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April 2023 Issue

City Life

Boston Marathon Bombings: 10 Years Later, 10 Years Stronger

On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we remember a tragic, and seminal, moment in the city’s history.

City Life

How the Marathon Bombings Kickstarted the Crowdsourcing of Crime

Pooling social media tips at such a global scale was nearly unprecedented.

City Life

What the Marathon Bombings Taught Us

One, don’t mess with Boston. Two, think fast. Three, direct generosity quickly. Ten years later, local leaders reflect on the lasting lessons of 2013.

City Life

“It’s Unimaginable Pain”: The Everyday Affects of the Marathon Bombings, Ten Years Later

They lost someone dear. He raced toward a shootout. She held an injured seven-year-old at the second blast site. Five stories of life in a tragedy’s aftermath—and the wounds that never heal.

City Life

How I Learned There’s Heroism in Preparedness

Former Boston Marathon executive director Tom Grilk reflects on the lasting lessons of the 2013 bombings.

City Life

Once Upon a Time, We Never Needed the Words “Boston Strong”

The saying helped unite a broken-hearted city when we needed it most. WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller wonders: what does phrase mean 10 years later?

City Life

“We Will Finish the Race”: The Making of Boston’s Iconic Marathon Shoes Cover

Moments after the bombings rocked Boylston Street, Boston magazine’s staff knew they needed to create a new cover image for its May issue. The rest is literally history. Here’s how they did it.


Arts & Entertainment

The Interview: Crime-Fiction Novelist Dennis Lehane

After nearly a decade in Hollywood and a new book Small Mercies out this month, the hometown novelist often finds himself missing Boston. Just don’t expect to catch him at Dorchester’s Tenean Beach, kid.

City Life

Will the ‘Millionaires’ Tax’ Hobble the Massachusetts Economy?

Here’s why the Fair Share Amendment could send a tidal wave of cash out-of-state and shrink local resources.

Arts & Entertainment

Take That, ChatGPT!

There are some things that only a human can do well. Writing is one of them. Here’s what best-selling author John D. Spooner learned from a lifetime of it.

Home Design

Home & Property

So, You Want to Live in Wellesley?

Five things to know if you’re looking to move to this prominent suburb along the marathon route.

Home & Property

How Do You Make Room for 11 Grandkids?

One Norwell grandpa’s solution: Purchase the next-door lot and build them an indoor saltwater pool.

Home & Property

Either-Or: An Oceanfront Cape Property vs. a Modern Abode in Cambridge

It’s amazing what a few miles can do to the market.

Home & Property

Our 2023 Top Mortgage Professionals Guide Is Here

Our annual guide to the region’s top experts, as voted by their peers.

Fashion + Style

Life & Style

Where to Buy Golf Equipment in Greater Boston

Six stellar stores to shop before hitting the links.

Life & Style

Kent Stetson’s Conversational Clutches

The Rhode Island handbag designer is more popular than ever, with his cleverly vibrant takes on butterflies, food, and pets.

City Life

Inside the Embrace Gala, a Black-Tie-And-Sneakers Soiree

Plus, a Winter Walk fundraiser at the American Repertory Theater and the 34th annual Boston Wine & Food Festival.

Life & Style

Tiffani Faison’s Five Must-Haves for Spring Luncheons

The mega-chef swears by these hosting essentials.

Life & Style

Six Lip Boosters for Spring 2023

Get your smoochers ready with these tried-and-tested enhancers.


A Traveler’s Guide to Nashville

Music City has become so much more than the bachelorette party capital of the South.


Arts & Entertainment

18 Things We Can’t Wait To Do this Spring and Early Summer

Our highly subjective list of the arts events you shouldn’t miss this season.

Arts & Entertainment

By the Way, There’s a Work of Art Made of Human Hair in Salem

Chinese-born artist Gu Wenda used real follicles to recreate 188 national flags—and you can see the hirsute installation at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Arts & Entertainment

The Independent Film Festival Boston Turns 20

Our homegrown indie-flick fête celebrates two decades this spring.