November 2012

Getting Outside this Fall

Just a few weeks ago, New Englanders took to their favorite orchards and farms to pick apples, pumpkins and apple cider donuts. Post-Halloween, post-Sandy, it seems that we should all just aim to get outside this weekend, and soak up our beautiful parks, forests, beaches and mountain wilderness.

April 2012

May Day on the Charles!

All right, what are you doing on May 1, at 5:30 a.m.? I understand that you may be booked later on; after all, it’s one of the last days you can see “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” at the Museum of Science, and the siren song of the Boston Food Truck Tour is hard to resist. But what

March 2012

The Problem with Boston’s Private Parks

The problem with Boston’s private parks is that they don’t belong to the public. Witness the current tussle over the rooftop park at 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. The owner, Boston Properties, wants to build an 18,000 square foot connector from 5 Cambridge Center—which you earth-dwellers may know as “Legal Sea Foods”—across the top of a

September 2011

Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces on WCVB’s Chronicle HD

As we teased earlier this month, we’re thrilled to announce that Meg Muckenhoupt, author of Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces, will be featured on Chronicle this Friday, September 30, at 7:30 PM.  In an episode centered on the Boston area’s “Hidden Treasures,” Meg will be discussing secret gardens and little-known parks.

Without giving TOO much away

Chronicles of a Chronicle Shoot

Here at Union Park Press, we are BIG fans of Chronicle HD, a local nightly news magazine show. So it goes without saying that we were pretty excited to work with a Chronicle producer in recent weeks to put together a “last gasp of summer” episode featuring hidden treasures of the Boston area.

It just so

August 2011

Flora and Future Delights at North Point Park

The Glorious Fourth has gone out with a BOOM!, Bastille day revelers have long since abandoned the barricades, and the local tomatoes have finally arrived at the farmers’ markets. It’s late summer, and the big bright floppy prairie flowers are in full bloom in the New American Garden–that is, North Point Park.

North Point is a

July 2011

Harry Potter, the Final Chapter: Boston-Style

Tonight the wait is over – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” the final installment in the famed Harry Potter series, will be released at midnight, and I personally cannot wait. My friends and I will be at the theater several hours early, armed with the game Catch Phrase to pass the time

Where to Watch: Women’s World Cup & Revolution VS Manchester United in Boston

Tomorrow doesn’t get much bigger for Boston soccer fans. At noontime, the U.S. women’s soccer team, fresh off their amazing victory over Brazil, will square off against France in the Women’s World Cup in Germany. Tomorrow night, global power Manchester United will be at Gillette Stadium to face the New England Revolution.

So, here’s a great

October 2010

The New Direction in Gardens: Up

This week’s grab-bag of Boston’s green internet effluvia includes one small garden and one very large park. One runs up and down, the other one is just up–very, very far up. You thought that Boston’s restaurant rooftop gardens were exciting? People are paying $20 to get into this one! That is, after they pay for

September 2010

Park(ing) Day!

All right, this is going to be brief, because you have *got* to get away from your computer and go see the *nine* new parks in Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge! Here’s a map! But they’re only open today until 5pm, or until the quarters run out. It’s National Parking Day, when landscape designers, urbanists, art