New Coffee Bar to Open by Forest Hills

A new coffee bar is planning to open in the old location of Simpli Bar & Bites on Washington Street in Forest Hills. A poster in the window is advertising the B.U. Bistro with a link that goes to a job listing for a coordinator of the coffee bar with an annual salary of $41,000+. The restaurant is located at 3840 Washington St.


Bukhara Looks Like It Closed: Space Available Immediately to Lease

It appears that Bukhara Indian Bistro has closed in Forest Hills, as there are physical signs in the windows that say the space is immediately available to lease. There's a "For Rent" sign in one window, and another saying that 700 sq. ft. is immediately available for a triple net lease. On Monday night, Bukhara's website said it was closed every day of the week.


The Dogwood Closing for Good on January 14; Building Recently Sold

The popular Forest Hills restaurant The Dogwood recently announced it is closing for good in January. For the last 27 years, The Dogwood has been a Jamaica Plain favorite, serving brick-oven pizzas, pasta, burgers, drinks, and more. The Dogwood announced their sad news on their website:

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that after 27 years The Dogwood will be closing its doors for good January 14th, 2023. We are thankful for the continued patronage & support the community has offered through the years. To all our faithful & loyal Dogwood friends & family we thank you for the memories & look forward to having one more with you before we go to exchange the stories & memories this great establishment has offered us all.


Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opening March 9 in Forest Hills

Medical marijuana dispensary Apothca is holding a grand opening on March 9 in Forest Hills. "Apothca is a premiere destination for quality curated cannabis and extremely personalized service from our sales associates. We always prioritize our patients (even when we do have adult-use) and make sure we are able to offer them the best medicine at the best prices," said Joseph Lekach, Chief Executive Officer of Apothca. "Our Boston dispensary is located right across the street from the Forest Hills MBTA Station which means that locals and commuters can easily hop off the train or bus to purchase the medicine and jump right back on." The dispensary is located at 54 Hyde Park Ave.


13 Micro-Units Proposed for Woodlawn Street Empty Lot

There will be a public meeting on June 30 to discuss a proposed 4-story building consisting of 13 micro-units on an empty lot on Woodlawn Street. The empty lot has been used for parking at the bottom of Woodlawn Street for several decades. Woodlawn Street is a dead end street where on-street parking is very cramped, and many people use the lot to turn around in. Located at 3-5 Woodlawn St., there would be 13 residential units conforming to the city's compact living pilot initiative. The units would all be studio apartments.


My Ten Favorite Streets to Walk in Jamaica Plain

Alex Cox recently accomplished an amazing feat -- he walked every single street in Boston.  

Cox is currently a Master in Urban Planning candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He recently achieved his long-term goal to visit every street in Boston by foot or by bike, and holds the Guinness World Record for fastest time to travel to every MBTA station. A long-time resident of the Fenway-Kenmore area, he now lives in Somerville. Here are his 10 favorite streets to walk in Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain has always held a special place in my heart, because it was the first neighborhood of Boston that I ever lived in.


State Police Say Moped Operator Who Died in Forest Hills Accident Caused Crash

Massachusetts State Police believe that the driver of a moped who died in an accident on March 12 by Forest Hills was responsible for the crash. State Police say that Joseph Pielmeier, 30, was not wearing a helmet around 6:45 pm at night, drove through a red light at the intersection of South Street and Arborway, and struck the side of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan that had the green light, according the Massachusetts State Police. Pielmeier was thrown from his vehicle and struck the pavement. He was transported to Brigham & Women's Hospital and was pronounced dead on March 14, according to police. Police said Pielmeier had home addresses in Virginia, Boston, and Somerville.


How to Create a New School 101: The Croft School is Opening Its Doors This Fall in JP

It's not every day, or year, that a new elementary school is created in Jamaica Plain. Public, private, charter, Montessori, Catholic -- the birth of a new learning institution is quite an ordeal. Come this fall, the Croft School will be opening its doors in Forest Hills. The Croft School is co-founded by Scott Given, who previously founded and was the CEO of the UP Education Network, and Jamaica Plain resident Cristina Smith, who moved to the area in 2017 after working at elementary schools in California. The Croft School is opening at 3815 Washington St., which was previously home to the Harvest Co-op.