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My Own Boston: Kate Weiser

A passion for exploring the city, camera in hand


When Westchester, N.Y., native Kate Weiser arrived on campus two years ago, she wanted to get to know Boston, but she chose an unusual way to explore the city—through Instagram rather than guide books or a Duck tour.

After stumbling upon @igboston, a member-based community of accomplished photographers who shoot and post pictures from all over the city, Weiser (COM’19) knew she wanted to be a part of this select group. To build a portfolio of Boston-centric photos (a requirement to join @igboston), she created her own Instagram account, @bucketlistboston.

Weiser now has 11,000 followers. Her goal is a daily update of her virtual bucket list of places, restaurants, and experiences she thinks every Bostonian should try. “I haven’t missed a day since last August,” she says. (As of this week, she’s posted 742 photos.)

Weiser spends a lot of time off campus to come up with her posts and video-based Instagram stories. An extrovert by nature, the public relations major says she’s discovered how much she enjoys that time alone. “Bucket List Boston has instilled in me a sense of exploration and adventure,” she says. “It’s helped me grow and hone in on my photography skills and my sense of independence.”

Three of Weiser’s favorite Boston locales:

Marlborough Street
Back Bay, Boston

Nestled between bustling Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street in Boston’s tony Back Bay neighborhood is Marlborough Street. Mostly residential, it’s a serene counterpart to its more commercial neighbors. The street’s historic brownstones are especially beautiful during the holiday season, when residents decorate them with lights and holiday greens.

Weiser recommends: “Visit brownstone #356. It’s always decked out for any holiday of the season: the fall, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter—all the good ones.”

Trident Booksellers & Café
338 Newbury Street, Boston

A Back Bay institution for nearly 35 years, this bookstore-café is always packed, with locals and tourists alike, and for good reason. With two floors of books, gifts, magazines, and cards and a café serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and with free Wi-Fi), it’s a cozy, comfortable place to study or catch up with friends. And the food is great.

Weiser recommends: “The scrambled egg special is most delicious with a hot chai latté and a book.”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way, Boston

This dazzling museum, founded by American art collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903, is housed in a Venetian-style palace in nearby Fenway. Its collection of approximately 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, and decorative objects is arranged in a series of galleries anchored by a soaring multistory courtyard filled with a rotating array of flowering and tropical plants. Gardner’s will stipulates that each object must be displayed exactly as it was during her lifetime.

Weiser recommends: “Little known fact: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is free to BU students with a Terrier ID.”

Alan Wong

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

3 Comments on My Own Boston: Kate Weiser

  • G and G Weiser on 12.04.2017 at 4:38 pm

    We were so impressed. You whet our appetites. Seeing the video makes us yearn to see and ‘do’ all of Boston too.

  • Jim Davis on 12.05.2017 at 8:59 am

    When do you have time to study?? This feel like a full time job.

  • Donald E.Denniston on 12.05.2017 at 10:55 am

    I was born in Boston and raised in the Back Bay where I still reside(Gloucester Street)and spent my summers on the Vineyard (my late father’s birthplace). Lovely video. Haven’t eaten at Trident in years but it is a great to visit. Did you know that Symphony Hall ranks the second or thirst best acoustical hall in the world? It is the first hall to be built according to the Laws of Acoustics> It ranks the best in the country (Walt Disney Hall in LA is fantastic but too “clinical!” Have you walked down Beacon Street toward the Public Garden (1837)to find the non existent number of Mrs. Jack (Isabella Stewart Gardner)? Take a walk down Commonwealth Ave toward the Public Garden and you will come across the resident of Henry Lee Higginson, founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881). I recall the building of Prudential Center Building that open in 1964. A lot of people are unaware that during the 1958 recession and the US Steel strike that a lot of work was stopped on the building! I could say more but then I am putting the spot light on myself instead of Kate Weiser. Enjoy your Boston travels.

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