Charlestown

By - 6/19/14 - 7:24 pm
Making rope at the Charlestown Navy Yard

Making rope at the Navy Yard before World War II. Photo by Leslie Jones.

The BRA tonight approved a developer's plans to turn the historic but long-vacant Ropewalk building at the Charlestown Navy Yard into a new residential project and museum.

Some 30 of the proposed 90 apartments will be "affordable."

The bulk of the units will be in the long two-story-high Ropewalk building, which stopped making rope for the Navy in 1971. The adjacent Tar House will also be turned into apartments.

Under plans by developer Frontier Enterprises, half the units will have one bedroom each, while 34 will have three bedrooms and the rest two.

By - 6/11/14 - 9:52 pm
Salem Street Avenue

Only in Boston, more specifically, Charlestown.

By - 6/11/14 - 4:18 pm
Acrophobia Friendly Zone on the Charlestown Bridge

The stencil on the Charlestown Bridge looks official, so it must be, right?

By - 6/6/14 - 11:45 am

An office worker looked out his window this morning to see a man firing what appeared to be a rifle at a target behind the Schrafft Center, so he called police, who quickly arrived en masse to find a guy who figured he's get in some practice rounds with his BB gun. Police explained to the guy that was probably not the best idea and to find some other place to learn how not to shoot his eye out.

By - 5/27/14 - 3:58 pm

Multiple shots, around 3:20 p.m., in the area of Bunker Hill and Monument streets. Possibly more than one shooter, possibly aiming at a building on Carney Court. No human victims so far.

By - 5/17/14 - 9:32 am

How many episodes do you think this TBS series about a Charlestown barbershop will last before it's canceled? But at least it answers the question of what happened to Norm from Cheers after he realized he had a drinking problem and joined AA.

Via Matt Perkins.

By - 5/13/14 - 9:17 am

WFXT reports a Charlestown High School student was stabbed near the school this morning.

In a separate incident, a man was sliced in the back around 7:30 a.m. Exactly where remains to be determined, but maybe somewhere along Walford Way.

By - 5/11/14 - 10:32 pm
Zakim Bridge at night

JB Parrett photographed the Zakim from the Charles River Dam.

By - 5/9/14 - 5:39 pm

Lawsuit? Mayor Walsh issued this statement today on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision yesterday that Boston isn't a referendum-holding host community for either of the proposed local casinos:

Based on the ambiguous and arbitrary process the Gaming Commission has pursued, we believe that we have multiple options available to us at this time.

We are continuing to work aggressively to determine the appropriate action to continue our fight for the people of Boston. My position has not changed: Boston is a host community to both sites, and the people of Boston -- of Charlestown and East Boston -- deserve the opportunity to vote and have their voices heard. ​

By - 5/8/14 - 5:11 pm

Yeah, sure, casinos right on the city line will have major impacts on Boston, but Boston is not a "host community" for either of the proposed casinos, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided today. The vote means Boston will not be able to hold referendums on the casinos that could block them permanently.

Commission members unanimously rejected arguments by Boston officials that the Suffolk Downs racetrack, which mostly sits in East Boston, is an integral part of the Mohegan Sun proposal.

By - 5/1/14 - 10:02 pm
Fog over Boston Harbor

At the Charlestown Navy Yard shortly before 7 p.m., Brian Q. tried to see downtown through all the fog.

A number of other folks also watched the fog as it rolled in from the ocean and across Boston Harbor and downtown, no doubt caused by the combination of rapidly rising temperatures after the storm had passed.

By - 5/1/14 - 8:01 am
Gridlocked traffic on Bennington Street in East Boston

Gridlock on Bennington Street reached into Revere. Photo by Ally.

Traffic lights at Blue Hill Avenue and Morton Street in Mattapan, Neptune and Bennington streets in East Boston and Rutherford Avenue and Chelsea Street in Charlestown are on the fritz.

There's a pothole at the entrance to the Sunmner large enough to require a cop to stand in front of it.

A clogged drain at Forest Hills has created a new lake in the upper busway.

By - 4/21/14 - 7:05 am
Truck fire on the Zakim bridge

An 18-wheeler collided with a taxi on the Zakim northbound shortly after 5:30 a.m..

The cabbie, a 54-year-old Chelsea oman driving a Malden taxi, died, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The DA's office says State Police are investigating exactly how the truck, registered in Hartford, CT and driven by a 46-year-old man, crashed into the taxi.

By - 4/18/14 - 7:42 pm

Starting at 8, the Paul Revere House will be "livetweeting" Paul Revere's ride.

Alas, poor Dawes, never gets as much credit.

Welcome to Dot suggests:

RT if by land, Favorite if by sea.

Via Beta Boston.

By - 4/14/14 - 2:02 pm
Ghost bike in Sullivan Square

A "ghost bike" now marks the spot at Cambridge and Spice streets where Owen McGrory of Chelsea died in a collision with a garbage truck earlier this month.

Some people wanted to leave something besides flowers to remember the crash for which the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death:

Anger over bicyclist death
By - 4/8/14 - 12:20 pm

An elderly man, taken away in bad shape, around 11:40 a.m., near 500 Rutherford Ave. Not a hit and run.

By - 4/5/14 - 8:05 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office tonight identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a garbage truck on Thursday as Owen McGrory, 30, of Chelsea,

By - 4/5/14 - 4:07 pm

Boston EMS Incidents reports somebody jumped off the Tobin around 3:30 p.m. and landed on Terminal Street in Charlestown, where first responders found his body.

Somebody else ended his life that way on March 27.

By - 4/4/14 - 9:00 am

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim as a 30-year-old man from Chelsea. They have yet to publicly release his name to allow for family notification.

Ricky Prezioso, 42, of Swampscott, told police he thought he hit a pothole at the intersection of Cambridge and Spice streets while making trash pickups around 1:40 p.m. yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.