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CAMBRIDGE: AN OVERVIEW
The city of Cambridge is located in the southeast Middlesex County across the Charles River from the City of Boston. Cambridge is bordered by the towns of Watertown and Belmont on the West, the towns of Arlington and Somerville on the North, and occupies a land area of 6.26 square miles. According to the U.S. Bureau of Census, the City's estimated population in 2012 was approximately 106,471.
Cambridge, first settled in 1630 by a group from the Massachusetts Bay Company, Originally it was called Newtowne. It was incorporated as a Town in 1636 and became a City in 1846.
(Source: "The Cambridge Book, "a special supplement to the September 9, 1993 Cambridge Chronicle)
Cambridge is a city full of international flair and youthful vitality. It is also the birthplace of higher education in the United States. Countless examples of distinctive architecture abound.
Historic sites offer a perspective from other times, amidst a contemporary society that is rich in its mixture of cultures.
There are museums, theatres and music, many bookstores, cafes and over 200 restaurants with more than 20 types of cuisines
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, 859 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA. 02139, Phone: 617-876-4100
Cambridge Office of Tourism, 18 Brattle Street, Suite 352, Cambridge MA. 02138 617-441-2884
(Source: Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 1995 Member Directory and Buyer's Guide.)
PLACES OF INTERESTThe Streets Of Cambridge
A bit of curiosity, a sense of adventure and comfortable walking shoes are all you need to enjoy the international city of Cambridge. Explore the resources of world renowned educational institutions and museums that satisfy the most varied interests. Countless examples of distinctive architecture abound. Historic sights offer perspective from other times amidst a contemporary society that is rich in its mix of cultures. Shops of every type invite you to browse and to buy. Here are just a few of the highlights.
Cambridge Common - Mass Ave. and Garden Street
For nearly 350 years, this was the site of historic events -- political, religious and social. Freedom of speech was declared here in 1637; freedom of religion in 1740. On this site, George Washington took command of the First Continental Army in 1775.
Christ Church - Zero Garden St. 617-876-0200
This is the oldest church in the city and housed the first non-Puritan congregation.
First Church - 11 Garden St. 617-547-2724
Built in 1872, the church houses one of the city's oldest congregations.
Fort Washington Waverly Street
In 1855, this fort, built to protect the Continental Forces in Cambridge during the siege of Boston, was turned into a city park.
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House - 159 Brattle St. 617- 547-4252
Built circa 1685, the original rooms of this house are the oldest in Cambridge. The house serves as the headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society.
Longfellow National Historic Site - 105 Brattle St. 617-876-4491
Built in 1759, this home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sits on what was once called Tory Row (present day Brattle Street).
Old Burying Ground - Zero Garden St.
The oldest cemetery in Massachusetts, interred here are eight presidents of Harvard, two black patriot soldiers of the American Revolution and many colonial settlers.
THE BLACKSMITH HOUSE - 56 Brattle St. 617-876-2725
Longfellow's Village Smithy made this historic building famous. Currently the site of the Cambridge center for Adult Education and the Blacksmith House Bakery and Cafe.
Information Office, Holyoke Center, Phone: 617-495-1573
There is always a live performance at Harvard, whether it is classical, folk, jazz, dance, theater or poetry readings. The Hasty Pudding Club is well known, of course, but the individual houses also offer drama productions. Concerts are given everywhere, from the houses of Sanders Theater in Historic Memorial Hall and The Music Department's own Paine Hall 617- 495-2791. Harvard's Gilbert and Sullivan shows in the Agassiz Theater (Radcliffe) are a time-honored tradition.
Longy School Of Music of Bard College - 1 Follen St., Phone: 617-876-0596, www.longy.edu
Over 200 concerts are performed yearly, often free, by the Longy Artists Ensemble, Longy Faculty Artists Series, Meliora Quartet, and internationally renowned guest artists in Longy's Pickman Hall at 24 Garden Street.
Mt. Auburn Cemetery - 580 Mount Auburn St. 617-547-7105
Founded in 1831, this is the oldest rural garden cemetery in the country, in which such notables as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Mary Baker Eddy are buried.
In Harvard Square. Originally the yard of a farm house, the "Yard" remains the center of Harvard University's campus. Eighteenth-century buildings include Massachusetts Hall, Hollis Hall, and Holden Chapel. A statue of John Harvard sits in front of University Hall designed by Charles Bullfinch. The Widener Library is one of the largest university libraries in the world with more than eight million books.
The Ray and Maria Stata center (or just known as The Stata center) – 32 Vassar Street.
This award winning academic complex was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry in 2004, for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The style of the building has been compared to the German Expressionists of the 1920’s.
GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICESCity Of Cambridge
County Of Middlesex
795 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
City Hall Ordinances
Size of Town: 6.5 square miles
People per square mile: 15,328.3
Cambridge Finance Dep't (Excise, Real Estate Tax)
Cambridge Assessing Department
2013 Tax Rate
- Residential: $8.66 per thousand per $1,000 of assessed value
- Residential Exemption: $202,699 per $1,000
- Commercial: $21.50 per $1,000
- 2012: 106,471
- Normal Temperature In January 28.6°
- Normal Temperature In July 73.5° F
- Normal Annual Precipitation 41.5"
Type of Government: City Council
Voter Registration Information:
Address: 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge, MA 02141.
Fire Department Address: 491 Broadway
Fire Department Emergency: 617-876-5800
Cambridge Emergency Management: 617-498-1590
- Curbside Trash Pickup: YES
- Recycling Program in effect: 617-349-4800
- Public Dump: NO
- Cambridge Post Office: 800-275-8777
- Registry of Motor Vehicles in city: 866-627-7768, www.state.ma.us/rmv
- Cambridge Parking Violation Bureau: 617-349-4705
- Moving Van Permits: 617-349-4700, www.cambridgema.com
HospitalsCambridge Hospital: 617-498-1000
Harvard University Health Services: 617-495-5711
Mount Auburn Hospital: 617-492-3500
Sancta Maria Hospital: 617-868-2200
Youville Hospital & Rehabilitation center: 617-876-4344
Clinics, Centers & HMO'sBay State Health Care: 617-868-7000
Cambridge Hospital Clinic: 617-498-1098
Harvard Community Health Plan: 617-661-5500
Health Stop: 617-576-0985
Martin Luther King Neighborhood Health center: 617-498-1115
Cambridge Public Library
Main Branch: 359 Broadway
Daily Newspaper Publications
- The Boston Globe
- The Boston Herald
Weekly Newspaper Publications
- Cambridge Chronicle
- Cambridge Tab
- The Boston Phoenix
Cable Television Service Co.
Comcast Cable Television (888) 633-4266
Comcast Cable (Internet) 888-COMCAST (266-2278) www.comcast.com
- NSTAR Electric & NSTAR Gas 800-592-2000, www.nstaronline.com
- Verizon Telephone 800-870-9999, www.verizon.com
- Verizon Repairs 617-555-1611
- Verizon DSL (Internet) 888-587-7333, www.verizon.com
- Cambridge Water & Sewer 617-349-4770, www.cambridgema.gov/~water
- Cambridge Public Works 617-349-4800, www.cambridgema.gov/theworks
- Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) Channels 9, 10 and 22 617-661-6900, www.cctvcambridge.org
- Cambridge Municipal Television - Channel 8
SCHOOLSThe University City – An Overview
Harvard, America's oldest university, was established in 1636 six years after the city itself was founded. Cambridge is also home of Radcliffe College (now part of Harvard University), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lesley University, Cambridge College and The Longy School of Music of Bard College. Nearly one-fourth of its residents are students - 20,000 arrive here annually -- and over one in six of all jobs in the city are in these institutions.
The city of Cambridge has 12 elementary schools and 1 public high school serving approximately 6,750 students.
Child Care And Preschool
The Department of Human Service Programs Childcare Division manages for Preschool Childcare Programs for children ages 2.9-5 years (not yet in kindergarten) and eight School-Age Childcare Programs for children in kindergarten through 6th grades. Group sizes range from 16 in Preschool to 26 in School-Age. Programs are located either in the elementary school or in a nearby facility. Enrollment is ongoing. Many Programs have wait lists: families are encouraged to seek enrollment well in advance of the anticipated start date.
For further information contact Theresa Murdock, Childcare Registrar at - 617-349-6254, or stop by the offices at 51 Inman Street, Cambridge. All Programs are licensed through the Office for Children.
Pre-School Program Information
Full Year Pre-Schools:
The King & Longfellow Preschool Programs are yearlong, full-day programs open during the summer to serve families. New families may also begin children in the summer. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the year.
Location: 850 Cambridge Street
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 158 Spring Street
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sept - June Pre-Schools:
The Haggerty Preschool Programs are school-year half-day programs. Parents have the option of enrolling for 2, 3 or 5 mornings per week. Enrollment is on going; families may apply for fall enrollment at any time during the year.
Location: 70R Rindge Avenue
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. School|
Location: 100 Putnam Ave.
Evergreen Day School|
Location: 799 Concord Ave
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Licensed Child Care Centers
Episcopal Divinity School Day Care: 617-547-3435
Garden Cooperative Nursery School: 617-354-4229
Harvard Yard Child Care center: 617-547-3432
Longfellow Community Preschool: 617-354-8716
Mulberry Child Care center: 617-354-4945
North Cambridge Children's center: 617-876-0503
Technology Children's center: 617-253-5907
- Kindergarten & Elementary 5,587
- Junior High - Middle School - Senior High School 2,123
Per Pupil Expenditure
- Kindergarten $6,056
- Elementary $7,131
- Junior High Middle School $7,131
- Senior High School $9,106
School Registration Call 617-349-6400 OR 617-349-6550
School Closing Call 617-349-6513
Baldwin School Grades K-8 617-349-6525 www.cpsd.us/baldwin
Cambridgeport School Grades K-6 617-349-6587 www.cpsd.us/cambridgeport
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grades K-8 617-349-6562, www.cpsd.us/mlk
Kennedy/Longfellow School Grades Pre-8 617-349-6875, www.cpsd.us/kennlong
King Open School Grades K-8 617-349-6540, www.cpsd.us/kingopen
Fletcher School Grades K-8 617-349-6588, www.cpsd.us/FMA
Graham & Parks Alternative Grades K-8 617-349-6577, www.cpsd.us/g&p
Haggerty School Grades K-6 617-349-6555, www.cpsd.us/haggerty
Morse School Grades K-8 617-349-6575, www.cpsd.us/morse
Peabody School Grades K-8 617-349-6530, www.cpsd.us/peabody
John M. Tobin School Grades K-8 617-349-6600, www.cpsd.us/tobin
Elementary Alternative Programs
The Intensive Studies Program Grades 6, 7, 8: 617-349-6875
The School of the Future Grades K-6 617-349-6609
AMIGOS Grades K-6 617-349-6588, www.cpsd.us/amigos
Follow Through Magnet Program Grades K-6 617-349-6648
The Academy Grades 9 617-349-6661
The Pilot School Grades 9 617-349-6674
The Fundamental School Grades 9-12 617-349-6680
The Rindge School of Technical Arts Grades 9-12 617-349-6752
Matignon High School (Private) One Matignon Road - 617-876-1212 www.matignon-hs.org
Colleges & Universities
- Cambridge College - 617-868-1000 - www.cambridgecollege.edu
- Episcopal Divinity School - 617-497-0614 - www.eds.edu
- Harvard University - 617-495-1000 - www.harvard.edu
- Lesley University - 617-349-8300 - www.lesley.edu
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 617.253.1000 - www.mit.edu
- Longy School of Music of Bard College - 617-876-0956 - www.longy.edu
Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard University was named after it’s first benefactor, John Harvard. Originally, the college primarily trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Following the Civil War, Harvard’s President, Charles W. Eliot transformed the college into a centralized research university. The undergraduate college became coeducational in 1977. It has 11 separate academic units, with campuses throughout the Cambridge and Boston area. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) –
Founded in 1861, by the scientist William Barton Rogers, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a charter for the incorporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Boston Society of Natural History. The first MIT building was completed in Boston in 1866 and was known as "Boston Tech", until the campus moved across the Charles River to Cambridge in 1916.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranks among the best universities in the world. It consists of 5 schools and 1 college. MIT is committed to providing all of its’ students with a strong scientific, technical and humanistic education.
Lesley University –
Lesley University is a private university, established in 1909 by Edith Lesley. It was originally known as The Lesley School, with campuses in Cambridge and Boston. It’s original focus was on early childhood education. It had been a woman’s institution of learning until 1941. It has since become coeducational and was renamed, first Lesley College and in 2001, Lesley University. It has expanded to provide majors in the fields of education, counseling, art therapy and management.
Cambridge College –
Cambridge College is a private, non-profit college established in 1971 and specializes in adult education. It grants bachelor’s degrees in human services, psychology and health care management. It also operates satellite schools in Lawrence and Springfield Massachusetts and in Georgia, California, Virginia, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
The Longy School of Music –
The Longy School of Music of Bard College was founded in 1915, by George Longy, a French-born oboist, who joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1898. Originally located in Boston, the school moved to Cambridge in 1930.
The school is one of 4 independent degree granting music schools in the Boston area. It also serves as a community music school, with classes for children and non-professional adult musicians.
For further school district information contact:
Information & Outreach Services
Department of Education
350 Main Street
Association of Independent Schools of New England
Cambridge center for Adult Education
42 and 56 Brattle Street
Offers a wide range of courses from computer skills and watercolor to gardening and walking tours.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, www.artmuseums.harvard.edu
485 Broadway St. Cambridge 02138
617-496-9400. Ancient, Oriental, and Islamic art.
Fogg Art Museum/Busch-Reisinger Museum www.artmuseums.harvard.edu
32 Quincy St. Cambridge 02138; 617-495-9400
One of the most extensive university art collections in the world. (Fogg Art Museum is currently closed for renovations)
Harvard Museums of Natural History: www.hmnh.harvard.edu
26 Oxford St., Harvard University, Cambridge 617-495-3045. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5p.m., Sun 1-5p.m. $7.50, seniors and students $6 ages 3-13 $5; free Sat 9a.m.-noon. Four museum complex: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Botanical Museum Mineralogical Geological Museum. "Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants"; Romer Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology; Great Mammal Hall; "Encounters with the Americas"; The Hall of the North American Indian.
Various Cambridge locations. Women's Studies Program Room 14E-316, 77 Mass. Ave. - 617-253-8848. Dean's Gallery Sloan School of Management, E52-466, 50 Memorial Dr. - 617-253-9455. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Walk Gallery Building 7, 3rd fl., 77 Mass. Ave. - 617-258-9106. List Visual Arts center. 20 Ames St. - 617-253-4680 Tues-Thurs., noon-6 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.;Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.
MIT List Visual Arts center, web.mit.edu.vac
20 Ames Street, Cambridge 02138 617-253-4680. Three Galleries; contemporary art, works in progress or unconventional exhibitions and sculpture gallery.
MIT Museum, http://web.mitmuseum.edu
Galleries at 77 and 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-4444 Tues-Fri 10a.m-5p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5p.m. Closed major holidays. $5, students, seniors and under 12 $2. In Hart Galleries, 77 Mass. Ave. Building 5, first floor. Daily 9 a.m.-5p.m. Closed holidays. Free. Compton Gallery, 77 Mass. Ave.: Mon-Fri 9a.m.-5p.m. Free.
Museum of Science, www.mos.org
Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500 for general information; 617-589-0417 TTY line Sat-Thurs 9a.m.-5p.m., Fri 9a.m.-9p.m. Exhibit halls $15, seniors $13, children 3-11 $12. Planetarium, Omni Theater $7.50 Films projected on four story screen.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, www.mos.org
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge. 617-496-1027
Semitic Museum, http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic
Harvard University, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge,. 617-495-4631. Mon through Fri 10 a.m. - 4p.m. Sun 1-4p.m. Free. Ongoing: "The Pyramids and the Sphinx: 100 Years of American Archaeology at Giza," collection of artifacts, photographs and video.
Cambridge Art Association
25 R Lowell St. - 617-876-0246 www.cambridgeart.org Tues-Sat., ll a.m.-5 p.m. 124 Mt Auburn Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-l p.m. Two galleries will feature the work of member artists in about 20 shows a year. Sales and rental program, workshops, and adult and children's classes. Artists and Friend members receive invitation to shows, events and a newsletter.
Cambridge Arts Council Gallery
344 Broadway 617-349-4380. www.cambridgema.gov/~CAC
Cambridge Historical Commission
Cambridge Historical Society, http://www.cambridgehistory.org, - 617-547-4252
Cambridge Multicultural Arts center
41 Second St. - 617-577-1400 www.cmacusa.org. Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-5p.m. A celebration of cultural diversity covering a broad spectrum of arts and humanities programs, and also housing a theater, two galleries and workshop space.
Chandler Street Gallery
20 Sacramento St. Cambridge - 617-349-6287. www.agassiz.org
Mon-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 12-5 p.m.
Maud Morgan Arts center
20 A Sacramento St. Cambridge – 617-349-6287 www.maudmorgan.com
Various Cambridge locations. Women's Studies Program Room 14E-316, 77 Mass. Ave. 617-253-8848. Dean's Gallery Sloan School of Management, E52-466, 50 Memorial Dr. 617-253-9455. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Walk Gallery Building 7, 3rd fl., 77 Mass. Ave. 617-258-9106. List Visual Arts center. 20 Ames St. 617-253-4680 Tues-Thurs., noon-6 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.;Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.
358 Huron Ave, Cambridge. 617-876-2109 www.mobilia-gallery.com
Out of the Blue Gallery
106 Prospect Street 617-354-5287 www.outofthebluegallery.com
Charles Hotel at Harvard Square
1 Bennett St. 617-864-1200 More than 50 original major realist works were commissioned from local artists of
national and international fame, the largest such acquisition program by an American hotel.
Royal Sonesta Hotel
5 Cambridge Parkway 617-491-3600. Several hundred art works here are part
of the Sonesta's worldwide collection of over 6000 pieces Contemporary paintings and sculptures are located in public areas and restaurants.
American Repertory Theater 64 Brattle St. 617-495-2668
The theater houses a professional repertory company which produces both classic and experimental works.
Back Alley Theater 1253 Cambridge St. 617-576-1253
New and experimental plays are performed.
Dance Collective 33 Richdale Ave. 617-576-2737
A professional modern dance company with both performance and educational programs.
New and experimental plays are performed at this new theatre.
Zero Arrow Theatre - 0 Arrow Theatre - 617-547-8300 www.amrep.org
New and experimental plays are performed at this new theatre.
Information Office: 7 Holyoke Center 617-495-1573
There is always a live performance at Harvard, whether it is classical, folk, jazz, dance, theater or poetry readings. The Hasty Pudding Club is well known, of course, but the individual houses also offer drama productions. Concerts are given everywhere from the houses of Sanders Theater in historic Memorial Hall and the Music Department's own Paine Hall (617-495-2791). Harvard Gilbert and Sullivan shows, in Agassiz Theater (Radcliffe), are a time honored tradition.
Longy School of Music of Bard College
1 Follen St. 617-876-0956, www.longy.edu
Over 200 concerts are performer yearly, often free, by the Longy Artists Ensemble, Longy Faculty Artists Series, Melior Quartet, and internationally renowned guest artist in Longy's Pickman Hall at 27 Garden Street, Cambridge.
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Call The MIT Arts Hotline - 617-253-ARTS
Kresge Auditorium, a splendid example of MIT's commitment to fine architecture, is the primary site of most live performances at the Institute. Besides a fine faculty orchestra, the auditorium hosts performances of every type from dance to native folk music and classical concerts. The Experimental Music Studio sponsors computer music concerts in the Experimental Medial Facility (Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St.). Small ensembles and soloists perform in Elizabeth Killian Hall at 160 Memorial Drive.
Sanders Theater Quincy And Cambridge Streets 617-496-2222
Sanctuary Theater - 400 Harvard Street 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
The New School Of Music - 25 Lowell St. 617-492-8105
Free concerts presented several times a month (year round) and feature the school's performing faculty and guests artists in solo and chamber music performances.
The Nora Theatre The Theatre at the Harvard Union. Corner of Quincy and Harvard Streets 617-495-4530.
The company presents its productions periodically throughout the year, and in the autumn, collaborates with Harvard College on a joint project involving Harvard students and Nora THEATRE Company artists. New scripts, pieces reflecting a feminine voice on human concerns and endeavors, and lesser-known, seldom produced plays are among the works the company has presented.
Cambridge Performance Project
51 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Cambridge Performance Project is entering its 12th year of providing after school dance and theater classes for children ages 5-14. Please check with individual schools for complete information.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
400 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(ages 5-7) and (ages 8-10): Haggerty School Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. and 4:15-5:15p.m.
Introduction To Shakespeare
(ages 10-14) Tobin School Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-5:30
Cambridge Youth Centers
Numerous extracurricular activities of young people between nine and nineteen. Contact Youth Program Manager at 617-349-6228
CAMBRIDGE NIGHT CLUBS
Johnny D's Music Club 17 Holland St Somerville, MA 02144 617-776-9667 Rock & Roll
Lizard Lounge 1667 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, Ma 02138 617-547-0759 The Middle East 472 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139 617-492-9181 Rock & Roll
Passim's 47 Palmer St. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-661-1513 FOLK
Regattabar Charles Hotel Harvard Sq. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-876-7777 Jazz
Ryles 212 Hampshire St. Cambridge, Ma 02139 617-876-9330 Jazz
Toad 1912 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140 617-497-4950
Scullers Jazz Club 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston 617-562-4111
Western Front 343 Western Ave. Cambridge MA 617-492-7772 Reggae
The Boston Globe Calendar, The Cambridge Chronicle, The Boston Phoenix, and the Cambridge TAB are reliable sources for performance listings. Cambridge Discovery also keeps performance notices.
SOURCE: The 1996 Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Members Guide.
EVENTS Head Of The Charles Regatta
Held in October, the Regatta is by far the largest and most colorful event held in Cambridge. The racing consists of 16 events (men's and women's) seven single, nine crew -- along a three mile course on the Charles River beginning at the Boston University Boathouse, (next to the Hyatt Regency) passing through Cambridge, ending at Herter Park on Soldiers Field Road, Boston. Over 4,500 male and female rowers, youth collegiate, master and veteran age groupings, representing more than 300 clubs colleges and universities worldwide; entries in the past have come from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Russia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, South America, Japan, Croatia and Canada. More than 250,000 spectators are expected, Best viewing spots Anderson Bridge (Harvard Sq.), Weeks Footbridge, and Eliot Bridge. Use the MBTA's Red Line to Harvard Square or Green Line to Boston University's stop. There is an exposition held at Magazine Beach, Cambridge and is Free and opened to the public. Free Shuttle buses along the course.
Regatta Headquarters: Cambridge Boat Club, Gerry's Landing Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA. Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 52 Cambridge, MA 02238
Phone - 617- 864-8415
Octoberfest: Held Columbus Day Weekend Harvard Square's annual autumn celebration featuring
food, German dancing, crafts, clothing, jugglers, kids rides, and a host of activities for the entire family. And of course BEER (non-alcoholic).
City Of Cambridge Road Race
The eleventh annual City of Cambridge Five Mile Roadrace will be held April 1997. This year's race will benefit the Department's Council on Aging. Please contact Paul Ryder for race details at 617-349-6230.
Cambridge E-Line: A web-based subscription service which includes Cambridge city news and information and a Cambridge events calendar link. To subscribe, visit the Cambridge city web site at www.cambridge.ma.gov and click on the Cambridge E-line logo.
- Cambridgeport Baptist 617-576-6779
- First Baptist 617-354-3062
- Metropolitan Baptist 617-868-3261
- Western Ave. Baptist 617-661-0433
- Blessed Sacrament 617-547-1669
- Immaculate Conception 617-547-1623
- Our Lady of Pity 617-547-3456
- St. Anthony 617-547-5593
- St. Paul 617-491-8400
- St. Johns 617-547-4880
- First Church 617-876-5829
- North Prospect United 617-547-1448
- Pilgrim Congregational 617-354-4385
- Christ Church 617-876-0200
- St. Bartholomew's 617-354-8582
- Grace United Methodist 617-864-1123
- Harvard Epworth United 617-354-0837
- St. Paul's AME 617-661-1110
- First Reformed Presbyterian 617-864-3185
- United Presbyterian 617-354-3151
- The First Church in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist617-876-7772
- Congregation Eits Chayim 617-495-2551
- Temple Beth Shalom 617-864-6388
- Islamic Society of Boston: 617-876-3546
Cambridge is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail, air, and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495 divide the region into inner and outer zones which are connected by numerous 'spokes" providing direct access to the airport. port and intermodal facilities of Boston.
Bikeways And Multiuse Paths
Although designated as bicycle facilities, bike paths such as the Minuteman Commuter Bike way and the Paul Dudley White Bike Path Serve a Variety of users: walkers, skaters, joggers, tricyclists, etc. The path around Fresh Pond is also a multiuse path.
Principal highways are State Routes 2, 2A, 16, and 38 and U.S. Route 3. The Massachusetts Turnpike runs just south of Cambridge and is easily accessible at the Allston-Brighton interchange.
Mileage To Major Cities
- BOSTON: 2
- PROVIDENCE: 40
- WORCESTER: 34
- SPRINGFIELD: 90
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) - 800-392-6100
. MBTA Passes
Monthly T Passes are available for the bus, subway, and commuter rail. The cost is equivalent to about 16 round-trip fares a month. T passes can be ordered by phone at 617-222-3200 and charge to MasterCard or Visa. An automatic renewal option is available. In Cambridge you can buy T passes at the Alewife T Station; Harvard Square T Station; One Kendall Square; and elsewhere.
Commuter rail service available at Porter Square (10 min. to Boston; no MBTA parking). MBTA Red Line service available at Kendall Square (4 min. to Park St.), Central Square, Harvard Square (11 min.), Porter Square, and Alewife (18 min. from Park Street; 2,209 MBTA parking spaces at Alewife). Green Line service available at Lechmere (8min. to Government center; 323 MBTA Parking spaces). One can also access the Blue Line via the Green and Orange lines and ride to Logan Airport. Exact change or a subway token is required. The subway costs $1.25. The Springfield Terminal Railway (508-663-1073) provides freight service.
TRANSPORTATION Bikes On The "T"
You can take your bike on the Red, Blue, and Orange lines after 8:00P PM on weekdays, on Saturdays before 8:30 AM AND after 8:00 PM, and all day on Sunday, with some exceptions and restrictions. You can also take your bike on the commuter rail - a neat way to bicycle in the country.
To take your bike on the "T" you need a photo ID permit, which costs $5 and is good for 4 years. Permits are available at the Downtown Crossing station from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:15 PM, Monday through Thursday. For more information, call the MBTA at
Bikeways And Trails
Cambridge is a member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) which provides fixed route bus service to neighboring communities. The MBTA also provides THE RIDE, a paratransit service for the elderly and disabled.
MBTA Cambridge Buses
Bus Routes 617-349-4604
(schedules issued quarterly)
All buses on the lines indicated by * are lift-equipped for wheelchairs. On other lines, lift-equipped buses can be arranged by calling
1-800-LIFT BUS by 1:00 the day before.
CT1 * Central Sq. - B.U.MEDICAL Ctr/ Boston City Hosp. via MIT CT2 * Kendall Sq.-Ruggles Sta. via Longwood Medical Area 1 * Harvard/Holyoke Gate-Dudley Sta. via Mass. Ave. 47 * Central Sq.-Albany St., Boston via Longwood &S. End Medical Areas & Dudley Sta. 62 * Bedford V.A. Hospital-Alewife Sta. via Lexington Ctr. & Arlington Hts.
64 Oak Sq. - Central Sq. or Kendall/M.I.T. via N. Beacon St.
66 * Harvard Sq. - Dudley Sta. via Allston & Brookline Village
67 Alewife Sta. - Turkey Hill via Arlington Ctr. 69 * Harvard/Holyoke Gate - Lechmere Sta. via Cambridge St.
70 * Cedarwood or Watertown - Central Sq. via Arsenal St & Western Ave
70A * North Waltham - Central Sq. via Waltham Ctr. & Watertown Sq.
71 Watertown Sq. - Harvard Sta. via Mt Auburn St. 72 Huron Ave. - Harvard Sta. via Concord Ave.
73 Waverly Sq. - Harvard Sta. via Trapelo Rd. 74 Belmont Ctr. - Harvard Sta. via Concord Ave. (incl. route 75 Huron Towers loop runs) 76 Hanscom Air Base - Alewife Sta. via Lexington Ctr. 77 * Arlington Hts - Harvard Sta. via Mass. Ave.
78 Arlmont Village - Harvard Sta. via Park Cir.
79 Arlington Hts. - Alewife Station via Mass. Ave.
80 Arlington Ctr. - Lechmere via Medford Hillside 83 * Rindge Ave. - Central Sq. via Porter Sq. Sta.
84 Arlmont Village - Alewife Sta. (rush hours only, use Route 78 other times)
85 Spring Hill - Kendall/M.I.T. Sta. via Summer St. & Union Sq.
86 * Sullivan Sq. Sta. (Orange Line,Charlestown) - Clevland Cir via Harvard/Johnston Gate
87 Arlington Ctr. or Clarendon Hill - Lechmere Sta via Somerville Ave. 88 Clarendon Hill - Lechmere via Highland Ave.
91 Sullivan Sq. (Orange Line, Charlestown) - Central Sq via Washinton Street
96 Medford Sq. - Harvard Sta. via George St. & Davis Sq.
350 * North Burlington - Alewife Sta. via Burlington Mall
AMTRACK 617-482-3660 OR 800-USA-RAIL www.amtrak.com
Departs from South Station only. Arrives at South Station and Back Bay Station.
Logan International Airport 800-235-6426
Hanscom Field 888-999-FARE www.shuttle.america.com
Cambridge is located on the Charles River, which is connected by a 14 -foot channel to Boston Inner Harbor. Boston docks and Logan International Airport are easily accessible, providing excellent shipping service by sea and air. Competitive truck lines connect the city to all parts of New England and points west and south.
Largest Recreational Sites And Activities
Fresh Pond Reservoir(320
Bicycling, football/soccer, general play, golf, hiking, picnicking, tennis.
Alewife Brook Reserve (123 acres)
Fresh water fishing, hiking, nature observing, walking/jogging.
Memorial Drive Parkway (49 acres)
Bicycling, boating non-motor, fresh water fishing, fresh water swimming, general play, hiking, ice skating, nature observing, pool swimming.
Magazine Beach (15 acres)
Boating non-motor, general play, nature observing, org-natural history picnicking, sightseeing, walking/jogging.
Magazine Beach Pool (12 acres)
Baseball/softball, bicycling, boating non-motor, football/soccer, fresh water fishing, hiking, motor boating, nature observing, organized events, other, team events, picnicking, pool swimming, sightseeing, walking/jogging.
Buckingham, Browne Nichols School (9 acres)
Danehy Park (50 acres)
Tot lots, bocce and horseshoe courts, picnic areas, soccer & softball fields. Permits are required for use of athletic fields.
OTHER PARKS AND FIELDS IN CAMBRIDGE
- Cambridge Common Fresh Pond Municipal Golf Course
- Cambridge High Front Park
- School/library Park
- Charles Park Hoyt Field
- Charles River Reservation JFK Memorial Park
- Corporal Burns Playground Linear Park
- Donnelly Field Lusitania Field
- Fort Washington Park Rindge Field
- Kingsley Park Riverside Press Park
- Lechmere Canal Park Russell Field
- Sennott Park
War Memorial Facility
1640 Cambridge ST
Contact: Donna Cameron, 617-349-6237
Complete program information is available in the fall brochure (war Memorial). You May pick up a copy at 51 Inman St., the Main Library or other city buildings. The following classes are offered; swim instruction for adults and children, gymnastics, tennis for adults and children, aquatic exercise, masters swim, and volleyball clinics. The children's program serves 18 mo. and up depending on the activity. All children's programs meet on Saturday.
Field Permits are available for Cambridge residents, organizations or companies for athletic use of Cambridge fields. Resident and organization fees for a two hour period. Contact: 617-349-6238
MAJOR SHOPPING MALLS
- Cambridgeside Galleria Mall
- Harvard Square
- Porter Square
HOTEL & LODGING
Best Western Hotel Tria|
200 Alewife Brook Parkway
At Fresh Pond in North Cambridge
Cambridge Center Marriott Hotel
The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
Holiday Inn Boston
Holiday Inn Express
Le Meridien Cambridge-M.I.T.|
20 Sidney Street
In University Park near M.I.T.
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
The Kendall Hotel
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
BED & BREAKFAST
A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge|
1657 Cambridge Street
Phone: 617-868-7082 or 800-232-9989
Just outside Harvard Square
Cambridge Bed and Muffin
A Cambridge House
Daniela's Bed & Breakfast
A Friendly Inn
One Remington Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
In Harvard Square
The Irving House at Harvard
Jean O'Hara Bed & Breakfast
The Mary Prentiss Inn B&B
Parkside on Ellery Street
SHORT TERM RENTALS
30 Lowell Street
Oakwood Corporate Housing
Residence Inn by Marriott - Cambridge|
6 Cambridge center