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Crash Course BOSTON:. Essential Guide to Transportation, Shopping, Entertainment, and Culture. Introduction. How to put BOSTON into Boston College Where are you living? Brighton Brookline Newton Chestnut Hill Beyond?. Boston College and Its Neighborhoods. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Crash CourseBOSTON: Essential Guide to Transportation, Shopping, Entertainment, and Culture

  • IntroductionHow to put BOSTON into Boston CollegeWhere are you living?BrightonBrooklineNewtonChestnut HillBeyond?

  • Boston College and Its NeighborhoodsThe BC shuttle is the quickest way to get around the area immediately surrounding campus and to the MBTA (public transportation)Bordering Streets: Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon StreetTake a look at the map in your Orientation brochure

  • The T: Your FriendThe easiest away to get around Boston, even if you have a car, is to take the TCharlie Cards have a better priceDiscount on monthly pass from BC Office of TransportationMBTA website can help you plan your trip

  • MBTA trip planner

  • The Green LineThree different lines run near BC and through the surrounding neighborhoods:B Line (last stop is Boston College; goes along Comm. Ave toward downtown; can be painfully slow)C Line (leaves from Cleveland Circle; goes along Beacon St. toward downtown)D Line (has Reservoir and Chestnut Hill Stops)

  • LOCAL HOT SPOTSCleveland Circle Coolidge Corner Brighton CenterNewton CenterHarvard Ave. on B LineHarvard Square, Cambridge

  • Newton CenterGreat local storesSol Azteca Union Street Bar & GrillJohnnys LuncheonetteSandwich WorksPanera BreadStarbucksJ.P. Licks

  • Chestnut Hill by way of Hammond Street

    Chestnut Hill Shopping Center: Macys, City Sports, The Container Store, AMC, La Rotisserie, and ComellasChestnut Hill Mall: Bloomingdales, Apple, Upscale Boutiques (kate spade)Atrium Mall: Anthropologie, GAP, J.Crew, RestaurantsStar Market on Hammond Street (Rte. 9)

  • Cleveland CircleAccessible by Shuttle--Reservoir StopC Line begins here; D Line has stop at ReservoirConveniences: Banking, CVS, Hardware Store, TedeschiRestaurants: Pinos / Prestos Pizza, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Eagles Deli, ChillBars: City Side, Roggies, Mary Anns

  • WASHINGTON SQUAREGrocery Stores: Star Market, Whole FoodsRestaurants: Publick House, American Craft, Washington Square Tavern, The Fireplace, American Craft, Rod Dee, Athans BakeryConveniences: Starbucks, Connelly Hardware, Liquor Store, Banking, Shoe Repair, Marathon Sports, Movie Works

  • Harvard/BRIGHTON AVENUEHarvard Avenue Stop on the B lineStaples, TJ Maxx, Kellys Roast Beef, S&I Thai, La Mamas, Starbucks, Pita Pit Several Popular BarsGreat ScottsBig CitySunset GrillCommon GroundBarley Hall (Griggs St. on B Line: GSA Grad Night Out!)

  • Coolidge CornerTrader Joes, Stop & ShopCoolidge Corner TheaterBrookline BooksmithZaftigs, J.P. LicksShopping conveniences

  • Other B Line AttractionsPackards Corner: Large Shaws/Star MarketBoston University Stops (lots of bars, restaurants): T Anthonys, Ts Pub, Super 88/Hong Kong Supermarket, Brown SugarCharles River trailCity Sports, EMS, Landrys Bicycles Kenmore Square: Fenway Park, Eastern Standard, Barnes & Noble, Unos, Bertuccis, Post Office, Banks, Sports Bars

  • Brighton CenterLocated within walking distance to BC57 Bus LineSt. Elizabeths Hospital, YMCABars: Green Briar, Porterbellys, The Last DropRestaurants: Devlins, Brighton Beer Garden, Smoken Joes BBQCoffee: CafeNation, Athans Bakery, StarbucksConveniences: Banking, Post Office, Hair Salons, Flower Shops, CVS, White Hen PantryJohnny Ds Fruit and Vegetable Stand

  • Along the D LineBrookline VillageMatt Murphys, Sichuan Garden, Village SmokehouseLocal ConveniencesFenway Stop:Regal CinemasBed, Bath and BeyondBest BuyStaplesCold Stone Creamery Blick Art SuppliesPanera Bread

  • CAMBRIDGEMust see with tons of shops, restaurants, Harvard University, MIT (Kendall Sq.)Notable stops: Harvard Film Archive, The Raven, Schoenhofs, Grendels DenCambridge One for gourmet pizza and Border Caf for great margaritas, Sole; Vegetarians hit Veggie Planet (Harvard Sq) and Life Alive (Central Sq.)Shopping, unique boutiquesGreat movie scene

  • The 86 BusLeaves from Reservoir Station (BC Shuttle stops here)Goes through Brighton Center at Market Street, Watertown, to HarvardTarget, Old Navy, Best Buy, Arsenal Mall are accessible at the Western Ave/Arsenal Rd. Stop

  • Downtown BostonFenway Park: take B or D Line (Fenway stop or Kenmore Stop)Boston MarathonSymphony Hall (Boston Pops)Hynes Convention CenterMuseum of Fine Arts (E Line)The Esplanade (Charles River)

  • Downtown bostonCity Hall and Faneuil HallPrudential CenterNewbury & Boylston StreetsUpscale shopping, AMC TheatresBoston Common and Public GardenBoston Public Library, Athenaeum membership library

  • Other boston neighborhoods

    North EndSouth EndSouth Boston SouthieCharlestownJamaica PlainDorchester

  • Beyond Boston

    Beaches, Skiing, HikingBuses to New York CityCanada, Upstate New York Cape Cod (Bus or 1.5 hour drive)Cape Ann (Rockport, Gloucester) Basketball Hall of Fame North Shore (Marblehead, Salem); Newburyport, PortsmouthLeaf Peeping in Vermont, White Mountains in New HampshireApple Picking, Walden Pond, Tanglewood, Salem, the Berkshires

  • Family-friendly boston (and Beyond)Frog Pond year-roundMuseum of Science, Childrens Museum, Aquarium, Franklin Park & Stoneham ZoosHarvest Festivals, Cranberry Bogs, Apple PickingOld Sturbridge Village

  • Free things to do Harvard Sq.: street performers, Harvard Book StoreThe Freedom TrailTours of Sam Adams Brewery (Jamaica Plain)Admission to MFA for BC studentsMass Historical Society, Mass State HouseTours of Boston Public Library, Institute for Contemporary ArtArnold Arboretum (Orange Line)Wine Tastings at Best Cellars (Coolidge)Brookline Liquor: All you can drink beer tastings on FriAll you can drink wine tastings on SatMass DCR Parks and Beaches

  • Student DiscountsCoupon SitesGroupon: www.groupon.comBuy With Me: www.buywithme.comLiving Social Deal: CoupMe: Google 80% discount!Upromise by Sallie Mae: www.upromise.comStudent Advantage Discount Card: Loews Theatres: Thursdays =$8.50Student Universe (travel): www.studentuniverse.comWhen In Doubt: Always Ask!

  • Questions?Contact us!Murray Graduate Student Center or Student Association: Facebook: Boston College Graduate Student Association (GSA)Twitter: BC_GSA Executive Board Members:Director of Advocacy and Outreach: Victoria PineiroDirector of Programming: Emily HalsteadDirector of Finances: Jon Piron

    BOTH BRIEFLY INTRODUCE (NAME AND PROGRAM)JON Boston College is not located in Boston! We are located in Chestnut Hill.6 miles from the city*GENE: MBTA AcronymOrientation Brochure: Maps are the very last pages, they should have checked in at the welcome table outside this room before coming into the session*JON Using the MBTA Website (hypothetical trip)purchasing Charlie Cards (treat the Charlie Card as cash loading with certain amount or buying a monthly pass)*GENEJON: C and D lines run very close together*GENEJONGENE: Claires flight from ATL-BOS storyJONGENE: T stops for grocery stores*JONGENE: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, FedEx, Paper Source, Party Favors, JFK Childhood Home, Staples Center, Post Office*JONGENEJONGENE Movies: Harvard film archive, Brattle, Kendall Square for documentaries*JON Arsenal Mall Conveniences*GENE: Go to Fenway once a year: StubHub, park tours, Shakespeare in the Common*JON Trident Caf, Stephanies, Farmers Market in Copley Sq. Tree lighting, Christian Science*GENE: Christina Georgettis famous proclamation-- Im afraid of Boston! Well, dont be.BOTH Skiing: Vt but also Sunapee and Gunstock in NH a little over 2hrs. Drive, Ski Train to Wachusett (Dec. 10-March 31) commuter rail out of North Station 8:30am to 10 and then a shuttle from the mountain, $15 round trip? Or drive to Wachusett in under 90 min.Tanglewood (summer): not sure about bus service in 2012 but an express coach has run in the past for day trips*GENE Cranberry Bogging: A.D. Makepeace Co. in Wareham MA; Boston Central listserv ( is ESSENTIAL information and invaluable resource for parents--many of you may not have not have kids now but before this phase of your lives is over you may find that other critical elements just cant wait for another round of revisions on the 3rd chapter of your rangy dissertation.*JONFreedom trail: starts at Boston Commons, oldest park in America, and ends at Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown (climb to top), 2.5 miles red-brick trail that covers 16 historic sites, U.S.S. ConstitutionWine tastings on weeknights 5-8pm, weekends 2-5pmSam Adams Brewery: T/W/Th 10-3, Fri 10-5:30, Sat 11-3, every half hourPublic Library: M 2:30pm, T/TH 6pm, Fri/Sat 11amInstitute: Thursdays 5-9pm, unconventional artArboretum: open 365 days sunrise to sunset