Articles by Reena Karasin

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 […]


BBC Adventurer Uses Gecko Technology to Scale EF Education First Building

A gecko could climb the 10-story glass waterfall at EF Education First’s North American Headquarters in 52 seconds. So when local research and development laboratory Draper was tasked with helping soldiers scale walls, its researchers found the lizard an obvious prototype. “A couple years ago my son requested a gecko for his birthday, and I […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]


Cambridge Men Explore Their Roles in the #MeToo Movement

Content warning: This article discusses gender-based violence. “Those of us who identify as male most likely learned some behaviors that were very harmful, specifically to women,” Duane de Four, a member of Mending Cambridge who works with universities, the military, and professional sports leagues to end gender-based violence, told 20 participants. “Think about some of […]


What You Need to Know About the Vision Zero Action Plan

The city released a detailed plan earlier this month for how it will eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, after pledging to adopt Vision Zero in 2016. Vision Zero got its start in Sweden in the late 20th century, according to the City of Cambridge website, and has since disseminated throughout the world. Cities come […]


Valentine’s Day in Cambridge

Still making your Valentine’s Day plans? Here are some distinctly Cambridge events around the city for those who want an alternative to a sit-down dinner. “Queer Heartache” Kit Yan, a queer, trans slam poet, shares the challenges unique to all forms of queer love and the strength it takes to navigate them. “If you’ve ever […]