#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in Every Boston Neighborhood: Hyde Park Part 1

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 9/28/2022

Welcome. Thank you for following, supporting, and sharing the adventure. To learn more about the inspiration, mission, goals, and ongoing updates, please see the #WalkingBoston launch blog post.

Total miles walked over the first 3 walks in Eastie = 39.13 miles. Details, including photo albums in chronological order, can be found in previous blog posts.

The #WalkingBoston journey continues on Friday, 9/30. ‘Hyde Park Part 1’ leaves the Hyde Park Commuter Rail T station at 8am sharp. Early bird stretching and map/course review at 7:40. All are welcome to join. Friday’s walk will cover the area to the south of the line on the map below, splitting Hyde Park into two 13.1+ mile walks. We will walk North to Sherrin Woods, then zig zag East and West to the Milton and Dedham borders. As always, please send me “must see” sights along the way. I love getting suggestions in advance so I can include them while mapping out the walks. Please email patrick@servernotservant.com.

‘Hyde Park Part 2,’ noted on the map will also leave from the Hyde Park Commuter Rail station on Friday, 10/14 at 8am, weather permitting. Please subscribe to this blog for updates, and follow on Twitter and IG @PatrickMBoston.

Please consider even a small donation inspired by #WalkingBoston:

#1- Make-A-Wish MA & RI is the primary beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. As most of you know, the mission of Make-A-Wish is to create life‐changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I love the work that they do and am honored to partner with them. Thanks to Hillary Muntz, Kara Walker & team for their professionalism and attention to detail. Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made by clicking on this link.

#2- Stride for Stride is also a beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners – the goal is to make races more accessible, inclusive, and diverse for everyone. Stride for Stride founder, Tom OKeefe, aka @BostonTweet, “Our logo signifies equality. It’s simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that changes lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line is pure joy and empowering in both sport and life – it proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up!” Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made to Stride for Stride by clicking here.

I am in the process of negotiating collaborations with several companies and wide open to all ideas. Donations to Make-A-Wish and Stride for Stride are tax deductible.

#3- Lastly, several folks have reached out asking how they could sponsor/support my #WalkingBoston mission and expedite the publication of my #ServerNotServant book advocating for service industry workers and #HumanToHumanService. A grassroots fundraiser of small donations has been set up to keep me walking and writing. Donations can be made here.

Hyde Park ‘At a Glance’ from the Boston Planning & Development Agency Website:

Tucked into the southwest corner of Boston, Hyde Park was the last town to be annexed by Boston in 1912. The area was established in the 1660s and grew into a hub of paper and cotton manufacturing in the eighteenth century. The extension of rail lines from Boston in the 1850s spurred the area’s residential development. Today, Hyde Park offers its residents a unique blend of accessible city amenities and quiet suburban lifestyle. 

Hyde Park is home to an increasingly diverse population who reside in a mix of historic buildings and mid-twentieth century single-family homes. The Neoponset River, the municipal George Wright Golf Course, and the Stony Brook Reservation provide significant open and green space.

Cleary and Logan Squares anchor the commercial activity of the area. Small shops and restaurants line Hyde Park Avenue, River Street, and Fairmount Avenue and many business owners in Hyde Park are supported by Hyde Park Main Streets. Downtown Boston is only a train ride away via the Fairmount or Providence Commuter Rail Lines. A thriving industrial section of the neighborhood is home to numerous businesses.

Thank you for joining, supporting, and sharing the exploration of Boston’s neighborhoods. I hope to see some of you #ontheroad.

Cheers-Patrick

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#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in Every Boston Neighborhood: East Boston Bonus, Logan Airport+

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 9/15/2022

The journey marches on… Thank you for following, supporting, and sharing the adventure. To learn more about the inspiration, mission, goals, and ongoing updates on this project, please see the #WalkingBoston launch blog post.

For information on the first 2 walks, click on the following links:

East Boston Part 1

East Boston Part 2

Total miles walked in Eastie as of 9/15/22 = 29.11. Despite having covered a marathon in Eastie, I’m adding an Eastie ‘bonus’ walk to cover Logan Airport, Memorial Park, Bremen Street Park, and a few areas I couldn’t get to in Eastie 2. The ‘East Boston Bonus’ walk will depart from the Airport T stop on the Blue Line at 8am on Friday, 9/16 at 8am. All are welcome to join. Below is the map of tomorrow’s walk, along with notes about additional streets we’ll be covering:

Please consider even a small donation inspired by #WalkingBoston:

#1- Make-A-Wish MA & RI is the primary beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. As most of you know, the mission of Make-A-Wish is to create life‐changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I love the work that they do and am honored to partner with them. Thanks to Hillary Muntz & team for their professionalism and attention to detail. Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made by clicking on this link.

#2- Stride for Stride is also a beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners – the goal is to make races more accessible, inclusive, and diverse for everyone. Stride for Stride founder, Tom OKeefe, aka @BostonTweet, “Our logo signifies equality. It’s simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that changes lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line is pure joy and empowering in both sport and life – it proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up!” Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made to Stride for Stride by clicking here.

#3- Several folks have reached out asking how they could sponsor/support my #WalkingBoston project and expedite the publication of my Server Not Servant book. A grassroots fundraiser of small donations has been set up to keep me walking and writing. Donations can be made here.

Post-walk summary, observations, and reflections 9/19/22:

  • Distance walked during ‘East Boston Bonus, Logan+’ = 10.02 miles (MapMyWalk) and 12 miles (AllTrails). I’m using the lesser of the 2 distances (for now) to calculate ‘official’ distance. I will get to the bottom of the discrepancy.
  • Total distance of 3 walks in Eastie = 39.13 miles.
  • Google Photo Album of 178 pics & videos in chronological order of the walk.

From the road:

  • 57 degrees when I left the house at 6:41am.
  • When I asked a T employee about the best route to Terminal E, after telling me he said, “It’s a hike.” I told him I love a hike…
  • It’s an entirely different experience wandering through a place to explore it rather than battling through the usual gauntlet of obstacles and surviving the inevitable misery. Hello, Logan Airport…
  • Eastie makes better use of the spaces under overpasses than any other Boston neighborhood I’ve explored.
  • It was frustrating not to view the ‘inside’ of Logan on the other side of security. Perhaps I’ll supplement this post after the next flight I take.
  • The Staties still love to yell at cars to “Keep it moving!!” when people are trying to ‘live park’ and pick up passengers. I don’t miss making multiple laps around the airport waiting for people arriving.
  • The pics throughout the airport are pretty cool, especially the Boston-based films and the old school Logan shot. (See the photo album).
  • Cape Air reminded me that I need to get back to Nantucket…
  • McLean hospital has a great series of pics promoting Mental Health care.
  • First time seeing the 911 Memorial, including the names of Jim and Mary Trentini. Coach Trentini was one of my football coaches and a guidance counselor at Burlington (MA) High School. they were great people on their way to CA to babysit so their daughter and her husband could go on vacation when the terrorists attacked their plane and America.
  • The Harborwalk leading to the Hyatt has outstanding views of the Boston skyline and the Eastie shipyard.
  • Sorry to have missed Rich Hartigan, old friend and bartender at the Hyatt. Another great human.
  • Tip of the cap to Kim Zullo Meyer, memorialized on a monument on the Harborwalk, “She devoted her career to revitalize the port of Boston. Kim is remembered by her friends and colleagues as a lover of the harbor’s beauty and industry.”
  • I was very tempted to walk the jetty at the end of the ‘legal’ section of the Harborwalk and take pics of planes taking off and landing…
  • LOVE ‘The Mothers of Maverick Street’ story, plaque, and pic. When I first saw it several years ago, I knew I was going to include it in #WalkingBoston.
  • The discus pit and track at Memorial Field brought back memories. I don’t miss track practice… Nice to reminisce with an old teammate who saw the pics.
  • Watching High School athletes run sprints… No thanks!!!
  • More beautiful city murals…
  • The green spaces and playgrounds in Memorial Park and Bremen Street Park are huge, awesome, and very well maintained.
  • Seeing the E-ZPass office was another, “So that’s where that is” moment…
  • Embarrassed to admit first time passing by and visiting Spinelli’s. Good Italian sub, and what a huge operation. Ziti, chicken, & broccoli is one of my favorite MA function hall ‘jokes,’ and I still love the dish.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed seeing and learning more about ‘the real’ Eastie neighborhood.
  • The ‘History of East Boston Immigration’ mural is amazing. Kudos to painter, Chris Tauson and everyone who made it happen.
  • At the end of my walk, it was an honor to meet a Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island family to learn about their recent trip to Disney, “The best day of my life,” according to Wish Kid, D.
  • Two very cold beers at Eddie C’s was a great way to finish my final walk in Eastie. Loved the bartender.

Thanks to everyone supporting the missions of #WalkingBoston. Follow the above for multiple ways you can donate as little as $5. Lots of small, grass roots donations add up. I’m seeking creative business collaborations. Email patrick@servernotservant.com, please.

Thank you for following and sharing #WalkingBoston. Stay tuned, the next neighborhood and schedule will be announced soon. I hope to see some of you #ontheroad.

Cheers-Patrick

 

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Raising a Glass to a Boston Cocktail, Music & Hospitality Legend & One Cool Cat-Brother Cleve

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 9/11/2022

It was shocking to learn pre-dawn, in a tweet from MC Slim JB, that Brother Cleve passed away:

[Pic courtesy of Boston Herald.]

This is an extremely sad day for the Boston (and beyond) hospitality community. Brother Cleve was quintessential ‘Good People,’ a convivial, colorful bright light in ‘the industry’ and the world. A true, Boston cocktail legend, gentleman, and genuine “cool cat,” as someone lamented in the tributes pouring in. When you saw his customary hat and garish garb across the room, you knew you were in for a good time. I’m SO sorry to hear this tragic news. Deep condolences to Brother’s family and friends. RIP.

[This evolving blog post will serve as a compilation of respect and tribute to an icon. Feel free to add your comments, memories, and stories below, or submit pics, screenshots, links, stories, or anything you’d like me to add via email at patrick@servernotservant.com. This post will be updated frequently.]

“Many of you will know Brother Cleve as a star mixologist and Brand Ambassador for Pisco and other liquors, some of you know Brother Cleve as a world-famous DJ (he once performed on Russian TV), and of course most of you know him as a former member of ground breaking Lounge band, Combustible Edison. A few of you might also know him from his many other music endeavors such as The Del Fuegos, his work directly with Esquivel, or his Bollywood band. A few here might even know him from his membership in the Church of the Subgenius.

I know him as a friend; a fellow record collector who shared his deep knowledge in the exoticamission bulletin board before there was Google; aficionado of all kinds of vintage stuff like Railcar Diners, Necco Wafers, and Tiki Bars; early cocktail connoisseur seeking out vintage grenadine, absinthe, and chartreuse; and of course, the keyboardist and most outgoing member of Combustible Edison.

With deep sorrow, a lump in my throat, and a hole in my heart I must share with you that Brother Cleve has left us. I don’t know all the details but he passed away last night Sept 9, 2022 in his sleep from a heart attack while in a hotel in Los Angeles after appearing at Tiki by the Sea. I can take comfort knowing that he lived his life to its fullest and was happy doing what he loved right up to the end and I can only hope that I live my own life the same.” -Otto von Stroheim via Tiki Oasis on Facebook

@ROSimonson via Twitter:

Chef Youji Iwakura: He also loved Japanese subculture and old school city pops, Tatsuro Yamashita, that we sang together. Sake must have been one of his next collab projects. His sake blog writing at WR: REVIEW: Gozenshu Bodaimoto Junmai Nigori Usu Sake (washokurenaissance.com)

I can’t take this right now. Your smile made ease for everyone. RIP.

Shannon Higgins: This crushed me. I was out on my night off last night when I saw this on my feed. I didn’t have words. I just started crying (I don’t cry generally) my friend asked what was wrong and all I could muster was “the world just lost an epically remarkable human”. Cleve was there for everyone… his loss will leave an irreplaceable hole in the Boston hospitality community.

Misty Kalkofen: Meeting you changed the trajectory of my life. You bought me my first bottle of Rye Whiskey way back in the days when you couldn’t find it on every shelf. You special ordered that Old Overholt from Downtown Wine & Spirits in Davis and dubbed me your protégé as you handed it to me on one of those epic Saturnalia nights. You taught me so much in the kindest, most generous way. Your drink of the week at each Saturnalia helped me learn all of the classic cocktail recipes. Our late night Manhattan hangs perusing your library of cocktail tomes sparked a fire in me for bartending that still burns to this day.

Many years ago you weren’t able to go to Tales due to health issues. You called me in to pinch hit for you at all the events you had been scheduled to work. I took this framed photo with me every where I went that year, taking photos of “you” at all the events and with all the folks I know you would have been thrilled to see. I loved handing you the photo album of your year at Tales so that you would know how much you were loved and missed. You were definitely there in spirit and spirits. I’ve kept the photo framed all these years and I’m so glad I did.

You have left a hole that can never be filled. Thank you for the joy you brought to this world. We are all better because we had you in our lives.

 

Elijah Wald via Facebook:

Heartsick to hear that Brother Cleve has moved up to that great tiki lounge in the sky… I’ll write a proper remembrance, but meanwhile here’s a piece I did on him for the Boston Globe in 1996, when he was about to move (as it turned out, briefly) to Los Angeles. (Insider note: Cleve backed me at a few gigs, brilliantly, and the party mentioned in this piece, at which I heard him play a history of jazz piano from Albert Ammons to Sun Ra, was my birthday.) Anyway…

BROTHER CLEVE: LOUNGE WIZARD
By Elijah Wald
Boston Globe 1996
There is alternative music, and then there is alternative music. For example, this is how Brother Cleve traces the evolution of the American pop sound he loves: “The thread goes from theremin [the early synthesizer used to make weird sci-fi movie sounds] in the 1940s, to exotica, Martin Denny’s light jazz and bird calls, and crime jazz, that whole 1950s style that tied in with juvenile delinquent films and late period noire–Pete Rugolo and Lee Stevens, and Henry Mancini, of course. Then came the space age bachelor pad stuff of Esquivel, Enoch Light, into what I call ‘Mexotica,’ which would be your Herb Alpert and Baja Marimba bands, into your ‘wife-swapper jazz,’ your music to watch girls by, Les Baxter and Larry Elgart, that type of big band stuff, then the Moog [synthesizer] era and on into blaxploitation.”

Brother Cleve is a serious and accomplished musician. One of the most versatile keyboard players around, he studied at Berklee and the Boston School of Electronic Music, then became a member of roots-rocking bands including the Del Fuegos and Barrence Whitfield’s Savages. At a party, I once heard him play a chronological survey of American pianists from boogie woogie master Albert Ammons through Thelonious Monk to cosmic jazzman Sun Ra.
Given this, some people are disturbed to find him devoting his life to styles that are almost universally dismissed as trash. True, he has always been the sort of guy who would adopt the character and name of a sleazy radio evangelist, whose drink of choice is often absinthe, and whose Cambridge apartment boasts a wall of Mexican wrestling photos and souvenirs from Polynesian-motif restaurants (plus a rare bottle of Elvis Presley ‘Love Me Tender’ Moisturizing Milk Bath). Still, he used to play good music, and now he has immersed himself in easy-listening schlock. The worst of it is, he is attracting more attention and professional acclaim than ever before.

“I’m as surprised as anybody,” Cleve says, referring to the growing vogue among young listeners for music that has always represented the absolute antithesis of hip. “But, for me, this is really my roots music. I mean, I’ve listened to blues, soul, rock and jazz since I was ten years old, but my first record was ‘Malaguena, Music of Cuba,’ by Percy Faith, that I got when I was three. When I was six and seven, I was really into Neal Hefti and Henry Mancini, and then I got into Burt Bacharach when I was about 8 or 9. Film music was my first real love and, in a way, I’ve just gone back to that.”

This musical about-face is keeping Cleve very busy. Over the last year, he has toured with the lounge music revival group Combustible Edison and deejayed evenings of “loungecore,” a Euro/dance-club style that reworks 1970s blaxploitation soundtracks and “your Kojak, Columbo type of thing, with a funky beat, wah-wah guitar and big horn sections.” He has compiled and arranged “Merry Christmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad,” a Christmas record by the Mexican easy listening legend Esquivel, recorded an Esquivel pastiche for the “Loungapalooza” album (other artists include Mel Torme, P.J. Harvey, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), co-produced a set of crime jazz, and put together an anthology of “outer space” records from the late 1950s. Upcoming projects include a blaxploitation disc and dance remixes of records by Les Baxter, whose “Le Sacre du Sauvage” pioneered the exotica craze, and Yma Sumac, the Peruvian goddess of early hi-fi.

So, why is this music, despised for decades, catching on with a new generation of fans? One reason, Cleve readily grants, is the annoyance factor. Teens in the 1950s annoyed their swing-era parents with rock ‘n’ roll; in the 1970s, they annoyed rock-era parents with punk; now, with punk-era parents, what could be more annoying than a kid who listens to Enoch Light and the Light Brigade?

There is more to it than that, though. First off, Cleve points out, there is style. “I realized early on that one reason why this was gonna be successful was that girls like to dress up and boys like to be where girls are,” he says. In Combustible Edison, the band wears silver lame tuxedos and much of the audience is garbed with similar elegance. Smoking jackets and gowns are common, and martinis are the beverage of choice. This is not the grunge crowd, or, if it is, they are wearing their party clothes.

Then, there is the humor. Cleve is quick to make the distinction between kitsch, which is unintentionally funny, and camp, “which I relate more to pop art, in that there is humor behind it, but it is meticulously created.” He has been working in Mexico with Esquivel, and was pleased to find that the ultimate over-the-top orchestrator was “a pretty funny guy. That’s why he wanted to have things with ‘boink-boink’ sounds, and slide guitars going from one speaker to the other.”

Finally, there is the complexity of the music itself. While Cleve will trace the source of the exotica craze to World War II GI’s getting “a taste of Polynesian Archipelago cultures, and this was a nice safe version you could bring back to your suburban home,” he adds that Les Baxter was “a completely serious composer, who viewed himself in the footsteps of Ravel and Stravinsky.”

Cleve sees the humor in exotica, “but also the beauty, and the seriousness.” After years of three and four-chord R&B, he says, “this is very challenging, very technically demanding music to play and write.” It also seems to him to have a more promising future. “I’m not interested in nostalgia,” he says, somewhat surprisingly. “I’m interested in continuing along, doing something new with this music. I produce electronic music, I’m a keyboard player and computer literate, and techno [the modern ambient electronic style] bores the hell out of me because it doesn’t do anything. So I’m digging back into the culture, and I’m trying to move forward with this genre, bridging it into a future form of music.”

It may all seem strange to other people, but Cleve cites Frank Zappa, who specialized in blending warped humor and sophisticated musicianship, as an early idol, and sees no conflict between his love of pop detritus and his love for the greats of jazz, country or rock ‘n’ roll. “I find this so-called trash culture to be a lot realer than most mainstream things,” he says. “The people that did it were taking their own particular, peculiar vision and following it, whether they were successful at it or not. It’s like Ed Wood Jr. is considered the worst film maker of all time, but yet I would rather watch one of his films then some mega-Hollywood extravaganza. It just seems to have more soul in it.”
Now, it is time for Brother Cleve to follow his own peculiar vision. This winter, the boy who started his musical education with Sister Mary Magdalene at St. Rafael’s School in West Medford will pack up his theremin, tiki mugs and velvet paintings and head off to seek his fortune in Los Angeles. There are offers of music and consulting jobs in film and television, and Capitol Records needs him as a loungecore expert. After years of barroom one-nighters, Cleve may finally be on the verge of middle class security. Or maybe not. “No way I’ll settle for middle class,” he says, with a snort. “I’m either gonna be poor or I’m gonna be a rich [expletive].”

Lauren Clark: Sad and grateful. Sad because my friend, Brother Cleve left us so suddenly last week. Grateful because I got to be part of his world. This pic (below) of us is from the last event I did for my blog drinkboston(dot)com in 2011. Cleve was also at drinkboston’s launch party at Green Street in November 2006. I’ll never forget it. Misty Kalkofen, John Gertsen, and Jackson Cannon said they had recruited this legend to join them on my slate of “startenders” that night, and the next thing I knew, he was serving up Millionaire Cocktails and schmoozing with all the guests. We enjoyed many subsequent hangs. What a gift!

This is from my 2007 profile of him: “Brother Cleve will probably be the only bartender profiled on this site who doesn’t actually work in a bar. File him under Influences. Not to get all hyperbolic, but the contemporary Boston cocktail scene as we know it wouldn’t exist without him. Dylan Black and Misty Kalkofen of Green Street, Patrick Sullivan of the B-Side Lounge, Jackson Cannon of Eastern Standard, John Byrd of the Alchemist, John Gertsen of No. 9 Park and a fair number of other Boston bartenders with a keen grasp of old-school mixology were directly or indirectly influenced by Cleve. “Actually, most people know this guy as a keyboardist, DJ, composer and pioneer of the international lounge scene. Unlike a lot of us, Cleve didn’t suddenly ‘discover’ lounge music in the ’90s. He played the genre in the late 1960s, ‘when it was still current,’ as a teenage keyboardist who sat in with lounge acts around Boston. Later, as a member of Combustible Edison, he toured the country seeking and preaching the Classic Cocktail and living life according to the First Manifesto of the Cocktail Nation, penned by Combustible Edison frontman The Millionaire: “‘We, the Citizens of the Cocktail Nation, do hereby declare our independence from the desiccated horde of mummified uniformity — our freedom from an existence of abject swinglessness. We pledge to revolt against the void of dictated sobriety and to cultivate not riches but richness, swankness, suaveness and strangeness, with pleasure and boldness for all.’ “‘BE FABULOUS.’”

 

The Life of Brother Cleve:

  • AKA, Robert Toomey
  • Devra First Boston Globe 9/14/22: ‘Brother Cleve was the godfather of the local cocktail scene. Connecting his love of music and mixology, he brought people together.’  From Devra’s piece: The B-Side became one of the torchbearers for classic cocktails, and the bartenders Brother Cleve befriended, mentored, and worked alongside grew into the next generation of top talent in the area’s best bars. “If there’s a cocktail family tree, Cleve is at the very, very, very top of it. In terms of making an impact, his place is undeniable,” says Sullivan, now co-owner of the Bluebird Bar in Newton. “All the young kids today, they all really looked up to Cleve. More than anything, Cleve loved to have a nice cocktail. He loved it, like in a romantic, beautiful sort of way. And he would go into their bars. He liked sharing his knowledge. He was just brilliant. He knew everything. Like the dining-car diners of New Jersey: He could tell you 50 current ones and the top 25 ones he misses that are no longer there. He was the doctor of kitsch and sentiment. He loved things that were going away.”

Force of coolness, bridge between generations, keeper of cocktail lore, OG influencer, and generous mentor, Brother Cleve helped shape Boston’s hospitality scene.

PS-Please let me know if you would like any of your public comments included in this post properly attributed, edited, or removed. Thank you-Patrick

Photo Credits:

#1-Upper right side of this blog post, ‘Server Snapshots’ Position 1: Audrey Harrer

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#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in every Boston Neighborhood: East Boston Part 2

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 9/5/2022

Thank you for joining the adventure. To learn more about the inspiration, mission, goals, and updates on this project, please see the #WalkingBoston launch blog post.

For information on East Boston Part 1, click on this link.

The second 13.1+ mile walk, ‘East Boston Part 2,’ is happening on Wednesday, 9/7, leaving from the Wood Island T Station on the Blue Line at 8am. All are welcome to join, even for a portion of any walk. We will meet at the Bennington Street side at the bus circle. Eastie Part 2 will head through Eagle Square to Condor Street Urban Wild and beach, explore the coast down to Nay Street, then zig zag south through the neighborhoods ending in the Eastie Shipyard. Below is the map of the area that will be covered, excluding Bremen Street Park, Eastie Memorial Park, and Logan. Those areas will be covered in the third, bonus Eastie walk.

[Please note: Post-walk pics, videos, summary and reflections can be found at the end of this blog post.] 

In preparation for Eastie Part 2, I walked 9.59 miles on Sunday, 9/4, including Section 1 of Boston’s Walking City Trail by Miles Howard. I really enjoyed the adventure, discoveries, and exercise and encourage you to research and support the great work that Miles is doing:

Miles Howard website: Miles Howard | Journalist, Author, Storyteller

Boston’s Walking City Trail: Walking City Trail (bostontrails.org)

Google Photo Album in chronologic order of my adventure.

This map and artwork on the side of an old, abandoned Orange Line trolley was one of the best finds of the day:

Please consider a donation inspired by #WalkingBoston:

#1- Make-A-Wish MA & RI is the primary beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. As most of you know, the mission of Make-A-Wish is to create life‐changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I love the work that they do and am honored to partner with them. Thanks to Hillary Muntz for her professionalism and attention to detail. Please consider a donation inspired by #WalkingBoston by clicking on this link.

#2- Stride for Stride is also a beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners – the goal is to make races more accessible, inclusive, and diverse for everyone. Stride for Stride founder, Tom OKeefe, aka @BostonTweet, “Our logo signifies equality. It’s simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that changes lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line is pure joy and empowering in both sport and life – it proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up!” Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made to Stride for Stride by clicking here.

#3- Several folks have reached out asking how they could sponsor/support my #WalkingBoston project and expedite the publication of my Server Not Servant book. A grassroots fundraiser of small donations has been set up to keep me walking and writing. Donations can be made here.

#4- Additional, local beneficiaries may be added if they can provide a dedicated link for donations inspired by #WalkingBoston. Please email patrick@servernotservant.com for consideration.

Post ‘Eastie Part 2’ Walk Update, 9/15/22:

To map the course of the walks and confirm distance, I’m using MapMyWalk and All Trails apps. I’ve also ordered a Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 5 as a 3rd way to verify distance and map the walks. One of my biggest concerns is losing the data of each walk and not being able to report and verify the course. Using 2 apps and having an independent (of my phone) GPS and tracking device should alleviate this concern.

For maps to verify the distance walked, please click on the highlighted links below.

MapMyWalk = 15.23 miles

AllTrails  = 16.2 miles

I’m not sure why there is a discrepancy between the 2 apps – I started them at the same time, paused and restarted them simultaneously at lunch. I’ll use the lesser of the 2 as official total distance moving forward.

Google Photo Album: I encourage you to view the 234 pics and videos in chronological order of the adventure from home (6:32am) to St. Mary’s T at the Green C Line, to Wood Island on the Blue Line as the starting point. This was a solo walk departing Wood Island at 7:29am.

Summary, observations, and reflections from Eastie 2:

  • No problem getting up at 5:30ish. I love #GameDay.
  • I had plans for my first walking companion to join me to stretch at 7:30 at Wood Island, then join me for a portion of the walk. She messaged me shortly after 6am to let me she couldn’t make it because her daughter was up all night with anxiety about her first day of school. Wishing her, and all parents and students a fulfilling school year. My niece, MaryKathryn Conceison, is a teacher and shared her thoughtful reflections on the new school year in this Medium post.
  • Cereal w/fruit consumed, and detailed checklist studied before leaving the house at 6:32am.
  • 61 degrees when I left the house-crisp, cool, perfect day.
  • Departure from Wood Island was scheduled for 8am. Because my walking companion cancelled, I started walking at 7:29.
  • Loved discovering Urban Wild, a very cool view, and great example of the importance of recommendations from residents of each neighborhood I explore.
  • Todisco Towing, ah, that’s where they take them… $$$
  • Great views of the Tobin.
  • Multi miles of multi-families…
  • Satellite dishes on the front of homes in Boston neighborhoods is something I’d like to know more about. So far, I only remember seeing them in Brighton, Allston, and Eastie.
  • ‘Band Saw Zen’ is a thing on city walks. (See the video in the Google Photo Album.)
  • LOTS of neighborhood markets deep in the residential areas.
  • Very cool, interesting, diverse, old architecture and craftsmanship.
  • Loved the “Welcome to Paradise” sign w/parrot on the fence leading to a backyard pool.
  • Very gritty area beyond the “Keep on trying, you’ll get there” sign. I don’t advise traveling there alone.
  • One of my favorite pics is from that “off road” adventure, w/boat in the foreground and Boston skyline in the distance.
  • The water is a lot cleaner in that industrial area than I would have expected.
  • I love the tiny Mom & Pop shops, like the one selling only mattresses, Lolly’s Bakery.
  • Rino’s (famous Italian restaurant) location, in the middle of a non-descript residential location, reminds me of where Sarma is situated in Somerville. Embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t been there…
  • As I have often stated, the Boston skyline views from Eastie are stunning.
  • I LOVE city murals and old buildings.
  • Note to self: Don’t walk on trash pick-up days… Rookie mistake.
  • The pizza slice and hospitality at Dirty Water were very good.
  • “A city is not an accident, but the result of coherent vision and aims.” -Leon Krier Architect and Urban Planner.
  • If you haven’t been, you must visit the Eastie Shipyard & Marina, Piers Park, and Navy Fuel Pier.

Despite the attention/’traction’ that the walks are receiving, a major challenge ahead is inspiring donations to Make-A-Wish MA & RI and Stride for Stride. I’m going to make a concerted effort to reach out to businesses to pledge minimum donations tied to the total number of miles walked. There are a lot of creative ways that walk sponsors can get involved, including matching pledges, grant money, and product & brand endorsement. I’d love to hear from everyone who wants to be part of supporting #WalkingBoston and my non-profit partners. Email: patrick@servernotservant.com.

Please subscribe to future blog posts for scheduling of upcoming walks by entering your email in the blue box on the upper left side of this post. Follow along via Twitter and IG: @PatrickMBoston

Grass-roots donations to support #WalkingBoston and keep me walking and writing can be made by clicking here.

I included a few favorite pics from the ‘East Boston Part 2’ walk at the bottom of this post.

Thanks to everyone for your support and for following the #WalkingBoston journey. I hope to see you #ontheroad.

Cheers-Patrick

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#WalkingBoston – A Marathon in every Boston Neighborhood: East Boston Part 1

By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Human-to-Human Service

Posted: 8/12/2022

Thank you for stopping by. A great place to learn the background story and inspiration for #WalkingBoston is this blog post.

The inaugural walk is on Tuesday, 8/16 leaving from the Wood Island T stop on the Blue Line at 7am. All are welcome to join. We will meet on the Bennington Street side at the bus circle. (Stay tuned to Twitter @PatrickMBoston for rescheduling if heavy rain is expected.)

[Post-walk summary and reflections can be found at the end of this blog post.]

The first walk will cover a minimum of 13.1 miles (half marathon) covering half of Eastie from Wood Island to Suffolk Downs, and from Constitution Beach to Chelsea River. The territory on the upper right side of the black line on this map will be covered:

As you can see from the map, Eastie resembles an hourglass shape with Wood Island T stop pretty close to the middle. Please email me if you have suggestions of ‘can’t miss’ hidden gems in that area that I need to see and chronicle. The same applies to all other Boston neighborhoods. [Thank you, Peter Campbell. I’ve got you covered in Hyde Park, brother.]

The first 2 non-profit beneficiaries have been finalized:

#1- Make-A-Wish MA & RI is the primary beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. As most of you know, the mission of Make-A-Wish is to create life‐changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. I love the work that they do and am honored to partner with them. Thanks to Hillary Muntz for her professionalism and attention to detail. Please consider a donation inspired by #WalkingBoston by clicking on this link.

#2- Stride for Stride is also a beneficiary of #WalkingBoston. Stride for Stride is a non-profit running organization that buys race bibs for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners – the goal is to make races more accessible, inclusive, and diverse for everyone. Stride for Stride founder, Tom OKeefe, aka @BostonTweet, “Our logo signifies equality. It’s simple, bold, and shows that you support running for all. Our goal is a simple concept too, but one that changes lives. Having a race to strive for keeps you focused and healthy, while crossing the finish line is pure joy and empowering in both sport and life – it proves that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never give up!” Donations inspired by #WalkingBoston can be made to Stride for Stride by clicking here.

#3- Several folks have reached out asking how they could sponsor/support my #WalkingBoston project and expedite the publication of my Server Not Servant book. A grassroots fundraiser of small donations has been set up to keep me walking and writing. Donations can be made here.

#4- Additional, local beneficiaries may be added if they can provide a dedicated link for donations inspired by #WalkingBoston. Please email patrick@servernotservant.com for consideration.

CBS Boston WBZ interview 8/12/22:

BOSTON — An author is kicking off an ambitious journey to walk every neighborhood in Boston. Patrick Maguire said the walks will raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Stride for Stride. 

He’s partially inspired by the pandemic to get up and outside, to learn more about the city and its iconic neighborhoods.   

“I want to rekindle relationships with everyone that I’ve promised to meet up and have a cup of coffee (I’m a tea drinker) but a cup of coffee or a drink. And walking is one of the best ways to reconnect with old friends and I hope to meet some new friends along the way in the neighborhoods of Boston. It’s getting me away from the computer and it’s a fresh start,” Maguire said. 

Thanks to everyone for your support and for following the #WalkingBoston journey. I hope to see you on the road.

Cheers-Patrick

#WalkingBoston anthem, People Have the Power by Patti Smith

 

Post ‘Eastie Part 1’ Walk Update, 8/22/22:

On Monday, 8/15, I met with personal trainer, Katie at BSC Boylston just outside of Copley Square for a free InBody Scan included in my membership. I’ll spare you the details, but will report my starting weight (197.6) as a measure of accountability, progress, and goals (185lbs). Thank you, Katie.

To map the course of the walks and confirm distance, I’m using MapMyWalk and All Trails apps. I’ve also ordered a Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 5 as a 3rd way to verify distance and map the walks. One of my biggest concerns is losing the data of each walk and not being able to report and verify the course. Using 2 apps and having an independent (of my phone) GPS and tracking device should alleviate this concern.

Eastie 1 Maps:

Please click on the highlighted links below.

MapMyWalk  Distance = 13.88 miles

AllTrails  Distance = 14.3 miles

I’m not sure why there is a discrepancy between the 2 apps – I started them at the same time, paused and restarted them simultaneously at lunch. I’ll use the lesser of the 2 as official total distance moving forward.

Google Photo Album: I encourage you to view the 144 pics and videos in chronological order of the adventure from home (5:16am) to St. Mary’s T at the Green C Line, to Wood Island on the Blue Line as the starting point. This was a solo walk.

Summary, observations, and reflections:

  • Not much continuous sleep the night before Walk 1. Despite planning this for years, Game Day anxiety prevailed. No problem getting up at 4:30ish. Mind racing. Adrenaline coursing.
  • Cereal consumed and detailed checklist studied before leaving the house. (I’ll post pics of the checklist after converting it to a WORD doc.)
  • 66 degrees when I left the house.
  • Not a long wait at the St. Mary’s T stop near my house. Big relief based on all of the recent problems with the T.
  • Very happy to see the Dunkin’ open early with a short line at Government Center to get a cup of tea for the Blue Line ride to Wood Island.
  • Extreme times of the day have a tendency to bring out kindness and comradery in (many) humans because of a shared, unique experience. This morning at 6:02am, 2 people in line in front of me quietly gave a woman asking a dollar – I felt compelled to follow their good lead/example.
  • The woman working at Dunkin’ gets up at 4:10am every morning and she was very pleasant, but not annoyingly perky.
  • Loved catching the crossing guard and kid share a spontaneous hug while a gaggle of students crossed the street on the way to school.
  • Had a nice connection with a woman after she walked her kids to the Brooke School and kissed them goodbye. Listening to her kids ‘challenging’ her as she walked away, I said, “It’s not easy.” She replied, “No, it isn’t.” I told her my Mom had 10 and she told me her grandmother had 14!!
  • After the 3-week heat wave, it was cool to see the Zamboni ‘snow’ outside of the skating rink.
  • Warm sun on my face, sitting at the top of the lifeguard station on Constitution Beach, listening to the seagulls and planes taking off across the water at Logan reinforced one of the many reasons why I’m doing this. I never knew this existed and I love this adventure already…
  • Maybe not as many as Revere, but lots of statues and wrought iron railings in Eastie.
  • The breakfast burrito at Mi Pueblito in Orient Heights was very good and 10-year veteran server, Patricia was very hospitable. Thanks to Friends of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants for the recommendation. I’m surprised they’re open for breakfast. I was the only person there at 8:34. Looking forward to going back for dinner.
  • The planes taking off over residential Eastie are REALLY loud, but similar to trains rattling by, I suppose one gets used to it in time.
  • Pretty wild seeing huge corn stalks growing in a front yard in Orient Heights.
  • Lots on triple-deckers, as anticipated. And tchotchkes, lots of them in front yards…
  • I was very tempted by fried clams at Belle Isle Seafood, but this day was dedicated to Eastie.
  • Swan Street is a very cool, private mini neighborhood in Belle Isle.
  • Loved meeting Barbara out picking up litter. Further proof that we’ll share lots with strangers like cab drivers, often more than we will with family and friends. Barbara is #GoodPeople.
  • I was blown away by the Madonna Shrine and view from the railing. Please watch the video. It’s incredible.
  • Loved meeting Kristen, a veteran teacher at Bradley Elementary School. She was unloading her car prepping her classroom for the new year and very optimistic with less restrictions from the plague. SO many teachers use their own money for supplies. And many teachers are grossly underpaid. Hoping for a safe, productive, fun year for Kristen and all teachers and students.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the steak & cheese for a late lunch at Sammy Carlo’s. Old school.
  • Finished the walk very much ‘alive,’ inspired, and rejuvenated. Only 1 walk in the books, and I can’t wait for #2.

Alan Miller, assignment desk manager for 7 News-WHDH emailed me on the morning of Walk #1 asking for an interview. Trung Dang met up with me on the road mid-afternoon. Great guy. Hard worker. Thanks to Alan, Trung, Kim Khazei, and Adam Williams for covering #WalkingBoston. Video here. Thanks to the T driver in the video for the cold bottle of water. It was wonderful to meet and talk with her and her daughter.

Despite the attention/’traction’ that the walk received, a major challenge ahead is inspiring donations to Make-A-Wish MA & RI and Stride for Stride. I’m going to make a concerted effort to reach out to businesses to pledge minimum donations tied to the total number of miles walked. There are a lot of creative ways that walk sponsors can get involved, including matching pledges, grant money, and product & brand endorsement. I’d love to hear from everyone who wants to be part of supporting #WalkingBoston and non-profit partners. Email: patrick@servernotservant.com.

Please subscribe to future blog posts for scheduling of upcoming walks by entering your email in the blue box on the upper left side of this post. Twitter and IG: @PatrickMBoston

Grass-roots donations to support #WalkingBoston and keep me walking and writing can be made here.

Thank you-Patrick

Here’s a glimpse of a few pics from Eastie Part 1:

 

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