Cambridge, Mass., shop offers a taste of Belgium with traditional waffles

At Zinneken’s in Harvard Square, there are sweet options galore.

Cambridge, Mass., shop offers a taste of Belgium with traditional waffles (

NEEDHAM, Mass. —

Zinneken’s specializes in Belgian waffles. Owner Nhon Ma opened the cozy spot in 2011 in Harvard Square, Cambridge, after moving to the United States from Brussels. He grew up in the food business in Belgium and says he satisfied his entrepreneurial spirit by bringing a taste of his home country to Cambridge.

The Crimson

Harvard Square Philippine American Alliance expresses their gratitude for the First Filipino American Festival…

Dear Denise:

Greetings from Charlton!

I would like to further express our gratitude for facilitating the Harvard Square Philippine American Alliance, Inc. (HSPAA)’s  participation in the 43rd annual Oktoberfest and Honk! Parade & Festival. Attached, please find photos from our chance meeting at the end of the parade! Below, please find links to media coverage from Sampan (Boston), ABS CBN News (Manila),  The (New York) and Harvard’s own, The Crimson.

CBS News

To Do List: Oyster Festival, Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, Harvard Square Oktoberfest

BOSTON – Fall is in full swing and it’s going to be a perfect weekend in New England to enjoy festivities including an oyster festival, Howl-O-Ween pet parade, and Oktoberfest. It’s all part of our To Do List!


Oyster growers from around the Upper Cape will be coming together for this event. Tickets include access to the oyster celebration and sampling of six oysters from the raw bar. Other oysters, shrimp cocktail, lobster tails, kelp chips and more will be for sale during the festival.

When: October 8, 12-8 p.m.
Where: AutoCamp Cape Cod in Falmouth
Cost: $20


Furry friends will be on display Saturday in Salem, wearing their Halloween costumes. There will also be contests with prizes at the annual event.

When: October 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Derby Wharf in Salem
Cost: $5 donation from residents, $10 donation from non-residents


The Harvard Business Association is holding its 43rd annual Oktoberfest celebration. There will be musicians, food, crafts, vintage goods, sidewalk sales and more at the family-friendly event.

When: October 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Davis Square to Harvard Square
Cost: Free


10 years vacant, the Harvard Square Theatre may be poised to spring back to life

The Harvard Square Theatre has sat vacant and desolate on Church Street for more than a decade.

But behind the boarded-up front doors, an effort is underway that could bring the iconic movie theater back to life, according to Michael Monestime, a spokesman for billionaire Gerald Chan. Chan bought the theater in 2015 for $17.5 million, adding to his more than $100 million in properties portfolio in the heart of Cambridge.

“We’ve … hired some new staff to help reimagine what’s possible to really bring this important site back to life,” Monestime told GBH News last week, “and I hope to have more to report back to you and the Cambridge community in the near future.”

Community leaders say they would welcome any progress on the building after years of vacancy. But that progress will have to wait as designs are drawn up — new designs that reflect a new pandemic world, one where a shrewd businessman might not want to solely invest in a big screen after theaters were starved for attendance for two years.

“From time to time, we’ve been notified that there are people within the building,” said Denise A. Jillson, executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association, who has been working for years to reopen the theater. “And yes, you know, there are rodents because guess what? It’s an urban environment and there are rodents everywhere.”

On an otherwise busy Thursday night this month, there were only a handful of people passing by the shuttered entertainment site, aptly illustrating the decade-old void that has descended on this block of Harvard Square.

Harvard Square boosters complain that the center of gravity for nightlife in Cambridge has shifted to Central Square and say the demise of the theater may be a significant reason why.

For 28 years prior to its closing, the Harvard Square Theatre was the regional showcase site for the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic that attracted devotees in large numbers who dressed up and sang along to the raunchy lyrics while tossing rice and popcorn to the audience.

“Oh, God. I went to ‘Rocky Horror’ a lot,” said Mark McGovern, a longtime Cambridge City Council member and former mayor. McGovern recalls hanging out in “the pit” in Harvard Squareduring the day and taking in movies at night. He has led a five-year effort to reopen the theater. In 2017, following a deluge of complaints from residents about the empty building in the heart of Cambridge, the City Council threatened to take over the theater by eminent domain.

“Eminent domain is tough!” McGovern said. “People think it’s a very easy thing for cities to do. It’s really complicated. But I do think even putting that on the table pushed Mr. Chan a little bit into saying, ‘OK, well, I don’t want that to happen. I need to do something with the property.’”

He did. But local opposition and the pandemic got in the way.

A stalled plan

On July 8, 2012, the owners of the moment, AMC Loews, closed down the 90-year-old Harvard Square Theatre and sold it to local millionaire Richard Friedman. Just a few years later, he sold the …


Cambridge business owners, city at odds over parking spaces lost with new Massachusetts Avenue bike lanes

here is a battle brewing in Cambridge over the planned removal of dozens of parking spots along Massachusetts Avenue to make room for vertically-separated bike lanes.

The move is part of a city ordinance requiring the installation of 22 miles of separated bike lanes across the entire city, including the entire length of Massachusetts Avenue, within the next five to seven years.

Business owners say it would require the removal of at least 40 to 50 percent of street parking.

Anette Osgood, who manages Guitar Stop, a family-owned business along Mass Ave. north of Harvard Square, said 80 percent of her customers come by car.

CBS Boston

Cambridge Ranked 2nd On ‘Best Cities To Live In America’ List

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts should consider themselves lucky – a recent survey identifying the “Best Cities To Live In America” ranks the liberal enclave second in the country.

Cambridge received an overall grade of “A+” from the review site Niche. The city earned an A+ or A in the categories of public schools, family friendliness, nightlife, outdoor activities, diversity, health and fitness and commuting. Cambridge got a C or C+ in the areas of housing, cost of living and crime and safety.

The only city ranked ahead of Cambridge was The Woodlands in Texas. Click here to see the full list.

Cambridge was also named the best city in the country for young professionals.

“Living in Cambridge offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Cambridge there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks,” Niche states. “Many young professionals live in Cambridge and residents tend to be liberal.”

Other Boston-area communities also shine on Niche’s review platform. Lexington was ranked seventh on the company’s list of the “Suburbs With The Best Public Schools in America.” Wayland was 23rd on that list, and was also highlighted for being the sixth-best suburb to raise a family.

Niche said it came up with its “Best Places To Live” rankings based on Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and CDC data, as well as resident reviews.


Works by elusive street artist Banksy on display in Cambridge

“The Art of Banksy,” the largest touring exhibition of authentic Banksy artworks in the world, is now open in Cambridge.

The exhibit, which opened Thursday, features more than 100 original works from private collectors across the globe and offers a rare opportunity to view authenticated and certified Banksy artworks rarely seen by the general public.