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Quiet place to read that isn't the BPL


As shoddy as the view of Kenmore Square is from the second floor of the Barnes & Noble at Boston University, we happen to adore the small, extra-quiet reading area.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Spot to get naked without attracting a crowd


We’re not aware of a single spot to go skinny-dipping legally in the Greater Boston area.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Restaurant loo


What makes a great restroom? Linen towels? Marble floor? A variety of lotions on the counter?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place to pick up Little Women


I had spent my whole patriarchal life without cracking open a single one of Louisa May Alcott’s classic chick-lit books.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place to witness something totally illogical


If you live in or around Inman Square, it can be easy to feel left out of the hustle and bustle of the big city.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to scope out Financial District hotties on your lunch hour


As an alternative to the walking paths of the Boston Common, try people-watching/stalking/scoping in the Financial District’s Post Office Square.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010



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Place to be harrassed by political extremists


Boston University hasn’t been properly political since the early 1970s, and probably won’t be ever again unless Congress imposes a federal ban on Coach bags.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Reason to hate the T


Don’t take it. Just don’t. Find another way to get wherever you’re going — bike, cab, Segway, whatever.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to drop your whole paycheck


Everyone’s got that one store where, if they suddenly had unlimited fundage, they’d buy up the whole shop.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to pick flicks in the shadow of death


For some strange reason, it’s easy to walk past Movieworks.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to go shopping on your lunch hour


Ah, the H&M vortex.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Place to recapture your, or anyone else's, childhood


Now that it’s warmer out, Mike Wilner, owner of Brookline News and Gifts, leaves his door wide open.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Castle in Boston


South Boston’s CASTLE ISLAND  is probably the best of our city’s fortresses these boring days
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Used-bookstore front operation


It’s always a little damp, dark, and dusty at the Boston Book Annex.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

Boston talk-show host


No disrespect to his work on WTKK (96.9 FM), but it’s on New England Cable News that JIM BRAUDE is at his best.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Cards for any occasion


For all we know, the greeting cards at Black Ink on Beacon Hill (and in Harvard Square) might be stamped out as impersonally as are their drugstore counterparts.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Sports bar not to take your girlfriend to


Why complicate your life?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 28, 2010

Fall from grace


The thing is, he laid it on so thick.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Place to bowl at 4 am


Okay, maybe it’s the only place to bowl at 4 am.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

Place to remember Marshal Petain


Alsace . . .wasn’t that the place where . . . ? Oh, never mind.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010

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Drinking game/guessing game


Maxim Gorky’s 1902 play, The Lower Depths , is a character-driven work dwelling on the underbelly of Russian society.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010


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