Pathway Through Boston
Branching Out Of The BC Bubble Into Brookline
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 20:01
Bordering the cities of Boston and Newton, the town of Brookline captures a historical and entrepreneurial spirit. It portrays an accurate representation of a genuine Massachusetts neighborhood and withholds plenty of attractions. Brookline serves as a center of artistic preservation—the town has been hailed for its hidden cultural gems.
While in Brookline, it is imperative to pay a visit to the Larz Anderson Park. At 61.3 acres, it is one of the most spacious parks in the area and affords its visitors with one of the most breathtaking views of the Boston skyline. On top of the fantastic view, the park provides much room for exploration. The city of Boston has definitely taken care of the park as it is consistently in top shape. Visitors utilize the park grounds for a number of events, like ice skating, dog walking, sledding, and athletics. The park includes a scenic pond, a baseball field, a gardening area, and even an auto museum. The museum houses some of America’s oldest automobiles and traces the development of the American car throughout its history.
After strolling through the historic Larz Anderson Park, take a trip to the Longyear Museum—another Brookline visitor staple. The museum has fascinated locals and foreigners for decades, serving as an active memoir to Mary Beecher Longyear and Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science faith. The mansion’s architecture alone has attracted visitors from all over the world. Philanthropists Mary and John Longyear had collected hundreds of memorabilia throughout their lives, including furniture, artifacts, pictures, portraits, and much more. But when urban development threatened the livelihood of the Longyears’ collection, they stored it all in one house—the Longyear Mansion. Today, the museum hosts exhibits like portrait and artifact galleries, all contributing to the tale of the life of Mary Baker Eddy. The museum infuses all its visitors with a taste of culture, religion, and history.
Lastly, finish the day with a meal at the Beacon Street Tavern. Conveniently located on Beacon Street, the quirky restaurant has grown in popularity for its unique menu and comfortable atmosphere. Embodying classic Bostonian ideals, the restaurant’s interior is composed of dark wood and high-back clam shell booths. With its late hours and wide variety of drinks, the eatery is also quite popular among bar-goers. The Beacon Street Tavern charms all of its customers with a one of a kind menu and standout decorations. According to Zagat, the restaurant offers "a trendy take on classic American pub food." As a fairly recent addition to the neighborhood, bostonmagazine.com stated that "While Beacon Street has a high standard to live up to, its eager crowds hint at a shining future for the neighborhood’s newest addition."
A visit to Brookline is a nod to culture—an appreciation of the nearby sources of history and society. Boston College is just one aspect of the highly educated, diverse surrounding community. A single journey down Beacon Street is stocked with education, entertainment, and great food.