Fun Facts about Boston

BEANTOWN ISN’T BOSTON’S ONLY NICKNAME. IT'S ALSO CALLED THE CRADLE OF LIBERTY. HERE ARE SOME MORE FUN FACTS.


1. Green Monster was blue before

One of the most recognized features in baseball today is the 37,2 feet (11.3 m) high left-field wall at Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team. The wall is 310 feet from home plate and is a popular target for right-handed hitters. Its popular nickname is the 'Green Monster'. However, it was originally blue. You can even be seated on top of the monster to watch a game!

2. The tallest building in New England is also the site of the world record for catching grapes

In 1988, Paul Tavilla gulped a grape dropped from 788 feet (240 m). In 1973, during construction, some of the 10,344 reflective-glass panels detached and crashed to the sidewalk. Don't worry, the faulty windows have been replaced since then. In 2009, in a foreclose sale, the scyscraper achieved about half the price the former owner, Broadway Partners, had paid. The company had been unable to repay the loans it took to buy the building only three years before.

3. Expensive Tea Party

In 1773, American colonists dumped 342 chests with more than 90,000 lbs (45 tons) of British tea into the Boston harbor, which took them nearly three hours. It was a political protest against the British Tea Act, which gave the East India Company a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. Bostonians referred to the protest as “the destruction of the tea.” The earliest newspaper reference to the “Boston Tea Party” doesn’t appear until 1826. almost a half-century later.

4. No Ticket for Red Sox Game?

The Bleacher Bar not only offers great food and drink, but an unbelievable baseball viewing experience. With a window that looks directly through centerfield and into the Fenway Park. You have to arrive early before the game starts to get a seat at one of the tables by the window.

5. In 1634, each household in the Boston colony paid a minimum of six shillings to create the oldest Public Park in the US

Boston Common was once used as cow pasture land by Puritan settlers. Visitors can see the burial sites of some of history’s most interesting figures. The Common began to emerge as a true city park in the 1830s. It has hosted Judy Garland in concert, which drew more than 100,000 people, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II who both made speeches there. It also is the starting point of Freedom Trail Tour.

6. How did Boston get the odd title 'Beantown'?

This hasn’t stopped historians from speculating. In the late 1600s, the area was known for a very different product: rum. Molasses, a key ingredient of rum, also served another culinary function: Colonists started putting it in their baked beans, a dish from the American native roots, which was traditionally made with maple syrup instead. The new preparation method spread like wildfire in the greater Boston area. Eventually —according to legend — sailors and merchants began calling the city “Bean Town.”

7. No Happy Hour in Boston

Happy hour, drinking games and free beer are banned under Massachusetts law. This legislation stems from past alcohol-related incidents. In 1984, then-governor Michael Dukakis signed a bill to outlaw happy hour discounts after a young woman was killed in a drunk driving accident. The woman had taken part in a drinking game at a bar in Boston.

8. The T: Boston's Subway

Boston features the first-ever subway in America in 1897. It is known as the "T", which is short for MBTA, or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The 'T' is also the third subway in the world to use electric traction. On its opening day, 240 passengers piled up in a subway system designed to accommodate 45 people. Today, Boston's subway carries 1.3 million passengers per day on average. It's easy to get around the city with the subway. Try it out and download the App, 'Boston T', to receive the map.

9. The Hub - Another Nickname

One of Boston's other nicknames, the 'Hub' or the 'Hub of the Universe', comes from a statement by Oliver Wendell that Boston, was "the hub of the solar system." Although the comment was meant as a slight, Boston adopted the nickname and even established a plaque in a downtown sidewalk that commemorates the exact center of the universe. Holmes was referring to the Boston State-House which stands atop Beacon Hill, and for nearly one hundred years dominated the landscape of the city.

10. First American Lighthouse

'Boston Light' dates back to 1716 and was built on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor. A tonnage tax of 1 penny per ton on all vessels, except coasters, moving in or out of Boston Harbor, had to be paid for maintaining the light. The current lighthouse dating from 1783 is the second oldest working one in the United States.