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The NYLON Guide To Boston

Culture

What to do, what to eat, where to shop

I have a confession. When people ask me where I’m from, I usually tell them I grew up in Boston but felt like a New Yorker living in exile. I always loved the quaint historic streets and liberal intellectual outlook, but in some ways, Boston felt provincial and preppy, full of people wearing Red Sox caps and polos or awkward nerds I went to high school with. But now that more than 10 years have passed since I moved away, the city seems different—more savvy and cosmopolitan. Those so-called nerds are on their way to curing cancer or engineering robots. Innovative chefs are opening hip new restaurants and bars. Entire neighborhoods are changing, in some cases literally springing up where before there were vast expanses of empty parking lots.

Of course, you can still find the old Boston of Paul Revere and the Founding Fathers. Historic enclaves like Beacon Hill and the North End retain their charm, and the Boston Tea Party is a nice reminder that the city has always had a rebellious streak. But while in the past, glass-walled skyscrapers like the John Hancock Building and the Prudential Center seemed at odds with the stately brownstones of the Back Bay, the city now seems keener to integrate the past with the present. Wander around Fort Point, and you’ll find contemporary art galleries and boutiques in redeveloped warehouses and factories. You can sleep in a former jail reborn as a swanky hotel and dine in a century-old restaurant revamped for the Instagram age. We’ve compiled this handy guide to help you find the best of the new Boston and some of the old.

Photograph courtesy of The Envoy Hotel.

Where to Stay
The Liberty Hotel:
It used to be a punishment to sleep here, but now visitors to Beantown pay top dollar for the privilege of staying in the former Charles Street Jail, a member of the Luxury Collection. The hotel’s design incorporates cheeky references to its notorious past, including the original catwalks overlooking the lobby and mug shots of celebs like Lindsey Lohan adorning the bar. Unlike the inmates, you can actually appreciate the prime location in Beacon Hill. 

The Envoy Hotel: Opened a couple of years ago, the Envoy—a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection—brought sleek style and a perfectly positioned rooftop bar to the rapidly developing Seaport. Rooms and suites feature high-tech touches, Netflix streaming, and quirky décor, like TVs perched on bicycle wheels and maps of Boston etched onto glass room dividers.

Verb: This also relatively new hotel is located right by Boston's iconic Fenway Park. Inspired in equal parts by rock 'n' roll music scene and Palm Springs of decades past, this quirky sleeper features an outdoor pool, in-room record players, and retro music posters and album art decor adorning the walls. Attached you'll also find Hojoko, an Izakaya-style restaurant that serves late-night ramen and Japanese-inspired tiki drinks, which, I don't know about you, but, for me, is a major draw to stay here. Irina Grechko

Nine Zero: In addition to offering some of the best views of the Boston Common park and gold-domed Boston State House, this boutique hotel played host to celebrities like Lady Gaga. We love it for its health-oriented amenities like free bikes, yoga mats in every room, and in-room spa services that range from a calming massage to body treatments. —IG

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.

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FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.

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