Boston is chock-full of tourist attractions, from the offices of the Atlantic Monthly to the hustle and bustle of the swan boats in the Public Garden. But why not take the road slightly less traveled? Why not visit Boston's famed Theater District?
The Theater District extends from the intersection of Tremont and Stuart for approximately a block and a half in each direction. Tucked into a cozy pocket between Boston Common and Interstate 90, Boston's Theater District is hard to get lost in, whether you're coming from nearby Chinatown or from faraway. And parking is no problem. The entrance to this parking garage offers a generous 8 feet 10 inches of headroom.
Lightbulbs dance on the marquees of The Colonial, the Wilbur, the Shubert, the Charles Playhouse, the Wang ---- on and off and on again and also on the police cruisers patrolling streets that were once emptied by harsh economic realities and persons on illegal medications exchanging random gunfire. Now the neighborhood has come back to life, as evidenced by the number of small loan companies to be found here.
Entertainment makes a person hungry, and luckily hamburgers, Philly Steaks, Hot Dogs and Sausage, or Subway Sandwiches with their wide assortment of meats and cheeses are available even late into the evening. You're never more than half a block away from fresh doughnuts. Need a wireless telephone? You'll find them for sale here too. And the Registry of Motor Vehicles is nearby, if you need a place to sit down and wait for awhile.
Night falls on the Theater District, and people from Brookline and Newton Highlands come to see a play, a ballet, or have some other arts experience. Adult bookstores offer a variety of visual entertainments, or you can lift a pint in a bar that's full of colorful atmosphere. Around two or three a.m., the celebration spills out into the street. Horns honk, and occupants of hotels lean out of the windows and join in the revelry.
And now, after we purchase a few collectibles for souvenirs, perhaps some colorful dragons and smiling Buddhas from one of the many retail shops in Chinatown, and after we politely sidestep the man who is having a bitter argument with the streetlight, it is time to return home, or if necessary to a friend's house, taking with us fond memories of Boston's famous Theater District.