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Southie's last stand

Twenty years since a Hyde Park Italian-American succeeded Ray Flynn, South Boston retains its public perception as the city's nexus of political power.
A huge year in politics could see the next generation of South Boston political legends emerge — or get swept aside.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013
Annabelle's Restaurant Review

Review: Annabelle's Restaurant

Hyde Park is the kind of neighborhood where the idea of a Dorchester businessman coming in to set up a restaurant is big stuff.
American food searching for a niche
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 17, 2011

Save the pool

Noble architecture makes Boston a living work of art. Visitors flock to view Bulfinch's State House, Richardson's Trinity Church, and McKim's Copley Square Library, to name just the obvious.
Plans to alter the magnificent reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center should not be allowed
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2010

Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010

Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010

US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Mar
Props-aganda Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

Signs of the Times

Regarding "A Walk on the Wild Side" , about the "Boston Combat Zone: 1969–1978" exhibit at the Howard Yezerski Gallery: the complete Naked i sign is owned by neon collector Dave Waller, who lent the Yezerski one section of it.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 5, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 05, 2010

Keep streets safe and children in school

Thank you for your very insightful "War Over Peace" article.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 19, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 19, 2010

Clearing the air

Adam Reilly’s analysis of right-wing talk radio’s support of Scott Brown was nearly perfect.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 12, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 12, 2010

Boston teen in Haiti stranded without a country

Jenny Ulysee was inside her stepmother's hair salon in Mariani, Haiti, when the January 12 earthquake caused a nearby building to buckle and collapse onto the roof of her family's business.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 29, 2010


From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

Building block

Your editorial, “Menino’s Promise,” about Mayor Menino’s inauguration, stated: “He must shelve his reservations about becoming more involved in private development.”
Letters to the Boston editor, January 15, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010

Green school. Red light?

Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010

New edition

There’s no underground scene for pop-minded R&B. Not in Boston, and not really anyplace else.
Masspike Miles, Lisa Bello, and the little R&B scene that can
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 11, 2009
Tweet Beat: What Are Folks Saying About Boston’s City Council Races?

Tweet Beat: What Are Folks Saying About Boston’s City Council Races?

beantownsgift Menino gets my vote, who is this TITO cat leaving flyers on my wheelz? tah! bhalpin For Boston City Council, voting Pressley, Arroyo, and...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 03, 2009
Tweet Beat: What Are Folks Saying About Boston’s Mayoral Race?

Tweet Beat: What Are Folks Saying About Boston’s Mayoral Race?

E_Flash Word, I don't think I believe in good politicians but VOTE for Mayor Menino cause if anything... He's for the HOOD! zackcerza Boston residents:...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 03, 2009

Ten Morning Observations from Polling Stations around Boston

Ten Morning Observations from Polling Stations around Boston

1 - I was barely out my door when an SUV rolled by broadcasting for Flaherty. To his credit, the aspiring bilingual Irish guy from...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 03, 2009

For city council

When Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon declared their candidacies for mayor many months ago, the duo opened up what is normally a very narrow field for at-large Council candidates.
Boston At-Large: Connolly, Murphy, Pressley, Arroyo
By EDITORIAL  |  October 23, 2009

The politics of baseball in Boston

You don’t need a fancy political-science degree to predict voter turnout in Boston city elections. All you need is a Red Sox postseason schedule (when applicable).
It's the Red Sox, stupid
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009

Where was everybody on St. Patrick's Day?

We piled into a car, we three intrepid journalists, and set out from the Back Bay Sunday morning to find our way to Royal Bolling’s party. “Roxbury’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day,” as Bolling called it, should be easy to find, we reasoned. After all, the
Where's the (political) party?  
By MICHAEL RYAN  |  August 28, 2009

Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009


Racism in real estate

After more than a decade in the business, the real-estate agent knew that many landlords had very narrow ideas about whom they did and didn't want living in their apartments and houses. Most of them were fairly subtle about it. "I want the right people,
Keeping the neighborhoods white
By SEAN FLYNN  |  May 15, 2009

Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009

Artists get the shaft

On a tour of the studios at 337 Summer Street, Jen Mecca, a textile artist, points out some of the spaces recently vacated by artists and craftsmen, including a pair of furniture makers who left for Somerville.
The city gives Fort Point's creative residents the finger
By TED SIEFER  |  January 28, 2009

The Political virgins

At this incalculably critical time — with a fiscal nightmare threatening billions of dollars of state-government spending and momentous budget decisions to be made — everyone in Massachusetts wants to be represented on Beacon Hill by someone with clout.
With a crucial state-legislature session looming, Boston residents turn to untested newbies to fight for their share of the pie
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2009

Insides out

The everyday interaction with animals other than domestic pets has become a whimsical thing of the past. Which leaves those musicians who still write numbers with furry protagonists in a bit of a throwback situation, their songs almost instant period pi
The projective folk of Mr. Sister
By MATT PARISH  |  December 02, 2008



It’s south of Cleary Square, which is similar to what Davis Square was like 20 years ago, a world of mom-and-pop stores leavened with immigrants that now seems as remote.
Go out of the way for good food and a welcoming atmosphere
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 25, 2008

Street art

The exhibit’s 37 color photos from 2005 to 2007, plus three plumed headdresses, serve as an appetizer for the Carnival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.
Boston’s Caribbean Carnival at 35
By GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2008

DiMasi’s sheep

DiMasi’s overwhelming victory in the recent casino vote — in which only 34 of 140 Democrats voted against his plan to banish the bill for further study — was actually, as meager as it was, an unusual show of dissent.
How Stepford politics rule Beacon Hill
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 09, 2008

More police problems

Anyone who watches police dramas such as Law & Order or CSI might get the idea that cops from time to time stretch the envelope.
Plus, Obama’s Philadelphia moment
By EDITORIAL  |  March 19, 2008