Articles by Abbie Gruskin

What’s New: City Beat

Cambridge City Council allocates $30 million for Foundry BuildingCity councilors voted at the end of October to devote $30 million to redevelop the Foundry Building in East Cambridge, according to The Cambridge Chronicle. The new community center is planned to act as a destination for “science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities” while also […]


What’s New: Food & Drink

Harvard Square: Bluestone LaneThe 27 Brattle St. space in Harvard Square, formerly home to Crema Cafe, has finally been filled, according to Eater Boston. Bluestone Lane, a cafe chain with “an essence of Australia and New York swank,” opened in the beginning of November with menu items including “avocado smash,” lemon ricotta pancakes, sandwiches, salads, […]


The Creation of a New Neighborhood

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman The community of East Cambridge is getting a new neighbor. Cambridge Crossing, a new “transit-oriented” development, is currently in the works at the intersection of Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston in the area formerly known as North Point.  Developing company DivcoWest, based in San Francisco and known for creating tech […]


What’s New: Final Farewells

Harvard SquareOut of Town News Out of Town News left town at the end of October in advance of city plans to renovate the 64-year-old kiosk, according to The Harvard Crimson. The newsstand sold “newspapers from around the globe” to a wide audience of students, locals, and even famous faces like Robert Frost and Julia […]


What’s New: City Beat

City cancels Cambridge Carnival after threats of violence The annual Cambridge Carnival scheduled for early September was canceled due to reported threats of violence in connection with an exchange of gunfire near Boston’s Caribbean Carnival parade at the end of August, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. Rather than waiting until next year to try again, […]



What’s New: New In Town

Kendall SquareBrothers Marketplace Wellesley grocery chain Roche Bros. opened a Brothers Marketplace in Kendall Square this month after two years of planning, according to The Boston Globe. The market moved into the ground floor of an MIT office building and is the first grocery store in the square. “The community’s desire for a grocery store […]


What’s New: City Beat

Public pools in the city can’t take the heat State officials denied the city’s attempt to lengthen the nine-weekend season for the state-owned Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming Pool, which closed for the summer at the end of August, according to Cambridge Day. The City Manager’s Office had been working on the proposed extension since January […]



Something Ventured: Central Square Florist

Family-owned Central Square Florist has been a cornerstone to the square for decades, catering to the local community since 1929. But the voice of the small, colorful shop has evolved in recent years as ownership has been passed down to a member of the family’s youngest generation, Jackie Levine. Central Square Florist, which Levine’s grandfather’s […]


What’s New: Getting Creative

Harvard Square Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Narrowly Stays in Harvard Multiple construction projects in Harvard Square—along with a decrease in foot traffic and ever-rising rents—almost sent the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative searching for new digs. “We just feel like we need to be in a new space so that we can get the customers back and not […]


What’s New: City Beat & Community Wellness

City Beat City Asks for Participatory Budgeting Ideas It’s time to speak up if you have big dreams of sprucing up the city. Cambridge has allotted $1,000,000 to spend on “capital projects to improve the community” in the sixth annual Participatory Budgeting cycle and is asking residents to propose project ideas, according to a press […]