Baltimore Living

  • Best Neighborhood: Everybody’s neighborhood!!!!

    Best Neighborhood: Everybody’s neighborhood!!!!

    Out of more than 250 neighborhoods in our fine city of Baltimore, it always feels arbitrary year to year to say one neighborhood is “the best”—it either repeats tired tropes, or it feels condescending, or we run the risk of sounding like those out-of-town journalists who can’t find synonyms for...

  • Best Reason To Leave: Everything good is leaving

    Best Reason To Leave: Everything good is leaving

    The McKeldin Fountain. The Schnapp Shop. Club Charles. Shake and Bake. Great Granns. The Value Village on York Road. Platform Gallery. The Marc Steiner Show. Baltimore Clayworks. Oh—did we mention this paper? All gone, or soon-to-be gone. The city is just giving us fewer and fewer reasons to stick...

  • Best Reason To Stay: Everything good is leaving

    Best Reason To Stay: Everything good is leaving

    The city needs you! Some of the city’s best things are dipping out (see above) so we need people to stick around and bring their best to the city in place of what we’ve lost. Baltimore’s pretty well known for its grit and its ability to make something out of nothing. We need inclusive art spaces...

  • Best Do-gooders: Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub

    Best Do-gooders: Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub

    Gemma and Abbie have become unofficial patron saints of DIY detective work since their mission to solve the 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, their beloved teacher at the now-closed Seton Keough High School (then Archbishop Keough), was captured in the astounding Netflix documentary series “The...

  • Best Baltimorean: Erricka Bridgeford

    Best Baltimorean: Erricka Bridgeford

    Over the course of the 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire this past August, co-organizer Erricka Bridgeford was savvy enough, vulnerable enough, and real enough to shake a large swath of this city out of our cynicism, our pain, our inertia, and get us into the streets. She got us to organize, to party...

  • Best Festival: Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival

    Best Festival: Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival

    baltimorecarnival.com Athousand-plus Caribbean men and women gather and play mas, listen to soca music, and fling washable paint and talcum powder in the air—you’re in for a good time. The children also get to learn about their culture and celebrate it early on in their formative years. On the...

  • Best Monument: Madre Luz

    Best Monument: Madre Luz

    After her 2015 debut by activists near the Lee-Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell, Madre Luz, a 10-foot tall sculpture of a pregnant black woman with her fist raised in solidarity or protest (created by artist Pablo Machioli), was swiftly removed by the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks,...

  • Best Park: Green Mount Cemetery

    Best Park: Green Mount Cemetery

    1501 Greenmount Ave., (410) 539-0641, greenmountcemetery.com Lush foliage. Gorgeous views of the city. Rolling hills. Paved pathways. The vengeful spirit of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. What more could you want out of an afternoon stroll? Baltimore’s most notorious burial ground is just as pleasant...

  • Best Pool: Druid Hill Park Pool

    Best Pool: Druid Hill Park Pool

    800 Wyman Park Drive, (410) 396-3838, facebook.com/druidhillparkpool Swim season is over now, folks, but hold onto this issue and consult it at the start of next summer to remind yourself to get over to Druid Hill Park’s pool. There are a few rules, naturally, so apprise yourself of that info first—like,...

  • Best Soak: Water Bills

    Best Soak: Water Bills

    Baltimore’s new monthly water billing system would be simpler, they said. Smaller monthly bills would be easier to manage for people on fixed incomes, they said. Those with lower water usage would pay less, they said. By October the complaints were piling in: crazy-high bills and no relief from...

  • Best Feigned Ignorance: J. Van Story Branch building

    Best Feigned Ignorance: J. Van Story Branch building

    Last year City Paper shared the horrors of living in Baltimore City public housing in our story on the J. Van Story Branch apartment building. Over a year later, the most recent word is that this building, full of seniors and disabled people, is still having major security problems. There are still...

  • Best White Whine: The Potomac Street Bike Lane

    Best White Whine: The Potomac Street Bike Lane

    Only in Canton could a protected bike lane become an all-out turf war because, my God, think of the parking. Who will think of the parking? Though the money had already been spent to install the damn thing, Canton residents went to Nixon levels of dirty tricks, including citing a part of the international...

  • Best Grassy Knoll: McKeldin Square

    Best Grassy Knoll: McKeldin Square

    Two matching white tourists in the Inner Harbor, wearing matching white visors, matching white polos, and matching white shorts walk briskly through the brick pathway, knowing nothing of the hulking Brutalist concrete McKeldin Fountain that used to stand before them. Now, from the “vibrant” patch...

  • Best Off-Roading: E. Madison Street

    Best Off-Roading: E. Madison Street

    With a long track record of potholes, sinkholes, bumps, cracks, and tumbleweeds of litter, Baltimore’s streets have rightfully earned a reputation for being terrible. E. Madison Street, all the way from east of Johns Hopkins Hospital to the jail complex, set a new gold standard for awful driving....

  • Best Team: Poly Basketball

    Best Team: Poly Basketball

    Through Poly’s men’s varsity basketball we bore witness to the idea that basketball is a vessel through which kids can learn life skills, bond, escape, express, and grow on and off the court through effort, dedication, and communication. From the first practices and study hall sessions the team...

  • Best Oriole: Adam Jones

    Best Oriole: Adam Jones

    If this award were based solely on performance, it would likely be going to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Not that Jones’ season is anything to sneeze at. His 26 home runs rank fourth among center fielders in all of baseball as of this writing, and he became the first player in team history to...

  • Best Raven: Brandon Williams

    Best Raven: Brandon Williams

    Thought to be heading elsewhere in free agency, Williams, one of the best defensive linemen in all of football, instead signed a five-year, $52.5 million extension to stay in Baltimore. And he just restructured that deal, likely freeing up the Ravens to bring in another player. As anyone who remembers...

  • Best Please Stop Talking: Ray Lewis

    Best Please Stop Talking: Ray Lewis

    It was disappointing to see former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis fail to back Colin Kaepernick, who’s seemingly been blacklisted by the NFL for his protest of racism in America. It was even more disappointing to see Lewis insert himself into the drama, making the Ravens’ apparent decision to pass on...

  • Best Blast: Vini Dantas

    Best Blast: Vini Dantas

    Though he had an atypically quiet regular season, forward Vini Dantas went into the playoffs and put da team on his back, doe. Dantas racked up 18 points—nine goals and nine assists—as the Blast won their second consecutive title against the Soles de Sonora. Two of those goals came at decisive...

  • Best Repeat Champions: The Baltimore Blast

    Best Repeat Champions: The Baltimore Blast

    baltimoreblast.com This paper once referred to the Baltimore Blast as the Yankees of indoor soccer. And while it’s true the Blast have won titles at a rate similar to the Bronx Bombers, nobody would confuse them as a group of multi-millionaire primadonnas that feels entitled to a championship....

  • Best OK, It’s Hard to Wring Positives from a 4-10 Season, But Arena Football Is Still Fun: Baltimore Brigade

    Best OK, It’s Hard to Wring Positives from a 4-10 Season, But Arena Football Is Still Fun: Baltimore Brigade

    baltimorebrigade.com Once a business venture for Jon Bon Jovi and the band KISS, the Arena Football League started anew this year, and that included billionaire D.C. sports mogul Ted Leonsis launching a franchise right here in Baltimore. The rebooted AFL only had five teams in it, and three of...

  • Best Long Slow Death: The Preakness at Pimlico

    Best Long Slow Death: The Preakness at Pimlico

    In recent years, the future of the Preakness at Pimlico has been as hotly discussed as the field in the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Aside from a new paint job here, or some plumbing work there, little has been done to put an end to it. The facility remains out of date and the racing...

  • Best Sports League: Brunson League

    Best Sports League: Brunson League

    This past summer basketball fans bypassed Farmer’s Market foot traffic and shot down I-83 to pack the Under Armour House at Fayette, with standing room only crowds packed in for the primetime match-ups. Brunson League commissioner Sean Brunson, in four summer circuit seasons, has cultivated a summertime...

  • Best Hooper: Will Barton

    Best Hooper: Will Barton

    East Baltimore’s own Will Barton, a guard with the Denver Nuggets, averaged 28.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 2 steals per game in the Brunson League this summer and led his team Protect The Family (PTF) to the Brunson League championship. More impressive than his game is...

  • Best Unanimous Decision: Gervonta “Tank” Davis

    Best Unanimous Decision: Gervonta “Tank” Davis

    Back in January, it seemed as if everyone in Baltimore took a trip to Brooklyn and posted pictures on Instagram both to show off their great outfits, and to let everyone else know they were missing an important piece of Baltimore sports history. They went to see Gervonta “Tank” Davis, touted as...

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