Downtown

By - 9/16/14 - 3:49 pm
Bomb squad moves in at South Station in Boston

Updated with the outcome.

An unattended bag forced the shutdown of Atlantic Avenue along South Station between roughly 3:40 and 4:10 p.m. - when a bomb technician opened it up and found it filled mostly with papers.

Another view by Mike McD.

Stephanie B captured the moment when the technician opened the bag, determined it was harmless and gave a thumb's up:... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 7:52 am

Justin H. Goodstein-Aue and Historic New England's Everyone's History project are chronicling the four seasons at Haymarket. Here, they interview longtime vendors and customers.

By - 9/15/14 - 8:57 am

Over the weekend, the RMV shut its Chinatown branch and opened a new one in the building above the Haymarket T stop.

As always, the Roslindale RMV provides ample space for standing outside while you wait for your number to be called inside.

By - 9/14/14 - 11:09 am
Lion taken down from Boston's Old State House

The Bostonian Society took down the lion and the unicorn from the Old State House today for renovations. Jocelyn was there to watch them cage the lion, no doubt to make sure he didn't escape and try to re-assert his royal authority over the colony.

By - 9/13/14 - 3:11 pm

Erica Mattison saw this singer at Downtown Crossing today, thought he was wonderful, wonders if anybody knows who he is.

By - 9/12/14 - 10:02 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the results of a BRA-hired consultant's report on the shadows Chiofaro's proposed two towers would cast on the Greenway - and the issue of whether the project would have any of the required "open space."

By - 9/12/14 - 12:35 pm
Tremont Street plaque where you can see Old North Church

This plaque is embedded in the sidewalk on the Tremont Street side of the Parker House. It's easy to miss - who looks down while walking down that particularly busy sidewalk? - but once you see it, you just know you have to stop and take a look.

And for years, your view was, in fact, of Old North Church, just to the left of... Read more

By - 9/11/14 - 3:21 pm
Santa mailbox at South Station in Boston on Sept. 10

UPDATE: Seems the box was part of an effort to send letters to the troops.

Conor Yunits was more than nonplussed to see this at South Station yesterday, which, he reminds us, was Sept. 10. Sept. 10, people.

By - 9/10/14 - 2:55 pm

Christopher Jamison wants to turn the shuttered Locke-Ober space on Winter Place into a new destination restaurant for the downtown set - right down to the fabled carved wooden bar that still sits there.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, Jamison and Mark Malatesta, his proposed manager for the as yet unnamed restaurant, said they would even keep the old Yvonne's private club in... Read more

By - 9/10/14 - 7:52 am
Freshly killed turkey at Quincy Market in Boston in 1948

Restoration of Quincy Market meat and poultry markets probably not in offing, though.

The Globe reports on plans by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., which currently runs the city-owned marketplace for what could be its largest revamp since it was redone as a festival market in the 1970s: Wider spaces, the removal of heel-killing brick sidewalks, fancier restaurants and more seating in what the oldtimers still know as the Quincy Market building.

Our intent is to make this a

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By - 9/9/14 - 4:12 pm

A Boston Calling attendee charged with punching a police officer who was trying to clear the steps to City Hall Plaza in advance of a second thunderstorm on Saturday was ordered to stay away from the plaza while her case is pending, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Brianna Powers, 23, was one of two people arraigned today related to two storm-related delays during... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 3:10 pm

That word comes too late for a pair of Boston residents, whom Transit Police report were literally caught red handed on charges of defacing the driver's door of a Red Line trains last night.

Police say that around 8 p.m. yesterday, somebody punched in their digits to report that two guys who had been marking up the driver's door on a Red Line train... Read more

By - 9/8/14 - 12:10 pm
Big truck on small downtown street in Boston

Ellie happened to be well clear of the intersection of School and Washington streets this morning when an 18-wheeler that had somehow gotten on School Street tried to turn onto Washington, without much success.

Perhaps the driver once tried to get into the Midvale School for the Gifted.... Read more

By - 9/8/14 - 11:07 am

Adam Castiglioni reports Ghirardelli Chocolate is opening a store in the North Market Building - its first in New England.

What, you thought I meant this stuff?

By - 9/8/14 - 10:34 am

The Globe reports a company called Related Beal quietly bought five downtown buildings clustered around quiet little Quaker Lane from Fidelity in December:

The centerpiece of Related Beal’s plan is the redevelopment of Quaker Lane into a new retail magnet that would fill the void between Faneuil Hall, Downtown Crossing, and Post Office Square.

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By - 9/6/14 - 6:29 pm
Nearly empty City Hall Plaza in Boston

As increasingly dark clouds rapidly closed in on downtown late this afternoon, organizers called off the Boston Calling concerts for tonight. Jeremy Stanley photographed the scene.

Will reports:

They told us to shelter in a parking garage. I guess they dont want thousands of sweaty hipsters inside city hall.

Glenn Clabo watched the storm roll in over Spaulding Hospital:

By - 9/4/14 - 9:49 am
Reflective glass on skyscraper on State Street

JB Parrett looked up to see one skyscraper reflected in another on State Street.

By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

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