Thursday, December 2, 2010


50th Post Spectacular, Continued

This time, focusing on night or twilight shots...mostly. Also, the JFK Library.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, located next to my university, is an amazing place.

It chronicles JFK's life through pictures and artifacts, and also has a section for Robert F. Kennedy.

The interior lobby is interesting, and has a good view of the ocean.

Some hallways are made to look like the White House interior, and one room in particular is a reconstruction of Kennedy's Oval Office.

An interesting part of the RFK exhibit.

One hallway has mock 50's storefronts. Among them is this nostalgic recreation of a campaign office.

Elsewhere, a retro appliance store.

And here's an actual moon-rock. The library has about a thousand other noteworthy things, but this is where I'll stop for now. It's amazing how many gifts presidents get from other world leaders. JFK was given everything from Middle-Eastern swords to an African canoe, and a lot of it is on display here.

The Charles River near Harvard and Boston University. This is one of the nicer parts of the city.

I showed a little of Spy Pond in the previous post; here's another shot. There are some great sunsets here, and it's one of the places that I've gone to get writing done.

The business district really starts to light up as twilight sets in.

The city's tallest building at night.

Park Street, one of the more heavily-traveled areas, doesn't slow down at night.

Near Fanueil Hall (which I unfortunately don't have any recent pictures of) is the Cheers bar. Yes, the actual Cheers bar.

In Brookline, on the south edge of the city, is Coolidge Corner. The design of these shops is very rustic and Kalm Town esque. For a game that I don't even like all that much, FF7 really does pop up in my memory banks a lot.

Another shot of Coolidge Corner.

One of the city's many neon signs heralds the Coolidge Corner Theater.

The main bridge heading into the city can get pretty misty during late storms.

Government buildings at Park Street.

The Christmas decorations start doing up early here. Note how some of the between-building cross streets double as large sidewalks.

Another neon sign, another theater. This is probably my favorite of the city's movie theaters, and has just about everything.

The street outside Beacon Hill, the state capitol building.

A view of the central skyline. I wish these shots were a little clearer, but it's difficult to achieve that at night with the tools I have.

Boston Commons, at night. Some people think it's ominous after dark, but I haven't found anything threatening about it.

One centerpiece of the Commons during wintertime is this ice skating rink.

One of the city's most notable features is the subway system. Here's the entrance to it in Porter Square, perhaps the steepest descent underground in the whole city. The murals and the various knobs to the sides are all there for a reason: to distract travellers from the vertigo.

This was the first subway in America (and one of the first in the world), as clearly stated here. For seventy-five years, the fare was just five cents.'s a little more now.

The subway literally extends for miles and miles under the city, a vast maze of tunnels.

Part of the subway map. I point out this particular section because the Blue Line train has some really cool-named locales on it. Wonderland, huh? Those last few in the northeast are all along the beach, and I imagine they're great in the summertime.

The subways are a workplace to musicians of all kinds. This guy at the Park Street station was playing some rad Irish tunes.

Outside the capitol building, a U.S. flag and a POW/MIA flag stand guard.

The capitol building. This is where the governor conducts business.

One of the more impressive statues outside Beacon Hill.

This concludes our photo-journey, thanks for joining me.


  1. Impressive stuff. Was the image on the oldetimey TV a still, or was it just a coincidence you took the picture while it was advertising the smooth flavor of cigarettes?

  2. I believe the TV was actually running a loop of old 50's era ads. Complete with Reassuring Fatherly Voice™!

  3. I love the mock 50's sets they've got at the JFK museum/library. It's also interesting that it's a combo of the two...I can't say I've seen that before. I'm curious to see the shelves and the library itself!

  4. Thanks a lot for posting these! I'd like to show my friends, too. I've never seen these parts of Boston.