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Thank you for attending the 2016 Annual Meeting. Here are some tips on how to get around, what to see in your spare time, and other useful information. Enjoy!

We are indebted to local member Bhamati Viswanathan for her many contributions to this guide. Bhamati has kindly offered to act as an information resource for attendees, so seek her out!




The Boston subway system, or “the T,” is loved and cursed in equal parts. On the one hand, it is quite extensive, fairly well-priced, and works decently. On the other hand, it is notorious for its age, creakiness, tendency to break down during snowstorms, and highly publicized labor issues.

T Stops Closest to the Hyatt Regency:

  • Orange Line: Chinatown and Downtown Crossing
  • Green Line: Boylston
  • Red Line: Park Street is about 5 minutes up Tremont Street

Click for a T map.

A CharlieTicket (the name comes from the song “Charlie on the MTA”) is $2.65/ride. A CharlieCard gets you a cheaper rate ($2.10/ride), free transfers to local buses and discounted transfers to express buses but can only be purchased in certain locations.

The lines are color-coded, and the trains are either “inbound” or “outbound.” It’s confusing, so it’s easier to look at the final destination, which will be noted on the platform and on the train car. You might want to visit the MBTA Trip Planner as well.

Buses: there are local and express lines. All MBTA buses and many T stations are accessible. Please check for details.

The T runs from roughly 5am to 12pm, so late-night partiers be warned! Taxi options include using Uber or Lyft, going to a taxi stand or hailing one from the street, or calling a taxi company such as:

  • Top Cab (617) 266-4800
  • I.T.O.A. Cab (617) 825-4000
  • City Cab (617) 536-5100



Downtown Crossing isn’t the most scenic area, but it is adjacent to the Financial District and a stone’s throw from the up-and-coming Seaport, Boston Common, and Atlantic Avenue. There is superb shopping and eating to be had. In addition to Macy’s and other chains, there are the old and venerable stores of Bromfield Street, such as a lovely pen-and-ink store and the Watch Hospital, which is truly an institution. And the following bars and restaurants are close by:

10 Bosworth Street | 617.422.0004
Really nice bar.

4 Avery Street | 617.375.8550
Great bar, delicious food (next door to new Ritz on Avery Street).

10 Avery Street | 617.574.7176
Casual but expensive (downstairs from new Ritz).

140 Boylston Street | 617.695.9463
Fancy French, pricey but good; it’s “Boston's Wine Destination,” according to its website.

No. 9 Park
9 Park Street | 617.742.9991
One of the solid standbys, but pricey.

2 Winter Place (Entrance through alley at 50 Temple Place) | 617.267.0047
A total scene. It’s especially good for drinks, nibbles and ambiance.

1 Charles Street South | 617.421.1200
One of the best seafood restaurants in Boston, and the room is gorgeous.

Legal Seafood
26 Park Plaza | 617.426.4444
Surprisingly excellent for a chain. The seafood is always fresh. They also own Legal Crossing at 558 Washington Street (617.692.8888).

69 Church Street | 617.426.6969
A tiny walk to Bay Village, Bhamati’s 'hood, Bay Village. Chef Charles Draghi is something of an "insider's chef." The Ligurian Italian food (dishes like wild boar ragu) is on the healthier side because he uses oil/broth rather than butter.

660 Washington Street | 857.350.3968
A fun new spot in Chinatown for drinks.

Dumpling Café
695 Washington Street | 617.338-8858 or 617.338.8859
Perhaps the best cheap eats in Chinatown, but it’s hard to get a table at peak times. The soup dumplings are to-die-for.

Genkki Ya
232 Tremont Street 617.338.8686  
Really decent sushi at reasonable prices, nice drinks.

Scollay Square
21 Beacon Street | 617.742.4900
Fun people-watching.

101 South Market Street (at Faneuil Hall) | 617.720.5570
Financial district vibe, good American.

120 Kingston Street | 617.993.0750
Bhamati's favorite. Out-of-sight food, a great vibe, and fantastic people-watching; however, it can be hard to get a table.

271 Boylston Street | 617.670.0507
Japanese tavern serving Japanese cuisine with a twist, sake craft beers and frozen cocktails.


There are several steakhouses within a 20-minute walk of the hotel.

Mooo (closest)
15 Beacon Street | 617.670.2515

Grill 23 (very pretty)
161 Berkeley Street (at Stuart Street) | 617.542.2255

Smith and Wollensky's - Back Bay (famous)
101 Arlington Street 617.423.1112

Smith and Wollensky's  - Atlantic Wharf (famous)
294 Congress Street | 617.778.2200

Davio's (more than just steak; top-notch food/service)
75 Arlington Street | 617.357.4810

Capital Grill (not as close but always popular)
900 Boylston Street | 617.262.8900


(Click for a handy neighborhood map.)

The Seaport

This fun area can be reached by the Silverline bus or more easily by walking across the Congress Street Bridge. Although most of our participants may feel they are not in the right demographic for the Children’s Museum, it is an architectural joy. From the wooden pathway in front of the museum, enjoy the river view. Two places to stop: Drink, where the bartender will customize a cocktail based on your preferences, and Row 34, one of the hottest restaurants in town. Many businesses, including some of our best law firms, are situated in the Seaport, and new buildings and restaurants are cropping up daily. One highlight is the Institute of Contemporary Art (see Museums), which has a spectacular facade and views. Recommended restaurants include DelFrisco’s, Blue Dragon, Sportello, Committee and O Ya (best sushi, but breathtakingly expensive).

If you walk back along Northern Avenue, passing by the Convention Center, you can grab a bite at Flour (best pecan buns, yummy sandwiches, and freshly baked treats in town). Looping back by Northern Avenue adds a lot to your walk, so if you aren’t up to it, pick up a Silverline bus at the Convention Center.

Blue Dragon
324 A Street | 617.338.8585

50 Northern Avenue | 617.737.5051

250 Northern Avenue | 617.951.1368

348 Congress Street | 617.695.1806

12 Farnsworth Street | 617.338.4333

Grill 23
161 Berkeley Street | 617.542.2255

O Ya
9 East Street 617.654.9900

Row 34
383 Congress Street | 617.553.5900

348 Congress Street | 617.737.1234

Beacon Hill

One of Boston’s most famous and charming neighborhoods, Beacon Hill is home to many of its elites. John Kerry’s house is on Louisberg Square -- look for the Secret Service car parked not-so-inconspicuously outside his residence. Charles Street, the main artery running through the Hill, is lined with cute antique boutiques and clothing stores. There are several coffee shops, including Tatte, and a wonderful independent chocolate maker, Beacon Hill Chocolates. Panifico, at the end of Charles Street, has first-rate pizza, breads, and pastries. Next door is a J.P. Licks (the JP stands for “Jamaica Plain,” where it originated), which has some of the best ice cream in Boston. All of Beacon Hill is beautifully maintained, and its architecture -- brick Federal townhouses with wooden shutters and lovely stoops, austere Adams houses and stately Georgian homes -- reflects the early aspirations of the American upper class. Look for hidden gardens (garden tours held by private residents are among the most popular diversions in the city) and elaborate, well-tended window boxes. 

There are many good places to eat in Beacon Hill, but this is not the center of fine dining. Bhamati recommends Figs for flatbread pizza (try the fig and prosciutto), 75 Chestnut, Grotto, Toscano and Lala Rokh (whose owners, the Binas, have done an immense amount for the city).

Beacon Hill
91 Charles Street | 617.725.1900 

Figs by Todd English
42 Charles Street | 617.742.3447

J.P. Licks
150 Charles Street | 857.233.2771

75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut Street | 617.227.2175

37 Bowdoin Street | 617.227.3434

Lala Rokh
97 Mt. Vernon Street | 617.720.5511

Tatte Bakery & Café
70 Charles Street | 617.723.5555

47 Charles Street | 617.723.4090

North End

A pleasant 30-40 minute stroll from the Hyatt, “Boston’s Little Italy” can be reached by walking up the length of Washington Street or Tremont Street to the government buildings — the I.M. Pei-designed plaza is seen by some as a pile of concrete Brutalism (renovation plans remains contested) — and then through Faneuil Hall and Haymarket, left onto the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and right onto Hanover Street, which runs through the heart of the North End.

The North End’s narrow, often cobblestone-paved (wear comfy shoes!) streets are dotted with cafes, boutiques, and eateries. You absolutely must try the cannoli at either (or both) Mike’s Pastries or Modern.  Restaurants serve standard Southern Italian fare, most of it reasonably priced and reasonably well-prepared. The best seafood place in town, Neptune Oyster, has a world-famous lobster roll, but expect up to a three-hour wait. Also worthwhile: Giacomo’s (hugely popular, long wait), Mamma Maria (a bit pricier than many), Carmelina’s, the Daily Catch, Lucca, Prezza (less well-known, but delicious), Limoncello, and if you like pizza, Regina’s is terrific. Caffe Vittoria is beloved for its pretty interiors, and Thinking Cup has some of the best coffee in town.

Not-to-be-missed historic sights include Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church, Prince Street (for those of us of a certain age, you will be inclined to shout “Anthony!”, echoing the unforgettable Prince spaghetti commercial), the Sacred Heart Church, the Mariners House, the Copps Hill Burial Ground, and Christopher Columbus Park. As you walk through the Greenway, take note of the haunting Holocaust Memorial. On your way there or home, walk through the bustling Haymarket, with its vendors of all things edible and fresh. The newest addition, the Boston Public Market, has a delightful array of local fresh fruit and produce, local cheeses, fish, donuts, hand-made chocolates, gelato, and ample seating.

Mike’s Pastry
300 Hanover Street | 617.661.0528

Modern Pastry 
257 Hanover Street | 627.523.3783

Neptune Oyster 
63 Salem Street | 617.742.3474

355 Hanover Street | 617.523.9026

Mamma Maria 
3 North Square | 617.523.0077 

307 Hanover Street | 617.742.0020

The Daily Catch 
323 Hanover Street | 617.523.8567

226 Hanover Street | 617.742.9200

24 Fleet Street | 617.227.1577

Regina’s Pizzeria 
11 ½ Thacher Street | 617.227.0765

Caffe Vittoria 
290-296 Hanover Street | 617.227.7606

Thinking Cup
236 Hanover Street | 857.233.5277

Back Bay

Back Bay streets are long and gracious, and each is special: Boylston Street leads past the famous Old South Church to gorgeous Copley Square, Trinity Church (peek inside for the stained glass, woodwork, and overall historic richness) and the Boston Public Library (definitely worth going inside; see Museums). Newbury Street is home to some of the most exclusive shops in the world. Commonwealth Avenue is flanked by tall, elegant buildings and dotted with touching memorials, including an especially moving one to firefighters. Marlborough Street is home to the French Cultural Center, a few private schools, and some of the most exclusive residences in the city. It is a delight to walk when in the residents’ gardens are bloom. 

One amusing note: the cross streets in the Back Bay are surprisingly easy to remember. Named after landed Duchies of England, they begin with (the Duke of) Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield, Gloucester, Hereford, and so on. Notice that they are in alphabetical order and you’ll never have trouble remembering them again!

If you walk just past the corner of Beacon and Arlington Streets (the Public Garden will be just to your right), cross the street and pass over Storrow Drive by footbridge, you gain access to one of the prettiest walks in Boston: the banks of the Charles River, also known as the Esplanade. On one side, you will see Cambridge, and eventually on the other the domes of MIT. Farther still are the spires of Harvard. Pass the 1/4 mile “lagoon” (ride a gondola if you are so inclined!), or continue along the river until you reach one of the many bridges to cross over to walk back on the other side. Enjoy views of the fabulously fit rowers who dot the river, the many sailboats and windsurfers, and a host of loungers enjoying the great outdoors just steps from downtown.

South End

The South End is one of the hippest, fastest-growing, and quirkiest places in Boston. Reach it by walking down Arlington Street, across the Pike, and further down Tremont, or take the Silverline bus from the corner of Tremont and Avery down Harrison Avenue to the first stop across the Pike.

The South End’s main streets are long, and many patches are/were quasi-industrial: Harrison, for instance, was the home of the Boston Herald presses and a still-working flower market. The press has now become home to the high-rise complex the Ink Block. Further down is SoWa (“South of Washington”), an outdoor market selling delicious treats, cute clothes, and other desirables oriented toward Boston’s “hipster” crowd. Construction vehicles, signs for impending condos, and stratospheric prices speak to the changes the South End continues to experience.

Some of the best eating in Boston can be found in the South End. Bhamati recommends Toro (fabulous tapas; it’s even better as the hour gets late, unusual for early-to-bed Boston); Barcelona (hot, hard to get a table); Gaslight (a lovely, large and reasonably priced French bistro); Franklin Cafe (American, casual, open late); Myers & Chang (fantastic Asian fusion; Joanne Chang, one of the owners, is the enterprising and charismatic chef who started an empire with Flour, the first of which was on Washington Street, long before anything else had come to this part of the city); Coppa (nose-to-tail charcuterie); Picco (brick-oven pizza, popular with local families); Stella (great Sunday brunch); Cinquecento (well worth the wait for the table); Gallows (excellent beer and burgers, but loud and packed); Orinoco (laid-back, Venezuelan);the Butcher Shop and B&G Oysters (small, always packed, and terrific); Wink & Nod (revolving chefs in an elegant setting; always fun to see who is on board, and there have been some great surprises so far); and Banyan (small plates, trendy). For a late nightcap with live music, the Beehive is geared to the 30+ crowd, unusual for Boston which, thanks to its many institutions of learning, tends to skew young. While Boston is generally very LGBTQ-friendly, the South End was one of its first gay-friendly neighborhoods. The rainbow flag flies high!

The South End’s terrific boutiques are highly individualistic. Try Sault (high-end men’s clothing); Crane & Lion (beautiful workout clothes for women); Pioneer Goods and Lekker Home (home goods); Follain (unisex skin and body care); December Thieves (one-of-a-kind finds in clothes, accessories, home decor); Mohr & McPherson (exotic home furnishings). Try Formaggio for the best cheeses, charcuterie, breads and jams, Flour Bakery (the original) for coffee or brunch, and the independent art galleries and rare bookshops on Harrison and Washington Avenues.

1704 Washington Street | 617.536.4300

525 Tremont Street | 617.266.2600

560 Harrison Avenue | 617.422.0224

278 Shawmut Avenue | 617.350.0010

Myers & Chang 
1145 Washington Street | 617.542.5200

253 Shawmut Avenue | 617.391.0902

513 Tremont Street | 617.927.0066

1525 Washington Street | 617.247.7747

500 Harrison Avenue | 617.338.9500 

1395 Washington Street | 617.425.0200 

477 Shawmut Avenue | 617.369.7075

The Butcher Shop and B&G Oysters
552 Tremont Street | 617.423.4800

Wink & Nod 
3 Appleton Street | 617.482.0117

553 Tremont Street | 617.556.4211

The Beehive 
541 Tremont Street | 617.423.0069

Formaggio Kitchen 
268 Shawmut Avenue | 617.350.6996

Flour Bakery 
1595 Washington Street | 617.267.4300

Other Places to Visit

If you are planning to stay a few extra days, you will have the option to explore more neighborhoods in town or go further afield. If you wish to stay within easy reach via T, bus, and/or commuter rail, try:

  • Historic Charlestown.
  • Pleasant and walkable Cambridge (don’t miss Harvard Square, of course, as well as the beautiful and peaceful Mount Auburn Cemetery).
  • Up-and-coming Somerville, particularly Davis Square (some of the best restaurants around, including Ana Sortun’s Oleanna and Sortun) and Union Square (home to Bronwyn, Tim Weichmann’s phenomenally delicious haupt-German bistro).
  • The high-tech area around Kendall Square and MIT, known as “Area 4,” which abounds with coffee shops and bars (don’t be surprised if your barista is doing her Ph.D. in some math/physics/AI-related discipline that you can’t even decipher) and praiseworthy eateries, such as Catalyst, A4, Clover (vegetarian), the Friendly Toast, and the Blue Room.

300 Technology Square | 617.576.3000 

500 Technology Square | 617.758-.4444

1326 Massachusetts Avenue | 617.395.0240

The Friendly Toast 
1 Kendall Square | 617.621.1200

The Blue Room 
1 Kendall Square | 617.494.9034



Boston is a famous sports town. Sticking around after the meeting? Catch a Fenway home gameOr see the Boston Breakers, the women's soccer team, which has a home game on June 10th. And soccer’s COPA America will be at Foxborough Stadium in June.

Want to watch a game in company of Boston sports fans? If you can’t make the Sox vs. Jays game being shown on Boston Common on Sunday, here are some of the best sports bars in town:

Near Fenway
The Cask and Flagon 
The Bleacher Bar 
Game On 
The Baseball Tavern

Near the Garden 
The Fours (on Canal Street) 
The North Star By the Seaport 
The Atlantic Beer Garden

The Sevens (Beacon Hill) 
Legal Seafoods J.M. Curley's Stoddards



Boston has some wonderful museums. Here are a few to check out.

Boston Athenæum (Beacon Hill)
10 ½ Beacon Street

Founded in 1807, the Athenæum is one of the country’s oldest independent cultural institutions. The Athenæum lends books, exhibits art, holds concerts and lectures, gives tours, and more, all in a what calls “the most gorgeous library you’ve never heard of.”

Institute of Contemporary Art (Seaport) 
100 Northern Avenue 

Famous for both its collection and its Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed building, the ICA features what Time described as a “cantilevered glass expanse that hovers vertiginously over Boston Harbor.”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Fenway)
25 Evans Way

Isabella Stewart Gardner (born 1840), premier patron of the arts, had a Venetian-palace-style museum built for her impressive yet intimate collection: Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait, Age 23, Titian’s The Rape of Europa, numerous Singer Sargents (including a well-known portrait of Ms. Gardner herself), plus Botticellis, Whistlers, a Sofonisba Anguissola, and textiles, ceramics, rare books, and furniture from all over the globe. Equally famous: the building’s lush courtyard and its unsolved heist of 1990, in which three men dressed as cops stole thirteen works. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Dorchester) 
Columbia Point

Located next to UMass Boston, the I.M. Pei-designed library is the official repository for the Kennedy Administration papers.

Museum of African American History (Beacon Hill) 
46 Joy Street

Actually a group of sites, including two of the most nation’s important National Historic Landmarks: the African Meeting House, the oldest extant black church building, and the Abiel Smith School, the oldest still-standing public school built for African American children. Guided and self-guided Black Heritage Trail tours are also available. 

Museum of Fine Arts (Fenway)
465 Huntington Avenue

One of the world's most comprehensive art museums. Current exhibitions include “Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso,” “Megacities Asia” , paintings by Canada’s “pioneering modernist” Lawren Harris, “Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia,” “#techstyle.

Museum of Science (West End)
1 Science Park 

See a man in a cage get struck by lightning (courtesy of the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator), walk through the Butterfly Garden, visit the Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX Theater, and engage with any other of the 700 interactive exhibits.

New England Aquarium (Waterfront)
1 Central Wharf 

Boston’s aquarium is world-class. Start four stories up and wind your way down the spiral ramp. Can you find Myrtle, the giant green sea turtle (NEA resident since 1970), making his way among the sharks, barracuda, reef fish, stingrays, and moray eels in the central tank? Don’t miss the other fascinating exhibits, like the Shark and Ray Touch Tank.

West End Museum (West End) 
150 Staniford Street

Interprets the history and culture of an immigrant neighborhood destroyed during mid-20th century Urban Renewal campaigns.


Boston Common, Public Garden and the Swan Boats 

Boston Common is the country’s oldest park. The British camped out here; it was from the Common that they left in April 1775 to take care of those pesky colonists in Lexington and Concord. Today, the Common is part of the 1200-acre Emerald Necklacea series of parks that winds through the city.

The Public Garden is the Common’s “groomed and formal younger cousin” and home to the world-famous Swan Boats. Treat yourself to a ride!

The Freedom Trail
Visit locations pivotal to our national story, including the Old North Church, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Paul Revere’s house. Can’t make the guided tour on Monday afternoon? Check it out yourself using this map.

Skywalk Observatory, Prudential Center (Back Bay) 
800 Boylston Street

Take in greater Boston: on a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles away.

Have fun!

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