Business + Money

Foundry ribbon-cutting gives the city a glimpse of $46 million project that opens in September

While the Foundry 101 building opens to the public in September, major construction is finished and residents were allowed to walk through the first floor of the refurbished building Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting, visiting spaces within where creation will take place.

Workers at 1369 Coffeehouse vote to join union

Workers at 1369 Coffeehouse in Central and Inman squares have decided to unionize in the culmination of a National Labor Relations Board election Wednesday.


Drug use and violence among a plaza’s unhoused infiltrates Manning public housing, residents say

Some residents of Manning Apartments, a public housing complex near Central Square for seniors and people with disabilities, say they feel unsafe amid a spike in illegal activity in and around the building – and an official at the Cambridge House Authority said Friday that an attempt to address the problem better with private security has suffered a setback.

Children under 5 can get vaccinated against Covid at free Saturday clinic offered by Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance will begin offering long-awaited Covid-19 vaccinations to children under 5 starting Saturday at a clinic in Somerville, one of the first health care systems in the Boston area to offer the vaccine at a clinic since authorization June 17.

Group’s lawsuit and call for freeze on bike lanes get first hearing as wires come down in Porter (corrected)

A bike-lane lawsuit and call for the city to immediately halt installation of the lanes got a hearing Thursday, with Middlesex County Superior Court judge John Pappas granting the sides until the end of business on Monday to submit more information.


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Juneteenth has special meaning at 105 Brattle St.

Descendants of Tony and Cuba Vassall were guests at Sunday’s Juneteenth gathering at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, where their family was once enslaved by Loyalist who fled on the eve of the American Revolution.

S&S Restaurant is still serving up the comfort after more than a century in Inman Square

In the decade preceding Cambridge Electric Light’s illumination of Cambridge Street, when trolley tracks ran from Inman to Porter Square, a little delicatessen began welcoming hungry patrons. Rebecca “Ma” Edelstein greeted guests with “es and es,” Yiddish for “eat and eat” – which the wide-ranging fare of the S&S Restaurant still encourages diners to do.


Why this pit kid is not going to ‘Pit-A-Palooza’

A “Pit-A-Palooza” event this weekend is supposed to honor the people organizers call “Pit Rats,” but I just can’t attend an event run by people that have helped kill everything that made Cambridge special.

Trees, solar panels and city shortsightedness: Plantings must be better chosen for the future

While protecting and reestablishing our tree canopy is important, the misguided selection offered by the city will destroy the possibility of solar energy for the next generation.

Causes of MBTA service cuts reach back decades, and the solution isn’t necessarily more funding

Safety concerns from federal inspectors caused the MBTA to announce on Friday that weekday subway service on the red, orange and blue Lines would be cut dramatically, and run on a weekend schedule. But the MBTA story is worse than that.

Wild Things

Where city meets forest, white-tailed deer emerge to snack until something startles

It’s hard to believe that a mammal as big as a deer is found in a city as urban as Cambridge, but the deer are here. With a little bit of thoughtful management, we can live in harmony.


‘Hit the Road’: Steering into something big

Panah Panahi cooks up something politically barbed in “Hit the Road,” which begins with a semi-joyous car ride and a becomes a poignant and provocative existential odyssey.


‘The Black Phone’: Its ’70s retro trappings aside, supernatural-tinged thriller might not grab you

The film’s shining asset, aside from the allure of a 1970s setting and devil mask worn by the central boogeyman, is the strong performances by young cast members portraying a brother and sister with a dead mom, scary dad and even scarier kidnapper to tackle.

What We're Having

Egg and cheese sandwiches at the revived Diesel Cafe

Gone is the grungy, ’90s industrial steampunk vibe at Diesel Cafe in Somerville’s Davis Square, replaced by a more spacious and open feel, with inviting, communal spaces. The limited menu (with limited hours) includes a full slate of coffee beverages, bakery good, additions such as an ice cream bar and smoothies, and breakfast fare.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from a Juneteenth parade to ‘Medusa Reclaimed’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there are continuing Juneteenth celebrations, a Harvard Museums Summer Solstice Celebration, visit by the author Ottessa Moshfegh and musician Lou Barlow, Nepal Festival, silent dance party, Pit-A-Palooza, “Medusa Reclaimed” and much more.

Film Ahead

Juneteenth arrives with Roxbury Film Festival, ‘Touki Bouki’ and ‘Neptune Frost’ at The Brattle

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include Juneteenth selections, news of a local with a short coming to the Roxbury Film Fest, and the classic “Touki Bouki” pairing with the new and mind-melting “Neptune Frost” at The Brattle. Somerville has big-screen gems, and we have reviews of some small-screen fare as well.