Articles by Abbie Gruskin

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 […]



What’s New: Comings & Goings

East CambridgePuritan & Co. Chef/Owner to Open New Eatery in 2020 Will Gilson, the chef and owner of Puritan & Co., has big plans for an all-in-one cafe, restaurant, and cocktail bar, according to a press release. An anticipated retail building in Cambridge Crossing known as The Shed, which is currently under construction, will house […]


Cleenland Offers Judgment-free, Low-waste Shopping

Cleenland, a shop that sells bulk household and personal care products with little to no packaging, wants to make a low-waste lifestyle accessible to everyone—even those just joining the sustainability bandwagon.  “It’s just a nice place to be, it’s just a place that you want to be,” explains founder and owner Sarah Levy. “And then […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Tunefoolery

Tunefoolery brings together a vibrant mix of musicians united by their journey through mental health recovery. The group’s primary goals are to support musicians in mental health recovery, share music with others who are grappling with mental health challenges, and work toward eliminating stigma surrounding mental illnesses.  “So much mental health treatment is about trying […]


Almost Perfect Glass Trailblazes Environmental Activism Through Art

Vases showcasing the fuzzy white faces of polar bears and the glimmering navy bodies of whales adorn the shelves of Almost Perfect Glass, begging to spark conversation. “Anyone who comes through the studio, if they see the pieces we have that are about environmental situations, you can say they’re cool and important because they’re a […]



Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Somerville artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. The exhibition that came out of that project, “Sightlines,” is on display at Lesley University through April 7. Robinson’s connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn […]


Momi Nonmi Teams Up with Spoke Wine Bar for Pop-Up Dinner

Momi Nonmi will infuse its Hawaiian and Japanese flair with a farm-to-table approach on Monday in a pop-up collaboration with Somerville’s Spoke Wine bar. The prix fixe four-course menu ($49, with an optional wine and sake pairing for $35) will include local seafood, Japanese ingredients, and grilled dishes that both combine and contrast the styles of […]