Many people were stranded at Logan Airport in Boston this weekend due to Boston being in the path of Hurricane Irene. The worst of this is over, and flights at Logan Airport have resumed, and hopefully most people are on their way. However, if people have a flight into more severely affected areas of Hurricane Irene, they may still be stranded. Thanks to Hurricane Irene, they may be sick of being stuck at Logan Airport and vow never to fly again! But alas, people have the internet and social media! They can look up anything that is close by or at least get somewhere by cab or shuttle if it is not in walking distance or if the weather is too bad. It may not always be economic to jump in a cab or feasible to take a shuttle into Boston to do touristy things. And besides, who really wants to walk along the Boston’s Freedom Trail while it’s blowing snow or a hurricane anyways? But here are some things people can do if they are ever stranded at Logan Airport again, and want to venture out into surrounding areas without leaving the blue line.
1. Sick of overpriced, greasy, airport food? Eat some local, Italian food from an East Boston Italian restaurant. Mario’s on Chelsea Street in East Boston is an Italian restaurant that is frequented by locals. They have lunch specials, and the ingredients are homemade. Today, for example, their special was lasagna, and it was some of the best. The pasta was well cooked, and the sauce was not overpowering with tomatoes. With the special came a simple salad that was a good appetizer. They also serve an Italian beer, Moretti, which is pretty tasty also. The staff is awesome. They are friendly and excited to have their guests, and they are very enthusiastic about their food and business. It is neat to actually hear them speak Italian in the dining room and to hear Italian music playing in the speakers from time to time. This place is definitely a hidden gem in East Boston!
2. There is always Revere Beach. Yes, there was a hurricane over the weekend. And a cab would have had to be taken on the day Hurricane Irene graced Boston with her presence. But the day before, it was neat to go to the beach, and it was quiet there too. There was also restaurants across the street that were open there too such as Nick’s Pizza (Pepperoni pizza is amazing here!), and there was an ice cream place open too. The bars there were open too.
3. If the credit card isn’t maxed out yet and the wallet is not dry, go shopping in Downtown Crossing. Borders, at the time of this writing, is having a going out of business sale. People can hardly go wrong with a bunch of sale signs in the windows. There are two department stores, various little shops, and a few street vendors there. The food trucks in this area are good for cheap food. Look at the Irish Famine Memorial when walking around Downtown Crossing. It is not a huge exhibit, but at least do that while in the area.
4. Check out the Boston skyline. There is a gorgeous view right outside Maverick Station in East Boston off of Sumner Street. If one walks down that street, there will be a park to the right. The view of the skyline is there, and it makes for some great pictures, especially at sunset. Please note, however, that this area is only safe in groups at night. During the day, it is risky, but the chances are better for innocent people than at night. It is truly sad that East Boston is not what it used to be, at least from what people who grew up there say.
5. Bremen Park is right outside of the inbound entrance of the blue line. If people travel with kids, this might be a good thing. There is plenty of room for them to run around (as opposed to them running in the airport), and on a nice day, there is a little fountain for them to splash around in.
6. When in doubt, use social media and get to know locals who may be able to recommend something too. Obviously, there is Facebook and Twitter. But on mobile devices, there are other social media applications such as Loopt and MyYearbook that help to find people nearby. Even if one does not go out of the airport, at least he will have found someone new to talk to besides other frustrated passengers and annoying TSA agents.
This may be too late to help anyone affected by the wrath of Hurricane Irene. But the world will not end tomorrow, and neither will unavoidable delays in travel, especially for frequent travellers. So this hopefully will help someone in the future!