GrubStreet's New Home
About GrubStreet's New Home:
GrubStreet's new space will feature expanded classrooms for teens and adults, community space to read and write, a bookstore run by our friends at Porter Square Books, a cafe, a podcast studio, and a stage for the literary arts with cabaret seating. Located on the southeast side of the 50 Liberty Drive building, facing the Marina and the ICA, our new space is three times as large as our former home, offers full ADA-accessibility (including hearing assistance technology in the classrooms), and will allow us to offer expanded literary programs for writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds. Writers will be able to choose from more classes and readers will enjoy a top-notch bookstore. The new center will give Boston a lasting home for storytelling and the literary arts, where everyone can have a chance to speak and be heard.
Though we're not able to host a full schedule of in-person classes and events this fall due to the evolving nature of Covid-19, we're excited to begin offering very limited in-person seminars, open houses, and free writing sessions on the second floor at our new space in the Seaport beginning in October 2021.
Our plan is to gradually ramp back up to a robust slate of in-person courses in the winter and spring of 2022 — though, of course, this is subject to change based on health and safety guidelines. For the time being, all other GrubStreet programs will remain remote unless otherwise noted in the coming months. For anyone not yet ready or unable to join us in-person, we'll continue to offer online classes and events.
For GrubStreet members, we're currently working on creating open houses and other ways for you to both visit the space and use our new community lounge and classrooms to get some writing done. So stay tuned! We'll be sharing updates with members very soon.
In the meantime, check below for more info and learn about how you can connect with GrubStreet both in-person and online in fall 2021.
Limited In-Person Seminars & Events Fall 2021:
We’ve been waiting a long time to begin welcoming the GrubStreet community into our new home! Though we’re still completing parts of the space (see our cafe update below!) and working hard to get it fully launched and activated in 2022, we're opening our doors for a few limited Seaport seminars and events this fall to test out our new digs and find our sea legs (ba dum tsh). If you’re interested in joining us in-person, check out our list of upcoming in-person offerings.
Vaccine & Mask Policy:
In order to keep our community safe, proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will be required for everyone visiting the second floor to attend in-person classes and events. In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will be required at all times while inside the building, whether you’re on the first or second floor. Learn more about our vaccine and mask policy.
Direction, Parking, Public Transportation:
Our new center is located on the southeast side of the 50 Liberty Drive building, facing the Marina and the ICA. There are several parking garages located in the Seaport neighborhood that can be used. And if you’re taking public transportation, GrubStreet’s center is a 4-minute walk from the Silver Line Courthouse stop and a 14-minute walk from South Station. Learn more about traveling to the space.
Have No Fear! Zoom's Still Here:
We’re also excited to share that we’ll keep on Zooming. We have a full schedule of Zoom and Online classes available for you this fall. And even as we ramp back up to a robust in-person slate of course offerings, Zoom classes and events will be an important part of the general mix of GrubStreet offerings moving forward.
Porter Square Books: Boston Edition Opening in October:
Our friends at Porter Square Books are busy shelving books, getting ready to open officially in October. This fall, they plan on being open seven days a week from 10am - 6pm. We’ll send an announcement to the whole community once we get closer to the official opening date with more details.
GrubStreet Cafe Coming Soon:
We’re still in the midst of building our new café, too! The plan is to serve delicious coffee and espresso, simple breakfast and lunch items, yummy snacks, and (pending approval of our alcohol license — fingers crossed) beer and wine. We’re hoping the café will be ready in winter 2022. Stay tuned for more updates about the café in the coming months.
Want to help support GrubStreet’s new home? To learn more or support, please visit our Campaign for the new GrubStreet page or email Kat Read at [email protected]. When you make a gift to the campaign, your name will be included on a beautiful mural recognizing the hundreds of GrubStreet contributors to the new center!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected].