The BRA board today approved Ashkenazy Acquisition's general "vision plan" for how to turn Faneuil Hall Marketplace into a destination that attracts not only rich tourists but local residents and visitors of more moderate means - in part by making the historic buildings at the core of the marketplace as much a part of visitors' experience as the stores and food. Read more.
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NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a public meeting Tuesday over the future of the venerable marketplace - whose operators have already announced plans to rip out the current food stalls and replace them with fancy bistros and the like.
The Globe reports Ashkenazy Acquisition has decided the revenue from charging street performers wasn't worth the cost of having large parts of Boston City Hall hating them.
City councilors will haul in executives from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. for another chat about the way they're running Faneuil Hall Marketplace - this time for their plans to start charging buskers up to $2,500 for performance space. Read more.
The Globe reports the operators of the one-time "festival" marketplace plan to start charging the street performers who provide much of the festival feeling a fee to entertain shoppers.
Mike Ball took in the annual Christmas tuba concert at Faneuil Hall Marketplace today.
He reports he took one of the inaugural Saturday Fairmount Line trains from his home in Hyde Park and that it was the bee's knees compared to shlepping to Forest Hills for the Orange Line.
City councilors talked tough today: They don't want the current operator of Faneuil Hall Marketplace to ditch the pushcart vendors that have long peddled their wares there.
City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Tito Jackson both accused Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. of duplicity, telling different city agencies different stories about the fate of the pushcarts.
The Globe reports on plans by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which currently runs the city-owned marketplace for what could be its largest revamp since it was redone as a festival market in the 1970s: Wider spaces, the removal of heel-killing brick sidewalks, fancier restaurants and more seating in what the oldtimers still know as the Quincy Market building.
Jason Turgeon was part of the horde trying to get into the Body Worlds exhibit today using discount tickets purchased through LivingSocial. Seems the discounter sold a block of tickets for today, and lots of people picked the same time to use them and LivingSocial did nothing to stop them. He gives this a big "FAIL."
The Herald reports the company that now manages Faneuil Hall Marketplace is looking at some big changes for the Quincy Market building - possibly including escalators and construction of two two-story glass "sheds" for new retailers.
Mark Pijanowski watched the tree get lit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace last night.
Mass. Moments alerts us that today's the anniversary of the grand opening of Quincy Market, in 1826:
[O]nly two years earlier, Bostonians had derided Mayor Josiah Quincy's huge construction project â€” the largest public works project yet undertaken in the new nation â€” as "Quincy's Folly." ...
From the beginning, the mayor faced stiff resistance. Many opposed the plan because of longstanding concerns about government regulation of trade. Some insisted the project was too expensive. Others felt that such an ambitious engineering and architectural project was better left to private enterprise. A few landowners simply refused to sell their property to the city.
Photographynatalia captured Japanese fast-food cooks at work in Quincy Market the other day.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace notes somebody made sure Red Auerbach was ready for today's opening Bruins/Rangers playoff game.
Todd English is refinancing his culinary empire, which now stretches from Charlestown to Las Vegas. Locally, the infusion of money means English will be able to pay the state of Massachusetts and the company that operates Faneuil Hall back payments for Kingfish Hall, which closed under a cloud of acrimony last year.
Ron Chorney, CFO of Todd English Enterprises, Inc., gave the financial update to the Boston Licensing Board this morning, at a hearing to request more time to sell the restaurant's main remaining asset - its liquor license.