Boston New Year's Day

Old Dec 18, 15, 1:35 pm
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We're thinking of doing a quick trip to Boston actually ON New Year's Day. Are bookstores and the like open in Boston and Cambridge?
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Old Dec 18, 15, 1:53 pm
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We're thinking of doing a quick trip to Boston actually ON New Year's Day. Are bookstores and the like open in Boston and Cambridge?
No. Cinemas and Chinese restaurants are open.
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Old Dec 18, 15, 2:15 pm
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No. Cinemas and Chinese restaurants are open.
Ugh....I've been doing my own research. The Coop will be open; the BU B&N won't be. The MFA and ISG will be closed. Only Chinese restaurants will be open? We're not going Christmas Day.
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CHRISTMAS is when only Chinese restaurants (and not much else) is open. On New Year's Day lots of things are open. Just like in NYC
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Guess I've always been too occupied 'recovering' from running all over town to see the busy First Night festivities and fireworks to notice. :-). Mimosas while watching the Rose Parade is about all we can muster on New Year's Day.

Enjoy an epic visit to the Coop and the "just like in NYC".

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In past years, the ice sculptures on Boston Common and Copley Square have been excellent and certainly worth a trip on New Year's Day. They've traditionally been completed on New Year's Eve, part of the First Night activities. (There are some significant changes to FN this year, so I'm not 100% sure that the ice sculptures will be as before.)
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Guess I've always been too occupied 'recovering' from running all over town to see the busy First Night festivities and fireworks to notice. :-). Mimosas while watching the Rose Parade is about all we can muster on New Year's Day.

Enjoy an epic visit to the Coop and the "just like in NYC".
"An epic visit to the Coop". Are you trying to offer assistance or not? What is your problem that I like the Coop?

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In past years, the ice sculptures on Boston Common and Copley Square have been excellent and certainly worth a trip on New Year's Day.
Nice! I hope it's cold enough; while it's cold now, it will be warming up once again next week.
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... Nice! I hope it's cold enough; while it's cold now, it will be warming up once again next week.
The forecast right now, and a lot can change in ten days, is that it will be cold enough overnight on the 31st for ice sculptures to survive quite nicely. (Christmas Eve is expected to break records on the high side, though. December to date is running a full 10F above average and is almost certain to become the warmest December on record.)
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It's definite; we're going.
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We're thinking of doing a quick trip to Boston actually ON New Year's Day. Are bookstores and the like open in Boston and Cambridge?
As others have echoed: many of the attractions (JFK Library, MFA, ICA, MOS, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, etc) will be closed.

Retail stores should be open-upon checking all the major area malls will be operating.

In terms of bookstores you may want to call. MIT/Harvard Law COOP I supsect will be closed, Harvard Square COOP possibility they'll be open.

I suspect Trident Booksellers will also be open, worth a phone call there as well as places like Brookline Booksmith and Porter Square book store.
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CHRISTMAS is when only Chinese restaurants (and not much else) is open. On New Year's Day lots of things are open. Just like in NYC
We broke away from the tradition of Bernard's this year and went to Fireplace in Washington Square Brookline.
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Old Dec 28, 15, 6:42 am
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As others have echoed: many of the attractions (JFK Library, MFA, ICA, MOS, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, etc) will be closed.

Retail stores should be open-upon checking all the major area malls will be operating.

In terms of bookstores you may want to call. MIT/Harvard Law COOP I supsect will be closed, Harvard Square COOP possibility they'll be open.
Yes, I do see that the museums will be closed unfortunately. I called the COOP at Harvard Sq and they confirmed that they'll be open.

I suspect Trident Booksellers will also be open, worth a phone call there as well as places like Brookline Booksmith and Porter Square book store.
Thanks for the heads up about Trident.
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We had a GREAT time. On New Year's Day, we enjoyed brunch at Zoe's in Cambridge after we arrived and checked in at our hotel. Spent the afternoon in Cambridge walking around and at the Coop. We enjoyed dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the North End called Assiaggio.
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We had a GREAT time. On New Year's Day, we enjoyed brunch at Zoe's in Cambridge after we arrived and checked in at our hotel. Spent the afternoon in Cambridge walking around and at the Coop. We enjoyed dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the North End called Assiaggio.
Wait - I thought there were only Chinese restaurants open! Glad you had a good time.
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that's on Christmas. On New Years' Day most places we drove by seemed to be open
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