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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Street in Boston


3. What to Do

The Institute of Contemporary Art (left) exhibits street artist Swoon's work through December 30; an outdoor fountain on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway (right).  

Don’t miss Anthropocene Extinction, the new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art ($15) by Brooklyn-based street artist Swoon. Since the early aughts, Swoon’s intricate paper cut-outs and gorgeous wheat-pasted portraits have decked the walls of derelict warehouses in the five boroughs; here, her massive installation takes over much of the museum’s ground floor (through December 30).

Explore the city on two wheels using the newly unveiled Hubway, a bike-share program with 600 bicycles stationed at 60 different stations. Hiring one of the New Balance three-speed bikes costs just $5 per day; you can pick one up at any station, swipe your credit card at its kiosk, and drop the bike at any other station when you’re done. Route maps and multiday pricing are available, too.

Stroll through the mile-long ribbon of public parks and green spaces collectively known as the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. The parks, which occupy the space once used by the city’s central expressway (the “Big Dig” moved it underground in 2007), begin in the North End and snake alongside the Wharf District down to Chinatown. All are WiFi-accessible, surrounded by gardens and urban horticulture projects, and dotted with sculptures and fountains.

Published on Sep 16, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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