1) ALL ABOARD! Roomier, sleeker trains will be spotted on the Orange and Red Lines this year, putting the MBTA on track for its 2023 goal of two new fleets totaling 404 cars. NEXT STOP: The Green Line adds 24 cars through the summer. … 2) Market Central raises Cambridge’s skyline with a 308-unit development comprised of three buildings—including Union House, a 23-apartment complex wrapping up this winter—anchored by a glass-covered retail plaza. … 3) Ahoy! The North Station-to-Seaport District ferry service, a privately funded route overseen by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, launches starting in early 2019. … 4) ENTER THE ESKIMOS: Boston plans to warm up public spaces with two temporary winter wonderlands—expected to open in February—that will incorporate interactive elements like performances and public art that’s inspired by the cold.
5) Fort Point gets a lot greener and serener with the spring completion of Martin’s Park—created in honor of the 8-year-old marathon bombing victim—at the Children’s Wharf, where a playground and a lush lawn will bloom along the brick-and-steel-filled waterfront. … 6) The Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen, a full-service bike shop and cafe, wheels into Dorchester this spring at the site of the former Upham’s Corner Comfort Station (est. 1912)—a public restroom that was abandoned in ’77. … 7) CHEERS to the rooftop bar at the Cambria Hotel Boston Downtown, where you can drink in both cocktails and skyline views once the 159 guest rooms open near the Broadway T stop this spring. … 8) Batter up for Red Sox Home Opening Day on April 9 as the 2018 World Series Champions (BEST TEAM EVAH?!) collect their rings and raise the banner before the 2019 squad takes on the Toronto Blue Jays. … 9) Pack your bags and head to Beacon Hill this spring for a stay at The Whitney, a hotel comprised of the original John Jeffries House and a 12,000-square-foot addition, boasting 66 boutique-style rooms and a private ground-level courtyard oasis. … 10) Hope you’re hungry. High Street Place will dish out bites from 22 vendors when the 18,471-square-foot food hall opens at Downtown Crossing this spring—and save room for the Time Out Market, opening in Fenway later this year. … 11) Reach for the sky at One Dalton—the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences joining the Pru and 200 Clarendon as the third tower in Back Bay—welcoming guests and residents this spring with luxury amenities and dining options like Zuma, an izakaya-style spot.
12) Bostonians can press their luck closer to home when Wynn Resorts opens its Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino in Everett this June with a waterfront park, 671 rooms and spa amenities. … 13) Right in time for a summer stroll, the Paul Revere Mall along the Freedom Trail unveils new multi-functional spaces and a restoration of the tree-lined park’s fountain and namesake monument. … 14) Get ready for another beer boom this summer when Sam Adams debuts a second taproom, just steps from the statue of the Founding Father behind Faneuil Hall. With the early 2019 opening of Night Shift Brewing’s first Boston taproom at Lovejoy Wharf and Jack’s Abby wishing you a hoppier commute later this winter with its Track Zero Taproom in North Station, you’ll have even more places for suds sipping. … 15) Rec center users rejoice! An overhaul of Gallivan Community Center just wrapped ahead of splashy improvements to the Paris Street Pool. Transformations of the lobby and gymnasium of the Mattahunt Community Center join other projects that are part of Mayor Walsh’s $50-MILLION plan—no kidding—to bolster Boston Centers for Youth & Families through 2023. … 16) The residential Seaport wave continues to rise when the first of EchelonSeaport’s 717 luxury units—condos ranging from $700,000 and topping out at $5 million—open their doors in mid- to late 2019, with two more residential buildings on the way in 2020.
17) Sports fans will have something to cheer about thanks to the 50,000-square-foot expansion of TD Garden, which will include a Rafters party deck and the two-story, speakeasy-themed 1928 Club, set to open at the start of next season. … 18) GrubStreet is about to enter a new chapter, with the writing org’s just-announced Seaport setting—a 13,000-square-foot narrative arts center for classes and events that will also house a bookstore, cafe and podcast studio—plotted to open at 50 Liberty by year’s end. … 19) Say so long to subpar airport food as Logan International Airport’s culinary scene takes off with the development of MarketPlace Logan—featuring more than a dozen outposts of local and regional dining favorites, such as Boston Public Market, Shöjö and Kelly’s Roast Beef—slated to open before we ring in 2020.