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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Wall Street Tower penthouse is tops on tour

June 02. 2013 10:01PM

I nearly wept while watching Youtube last week. It was a video tour of the penthouse apartment at the top of Wall Street Tower. If I may use a term the kids are saying these days, the 12,000-square-foot space is, "sick."

I don't know what prompted the tears. It may have been a mix of the beautiful design and furniture and seeing an actual living space devoid of sticky floors and Thomas the Train paraphernalia.

I was inspired to Google the penthouse when I saw it will be open to the public as part of Intown Manchester's Downtown Living Tour this Thursday. For just $5 you can tour six different "urban living spaces" and get a taste of what it would be like to live downtown.

My plan is to show up for the penthouse tour, which takes place from 4 to 8 p.m., and then hide out in the "domestic help quarters" until everyone goes home. Then I'll just live it up until I'm discovered. I don't care if it's just a couple of hours. That's plenty of time for a dip in the Jacuzzi overlooking the city through the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the space. I may even get in a movie in the screening room or some meditation time in the bamboo garden.

For those of you who lived in Manchester pre-21st century, you may remember when the High Five Restaurant was perched atop the 16-story Wall Street Tower apartment building. When the restaurant closed, former Jac Pac plant owner Irwin Muskat renovated the space into a private home.

I guess the Muskats got tired of all the awesomeness, because today the penthouse is for rent. I've seen it listed online for a monthly price of between $9,000 and $12,500.

Don't worry. If you are serious about living downtown, there are many more affordable rental options open for viewing as part of Thursday's Downtown Living Tour. You can purchase tickets and see a map at

Bye Boynton's, for now

Boynton's Taproom, Manchester's home of dueling pianos and other fun events, closed up shop at its Dow Street location in April.

Taproom manager Bourne Spooner said owners Josh and Rachel Boynton hope to reopen in a new location, but there are no definite plans. He said they had to close for logistical reasons.

The Boyntons originally opened the Taproom because there was a bar all fit up and ready to go in the same building as their first business, Lifeshare. But Lifeshare, a human services agency with a great story all its own, is growing and will be moving out of its Dow Street location to a bigger building on Rogers Street.

I hope Boynton's brings back dueling pianos to downtown soon. Spooner said he does too. But until then, he is gainfully employed by Lifeshare, which now has offices in eight states.

Tossing it in for tourney

In my day we called it beanbag toss, but it seems "cornhole" is now the name of the game and you can participate in a tournament this Sunday.

The Granite State Rockettes 4th Grade Girls AAU Basketball team is having one as a fundraiser for its upcoming trip to Orlando for the national AAU basketball tournament.

A company called Boston Cornhole, which is coming to Manchester to manage Sunday's tournament, operates leagues in Massachusetts. Through the Boston Cornhole website I found links to a real-life organization called American Cornhole Association, which holds a Cornhole World Championship competition, and another called Cornhole Players Association, which seeks to have cornhole "recognized as a professional sport." Hey, everybody's got to dream.

If you are serious about cornhole, or even if you are not, sign up for this Sunday's tournament at Milly's Tavern. The double elimination event starts at noon and the entry fee is $50 for each two-person team. There will also be a free tournament option for the kids. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday. Contact Matthew Greenwood at or 235-7399.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

If you see a lot of people wearing matching T-shirts near Derryfield Park this Saturday, you have probably run into the 2013 New Hampshire Heart Walk. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and post-walk fun, including a make-your-own-trail-mix station and free Subway sandwiches, starts at 11 a.m. There is sure to be a fun, healthy atmosphere as walkers of all ages head out on one- or three-mile routes to raise money and awareness for heart disease, stroke and heart defects. It's not too late to sign up! Visit for more information on this fun event and other things going on in and around the Queen City.

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