Harvard Square at lunch

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by KillRamsey, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Just strolling. It's 60-something and sunny out today, and we haven't had many of those days yet, so I split for an hour and took the X100 out.

    Chalk on the sidewalk
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    Chess players
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    Blooms
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    Waiting for someone
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    Waiting on the light
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  2. MBBINVT

    MBBINVT SC Rookie

    11
    Jun 4, 2012
    Nice pics. Reminds me that I need to get back down to Cambridge one of these days.
     
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Thank you. Cambridge is gorgeous right now, blooms everywhere.
     
  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I assume Au Bon Pain is still to the right of the chess players? It's been a while since I've been in Harvard Square. When I first started going, many years ago, Cronin's pub was still in business -- a lovely, grubby Irish pub for the serious imbiber (which I was at the time). I think the Swiss Alps or some such thing replaced it, or took its place. Nothing could replace it. I don't imagine Harvard Square any longer has any sawdust on the floor saloons. It the Wurthaus still there? I suppose not. Most of my favorite haunts were gone the last time I was there, though Harvard Book Store on Mass. Ave. was still going. I bought more cheap LP's at Reading International on Brattle St. than I can remember, though that's gone too, I think. My point of reference is the grubbier Harvard Square of the late sixties and early seventies. The new version seems so -- well -- tidy. But I lived in the pre-gentrified South End of Boston, a few blocks from Copley Square, and it's all changed and is much more upscale than it was back then. Good in some ways, I suppose, but I imagine more challenging for students as poor as I was.

    Anyway, thanks for a trip down Memory Lane.
     
  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    ABPain is there, yes. The rest, I don't think so. A few old places have hung on, like Club Passim, but most of it is newer stuff. When we first moved to this part of town from the South End (Worcester Sq), I found a library book with pictures of the square arranged by decade. Each decade had aerial photos, street buskers, sidewalk shots, shops and stores, that stuff. It was fascinating when all you know of it is "now." Retail rents are outrageous there, so a lot of great places eventually can't generate enough $ to keep up, and only the chains can afford it. Grendell's Den is still around, and a few others have eked out some interesting bar/pub/food spaces, but you have to dig to find any dirt.
     
  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Your images makes regret, (at least for this very moment), living in a land sans classically distinct seasons.

    Gary
     
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I grew up outside Atlanta, and have spent the last 13 years in Wisconsin or Boston. I vastly prefer 4 seasons to 2. Would be great to be able to motorcycle year-round, though.
     
  8. Krugman

    Krugman New to SC

    9
    Mar 13, 2013
    I remember Cronin's fondly, it can never be replaced.Lots of great memories, a good place to take a date. Nor can Elsie's or the Wursthaus be replaced. Sad. I hear that Cafe Pamplona is still there, it is the only remanent of the early cluster of "pseudo-European coffee houses." Full of charm. Ferannte-Dege, a really good camera store is gone though.
    The Harvard Barber Shop and the Cambridge Trust Co. and the Harvard Trust Co. are still there and of course the Coop is still there. I think Leavitt and Pearce is still there but pipe tobacco sales have been replaced with tea. And I think Cardullo's is still there. And Adams House and the Crimson. And the little poetry shop. So it is not all gone.
    Krugman
     
  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Cardullo's is alive and WELL. They have a girl curating the beer cooler section who GETS it. She carries pretty much the best stuff she can find and no crap. She knows which of the brand new micros / nanos are worth having, and gets everything they offer, as well as a great selection of US and Euro stuff. (I am a beer nerd). I love that place.