Rhode Island Monthly - Rhode Island Monthly March 2017

Transporation: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Who Is Hope Man?

A Spandex-clad superhero fights negativity in the Ocean State.

Chris VaccaroRhode Island has its own superhero in the form of Hope Man. The brainchild of entrepreneurial lawyer and Hatch Entrepreneurial Center cofounder Kevin Murphy, Hope Man inspires hope in the state through comics, costumed appearances, a web series and an activity book, all themed around the character. Murphy founded the nonprofit Hope Actions to raise the collective consciousness of…

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Everything you need to know to get around in Rhode Island.

Whether it’s by land, sea or air, Rhode Islanders are a creative bunch when it comes to getting around. To see just where we are going and how, we rounded up commuter tales, filled the gaps in pothole facts and dissected various infrastructure projects. You’ll have a whole new understanding of the many aspects of navigating our small state. BY…

Secret Garden

This Little Compton estate grew from a few clippings into a lush, colorful paradise.

A teahouse imported from India is the centerpiece of the Subtropics area and provides a view of multiple topographies within the garden. Photography by Nat Rea Strolling through the Sakonnet Garden on an early summer morning, it’s nearly impossible to imagine that the acre-plus labyrinth of lush lawn and overflowing beds started with just a few four-inch cuttings some forty…

Last Call at McBride’s

This Providence pub puts a whole new spin on the "Irish goodbye."

“People ask if it’s an Irish tradition. I just made it up, but it does seem to fit. The Irish, certainly during a wake or funeral, find some time to raise a glass.”

The Amazing Benny’s Origin Story

How an Eastern European immigrant founded a regional treasure.

“I pledge the best possible quality and service at most reasonable prices,” read the ad Benjamin Bromberg took out in the Providence Journal in 1924 to announce his new store, Benny’s. The eastern European immigrant — who had no more than a sixth grade education — opened the automotive supply shop on Fountain Street in Providence with his wife, Flora….

Take This Tour of Riverside

The East Providence village is a magnet for exercise mavens and nature lovers.

My bike squeaks cantankerously as I pedal along the East Bay Bike Path’s smooth lanes. The roads are grimy with salt, and a cold wind whips off the water. During the summer, folks will walk, bike and rollerblade along this East Providence stretch of the oceanfront bike path. But now, in the icy heart of winter, fellow travelers are few…

A Seaside Sanctuary in Warren

At this dreamy waterfront property, the view steals the show.

Discovering the property felt like fate. The owner, a busy financier living in Boston, stumbled upon the “for sale” sign tucked away on a private road during one of her regular visits to see her brother and his family in Warren’s Touisset neighborhood. The property was barely a sliver, wedged in between neighboring homes, and the house that inhabited it…

Behind the Scenes at Barnaby Castle

Chic private happenings help preserve this Providence gem.

Don’t own a mansion? No problem. Those who book an event at one of the most storied estates in Rhode Island also become partners in preservation. Barnaby Castle on the West Side of Providence is being restored and the current owner has unlocked the property for hosting events such as cocktail parties, meetings and more. Event designer and resident Kaitlyn…

How to Elevate Your Coffee Game

Master the daily grind with stylish mugs, makers and local beans.

Clockwise from top left: Patterned ceramic mug, $44, Craftland, Providence. White Electric coffee, $15, White Electric, Providence. Dave’s Coffee coffee syrup, $10.99, Dave’s Coffee, Providence and Charlestown. Handmade Mexican pottery striped cake stand, $90, Simple Pleasures, Providence. Polished copper pour-over kettle, $99, Stock Culinary Goods, Providence. Blue and white patterned mug, $12, Stock Culinary Goods.   Clockwise from top left:…

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