An InBound 2016 Insider’s Guide to Fort Point

InBound 2016 is almost upon us! From November 8 to November 11, thousands of marketing and sales professionals will descend upon the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Four days of motivating keynotes, innovative talks, informative breakout sessions, networking and more is a lot to handle, and we realize not every single attendee is going to have the time to get to know Fort Point like a local. This is why we’re introducing our Insider’s Guide to Fort Point- 5 stand out tips to take advantage of our historic neighborhood. Stop by Fort Point and explore our vibrant artist’s community along with burgeoning restaurant and startup scenes.

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Fort Point Q&A #3- Jason Talbot

It’s the third edition of Fort Point Q&A! We had the great opportunity to sit down with Jason Talbot, co-founder of Fort Point nonprofit Artists for Humanity in their award-winning EpiCenter building. As Artists for Humanity celebrates their 25th year doing business and helping mentor youth in the arts, it’s clear that the sky’s the limit for them.

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(Photo Credit: Danielle Duggan)

Question: What are your favorite things about the Fort Point neighborhood?

Artists for Humanity has been here for about 25 years, and has seen the neighborhood go through a lot of changes. When we initially came down here, the thing about Fort Point that we found wonderful was that it felt like we owned it in a sense. There was barely anyone around except for the artists. The various abandoned properties, vibrant arts community and whole culture of the place was awesome.

The location of Fort Point relative to other neighborhoods was great too. It’s close to downtown, putting us in the vicinity of several businesses and commerce in general. This was great for us when we were starting up, as we were able to find clients close by and deliver work to our neighbors in the community fairly easily. The access to public transportation is pretty great too, with several stops on the Red Line being close to us.

As development has increased in the neighborhood, it has given tremendous opportunities to us. All of our new neighbors are potential clients for us, which is great. The increased business that follows with development also allows us to act as a greater resource for the arts to Boston and the community.

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Fort Point Q&A #2- Tony Savarino

Fort Point Q&A is back, this time with music on our minds. Tony Savarino is a renowned Fort Point-based guitarist who plays for local acts like Ruby Rose Fox as well as national bands like Missing Persons. He also teaches guitar to local students and international students as far as Berlin. Fresh off his residency at local restaurant Internal Matter, we visited Tony at his home on 249 A Street to talk about growing up in Fort Point and his career as a musician.

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(Photo Credit: Bruce Rogovin)

Question:What’s your favorite thing about Fort Point?
I love the location and the fact that its eclectic identity still hasn’t left. It feels like Fort Point’s roots are still very much in the ground here. For example, Barlow’s reminds me of a more mellowed out The Channel. I really miss the old Fort Point, and how it used to be in the old days with the whole arts scene. I also love my neighbors, they feel like family to me. It’s nice to have a lot more people and shops here too. Back in the day it used to be a ghost town on the weekends. The heat would get turned off during the weekends too, so we’d have to keep space heaters running during the colder months. The new stuff is pretty nice as well. Don EylesPYR 2014 is stunning, the parks in the neighborhood are really fun to go too. I love Internal Matter, Fort Point movie nights. The neighborhood on the whole is a lot cleaner and prettier than it’s been in the past.

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Play Me, I’m Yours- Street Pianos Boston!

The Celebrity Series of Boston is bringing back the Play Me I’m Yours project this year to the city. From September 23 to October 10, 2016, 60 street pianos will make their appearances in neighborhoods all over Boston. Each piano is decorated by local artists & community groups, and is available for anyone to enjoy and play. The Play Me I’m Your project was started by British artist Luke Jerram, who’s noted for his touring artworks. Since its inception in 2008, the Play Me I’m Yours project has toured internationally with great success. Curious if a street piano will be in your neighborhood? Visit the website, or download their associated beam.in app available on iOS.

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We at the Friends of Fort Point Channel had the chance to visit Claudia Ravaschiere, a local Fort Point artist. You might have seen one of her most recent works, Shimmer, on the Congress Street Bridge in the neighborhood. Shimmer is composed of fluorescent and jewel-toned plexiglass panels, and constantly changes in visual appearance throughout the day. In creating this piece, Ravaschiere sought to activate the familiar and plain space of a bridge with art in order to imbue it with new energy. She and partner Michael Moss have done a number of public art installations in Boston as well. Perhaps you might have seen their pop up parks in Fort Point, Bright Side of the Road I & II?Read More

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Kid-Friendly Itinerary (Ages 0-8)

Looking to have quality time with your kids but don’t want to leave the city? Look no further than Fort Point. The neighborhood has plenty of family entertainment options, from state-of-the-art museums, fun playgrounds, to kid-friendly restaurants. It’s an awesome way to have a cool outdoors urban experience without visiting the same old spots. Without further ado, here’s our parent-tested, kid-approved itinerary.

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1) Atlantic Wharf

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We start at Atlantic Wharf (290 Congress Street; 617-603-7195; atlanticwharfboston.com). If you are driving to Fort Point, make sure to take advantage of the parking garage here and its affordable rates. If you are taking the T, it is a block away from the South Station stop on the Red Line. While you’re here, make sure to check out the BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Space. However, they do open at 10am. But that just makes it a destination worth coming back to. Tucked away in a cozy space in the lobby is The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, featuring rotating exhibits programmed by the Fort Point Arts Community). Just outside on the Fort Point Channel lies Waterfront Plaza. The plaza is frequently host to free events from live music by Berkeley students to kids’ programming.

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My Tour of South Station

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South Station is a place I am well familiar with, but today’s different somehow. Today I’m lost in the crowd, as people whizz by me trying to get to their destinations. I arrived at South Station today for a guided tour, but finding where it starts exactly eludes me. However I finally get my bearings together and find my tour guide waiting by the escalators. I wait with him (his name is Richard) as the others slowly arrive. We chat about what the tour entails, about Friends of Fort Point Channel, and a bit about each other.Read More