Daily News Tribune Touts Broke in Boston!
Guide provides students with money saving hints
By Christopher Rocchio/ Daily News Staff
Friday, October 13, 2006
One of the reasons Maryland native Rebecca Dreilinger decided to attend Brandeis University was because of Boston’s vibrant environment for students and young professionals.
But as a freshman, she was completely overwhelmed, and had a tough time finding a guide that was geared towards the interests and budget of her age group.
“I was eager, but didn’t know where to start,” Dreilinger said. “That’s why I contributed to ‘Broke in Boston.’ It’s a tangible, realistic and useful resource for young Bostonians.”
Published earlier this year, “Broke in Boston” is a guide to living cheap in the city. The book was put together by Andrew Einhorn, who commissioned four college students from Boston to help create a comprehensive, insider’s guide for combating the ills of being young and broke in the Hub.
“When I moved to Boston from Atlanta, I was in culture shock,” said Einhorn. “I wanted to experience everything Boston had to offer, but it was very hard on the wallet.”
Having also traveled around Europe, Einhorn said he was used to referencing guides that eliminate much of the trial and error that normally comes with moving to a new city.
“I wanted to give young people in Boston the book I wish I had when I was living broke in the city,” said Einhorn, who now resides in Washington, D.C. “It’s a great resource for people that want to get a lot out of living in Boston without spending too much.”
“Broke in Boston” splits Beantown into more than 12 areas, from Allston-Brighton to Cambridge and everything in between. Chapters include everything from where to bring parents, guests and dates, to hot spots that are worth a splurge, as well as cheap places to find food, drinks, entertainment, furniture and clothes. The book also features fast facts, local recipes, city maps, MBTA schedules and additional information on numerous other aspects of the city.
“There are some really fun tips and insight in the book that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Dreilinger.
Einhorn hired students from Boston College, Boston University and Harvard University to help write the book.
“There were many areas of the city I knew well, and other parts I didn’t know at all,” said Einhorn. “I knew I had to get some research assistants to find the nooks and crannies of Boston that students flock to and cost next to nothing.”
After graduating from Brandeis in 2005 with a degree in journalism, Dreilinger said she met Einhorn in the Washington, D.C. area and the two immediately started discussing the project.
“I couldn’t resist helping out because I love Boston and miss it dearly,” said Dreilinger, who currently resides in nation’s capital working as a communications coordinator for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “I thought it was a great opportunity to expand my journalism experiences, as well as to give back to the city I embraced for four years.”
Einhorn self-published “Broke in Boston” through AE Enterprises LLC, and said if the book does well, he plans on creating a similar guide to the Washington, D.C. area.
“‘Broke in Boston’ was 15 months in the making, and I’m happy with the way it turned out,” he said. “It definitely saves you from spending too much in Boston while still allowing you to have a good time.”
To learn more about “Broke in Boston” or to purchase a copy, visit http://www.brokeinboston.com.
Christopher Rocchio can be reached at 781-398-8009 or email@example.com.