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Best of Boston 2024

Love or hate them, debate or celebrate them—here are 251 of our favorite Boston things, including the city’s best restaurants, shops, and more.


Personal Essay

Why I’m Quitting Dating Apps (for Now)

News

The 150 Most Influential Bostonians of 2024

News

Remembering the Real Victim in the Karen Read Case, My Friend John O’Keefe


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Latest Stories

Longform

Why I Kayaked the Entire Charles River

After hundreds of years, dams along the Charles River could come down to let the currents run wild and free—and help the environment in the process.

Cover Reveal: The 150 Most Influential Bostonians of 2024

Who’s No. 1?

Party Pics

Live from the Sneaker Gala, with Ed Markey and a Human Disco Ball

Our intrepid society columnist reports from Boston’s swankiest affairs.

News

Remembering the Real Victim in the Karen Read Case, My Friend John O’Keefe

The Massachusetts woman accused of killing her Boston Police officer boyfriend has been painted as a scapegoat for corruption, a symbol of injustice, and a lurid true-crime celebrity. But what about the man who died—and the people closest to him?

Personal Essay

A Seat at the Table

Across the country, men are grappling with the rapidly changing definition of what it means to be a good dad. For WBZ anchor Liam Martin, it meant having to make the most agonizing decision of his career.

Guides

Want to Experiment with AI? Here’re 15 Tools To Get Started at Home

Need help drafting an email, mowing the lawn, or washing your windows? There’s artificial intelligence for that.


In This Section

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston 2023

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston 2023

We crunched the numbers to come up with our annual guide to the top-performing schools in the region.

Our 2023 Boston Power List

Our 2023 Boston Power List

This year's ranking reflects the city's changing dynamics: nearly half of the power players are women.


Longform

Confessions of a Moll: A Boston Gangster’s Long-Time Girlfriend Speaks

It’s been 20 years since convicted murderer Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi went to prison for his reign of terror over the city. Now, in a Boston exclusive, his one-time girlfriend tells her story.

News

Ten Very Important Humans Behind Boston’s AI Revolution

Meet the people behind the machines.

Longform

A Conservative Thought Experiment on a Liberal College Campus

Last fall semester, Tufts professor Eitan Hersh and a class of undergrads embarked on a mission to understand American conservativism. Here’s what happened.

News

A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Boston’s AI Revolution

Artificial intelligence is getting more human every single day. And just like 250 years ago, New England is at the center of it all.

News

The Interview: Top Model and Activist Cameron Russell

With a new book out this month, the Cambridge native is looking to transform the fashion industry, one difficult conversation at a time.

Marathon Bombings 10th Anniversary

Marathon Bombings 10th Anniversary

Our Top 20 Stories in 2022

Our Top 20 Stories in 2022

What you clicked on the most last year.


Opinion

So You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Office?

Here are a few reasons why—at least in my experience—your career depends on being around real, live people in the workplace.

Party Pics

Horsing Around at the Mandarin with the Clip-Clop of Louboutin-Clad Hooves

Our monthly dispatch from the city’s swankiest affairs.

Longform

Diana DiZoglio Won’t Back Down

The most famous and controversial state auditor in generations has made it her mission to bring bright, sunshine-y transparency to the state legislature, and pity the fool who gets in her way.

Longform

Why Harvard University Is Failing at Everything

A crushing cancel culture, accusations of plagiarism, protests on campus, lawsuits, Congressional investigations, and big-dollar donors running for the door. Why the emperor by the Charles has no clothes.

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