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Alison W. Steinbach

Alison W. Steinbach is an Associate News Editor for the 145th guard. She can be reached at

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Harvard Square

Just Crust Pizzeria Set to Close

​Citing rising rents, Harvard Square pizzeria The Just Crust will officially close after being shuttered for “renovations” since July.

New Target in Porter Square

New Target to Open Near Quad in Porter Square

“It’s incredibly unfortunate that I will be graduating this year, because that means that I won’t be able to reap the benefits of this new Target as much,” Tess Saperstein ’18 said.

Whole Heart for New Smith Center
Food and Drink

Whole Heart Provisions, Blackbird Doughnuts Look to Open in Smith Center

If approved by the City of Cambridge, the two eateries will join six other tenants in the student center’s ground floor public spaces.

Curiosley Still Open
Harvard Square

Curious George Store to Remain in Harvard Square

"We are not closed,” said store owner Adam S. Hirsch. “We are not going anywhere anytime soon.”

Crimson Corner Newstand
Harvard Square

Square Property Values Nearly Doubled in Last Five Years

The rise in appraised property values provides a window into the economic forces reshaping Harvard Square.

Harvard Square

Middlesex County Sheriff Seizes Market in the Square

Police from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department presented a court order to seize the property this morning.

Gender Neutral Bathroom
City Politics

Commission Pushing Gender-Neutral Bathrooms in Square Businesses

The Cambridge Human Rights Commission is training square businesses to understand gender discrimination laws—particularly when it comes to gender-neutral restrooms.

Amazon Prime

Faust Supports Boston’s Bid for Amazon Second Headquarters

In her letter, Faust wrote that universities like Harvard play a critical role in making the Boston area “a competitive place for Amazon’s next venture."

Smith Center Construction
Food and Drink

Bon Me and Pavement Coffee Look to Smith Campus Center

Bon Me and Pavement Coffeehouse could open in the renovated Smith Campus Center as soon as September 2018.

Chicken and Rice
Food and Drink

Chicken and Rice Guys Truck May Return to Plaza in Spring

After an E. coli outbreak linked to Chicken and Rice Guys temporarily shuttered its shops and food trucks this spring, the restaurant has been working to get back on its feet.

Out of Town News Stand
Harvard Square

Historical Commission Recommends Preserving Harvard Square Kiosk

Landmarking the kiosk building could help maintain its architecture in the $4.6 million revamp of the plaza headed its way.

Crimson Corner & Tory Row
Food and Drink

&pizza Set to Move Forward in Harvard Square

The Washington, D.C.-based restaurant chain &pizza has finally gained approval to bring its make-your-own pizza pies to Harvard Square.

Kaju Tofu House

Kaju Tofu House Closes Shop at Crimson Galeria​​

Kaju Tofu House, a Harvard Square favorite serving spicy Korean fare and plentiful side dishes, closed its doors to student dismay Wednesday evening.

Winthrop Park
Harvard Square

Local Businesses Look to Court to Block Potential Marijuana Dispensary

The lawsuit argues that because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the proposed Winthrop St. dispensary should not be allowed to open.

University Wine Store
Harvard Square

Facing High Rents, Quad-Area Wine Shop to Move Next Door

​University Wine Shop, a favorite stop for Quad party hosts, will be moving one door down in November after facing high rent in their current location.