.

 

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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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Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

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Rock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade

In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists.

 

A few snapshots from the fall concert season…

 

Just before its October initial public offering, the digital marketing company HubSpot had two big acts at Inbound, its annual customer conclave. Viral video hit-meisters OK Go made a surprise morning appearance during the conference, playing “Here It Goes Again.” Yes, there were people doing the famous treadmill routine onstage at the Boston Convention and Expo Center, too.

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

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MBTA officials trumpet record ridership in October

The T set a record for ridership in October, with more than 37 million passenger trips, the transit agency said Friday.

 

Previously, October 2013 held the record, with about 36.7 million trips, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said. The new benchmark, 37.3 million, came three months after the MBTA raised fares by 5 percent.

 

“It’s part of the general trend that we see in big cities throughout America,” said Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “More people are postponing getting driver’s licenses, more people are choosing to live without cars or with one car instead of two, more people are trying to avoid parking costs . . . and generally — in big cities across America — public transit is just becoming more popular.”

 

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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 BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

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Which 2 Boston Eateries Made this ‘Best Italian Restaurants in America’ List?

When it comes to authentic Italian food, Boston certainly has plenty of it. Not only are we home to the North End’s Italian fare but many of our restaurants have also somehow managed to make this category of food even better (if that’s possible).

 

Two of those local Italian eateries have even earned a nod in Thrillist’s list of “Best Italian Restaurants in America” for doing just that .

 

The list included Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, and South End favorite, Coppa. Thrillist claims that Ribelle pushes the traditional Italian envelope, noting that “when a restaurant’s name literally means ‘rebel’ in Italian, you know you’re not getting strictly traditional fare -- and Ribelle in Brookline delivers on that promise.”

 

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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: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

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