Jason Schwartz

Pit Boss

Photograph by Peter Ross/Corbis Outline THE MOST ABSURD thing about the absurd, city-block-size hole in the ground in Downtown Crossing isn’t actually the hole. It’s not the century-old building with its backside ripped off that stands next to it. It’s…

Hubbub with Joi Ito

A SELF-DESCRIBED “Internet investor, entrepreneur, and activist,” Joi Ito was an early backer of Twitter, Kickstarter, and Flickr; sits on the board of the Mozilla Foundation; and was even CEO of Creative Commons. (He dives with sharks in his free…

Shakedown U

TIME WAS, WE ALL FEARED tax season. But these days, April’s got nothing on August. That’s when a collector even more insatiable than the IRS comes knocking: Boston College. Yes, first-semester tuition for BC is due on the 10th of…

Hubbub: Pete Souza

YOU MAY NOT KNOW official White House photographer Pete Souza. But you know his work — unless you’ve been living in a cave. Or maybe a heavily fortified mansion in Pakistan. Souza has worked as a photojournalist everywhere from Afghanistan…

Sox Fans Check Out

BOSTON BEING THE TECH-SAVVY CITY that it is, you’d expect the Fenway Faithful to be among the most active social networkers in baseball. Not so — we’re middle of the pack, at least when it comes to people using the…

Let the Band Play On

IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR on the Fourth, just as surely as the cannon blasts in the 1812 Overture. The Boston Pops finish their set of patriotic tunes and, with the whole nation watching on CBS, fireworks start to light up…

Gearing Up

BIKES! BIKES! EVERYWHERE! Six hundred shiny silver ones, to be specific, are set to descend on Boston this month, emblazoned with the logo of Mayor Menino’s latest signature initiative: the Hubway bike-sharing program. Forget the T or trying to park…

Hubbub

AFTER WATCHING HER for a decade on ER and five seasons on NewsRadio, we’re all used to seeing Maura Tierney on TV. But when the Hyde Park native reprises her role as a Denis Leary paramour on FX’s Rescue Me…

Hubbub with Louis CK

RELATIVELY FEW PEOPLE KNOW that Louis CK is from Boston, a fact the comic attributes to relatively few people knowing who Louis CK is. But if you didn’t catch the first season of his FX show, Louie, you missed out….

Game Boy

IN THE FALL OF 2007, Seth Priebatsch headed off to Princeton and, a few weeks after arriving on campus, learned about the school’s annual business-plan contest. Before Priebatsch even entered, he likes to boast, he knew he would win it….