Articles by Reena Karasin

Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Cambridge and Somerville chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Haitian-American Dance Company to Tell Stories of Immigration

For Jean Appolon, immigration was an experience of chaos and trauma. Appolon’s father was killed in Haiti for political reasons in 1991, he says, adding that he and his two brothers never found out the precise reason for their father’s murder, other than that he opposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. After that, the brothers went into […]


How to Reverse Your Car’s Environmental Impact

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]



Bon Me to Turn East Cambridge Location into Test Kitchen

Bon Me will turn its East Cambridge restaurant into a test kitchen next month, unrolling several changes including a revamped menu and electronic ordering kiosks. The new experiments are part of an effort to stay ahead of the curve, according to CEO Patrick Lynch. “We opened seven years ago, and we chose to do a […]



Grassroots Organization Pushes for Municipal Broadband

A group of residents banded together under the name Upgrade Cambridge are lobbying the city to create a municipal broadband network. Co-founder Saul Tannenbaum has devoted his time to issues at the crossover of technology and politics since retiring from his IT job eight years ago. He served on the city’s Broadband Task Force from […]


Hubway to Expand as Blue Bikes

Hubway is entering into a six-year partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that will involve adding 1,200 new bikes and rechristening the bicycles as Blue Bikes. The bike share program, owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline, will see over 100 new stations thanks to the partnership, according to a press release. […]


Citywide Composting Comes to Cambridge

Curbside composting will launch citywide on April 2 as Cambridge strives to meet its goals of reducing trash by 30 percent between 2008 and 2020. The city has run a pilot curbside composting program along the Monday trash route since late 2015 that serves 5,200 households in North Cambridge, an expansion from a 600-household trial […]


Supporting the Arts, One Musician At a Time

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the whole […]


Scary Moments Campaign Aims to Spread Awareness of Biking Dangers

“I was in an unprotected bike lane while wearing a helmet, reflective jacket, and front and back lights,” a bicyclist recounts of a trip through Central Square. “I was hit by a car that stopped in the street and opened their passenger door into the unprotected bike lane. I was briefly knocked out from the […]