Ten Things Boston Lost in 2015
We don’t want to lay too much of a downer on you during these dark, short days, but life is a river, ever flowing in one direction, and when something is gone, it’s gone. The past year seemed to take so much, and while we’re sure we’ll find new hangout spots, new music venues, new karaoke joints, and maybe, even, a newfound sense of pride, we wanted to take a moment and raise a toast to all we’ve bidden farewell to in 2015.
April 29: The Boston Public Library misplaced some art by Dürer and Rembrandt. The prints turned up in June, but not before the library’s president, Amy Ryan, had resigned.
May 21: Weirdo Records, a beloved brick-and-mortar store, returned to the ether from whence it came.
Our Rock ’n’ Roll.
June 18: The Pixies played T. T. the Bear’s Place one last time, in a year that also saw the shuttering of Church, in the Fenway, and the Beachcomber, in Quincy.
Our Late Fees.
June 30: Hollywood Express, Cambridge’s last holdout against Netflix, finally surrendered to the technology of the 21st century.
July 1: Louis Boston, a furious retail dream of tragically hip European couture, finally succumbed, five years after its ill-fated move from Newbury Street to the Seaport.
Our Olympic Dreams.
July 27: Good riddance to bid rubbish.
August 9: Luxury condos killed the karaoke star when the venerable Do Re Mi went the way of the dodo.
September 16: We stood by Tom Brady for months, only to hear him say it would be “great” if Donald Trump became president. Really, Tom?
September 17: Somewhere out on the water, the Sunfish Bros managed to tank what little self-respect Snowpocalypse hadn’t already stripped away.
November: Another piece of Weird Route 1 went extinct this year when Route 1 Mini Golf closed. The fate of its iconic orange dinosaur remains uncertain.