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Wellness

Boston Is Not Okay

A special report on the area’s looming mental health crisis—and how to find help if you need it.

Education

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston

Our annual ranking of the best public high schools in towns or districts within, or partially within, 495.

City Life

Best of Boston 2020

193 reasons to love our city.

Feature

City Life

The Day the Music Died

Fifty years ago, rising soul sensation Franklin Lynch was shot dead by police at Boston City Hospital. The killing of an unarmed man, and its cover-up, inspired Boston’s Black community to invent a new form of civic justice. Why doesn’t anyone remember?

Style

All Dressed up and No Place To Go

The best part about spending so much time at home? When it comes to fashion, there are absolutely no rules.

City Life

Science or Censorship?

The Broad Institute’s Alina Chan believes COVID-19 could have escaped from a Chinese lab. What if it’s not as wild a theory as the world’s preeminent scientists say it is?

City Life

The NAACP Convention That Never Came to Town

The 2020 NAACP convention in Boston was supposed to be a celebration of how far we’ve come, and a discussion about where we need to go. Moving the convention out of town doesn’t need to end the conversation.

Education

The New Look of Higher Ed

In a time of major upheaval, what does the future hold for higher learning in Boston? Five hometown college and university leaders peer into their crystal ball—and what they see might surprise you.

City Life

Best of Boston 2020: COVID-19 Heroes Edition

In place of our annual Best of Boston reader’s poll, we asked Bostonians to shine a spotlight on the everyday heroes in our city.

City Life

The Bostonians Giving Us Hope for the Future

Four extraordinary tales of resilience, heroism, and transformation when we need it most.

Department

City Life

Four More Years?!?

Or, how Boston snowflakes like me will cope if Trump wins…again.

Arts & Entertainment

The Interview: Lawrence O’Donnell

Whether the topic is Hollywood, presidential politics, or cable news, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has plenty to say.

City Life

The $100 Million Challenge

Funds from Boston’s philanthropies flow overwhelmingly to white-led organizations. Here’s how 19 of Boston’s most successful business leaders of color are determined to change that, one dollar at a time.

City Life

The End of Casual Sex?

With the risk of infection lurking in every encounter, local singles are increasingly swearing off random hook-ups. Are we about to enter a new Victorian era—or is something else afoot?

City Life

The Interview: Joseph Curtatone

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone on how his city is charting its own course during the coronavirus crisis.

City Life

A Bostonian Abroad in the ’Burbs

I never considered leaving Boston. Ever. Then the pandemic hit.

City Life

The Last Lobster Supper?

Could this be the end of our best-loved summer tradition as we know it?

City Life

Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?

As a Black man born in the South who has climbed the power structures of Boston and our nation’s capital, I’ve spent a lifetime navigating around and tackling head-on the realities of structural racism. It’s time for everyone else to know this burden.

Life & Style

To Shop or Not to Shop?

What do Boston’s high-end boutiques have to do to get customers back in the store?

City Life

The Interview: Juliette Kayyem

CNN security expert and Cambridge mother of three Juliette Kayyem has plenty to say about Donald Trump, Boston’s recovery, and staying safe this summer.

City Life

The Last Days of Whitey Bulger

His time behind bars before being murdered has remained unknown—until now.

Fashion + Style

Style

Winter Is Coming

Get ready with these five new ways to upgrade your coat closet this season.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Martha’s Vineyard

Shoulder season on the island was practically made for socially distanced fall getaways. Here’s how to do it right.

Style

The Lust Lineup: Soft Touch

Swap the cozy lounge-wear this fall with the just-as-sumptuous feel of velvet for a look that’s fashionable and functional.

Style

Tiny Size, Big Style

Back to school might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean your tots should be any less fashionable. Here’s where to go when it’s time for a wardrobe or gear refresh.

Style

Natural Selection

One of Boston’s rising fashion stars proves that sustainability and style don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Bar Harbor

Whether your idea of getting back to nature involves hiking through the wilderness or roasting s’mores outside your luxe glamping tent, you’ll find your happy place in this rugged Maine sanctuary by the sea.

Style

The Lust Lineup: Hey, Sailor!

Whether you’re dropping anchor in Boston Harbor or on your favorite patio, this season’s nautical-inspired pieces are sure to make a splash.

Life & Style

What’s in Store: Call of the Wild

Because soaking up the last few glorious weeks of summer is a whole lot easier with the right gear.

Style

Turning the Tide

Think you can’t hang 10 in New England? This local surfboard shaper is determined to change your mind.

Travel

Boston Traveler: The Lakes Region

Is there anything more quintessentially summer than a weekend on Winnipesaukee?

Restaurants

Get Fresh

No need to venture out to the farmers’ market to shop local this summer.

Style

The Lust Lineup: Wear It With Pride

Call it a trend or call it optimism, but rainbow-inspired fashion feels oh so apropos this season.

Style

Time to Hit Refresh

Seven ways to leave home and look like you’ve done it before.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Narragansett

We’re all itching to get away. Here’s why this easy-to-reach seaside spot should be at the top of your list.

Health

Wellness

Polo for the People

With polo clubs now welcoming beginners all across New England, the sport of kings isn’t just for royalty anymore.

Wellness

Fitfluencer Myths, Debunked

Some wellness-focused Instagram accounts are totally worth the #regram. Others? Not so much. Here’s how to sort through your social media feeds to separate the good advice from the bad.

Wellness

Test the Waters

Whether you’re looking to Zen out on a paddleboard or fly through the air on a power kite, it’s good to know there are still plenty of ways to have a wet ’n’ wild summer.

Beacon

Arts & Entertainment

Follow the Leaders

COVID-19 has forced local artists to get even more creative when it comes to sharing their work. Here are five genre-spanning Instagram accounts fitting big ideas into small frames.

Arts & Entertainment

How To Save the Arts

If Boston is to remain the “Athens of America,” our pandemic-assailed cultural institutions need an emergency intervention.

Other

Restaurants

Why Is Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy So Popular in Maine?

How a Boston-brewed liqueur became a cultural rite of passage in the Pine Tree State.

Style

How Did the Shoe Industry Get to Be So Big in Massachusetts?

You can’t run away from the biggest names in sneakers.

Arts & Entertainment

What Aspects of a Normal New England Summer Will You Miss the Most?

And in the absence of normality, what do we have to look forward to this season?

Home Design

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Waterfront North End Stunner vs. a Modern Wayland Haven

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

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Nautical Chatham Retreat vs. a Downtown Penthouse

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

Home & Property

Spaces: In Full View

A couple’s revamped master suite makes the most of the outdoors.

Home & Property

Either-Or: A Sophisticated Wellesley Manse vs. an Airy Cambridge Victorian

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

Arts + Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Your can’t-miss guide for what to do, see, and hear this fall.

News

City Life

On the Waterfront: An Oral History of the Seaport

The radical, imperfect, and unfinished transformation of Boston’s newest neighborhood.