Downtown

By - 12/18/14 - 6:39 pm

The city has shut the old Northern Avenue Bridge "indefinitely" following a safety inspection that showed it was no longer even safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a memo sent around today to local employers by the Seaport Transportation Management Association.

Walkers and bicyclists now need to take the Moakley Bridge - which was supposed to completely replace the Northern Avenue span... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 6:37 am

Boston Police report they are investigating two incidents involving rideshare drivers indecently assaulting female passengers early Sunday - and a third incident involving a woman picked up by somebody she thought was a rideshare driver but who turned out not to be one.

Police did not identify the services involved in the incidents, which occurred between roughly 1 and 3 a.m. in Dorchester, Allston... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 5:42 am

The West Roxbury Committee To Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline Cites The Danger In Placing the Large Vulnerable Gas Pipeline Adjacent To Their Homes & An Active Quarry.

By - 12/14/14 - 9:50 am

Paul Levy, who knows something about failing hospitals, having become CEO of Beth Israel just as the state wanted to shut it down, takes a look at the proposed merger of Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center - and how to keep the merger from simply becoming " a case of strapping two leaky lifeboats together, leading to a faster demise than if... Read more

By - 12/13/14 - 11:51 pm
Protest at Park Street

A Black Lives Matter protest that started on the Common wended its way around downtown Boston this afternoon.

State Police report making 23 arrests: 22 for disorderly conduct and 1 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest - several at the I-93 ramps by Nashua Street. Boston Police report no arrests.

Boston Police also report one protester handed white carnations to its officers,... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 8:19 pm

State Police report:

On Tuesday, the State Police placed the trooper depicted in the video on restricted duty pending completion of a department investigation. The name of the trooper is not being released while the internal investigation is underway.

State Police add they have tried but have so far been unable to talk to Kin Moy, who was videoing a trooper as he... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 5:54 pm
Generator outside South Station

Jed Hresko captured a crew hooking up a generator to get the traffic lights around South Station working again after they went out right at rush hour.

By - 12/10/14 - 4:21 pm
Hashtag Christmas tree

A Twitter-enabled Christmas tree in the lobby of Boston City Hall lets anybody around the world change its colors just by tweeting at it.

The Wicked Cool Tree, a project of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the city IT department, involves 720 LED lights wrapped around your basic tree, connected to three WiFI-enabled Arduino boards that control the lights based on commands... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 7:54 am

Lauren Mack tours the Aquarium. No penguins, though?

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/9/14 - 11:26 am
Haymarket Square in 1909

The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.

Posted under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 12/7/14 - 1:18 pm

The Herald reports State Police are investigating a video posted by a man who says he was sprayed by a trooper during Thursday's protest marches.

Kin Moy was among a group of protesters who managed to evade police and briefly get onto a ramp to I-93Thursday night:

I was filming some arrests that were unnecessarily forceful and aggressive, and I tried to catch

... Read more
By - 12/5/14 - 3:58 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports all ten - arrested at four different spots along last night's protest marches - were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today. Eight had their cases converted to civil infractions.

Edward and Addis Summerhill, both of Dorchester, however, requested that they go to trial on criminal charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, and resisting arrest for marching on a... Read more

By - 12/4/14 - 11:06 pm

Good thing Boston has more than one paramedic unit: Boston EMS Incidents reports that when a report of a person suffering a heart attack in the Prudential Center food court came in around 10:30 p.m., the Paramedic 1 unit stationed on Purchase Street was dispatched to the scene - but couldn't even get out of its bay due to the large traffic jam caused... Read more

By - 12/4/14 - 8:31 pm
Protesters on the Common

Protesters on the Common. Photo by Charles Kirschner.

The Green Line tracks at Park Street were cleared by 11:20 p.m., and the T resumed Green Line service - but trolleys bypassed the station.

After repeatedly trying to shut down the turnpike, the O'Neill Tunnel and Storrow Drive, protesters against a New York grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in Eric Garner's death swarmed the Park Street T stop around 10:30... Read more

By - 12/4/14 - 5:21 pm
Police on buses on Cambridge Street

Kate Donaghy photographed buses full of cops on Cambridge Street around 5:10 p.m. - nearly two hours before Tremont Street is shut down for the Nova Scotia tree lighting and protests over that New York grand-jury decision.

Getting off the bus a few minutes later.... Read more

By - 12/4/14 - 2:58 pm

The city plans to light the Nova Scotia Christmas tree on the Common at 7 tonight - the same time people protesting a New York grand jury's decision not to issue an indictment in the Eric Garner case plan to rally on the Common.

Boston Police plan to block traffic on Tremont Street between Boylston and Court streets around 6:45 p.m.... Read more

By - 12/2/14 - 9:13 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on plans for a skating rink and ice bar on City Hall Plaza.

By - 12/2/14 - 8:06 am
On track on the Red Line

Peering inbound from South Station on the Red Line.

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