Let’s Eat Cake! Blue Frog Bakery Celebrating 15th Anniversary on Saturday

The Blue Frog Bakery will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Saturday, and will be offering special pastries and desserts, chocolates, coffee, and cocktails. Owner Brad Brown will kick off the party at 9 am with a special cake-cutting ceremony, and the party will ensue until 1 pm at Blue Frog Bakery (3 Green St.). "Our baking methods have not changed in the last 15 years. Croissants are cut and rolled by hand almost every day," said Brown. "When I started, we weren't making our own bread, but I've learned that it's better when we make everything in house from scratch including fillings and doughs.

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The History of 197 Green Street

At first glance, the house at 197 Green Street is unique for its small size and the colorful graffiti that has covered its exterior since 2016 -- the result of collaboration between the owner and real estate developer City Realty Group and artists. City Realty Group is currently awaiting approval from the city to demolish the now-vacant house and build a four-story, mixed-use development. But if we look behind its 1950’s siding, and comb the historical record, we discover that the house is not, as it might first appear, an outdated structure. Rather, the house represents a significant period of time in the development of Jamaica Plain, and of Green Street in particular. 197 Green Street is likely the last remaining building on the east end of Green Street that was built at the start of the neighborhood’s transition from a rural landscape of farms and country estates to both a suburb for commuters and a home for middle-class residents who also worked locally.

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City Realty Proposes Building 4-Story, 23-Unit Building on Green Street

Developer City Realty is proposing combining two lots into one at 197-201 Green St., razing a vacant professionally-graffitied house and constructing a 4-story mixed-use building. City Realty's proposal is two combine two lots into one and construct the building, which would be rental residential units, include one retail space and six off-street parking spaces. The current proposed unit breakdown is for: 4 studios, 4 live/artist work units, 12 1-bed units, and 3 2-bed units. A City Realty rep said the current plan is to make the live/artist work units into affordable Inclusionary Development Policy units, but that will be determined by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). One lot at 197 Green Street has the "Little House on Green Street," which was professionally graffitied by local artists.

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New Restaurant: Evergreen Eatery + Cafe Open for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

The Evergreen Eatery + Cafe recently opened by the Green Street T station, adding another good option in Jamaica Plain for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee and more. "My wife and I, also my brother’s family live on Sigourney Street three minutes away from the Eatery. I always felt the need for an establishment for our neighborhood to assemble and enjoy coffee, pastries and comfort foods," said owner Phil Paik to Jamaica Plain News. Paik is also not new to the Jamaica Plain restaurant scene as he is the longtime owner of the popular JP Seafood Cafe on Centre Street. There are two sections to the restaurant.

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JP Historical Society Launches Walking Neighborhood Tour Series

Twenty-three years ago the then president of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Rhea Becker, had an idea. Why not conduct a series of walking tours during the summer months as a way to highlight the rich history of JP for people? The JPHS has been conducting historic walking tours of Jamaica Plain tours ever since. From the four tours that debuted on the schedule in 1995, the offerings have now expanded to include seven different tours. Each tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

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