Out Of Boston

Written by Aaron Short & Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Upfront.






Both Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio trace their roots to Boston. Indeed for decades Beantown has been sending many of its best and brightest to lead the Big Apple. Below are a few of the city’s more notable exports.


  1. Carolyn Ryan – The Massachusetts native started her career as a reporter in Quincy before becoming deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe. She was snatched up by The New York Times in 2007 to become its metropolitan editor before ascending to political editor earlier this year. She remains a Red Sox fan.
  2. Amy Poehler – One of Hollywood’s funniest women was born in Newton, raised in Burlington and attended Boston College. She moved to New York City to help found the Upright Citizens Brigade and soon found herself commuting uptown to Rockefeller Center. Can de Blasio or Lhota just vow to make her the next parks commissioner already?
  3. Bill Bratton – Born in Boston, Bratton ran the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority before he was tapped to run the NYPD in 1994. He should have been a recurring character on Boston Legal, or at least Ally McBeal.
  4. Babe Ruth – The greatest baseball player who ever lived played for the Boston Red Sox from 1914 to 1919, during which time they won three World Series titles. In 1919 the Yankees bought Ruth for about the price of a Pontiac Grand Am, and he became the most famous ballplayer of all time, bringing the Yanks four World Series rings.
  5. Patrick Ewing – The big man in the middle for the New York Knicks moved from Jamaica to Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 12, gave up playing cricket and soccer and turned to hoops. He won a national title at Georgetown University, became the first pick of the 1985 NBA draft, an 11-time NBA All-Star, a Basketball Hall of Famer, and spawned one of the greatest sports theories of all time.
  6. Bobby Kennedy – The second-most-famous Kennedy was born in Brookline, did a stint in the Navy and went to college at Harvard after WWII. He served as attorney general under President Kennedy’s administration and ran for Senate in New York after his brother’s assassination. It can be said that he had the least Kennedy-esque accent of the Kennedys; by contrast, Ted’s verged on parody.
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