Chinatown

By - 12/11/13 - 5:22 pm
Tufts Medical Center in the dark

Attack of the shadow people this afternoon. Photo by Justin.

Around 2 p.m., Adam Castiglioni reported the lights were out at the Tufts Medical Center stop.

Transit Police responded fairly quickly:

Electricians are working on the problem and additional staff were sent to the station to assist passengers.

As of 5 p.m., however, Boston to a T reports:

Still pretty much pitch black at Tufts Medical station.

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By - 12/3/13 - 11:35 am

A bouncer at the Theater District club who had just exchanged punches with an irate customer kicked the man in the face while he was lying on the ground in the process of being arrested, police and the club's general manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.

According to police, an officer on a Theater District patrol around 1 a.m. noticed a fight around 1:50... Read more

By - 11/29/13 - 11:57 am

Smoky Tufts platform. Photo by BFD.

A fire in an electrical room just beyond the inbound platform at Tufts Medical Center brought the Orange Line to an abrupt end this morning.

The Boston Fire Department reports a 15,000-volt line began to smolder around 10:10 a.m. Firefighters had to bring in dry-powder extinguishers to put out the fire - and several "smoke ejectors" to clear the smoke out of the station.... Read more

By - 11/18/13 - 7:38 am
BWSC at work

Arturo Gossage spent some time yesterday watching BWSC workers repairing the burst main that shut down the intersection of Stuart and Warrenton streets - and the Charles Playhouse.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 11/17/13 - 1:11 pm
Gushing water

Gushing water. Photo by BFD.

A burst water main at Stuart and Warrenton streets caused traffic issues and forced the shutdown of the Charles Playhouse because the low-pressure main fed its toilets and sprinklers, the Boston Fire Department reports:

Theater has no working fire sprinkler system and toilets not functioning because of no water pressure. Shows cancelled.

The eight-inch main burst around 11:30 a.m.... Read more

By - 11/15/13 - 10:30 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day license suspension for the Glass Slipper because police detectives on a routine inspection spotted two dancers letting customers get a feel in a private-dance area.

At a hearing Wednesday, club co-owner Nicholas Romano said the bouncer assigned to the $30-per-customer private-dance area to make sure nothing untoward goes on had just stepped out to use the... Read more

By - 11/12/13 - 7:35 pm

Two "entertainers" at the LaGrange Street strip club were ordered to go home on Sept. 25 after a manager found them touching a couple of patrons in a private-dance room, right under "NO TOUCHING" signs.

Unfortunately for the club, the manager wasn't the only one to see the illegal contact - two Boston Police detectives on a routine inspection also observed the conduct. They wrote... Read more

By - 11/7/13 - 9:09 am

Jacqueline Church, who lives next door to Chinatown, reacts to some white foodie's rant about how she allegedly only gets authentic food at a Chinese restaurant when she goes there with a Chinese acquaintance - and provides tips for trying things that might not be on the menu:

Don’t assume that Chinese restaurants are trying to dupe you or are interested in serving you

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By - 11/6/13 - 9:48 am
South Street steam leak

South Street steam. Photo by Joe Yuska.

Firefighters began evacuating 76 South Street around 9:40 a.m. when a steam pipe under the street failed as only a steam pipe can, turning the building into an instant shvitz with steam pouring into it.

A hazmat team was also called in, because old pipes could be lined with asbestos.

Firefighters discovered that, in addition to the steam pipe, a water main under the... Read more

By - 11/1/13 - 1:05 pm

District 2 (South Boston, South End, downtown, Chinatown), incumbent City Councilor Bill Linehan is shocked almost beyond belief about a mailing from opponent Suzanne Lee, which includes a snippet from a column in which the Globe's Yvonne Abraham called him a dinosaur.

In a statement reminiscent of the time mayoral candidate Ray Flynn accused an opponent of calling him "a lizard," Linehan demands... Read more

By - 10/28/13 - 9:49 pm

In a genial, low-key forum tonight, District 2 (South Boston, South End Chinatown) Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee seemed to agree on many issues. Both said South Boston needs help to avoid choking on traffic and having longtime families driven out because of neighborhood yuppification, both said they're not endorsing either candidate for mayor but could work with whoever's elected, both said... Read more

By - 10/25/13 - 7:02 am

The Walsh campaign has announced an 11;45 a.m. endorsement at the Moakley Courthouse by state Sen. Therese Murray.

CommonWealth reports that the vast majority of outside money pouring into Boston is pouring into Walsh's coffers:

Super PACs and labor unions have upended Boston’s mayoral race, turning what was a relatively even spending contest between Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly into a

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By - 10/23/13 - 9:23 am

The Globe does the blow by blow. The Herald focuses on schools and unions.

David Bernstein explains why Walsh's sudden demand that Connolly release a list of every law client he ever had was kind of stupid.

To just suddenly toss out this demand two weeks from the election, with no reason, is just a stunt — and not a good one.

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By - 10/20/13 - 8:37 pm

Boston Police report a man was stabbed sometime after midnight at Washington and Stuart streets - just down the street from the emergency room at Tufts Medical Center. Police say he is in critical but stable condition.

By - 10/10/13 - 11:58 am

The owner of a Chinatown travel agency is scheduled for arraignment today on 14 separate larceny counts for allegedly pocketing money for bookings on non-existent flights, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Linda Do, 57, of Dorchester, owns Olympic Travel, 65 Harrison Ave. Prosecutors charge bilked more than a dozen customers, some over the age of 60, which means potentially higher penalties.

Earlier this... Read more

By - 10/1/13 - 11:23 am

Doug Holder recounts a simple moment in a back room at the old place that brings up so many memories.

By - 9/5/13 - 10:52 pm

Monitor on a hydrant

A disgusted citizen complains about this ad-hoc scupture on Harrison Avenue behind Tufts Medical Center:

Whoever did this is an idiot!

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By - 8/27/13 - 12:54 pm

The Glass Slipper, one of downtown Boston's two remaining strip clubs, has fired seven strippers since June, when workers found one of the women nearly unconscious from an apparent cocaine overdose in a club bathroom, one of its owners says.

Michael Bennett, co-owner of the Combat Zone remnant on LaGrange Street, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that several strippers tried slipping drugs into... Read more

By - 8/22/13 - 9:38 am

Dot Rat recounts growing up with John Willis, the white leader of a Chinatown gambling ring, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison last week:

I knew him as Johnny, he lived four triple deckers down and attended the Murphy School with me. Johnny Willis was a barrel chested kid and very big for his age. He was a gifted

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By - 7/31/13 - 4:37 pm

A state agency that funds school construction projects today gave Boston permission to look at moving the Quincy Upper School and Boston Arts Academy into a new building, possibly on what is now state land near South Station.

The move could mean that if the project moves forward, the state will pay most of the costs - and the mayor's office is looking at opening... Read more

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