News May 20, 2024

Hacin + Heard | Spring 2024

Hacin + Heard | Spring 2024

We’re celebrating warmer weather and the upcoming long weekend with a springtime edition of #hacinandheard, our team’s roundup of current culture favorites in New England and beyond! Inspired by recent travel, books read, shows watched, and restaurants experienced, we’re excited to share with you what we’re presently enjoying this season.


A short train ride away from the hustle and bustle of Milan, Turin is a remarkable city known for some of the world’s best food, arcaded streets, and extraordinary museums. My favorite is Italy’s National Cinema Museum, located in the domed Mole Antonelliana, once the tallest brick structure in Europe with remarkable spaces that lend themselves exceptionally well to presenting varied and engaging exhibits about all aspects of filmmaking. From Hollywood to the Italian masters, horror to documentary, poster art and costumes, allow a couple of hours to take it all in. A vertiginous elevator takes visitors up the center of the space to a viewing platform offering incredible views of the city and the snow-capped Alps beyond. [David Hacin]

Garden in the Woods in Framingham is a beautiful trail with different types of paths to walk through a botanic garden that was planted with all New England native plants. I recently went by myself and it felt nice to walk the beautiful nature paths and it’s also a great spot to go with a partner or with family and kids. A highlight was the little ponds with turtles sunning themselves! The entire property is maintained by the Native Plant Trust. [Dorothy Deák]

We recently had the opportunity to stay at the TWA Hotel, a reimagined terminal at JFK Airport converted into a 512-room hotel with sweeping views of runways, a rooftop pool, and a 1950s airplane that’s been transformed into a cocktail lounge. If you’re hoping to turn a long layover into a memorable experience, this is absolutely the spot for you! [Jennifer Clapp + Christine Rankin]

Thursdays on the Lawn is a beloved Jamaica Plain tradition, with gardens and grass for picnicking, a beer garden for unwinding, food trucks for dining, and lots of space to play. Free and open to all, Thursdays on the Lawn takes place weekly from 3:30 pm til dusk on the grounds of the Loring Greenough House. [Matthew Arnold]

Powisset Farm in Dover is a working farm, conserved by the Trustees of Reservation. You can visit the farm animals or walk a fabulous trail that connects to the 1,200 acre Hale reservation. The trail meanders through oak woods, wetlands, and across a hay field. It’s a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours wandering and exploring in a peaceful setting. [Jenny O’Neil]


Lost and Found, a book based on the celebrated portrait series by Boston photographer Michael Joseph, captures moments in the lives of youth that have abandoned their homes to travel the country by freight train hopping or hitchhiking. The immediate roughness of their facades acts like an armor that quickly disappears through Joseph’s lens to reveal a much softer and relatable side. You’ll find a moving and raw side of humanity that speaks to our common need for connection, kindness, and love. [Eduardo Serrate]

To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink explores the notion that selling is inherently part of human interaction, whether we realize it or not. When it comes to architects and design professionals, this concept holds true in many of our daily interactions like pitching ideas and building relationships. I loved how the book explored the various forms of selling everyone does, whether it’s selling ideas, expertise, or services. [Matthew Arnold]


Moëca is a new seafood restaurant in Cambridge, featuring global flavors and beautiful plates. They partner with small boat fishermen to responsibly source ingredients and have a beautiful space just outside of Harvard Square. [Dorothy Deák]

The South End-based Brick Street Bagels pops up at local restaurants and parks with glorious bagels and a cult following. Be sure to follow them on social media to stay clued into where you can find them popping up next! [Srishti Goyal]

Seamark Seafood and Cocktails, recently opened at Encore, features a delicious menu of New England’s timeless seafood dishes devised by chef Michael Schlow, along with an intimate 16-seat speakeasy with innovative cocktails and rare spirits. [Sophie Mailhot]


Starring Kristen Wiig, the new series Palm Royale on Apple TV follows a newcomer to 1960s Palm Beach high society, attempting to fit in and keep up with all of the latest fashions, causes, and parties. The series was described as “like living in a Slim Aarons photo” and the beautiful sets and costumes spare no detail. Tune in if you’re looking for poolside outfit inspo this summer! [Katie Dayton]

Alamo Drafthouse just opened a new location in the Seaport and it’s truly a unique movie-going experience! Staff members serve craft cocktails and creative dishes to your seat during showings of both popular Hollywood releases and independent and art house titles- there’s even a separate bar for post-movie drinks, as well. [Sophie Mailhot]

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