Boston Magazine Issue

City Life

Best of Boston 2021

225 reasons to celebrate our city.

Travel

Return to Paradise

There are a million reasons why we return, of course, but in 2021, these are the 23 that are making us pack up the car right now and head south.

City Life

The 100 Most Influential Bostonians

From vaccine makers and advocates for social change to the city’s top movers and shakers, see who made this year’s list.

Feature

City Life

The Best of Boston Readers’ Poll: Heroes Edition

These locals went above and beyond during a challenging year.

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Eight Well-Known Bostonians Share Their Personal Best of Boston

Are your favorite spots on the list?

City Life

In the Dark

What if the most dangerous person you’ve ever known turned out to be your lover?

City Life

Bitter Brew

A 90-year-old patriarch, his jilted heirs, and the fight over a billion-dollar beer empire. Inside the public implosion of the South Shore’s stealthiest wealthiest clan.

City Life

RebelZ with a Cause

We gave them climate change, Donald Trump, and social media. Now Generation Z is scared, angry, hyperconnected—and ready to take over Boston politics before they’re even old enough to vote.

City Life

The New Teenage Moguls

Want to know who’s making money during the pandemic? Ask a 17-year-old sneakerhead.

City Life

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Outside…

Inside the race to eliminate one of nature’s biggest threats (plus what you need to know to keep safe this summer).

Arts & Entertainment

The Thrill of the Hunt

Online shopping may have been a lifesaver this past year, but nothing beats the feeling of searching for—and finding—a hidden jewel or treasure. The coveting. The chase. The discovery. The adrenaline rush. And then—ka-ching! From art to antiques, wooden boats to (seriously) eyeball sculptures, the region’s top dealers share what’s hot and what’s not. Plus: secrets and tips from the city’s most passionate collectors.

Department

City Life

The Road to Ruin

After generations spent building a city around cars, Boston has reached a crisis point. Here’s how we can become a place for people instead.

City Life

The Man Who Fell to Earth

From Boston to Nantucket, Alden Shoe Company executive Richard Hajjar wanted to soar with the celebs and the jet set. Until he came crashing down.

Arts & Entertainment

The Interview: Joey McIntyre

As he gears up for a blockbuster New Kids on the Block show at Fenway Park this summer, Joey McIntyre dishes about teen stardom, Donnie Wahlberg’s dressing-room secrets, and why he’ll always come home to Boston.

City Life

Five Takeaways from a Conversation with Lee Pelton

For more than a decade, Lee Pelton led a renaissance at Emerson College. Now, at the dawn of a new career as president and CEO of the Boston Foundation, he reflects on his accomplishments—and what comes next.

City Life

Driving with Cough Drops While Black

They got pulled over and tossed in jail on suspicion of having cocaine hidden in lozenge wrappers. That’s when the scandal began.

City Life

The Once and Future Kenmore Square

Forget the rumors—reports of the neighborhood’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Arts & Entertainment

Five Takeaways from a Conversation with Charlie Moore

After more than a year of doom and gloom, TV’s favorite fisherman wants you to kick back, relax, and have some doggone fun this summer. Seriously.

Fashion + Style

Style

Stackable Bracelets, and Five Other Things Kelly Brabants Is Dreaming About This Month

The fitness and athleisure guru, who’s getting ready to launch a new Back Bay pop-up, shares her must list for a sizzling summer.

Style

The Art of Fashion

July’s hottest designer-shopping destination is a museum—who knew?

Style

Ready, Set, Celebrate

Say goodbye to social distancing—and toast the season—with help from these local entertaining experts.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Sebago Lake

Sparkling waters, a camp where time stands still, and s’mores under the stars—Maine’s second-largest lake invites you to jump right in.

Life & Style

Statement Sunnies, and Five Other Things Bethenny Frankel Is Coveting This Summer

When she isn’t filming her new HBO Max show The Big Shot with Bethenny, here’s what the entrepreneur and part-time Back Bay resident will be shopping for—and where she’ll be wearing it.

Style

He Sells Swimsuits By the Seashore

Model Garrett Neff brings his must-have men’s swimwear line to the coast this summer.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Newport, Rhode Island

The little City by the Sea is serving up big fun this season.

Life & Style

Hotel Gifts That Rock

South End favorite Modern Relik checks in at the Boston Harbor Hotel this month with a new gift shop featuring luxe crystal jewelry, hip home goods, and more.

Style

Glam Gladiators, and Five Other Things Sunny Hostin Is Coveting This Month

The View cohost—whose Martha’s Vineyard-set debut mystery novel, Summer on the Bluffs, comes out this month—shares her packing list for her favorite local vacation spot.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Charleston, South Carolina

Searching for the perfect post-vaccine getaway? A dose of this port city’s southern hospitality may be just what the doctor ordered.

Style

Island Treasures

From clean beauty products to local produce and pottery, islander Tessa Cressman brings a luxe new take on the classic sundry shop to ACK.

Style

Meet KADA

New Balance scion Kassia Davis opens up about the family business, sustainable fashion, and the importance of “not-so-basic basics.”

Other

City Life

How Can I Protect My Garden from Rampaging Rabbits?

Eastern cottontails have been crowding out native New England cottontails since the late 1800s. How can we protect our home gardens from the furry reapers?

Restaurants

Is Legal Sea Foods Still Considered “Boston-Based?”

Even though they were recently acquired by international private equity firm Danu Partners.

City Life

How Can Massachusetts Become a Friendlier State?

Let’s start by ditching the rigid TV and comedy sketch stereotypes about Bay Staters.

Restaurants

What’s the Difference between a “Dixie Cup” and a “Hoodsie Cup?”

They might be the same childrens’ ice cream treat, but Van Halen never sang a song about Hoodsies.

Home Design

Home & Property

Real Estate Showdown: A Contemporary Cambridge Condo vs. a Custom Colonial in Lexington

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

Home & Property

Spaces: The Modern View

How a couple with traditional taste learned to love a contemporary Seaport condo.

Sponsor Content

VIEW: Coldwell Banker Realty’s Listings of the Month

Buying a home in or around Boston right now? Check out Coldwell Banker Realty’s newest properties for sale.

Home & Property

Everybody into the Pool

A family of five creates an unfussy outdoor escape for generations to come.

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Nature-Filled Natick Home vs. a Luxe Condo on Flagship Wharf

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a sprawling MetroWest pad with a posh Charlestown penthouse.

Home & Property

Check Out the Top Real Estate Producers in Greater Boston

Looking to buy or sell soon? You won’t want to get started without consulting our exclusive list of the best-performing agents around.

Sponsor Content

VIEW: Coldwell Banker Realty’s Listings of the Month

Buying a home in or around Boston right now? Check out Coldwell Banker Realty’s newest properties for sale.

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Historical Beacon Hill Townhouse vs. a Secluded Barnstable Beauty

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market. This month, we compare a luxe Greek Revival in Boston with a sprawling waterside Cape Cod estate.

Home & Property

Spaces: Cabin, Hold the Fever

How one nature-loving couple brought the beauty of the Pine Tree State into their breathtaking new living space.

Home & Property

Holding All the Cars

An active New Hampshire family gets a stunning—and convenient—new spot to stash their wheels.

Health

Wellness

Where Do the Children Play?

From obstacle courses to zip lines, five of Boston’s most notable parents share their kids’ favorite family hangouts.

Wellness

Paging Dr. Gadget

Upgrade to an all-new you with help from these Boston-based innovations at the intersection of health and tech.

Wellness

Where the Pros Go

Just in time for peak putting season, five of the area’s top golf experts dish on their favorite holes around.