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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Allston Christmas

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    Christmas in September: Move-in Means Freebies

    For many in Boston, the start of September is the most wonderful time of the year, as hundreds of college students can find free furniture in the streets. (Published Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016)

    Sept. 1 in the Boston-area has come to be known as "Allston Christmas," a day when hundreds of college students and recent graduates move into their new apartments and give-away desks, lamps, tables, and chairs for free.

    The saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is quite literal on Allston Christmas where students can obtain new additions to their apartments for free.

    "I don’t know as a civilization, a society, we have this day, but I’m pretty happy that we do in all honesty," Billy Bevevino said.

    The streets of Allston, Brighton, and other Boston neighborhoods are lined with televisions, microwaves, even gaming devices, that some have decided are too much to move to their new places.

    Move-In Day Chaos With Allston Christmas

    [NECN] Move-In Day Chaos With Allston Christmas
    Sept. 1 in Allston, Massachusetts, also known as Allston Christmas, is every college student's lucky day where they can find free furniture in the streets.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 2, 2016)

    "I am just looking for stuff today, scavenger. Just like people’s trash," said Bevevino. "Last year I got all my couches that way, all the gear for my house."

    According to the City of Boston, 70 percent of leases begin in Boston on Sept. 1.

    "If I can I’m going to try and get an apartment that does not move out on the 31st because this is just crazy, the parking spot, everyone has moving permits," said Dan Bartkus. "It’s a battle; it’s a turf war; it’s ridiculous."

    The city is expected to be more crowded than usual and to help combat traffic delays, Mayor Walsh has impelmented various strategies to help the moves go more smoothly.

    Non-emergency issues such as apartment inspections and reporting improperly stored trash should be reported through Boston 311.

    Neighborhood liasons will be on site in various neighborhods to "assist residents with questions or concerns."

    A Holly Jolly Allston Christmas

    [NECN] A Holly Jolly Allston Christmas
    For many students in Boston, Christmas comes in September in the form of free furniture at the side of the road.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016)

    Landlords are being told to tell their residents how to place trash and recycling material.

    There will be many traffic restrictions in place which you can check out here.

    Residents also must obtain moving permits which they can do through the City of Boston.

    "We had to do this overnight because we both have jobs," said Devin Kruljac. "I have a week vacation after this."

    Necn will be out covering the famous Boston holiday.

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    Touring Allston Christmas

    [NECN]Touring Allston Christmas
    Can you furnish an entire apartment from the items you can find on the side of the street during Allston Christmas? As Caitlin Fichtel finds out, yes, yes you can.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016)

    For more information visit the City of Boston's website.

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