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TUESDAY & THURSDAY CLASSES

First Church in Cambridge - Congregational ("FCCC")
11 Garden St. (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA

FCCC is a brown stone church building, just after the traffic light at the corner of Mason St. It's directly next door to the Sheraton Commander Hotel, which has a huge neon sign on its roof. We rent their parish hall for our Tuesday and Thursday dance classes. Please use the front entrance indicated by the arrow. (The building's back door is now restricted to users of the basement Shelter.)

Careful: There are a LOT of churches in this part of Harvard Square!
• It's not the church at the beginning of Church St. That's "First Parish in Cambridge/First Church-Unitarian." The names are similar, but it's the wrong building.
• It's not the gray wooden church on Garden Street just past the old cemetery — that's Christ Church (Episcopalian). Keep walking one more block.

PARKING is very difficult in the area. We recommend coming in by T, which is just around the corner. (MBTA subway, Red line, "Harvard" stop. See T-in-circle symbol on map above for subway entrance.)
On-street parking (meters) is free after 6:00 pm, but to find a space, you will probably have to walk many, many blocks. Harvard Square has many businesses, restaurants, and movie theaters, and almost zero parking. Tips: (1) 99% of our students, after experimenting, have found it much faster to park farther and walk 5 or 10 minutes, than to circle constantly. Average circling time seems to be about 35-75 minutes. (2) Up Mass. Ave., north of the Cambridge Common, there are many parking meter spaces.
Parking lots cost a bundle in Harvard Square — about $15. That's barely cheaper than a parking ticket!
• No longer available: Sheraton Commander Hotel Parking Lot — next door to the church. Now restricted to Hotel guests only.



WEDNESDAY CLASSES

YWCA
7 Temple St. (Central Square)
Cambridge, MA

The YWCA building is a Spanish-mission style building on Temple St., which is a tiny one-block street in Central Square, Cambridge, off Mass. Ave., right between Prospect and Inman Streets.

Careful:
• It is the YWCA building. This is different from the YMCA nearby on Mass. Ave. — wrong gender!
DRIVERS: No Left Turns are permitted from any direction at the main intersection of Central Square. Solution: overshoot by one block and then start maneuvering back to the main streets.

PARKING is fairly easy in the area immediately after work, but becomes moderately challenging after that because of the many Wednesday night church services nearby. (There are 33 churches in Central Square!) In any case, we recommend coming in by T, which is just around the corner. (MBTA subway, Red line, "Central" stop. See T-in-circle symbol on map above for subway entrance.)
Parking lots — there are 3 municipal parking-meter lots along Bishop Allen Drive in Central Square that are FREE after 6:00 pm. There is also a very large private lot on Prospect Street that is FREE and open to the public after 6:00 pm; it is also used as the Bread & Circus (Whole Foods) overflow lot. Additionally, on Green St., there is a nice city-run inexpensive parking garage ($5 or less), and two more tiny parking-meter lots. (The Green St. lots are not on the little map above, but you can see them
here.)
On-street parking (meters) is free after 6:00 pm.

Map is copyright 2003 Ken Kreshtool. The map was drawn by us, using data from City of Cambridge GIS publications, plus info from our own overstrained noggins.

"SQUARE"  What is a "Square"? If you are new to the area, you are discovering that in local parlance, geographical locations are referred to by "square" — Harvard Square, Central Square, etc. Technically, a square is a major historical intersection where 3 or more roads come together NOT at right angles (we're not kidding), and, by extension, the commercial district that has grown up around the intersection. (Side note: Real estate low-lifes like to abuse the idea, of course. The prime local example is "One Kendall Square," a commercial complex whose address is totally bogus — it's in a completely different neighborhood from the actual Kendall Square.)



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