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Snow chairs

In many Boston neighborhoods, it's a rite of winter: When the first flakes start to fall, out come the crates, the garbage cans, the sawhorses and the chairs, chairs, chairs, to protect what some residents insist are "their" spaces on the street. Here's a sampling from Roslindale:

Mojo Jojo must not get this space!


In desperation, some residents even raid their dining rooms:


Poor Frankie. They told him he had to settle up or they'd break his legs. But did he listen?

no legs

This year, Santa's coming in a red Honda, hitched up to his reinchairs:


Rare footage of plastic chairs mating:

chair sex

Even the sturdiest of chairs needs a break from street duty:


There are few things sadder than an abandoned street chair:


Pull up a chair and put your feet up:





Pity about Woodworkers Warehouse going out of business:



This is hysterical! I'm from Chicago and I thought that we were the only nuts doing this every winter. Just further confirmation as to why I feel Boston's my home away from home.

Angela on March 25, 2004 10:21 AM.

why can't everyone just get along?

joanne on April 29, 2004 08:33 AM.

oh, I know why...because Boston Rob is from Boston and what a jerk he seems to be, so if he is anything like the people that steal parking spots, it's no wonder... Not that there is anything wrong with Boston itself of course, just a good natured ribbing about Survivor folks! I love Boston. My roots are there!

joanne on April 29, 2004 08:36 AM.

Hey. My sister is thinking about moving to Seattal, so I wanted to check it out, and see why she is so excited about it. I thought it was very beautiful, but I really don't understand the whole snow chair thing. Would some one please explain this to me.

Amanda on July 17, 2004 04:07 AM.

Um? Seattal? (sic)

Seattal isn't in Boston. Neither is Seattle. What does Seattle have to do with our chairs? Huh?

eeka on December 30, 2004 01:26 PM.

Amanda.. Paste this link in your browser... It explains the phenomenon quite well - enjoy:


As someone who always had to park on the street in Chicago, I had to dig out with everyone else... but I never claimed it with chairs or anything else, for that matter... I felt no one had right to claim street parking...including me.

When I returned, I tried to honor the chairs if I could, but would move a chair if no other parking was available... (and you know someone was always parking in the space I dug out). I would leave the chair in the owner's yard and park in the space they had tried to claim.... I'm sure they weren't thrilled with me, but they had to know I didn't have much choice.

Later I got smarter and got a car that could drive through most anything... Then I could NOT dig out the spot, but just clear my windows and drive out...I would even use a shovel to build up the snow around the border of the space... Then no one wanted it and I could just drive into it when I got home - That solved my problem.

Happy parking, all! And Happy New Year

Liz on January 5, 2005 06:39 PM.

Ok...here's the RUB..I LOVE Boston, born & raised. But why oh why, can our local Government " CONTROL" snow removal? In europe (Aniff,Salzburg Austria) the snow is GONE GONE GONE 24 hours after the snow stops MAX... They expect it to snow, they prepare for it, and they " Just Do It". The equipment that they use is also diferant, MODERN.
Oh, and the residents are not self centered & lazy. In closing, I too have used a chair & or Trash can to "save" my spot.

James on April 15, 2005 12:54 PM.

Snow can be great fun, i remember making huge snowmen... last year.

Steve on November 11, 2005 02:42 PM.

I live in Canada and I think the chair thing is hilarious. It would'nt work here though, you'd just have some Trailer Park Boy types running around in their pick up talking about the free chairs people are giving away.

Jule on March 13, 2007 11:32 AM.

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