Brighton

By - 8/16/14 - 3:18 pm

The Boston Licensing Board next week considers a request from New York celebrichef Mario Batali to buy the liquor license of the recently shuttered Castlebar in Oak Square.

If the board approves, Batali will be able to serve harder libations to customers of his planned Babbo pizzeria in a new building under construction on Fan Pier.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 12:26 am

Boston Police report a resident of a first-floor apartment at 1850 Comm. Ave. pointed a camera at her window to try to capture the guy she thought she saw peering in last night. The video shows what it recorded around 12:35 a.m., police say.

If the peeper looks familiar, contact D-14 detectives at 617-343-4256 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or... Read more

By - 8/8/14 - 10:02 am
Proposed veterans apartments in Brighton

Proposed Brighton Marine building.

The hill heading up Comm. Ave. from Warren Street could be transformed in coming years under plans by developers to add a new apartment building aimed at veterans and to turn an office building into a home for young single professionals.

Officials from the Brighton Marine Health Center showed off plans for a 101-unit project at the start of the hill, at Warren Street at... Read more

By - 8/7/14 - 11:42 pm
Proposed apartment building on Market Street in Brighton Center

Picture something like this instead of the Brighton Beer Garden.

Kineavy

The Cronin Group, which owns the Brighton Beer Garden on Market Street, tonight proposed tearing it down to make room for an apartment building of up to seven stories.

Michael Kineavy, the company's chief operating officer (and former aide to Tom Menino, shown at right), appeared before the Brighton Allston Improvement Association to ask its suggestions on the company's initial proposal, which showed 34 apartments... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 7:32 pm

The Amateur Planner proposes a paved transit way with tracks for not just the B Line but the 57 and BU bus routes.

While we've never done this, other cities have, and it would have a whole host of advantages, including getting buses out of traffic (and bike lanes), stations better able to serve people with disabilities, even some additional parking spaces. Throw... Read more

By - 8/3/14 - 10:17 am
No more gentrification in Jamaica Plain

Outside the Galway in JP. Photo by Marc W.

Residents in areas such as Jamaica Plain and Brighton may have been pondering the new fliers showing up on utility poles advocating things such as free transit and a ban on yuppies.

They're the work of People for Democratic Revolution, which advocates a revolution (right down to troops turning their guns on their commanders if need be) to turn the US into a massive... Read more

By - 8/2/14 - 12:28 pm
The Castlebar in Oak Square is no more, after 32 years in business

KWAPT shows us the scene at the Castlebar this morning.

By - 7/31/14 - 5:16 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the demise of the Castlebar, the latest neighborhood bar in Boston to close.

By - 7/25/14 - 1:05 pm
Shuttle buses instead of the Green Line on Commonwealth Avenue

Buses like breadsticks at Olive Garden. Photo by Danielle Johns.

Who's the wise guy? The T is running buses instead of trolleys along Comm. Ave. due to "a track issue" at Warren Street.

Oh, and, of course, the runners beat the Green Line between BC and Blandford - before the track issue came up.

By - 7/22/14 - 9:56 am
Dead tree on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton

A concerned citizen notes a newly dead tree in front of 1712 Comm. Ave.:

Someone seems to have sawed down one of the small trees along Comm Ave on the inbound side.

Ed. note: Could it be the ninja tree killer? In the past, he's tened to stay within the confines of Brighton Center.... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 9:51 am

Boston Magazine reports on an upcoming race in which participants will attempt to outrun a Green Line train between BC and Blandford Street. Hey, if a guy dressed like a hamburger can do it ...

By - 7/9/14 - 8:50 pm

Brighton Main Streets reports the Washington Street mainstay is shutting on July 19 after 40 years.

By - 7/9/14 - 10:47 am

John Rogaris was released on personal recognizance today at his arraignment on charges of witness tampering and interfering with a police investigation into how a man wound up lying behind his Roggie's Bar and Grille on Chestnut Hill Avenue early on May 23.

Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney David Bradley said Rogaris's four-count indictment stems from an incident at closing that day, when a worker... Read more

By - 7/3/14 - 10:47 pm
Lightning over Somerville

Boom! Lightning over Somerville. Photo by R.S.Y. Buchanan.

They started the Esplanade fireworks a bit early tonight - just in time for them to end and evacuate the area as a storm plowed across the area, knocking out power in at least part of Waltham and Cambridge and sending skittish dogs and children under beds.

Christopher reports:

Have to give Boston Pops organizers credit on timing. Made it from the

... Read more
By - 7/3/14 - 4:45 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted John Rogaris, 44, owner of Roggie's on Chestnut Hill Avenue, on charges he interfered with an investigation into the discovery of an unconscious man with a life-threatening head injury found behind Roggie's in May, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report.

Rogaris is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday on charges... Read more

By - 7/1/14 - 7:50 pm

We already knew that Jimmy John's, a Midwestern sub chain, planned to stuff a space in a South Boston luxury complex with one of its outlets. Turns out the chain is planning two more Boston sub shops: One at 512 Park Dr. near Audubon Circle and the other at 123 Antwerp St. in Brighton.

The chain goes before the Boston Licensing Board... Read more

By - 6/30/14 - 12:49 am

"Human Contact: Short Sci-Fi Plays," which opens in a couple weeks,
is an evening of five thought-provoking one-acts that ask whether
technology robs the soul or augments it. These original tales explore
the evolution of the nature of humankind as we confront aliens, time travel,
self-directed evolution, and more. With well-crafted stories performed by a large
cast of Boston’s finest... Read more

By - 6/21/14 - 3:21 pm

WCVB reports State Police recovered body parts from the Charles River around 10:40 a.m. The station didn't say where, but Andrea Karis reported an apparent search near Western Avenue.

In January, authorities recovered a human head from the river, possibly from Dennis Ray Jackson Jr., a murdered Haverhill man whose body parts were also recovered, smouldering, in Readville and Bridgewater.... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 10:36 pm
Towering hawks

Joe Giza at WBZ posted this photo of a pair of hawks atop the old Channel 38 tower on Leo F. Birmingham Parkway in Brighton this evening.

CBS, which still uses the WSBK building as studios for some of its Boston radio stations, has a camera up there, he reports, adding that until tonight, just one hawk had been showing up there regularly.... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 8:27 pm

The BRA decided tonight to solicit bids from groups that might have ideas on how to use $3 million in money from Harvard for increasing owner occupancy rates in Allston houses.

BRA staffers say trends show growing percentages of houses in the North Allston and the neighboring section of Brighton being bought up by investors, who might not have the same neighborhood interests as people... Read more

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