Articles by Reena Karasin

‘Mapping Out Utopia’: How Our Legacy of Counterculture Lives On

It’s not surprising to hear that Cambridge has a rich history of counterculture—it is, after all, one of the most progressive cities in the country. But when you dive into it, the extent of Cambridge’s role in the movements of the ’60s and ’70s can be astonishing. That’s what librarian and artist Tim Devin found […]


STEAM Makerspace, Recording Studios to Open at Main Library This Fall

The public library’s upcoming makerspace and STEAM learning area, dubbed “The Hive,” is set to open this fall, according to library staff. The Hive will include laser printers and various other digital fabrication tools, an extended reality lab focused on virtual and augmented reality, and two multimedia recording studios. “It is, first and foremost, a […]



Off-the-beaten-path Valentine’s Day Ideas

Go On a Different Kind of Blind Date Take home a surprise book this Valentine’s Day. Harvard Book Store’s staff will play matchmaker between used books and customers, wrapping up their recommendations with only hints about the contents (for example: “‘Lord of the Flies’ on a boat”). We promise it won’t be awkward. Harvard Book […]



Bluebikes Offers Winter Riding Incentives

Bluebikes—the bike share program owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline—is offering riders incentives to ride throughout the month of February. The biggest “Bluebikes Winter Challenge” giveaway is a free month of membership or a bike helmet to anyone who takes at least 55 trips, but there are plenty of rewards for […]


Looking for a Date This Valentine’s Day? Peruse These PowerPoint Pitches

Ever wanted to set up your single friend? How about trying it with a PowerPoint presentation? DateMyFriend.ppt will give people the chance to find their friends a match ahead of Valentine’s Day with a Feb. 7 event at Aeronaut Brewing Company. Twenty pre-selected participants will each give a PowerPoint presentation on why their single friend […]


The Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


Local Restaurants Join Forces for Fire Relief Fundraiser

Over a dozen restaurants are teaming up this weekend to host a fundraiser to support the 22 people displaced by a four-alarm fire on Cambridge and Hunting Streets earlier this month. Each of the participating restaurants will set up a table with small bites at the FSA Culture Center (575 Cambridge St.) on Feb. 2 at […]


How Many Harvard Businesses Will Go the Way of Crema Cafe?

Flat Patties Expects to Close or Move This Year Due to Anticipated Rent Increase When beloved Harvard Square coffee shop Crema Cafe closed suddenly late last year, the owners didn’t try to hide why the doors were shuttering. “They are here to make mad cash,” Co-partner Steve “Nookie” Postal wrote in a column for Eater […]


Passim Grant to Help Fund Multimedia Show ‘Bring Us Your Women’

As musician Catherine Capozzi visited the great churches of the world while touring with her band, she felt inspired to “believe in something.” But she also wondered how women fit into their stories. “I was traveling through different parts of France, Switzerland, Spain, all the different countries that I went to, I was thinking, ‘I […]


School District Proposes Lengthening Elementary, Upper School Days

WHAT: The Cambridge school district has drafted proposed changes that would include lengthening the school day, allowing for more personalized learning, and adding time for teachers to collaborate during the day. The drafted proposal, if adopted, would lengthen the six-hour school day by 45 minutes, with the option of a five-hour day each Wednesday. A […]